Dalits protest against fake caste certificates
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 12:02pm IST
BANGALORE: Around 500 people from various taluks, belonging to Madiga
Mesalaathi Horaata Samithi (MRHS) — a consortium of several Dalit
organisations — protested at Freedom Park, on Thursday.
The outfits gathered at the park to express their support towards Anna
Hazare and also to protest against the fake caste certificates being
issued at the revenue offices in the city.
"If you go to any taluk office and bribe any agent with Rs 500 or
more, within a few days you will be able to obtain a fake caste
certificate," said Keshav Murthy, state president of MRHS.
He stated that the Adi Karnataka and Adi Dravida are indigenous tribes
and do not belong to any caste, "Still the government issues fake
caste certificates in the name of these communities." The consortium
stated that the communities are from Karnataka but, the taluk offices
are giving away fake caste certificates to non-Karnataka people as
"Currently, 24 lakh families of Scheduled Caste are in Karnataka and
so far we have lost three and a half lakh jobs due to this massive
corruption," he said.
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