Ostracised dalits stage protest at Navalgund
Navalgund, (Dharwad dist), Aug 14, DHNS:
Raising voice against being ostracised for refusing to work at a
farmer's house, several dalit families at Nayakanur village in
Navalgund taluk staged a protest in front of the police station on
Refusing to work at Andanigoudra Patil has proved costly to these dalits.
"Irked by our refusal to work, he has ostracised us by making an
announcement. Further, Andanigoudra has warned that he would impose a
fine of Rs 5,001 on each who would come to our aid. Also, he has
instructed shop owners not to give us any food and other items. Even
the owners of tea stalls are barred from giving us any beverages," the
The dalits also alleged that Andanigoudra beat up Basappa Shivappa
Madar black and blue. Also, he took away 80 sheep belonging to him.
"Moreover, our children were not allowed to go to school. He abused
our women as well," one of the protestors said.
The protesters filed complaint against Andanigoudra Patil,
Rajappagouda Patil, Neelakantagouda Patil, Basappa Benneppanavar,
Shankrappa Hugar, and Karibasappa Javur in connection with the
Of them Neelakantagouda Patil and Shankrappa Hugar have been arrested.
The dalits urged the police to arrest the culprits at the earliest and
render them justice and also ensure that such incidents are not
repeated in the future.
State Adi Jambhava Madigara Sangha has condemned the incident.
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