Dalits demand right to serve food at govt controlled temples
Posted on Dec 15th, 2011 and filed under Local News.
MANGALORE At a meeting of Dalit leaders held in the city on December
under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner Chennappa Gowda, RE :
several Dalit leaders made
a vehement appeal to the authorities to give Dalits an opportunity to
serve food at the temples
under government control.
A Dalit leader participating in the meeting said Dalits were given
opportunity only to remove the
leaves after devotees have food in temples like Kateel and
Subrahamanya which are under the
control of the Mujrai Department. Henceforth, Dalits should also be
allowed to serve food, he
urged. He further said Koraga or Dalit community men also do not get a
chance to be trustees of
the temples though Marathi Naika community men are chosen for the
post. Exploitation of Dalits
is continuing through temples," he added.
Another Dalit leader Shekhar Belthangady who spoke at the meeting said
Commissioner was directly to be blamed for the attack on a Dalit
leader at Subrahamanya as he
had revoked the earlier order banning Made Snane.
Several Dalit leaders and representatives of various organizations
participated in the meeting.
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