Thursday, December 15, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mirchpur killing:SC seeks response on rehabilitation package

Mirchpur killing:SC seeks response on rehabilitation package
PTI | 07:12 PM,Dec 14,2011

New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) The Supreme Court today sought a response from
Haryana government on giving a rehabilitation package to 125 Dalits
who were forced to leave their village after the killing of a
70-year-old Dalit man and his physically-challenged daughter were
killed last year. A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi asked the
state government to respond by Friday on the package. The court was
hearing a PIL seeking monetary assistance for the Dalits who fled from
Mirchpur village after they were attacked by pre-dominant Jat
community there. Advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the
petitioner, pleaded with the court that the state government should
relocate them and provide Rs ten thousand to each per month for a
reasonable period. The incident took place on April 21 last year when
the accused resorted to rioting and attacked the houses of people of
Dalit community as a pet dog of a Dalit had barked at a group of Jats
two days before when they were passing through the colony. They got
enraged when a Dalit boy objected to hurling of stones by Jat youths
at the dog, it said, adding later it led to the killings of Tara Chand
and his physically- challenged teenaged daughter. The trial court has
convicted 15 people in the case, out of which three persons were
sentenced to life imprisonment on October 31. The 15 convicts,
belonging to the Jat community, were held guilty for setting ablaze
Tara Chand's house, which caused the deaths of two persons.

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