'Upper-caste groups lure Dalits into Madae Snana'
Published: Saturday, Dec 3, 2011, 15:42 IST
By M Raghuram | Place: Managalore | Agency: DNA
In the backdrop of the row over Madae Snana, liberals are alleging
that it is yet another ploy by the upper-caste communities, at the
cost of the Dalits, to stay in power in the society.
KL Ashok, state secretary of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, said
Madae Snana is a trick devised by the upper-caste Hindus, mainly
Brahmins, to keep caste-based superiority alive.
Ashok said the Dalits practice Madae Snana upon the instigation of
Brahmins. He said innocent Dalits and backward community people
believe that by rolling on the leftover food, their diseases and
dermatological disorders can be cured. He said the idea is "nothing
but a lie and a conspiracy" to depict upper-caste communities as the
God's chosen ones, creatures so supreme that even the food they leave
has curative powers. "I am yet to see one Brahmin or upper-class Hindu
person performing Madae Snana," he said.
Ashok said the Komu Souharda Vedike and 43 other organisations would
hold a protest at Freedom Park on Monday.
They will inform the populace that the ruling Bharatiya Janata
Party-government is giving protection to the people who force this
evil practice on the Dalits and backward classes.Vatal Nagaraj,
president of Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha, rolls on banana leaves to
register his protest against the practice of Madae Snana, in Bangalore
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