Tuesday, February 14, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalits allege denial of water by upper castes



Dalits allege denial of water by upper castes
Source IANS
Last Updated: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 17:30 hrs

Ranchi, Feb 13 (IANS) Dalits of a Jharkhand village allege that they
have been denied water from handpumps and entry into a community hall
by upper castes in Chatra district.

People from Dalit community in Aamdiha village of Chatra district,
which is around 160 km from Ranchi, allege they have not been allowed
to fetch water from handpumps or entry into a community building of
the village.

What is curious is that the handpumps and the community hall belong to
the state government.

"We are not allowed by upper caste men to fetch water from the
handpumps. The community building has also been locked and we are not
allowed to enter in the building," said Champu Ram to a local news

Echoing his view, another villager, Suresh Ram said: "For a long time
we have been discriminated against by the upper caste men. We have
submitted a memorandum to the district officials requesting suitable
measures so that we can fetch water and enter the community building."

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The Chatra district officials have assured they will look into the matter.

"We will look into the issue and suitable action will be taken based
on the facts," an official told IANS over telephone.

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