Tuesday, June 28, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits demand law to establish rights


Friday, June 24, 2011
Dalits demand law to establish rights
Staff Correspondent

Dalit community at a national convention yesterday demanded budgetary
allocation and formulation of a law to establish their rights.

Representatives of the community placed a 10-point demand at the
convention jointly organised by Bangladesh Dalit Parishad and
Paritran, a non-government organisation, at Ramesh Chandra auditorium
of Chhayanaut Bhaban in the city.

They also demanded the government open a special department in
National Human Rights Commission and a national Dalit commission to
stop discrimination against around 75 lakh Dalits in Bangladesh.

They urged all political parties to ensure representatives of the
community in their committees at national and local level and special
quota for students of the community in government schools and

"We are treated as servants of the state for our services, but the
government is always depriving us of all basic rights," said Ashok
Kumar Das, the parishad general secretary.

When victimised, Dalits do not get legal assistance due to lack of
cooperation from law enforcement agencies, said Bikash Kumar Das,
Paritran project coordinator.

Denmark Ambassador to Bangladesh Svend Olling and Paritran executive
director Milon Das also spoke.

Around 200 Dalits attended the convention.


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