Tuesday, June 28, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Does this Orissa temple allow Dalits?



Does this Orissa temple allow Dalits?

NDTV Correspondent, Updated: June 25, 2011 12:08 IST

Puri: A day after NDTV reported how a temple in Orissa's Puri
district doesn't allow Dalits to enter its premises, and had
victimised three Dalit girls, who had had defied the ban, the chairman
of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes visited the temple for
an on the spot assessment.

Mr Punia faced no resistance while entering the temple, even after he
declared that he was a Dalit.

The board displayed at the temple banning the entry of Dalits had been
removed. But Mr Punia said he will ask the Orissa government to take
action against the temple management.

"Our Constitution in article 17 says that untouchability in any form
is prohibited, and there is a provision in protection of Civil Rights
Act section 3A B, which categorically says that in public temples if
there is a discrimination and the members of the Schedules Caste are
discriminated on the basis of their caste then it is an offense...so
we must make the law more stringent and in addition to this we must
also spread awareness among the people," said Mr Punia.

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