Sunday, July 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Paswan: Check attacks on dalits

Paswan: Check attacks on dalits
Jul 17, 2011 |

Age Correspondent

New Delhi

Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan has lamented the rise in
attacks on dalits and minorities in the country and said the
government had failed to take effective steps against it.

At his party's national executive meeting held in New Delhi recently,
Mr Paswan said the nation is passing through "very critical and
difficult times", with crucial issues of price rise, corruption and
attacks on vulnerable people shattering the hopes of the common man.
"There is a continuous rise in attacks on minorities and dalits
throughout the country, but it is highly shocking that both the Centre
as well as the state governments have not taken any effective measures
to control the situation," Mr Paswan said on the sidelines of the

Citing the Mirchpur incident in Haryana, and that of Banthal and Dhada
in Gujarat where dalits have been "forcibly evicted", he called it a
matter of grave concern and national shame.
He said that in Uttar Pradesh where a dalit chief minister was in
power, attacks on the community, rapes and murder had become the order
of the day. Mr Paswan also used the occasion to raise the issue of
land acquisition and support the creation of smaller states. He said
policies being worked out on the issue of land acquisition must take
into consideration the concerns of farmers, share croppers and all
interested parties.
He said his party stands for making right to employment a fundamental
right and also supports reservation for women in Parliament and the
state Assembly, but with provision of quota within for Scheduled
Castes and Tribes, backward classes and minorities.


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