Monday, February 20, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalits’ torture: SC panel briefed

Dalits' torture: SC panel briefed
Express News Service
Last Updated : 15 Feb 2012 09:18:52 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa State Scheduled Caste-Scheduled Tribe Youth
and Students' Council has drawn the attention of the National
Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) about the increasing torture of
the dalits in the State.

Council president Haladhar Sethi discussed the matter with NCSC
chairman PL Punia and invited him to visit Kamadhenukot village in
Dhenkanal district where 22 houses of the dalits were burnt after the
first phase of the panchayat polls.

Sethi alleged that dalits were attacked as they did not vote for a
particular candidate in the panchayat polls as a result of which he
lost. He said supporters of the candidate vandalised the houses of
dalits in the village and burnt them down. Over 100 dalits are now
homeless and exposed to more attacks, he said.

A three-member team of the council, headed by Sethi, visited the
village on Monday and discussed with the tahasildar, the district
welfare officer, the police circle inspector and the district

The council demanded compensation to the dalit families who have lost
everything because of the attack on them.


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