Dalit youth assulted: Caste virus 002KL2007

20Apr07

A Dalit youth was severely assaulted by some upper caste people after he dared to enter the altar of a ‘yajna’ and participate in the puja in Nuapada village under Aul block on Wednesday.

A 10-day ‘asta prahari yajna’ is being organised by the villagers to propitiate the village deity. Though a large number of devotees including Dalits attend the ‘yajna,’ only the upper caste people are entitled to perform the rituals. But, Abhaya Kumar Sethi (24) a Dalit youth entered the altar to participate in the ‘yajna’ and poured ghee in the fire inviting the wrath of the upper caste devotees. When he refused to get down the altar, he was attacked with sharp weapons.

Sethi has been admitted to the hospital and his condition is stated to be serious.Manoranjan Dash, a priest of the ‘yajna’ has alleged that the youth was in an inebriated condition for which some persons assaulted him.About 300 irate Dalits blocked the road at Nuapada on Thursday demanding action against the culprits.

Source: NewIndPress



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