Graveyard infected: Caste-virus 003KT2009

16Aug09

A case pertaining to scheduled caste atrocity came to light at Palabhavi village in Raibag taluk, following the intense opposition by the upper caste people. The SCs dug the grave one day after the burial and took the body of a person belonging to their community to bury the body elsewhere.

According to sources, people of the upper caste became angry as the SCs of the village buried one of their dead in the former’s graveyard, which had been traditionally used by them. They threatened expulsion, if body was not exhumed.

Due to fear, some SCs got ready to dig the grave, thought one group opposed and complained to the police. But police stood as mute spectators when they failed to compromise both groups on issue. When asked CPI G B Goudar told TOI that no written complaint had been filed in the station regarding the matter.

The kin of Hanamavva, who died last month said his family often requested not to dig a grave, but in vain. “Some people of our community compromised with the proposal laid by the people of the upper caste. They had assured sanctioning separate graveyard within a month for us, but later didn’t go by their words,” he said.

Senior member of SC community in the village said, the graveyard used by the people of the upper caste was panchayat land and was acquired and there is no graveyard for SC people in the village. “We would bury dead bodies of our community members at the bank of the canal. But on June 30, when we went to that place, that too had been acquired by some other farmers. Without option, we buried Hanamavva’s body at the panchayat land used by the upper caste people,” he explained.

The issue came to light on Wednesday, with the SC community protested against no sanction of a separate graveyard for them, even after one month on the terms of negotiation. In between this one-and-half-month, more than three people died and they community faced an immense problem for their burials.

When asked tahsildar R D Uppin, he said he had taken steps to settle the matter, by bifurcating same graveyard for both communities, because there was no other land with the panchayat to sanction.

 

Source: TOI



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