Mirchpur Atrocity: IBN reports

08Jun10

It has been more than a month since a dalit father and his handicapped daughter were burnt alive by members of a dominant caste in Hisar’s Mirchpur village. Still, there is no sign of any government action to provide relief to those affected by caste violence. Since April 21 caste violence, dalits have been camping in Delhi demanding justice from the government.”I don’t want to live like this, I wanted to die with my daughter,” says Kamla Devi, a dalit, whose husband and handicapped daughter were burnt alive by upper caste jats only because a dog belonging to one of the dalit families had barked at boys belonging to the jat community.Kamla Devi alleges that the police did not come to her daughter’s rescue despite repeated pleas.
“I was yelling for my daughter. I even went to the police, folded my hands and pleaded with them to save my daughter, but they said it takes one hour to process any complaint and hence can’t do anything till then,” adds Kamla Devi.And while many wish to go back to the village which had been their home for decades, others like 28-year-old Jaswant are sceptical.A school teacher by profession, Jaswant fears that due to lack of schooling, future of dalit children lies in jeopardy. “Schooling has stopped completely. Children have no place to continue their education. They were hoping to get a good education and progress, but their dreams are ruined,” says Jaswant.

Pic 01: Mirchpur families thrown out by Indian Caste System now

Earlier, the Supreme Court has asked Haryana government to provide protection to the dalits and even threatened that its failure to do so would be viewed seriously by the court. However, scepticism still remains. For decades, dalits of Mirchpur have been fighting for a basic existence and a respectable place in society. They are now fighting to live in a place where they don’t have to constantly worry about death or their women getting raped. And after the Mirchpur incident, it has turned into a do or die battle for justice for many of them.

Source: IBN7



One Response to “Mirchpur Atrocity: IBN reports”

  1. 1 buddhist league

    Who can abolish untouchability?
    Untouchability and caste are two different social issues. The practice of untouchability originated only after A. D. 400. The present day scheduled castes were hereditary Buddhist. When Buddhism was defeated the Buddhist lay-people refused to get into the Hindu-fold. They protested by continuing beef-eating and Buddhist practices as a contempt of Brahmins. Brahmins with the help of other lower varna people began to shun the development of Buddhist and made them untouchables. Having found all these, the learned Dr. B. R. Ambedkar led the people of Scheduled castes to convert into Buddhism. Following him, today and every day people are getting converted into Buddhism. Untouchability can only be abolished by the people belonging to the Scheduled Castes. And the only way to abolish untouchabilty is to get converted in to Buddhism.

    Buddhist league is a Buddhist people’s movement consisting of various individuals and movements at various levels. Our primary aim is to abolish untouchability in India. In response to the Nimgaon incident Buddhist league has resolved to take all measures to take legal actions and support such actions, give and get economic relief and psycho-social relief to those affected. Also in order to follow the path of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Buddhist league will pursue the surviving victims to get convert in to Buddhism to avoid further humiliations from the Caste- Hindus.

    Buddhist League’s Manifesto is Annihilation of Caste ( a book written by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in the year 1936) Buddhist League’s Bible (the book) is The Buddha and His Dhamma (Book written by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in the year 1956) Our Commandments are the 22 vows/precepts delivered by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on 14th October 1956 at Nagpur. Our Action plan is to Reconvert/ Convert all present day Ambedkarists, Dalits, Scheduled Castes and Harijans into Buddhism.

    “Conversion is necessary for your emancipation and advancement. (Page 107)
    Keep in mind the message of Lord Buddha; I am sure, your decision will not be wrong.”
    – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, In his writings and speeches, Volume 17 part 3 pp. 107 and 146.

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