|Children from this village can’t enter the local shrine because the upper caste think, they will pollute it.
The children explain to Community Correspondent, Neeru Rathod how they are not permitted entry into the temple and also share instances of how the children belonging to upper castes sprinkle water on themselves after playing with them as they belong to Harijan community(lower caste).
This practice exists despite the fact that the enforcement of any disability arising out of Untouchability is an offence punishable in accordance with law as per the Article 17 of the Indian Constitution. It was drafted in 1949 specifically to eradicate & abolish the practice of Untouchability. Yet 68 years later, the practice still reigns in far too many parts of the country, sowing seeds of hatred even within young minds.
This video is part of a series meant to urge the National Commission for Schedule Castes, which is the government body that is constitutionally appointed to direct and implement the safeguards against untouchability, to prosecute cases of untouchability.
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