Dalit Family Brutalised, Displaced

The last few days we have reported on Human Rights Violations perpetrated by the Indian State on its people. Violations also occur as a result of backward social practices like caste discrimination rooted in an unjust social hierarchy. Sushila Sethi had been living with her family of 11 on a plot of land provided by the government for 15 years. In 2012 an act of caste-based violence destroyed her property and forced her to shift away closer to the jungle. Community Correspondent Mamta Patra reports from Odisha. What did she do deserve this aggression? She refused to continue bowing down to the whims of the upper-caste Hindu families. The upper caste family had also been vying for Sushila's land to start their own plantation. Her refusal to move and expressing her desire to help her family move up in life did not go down well with them. Now, the Sethi family needs your support to get proper rehabilitation. Call to Action: Please call the District Collector, Mr Balbanta Singh on 09437604090 and The Chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Mr P.L. Punia on 011-24620435 and ask them to investigate the matter because caste based discrimination is a criminal offence.  

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