This is a video testimony of Dalit rights activist Sanjay Khobragade who was set on fire on 17th May 2014 by six members of the ‘higher-caste’ Powar community.
This statement was recorded before he passed away on 23rd May.
“The six people from the ‘higher’ Powar Caste murdered my father because of a community dispute that has been going on for three years. He had been leading the demand of the Dalit residents of our village Kavalewada, Maharashtra to build a Buddhist community center for Dalits. The land in question is a place where we have celebrated the rituals of our community for years. The ‘higher caste’ community does not want this and instead wants to build its own temple there. For three years now, we have been insulted and abused by the ‘higher-caste’ people over this issue, says Pradeep Khobragade, his son.