Forty scheduled caste families residing in Wasai village of Maharashtra had their yearly crops destroyed by 50 ‘so called upper caste’ people. After destroying their crops the upper caste people were also threatening to kill the poor famers and have blocked all the ways to their fields. When the farmers went to police station, they had to face stone pelting at their houses.
The ‘Jabran Jot’ (forced cultivation) movement of the 1960’s spurred many landless, especially Dalit, farmers to forcibly take possession of cultivable forest land. This assertion of their rights, an attempt to correct the wrongs of a history were met with severe resistance from the landed communities accompanied by violence and bloodshed. The repercussions of the same are seen till date.
This video from Community Correspondent Radhika is a telling tale of the continuing brute force ‘upper caste’ people use on Dalits.
Life under threat: Dalit suffering sees no end
Around ten thousand people were benefited when the Nashik Municipality unclogged the sewer lines, and build six new public toilets, in Amrapali Nagar.
In India, we continue to practice manual scavenging, a derogatory practice, confined to people belonging to lower castes and resulting in their deaths.