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
In the ninth episode of Fixing India, watch our community correpondents fixing issues for Musahar community in Uttar Pradesh.
Three ration shops in Sunderpahari block, Jharkhand, are facing problems due to the faulty operation of the ePOS machine.