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April 12, 2007

Examples of Ongoing Dalit Oppression

I was in Jhajjar Haryana, where Dalit youth were lynched to death. I also witnessed the revolt conversions of the Dalits to Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. Later on, there was more violence in Haryana against the Dalits.

Recently, there was yet another violent outburst. All of these were incidents that were covered by the media. Many more are not covered by the media. Human Rights Watch reports that there are 100,000 atrocities against Dalits in a year.

Our viewpoint is that the societal attitude of the upper castes has combined with official machinery in the land to violate the dignity and rights of the Dalits.

The following two part story by Subramanyam in one of India's largest Eng! lish newspapers, The Hindu, tells an accurate account of what is happening in Haryana and as he says, β€˜is symbolic of what is going on in the nation 60 years after Independence...’”

Part 1: http://www.hindu.com/2007/03/14/stories/2007031402091100.htm

Part 2: http://www.hindu.com/2007/03/15/stories/2007031505331100.htm

It is for these reasons, and untold more, that we continue to work on behalf of Dalit freedom!

Posted by klajja at April 12, 2007 08:47 PM

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Hindu upperclasses fear the socio economical changes when a dalit turns to another relegion which do not practice cast system,
When the dalits get full support from the new relegion and it's community, true acceptance, education, encouragment, enlightenment spiritually, he gains confidence, new personality, an sense of equality bring life worth living, a new feeling of freedom and hope, restoration of human dignity makes them, they can use their full potential and at times they can climb up to the ladders even above the upper class hindus, those who have changed their relgion , most of them have gone far above their previous life style and status.
Let them free from thousands of years of suffering and degradation and insult. Let them enjoy the birth rights for human dignity, the shit teachings of Karma,Cast systems,ill treatments etc..must be put to death.

Posted by: RAMDAS GOANKAR at August 18, 2007 08:29 PM

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