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Op-ed: Persecution of the dalit community (down-trodden) in India

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A dalit leader Chandrashekar Azad addressed a rally to demand justice for Hathras (Uttar Pradesh) gang-rape victim. He is the `Bhim Army chief’ (a social body for protection of the dalit human rights). dalit community

The speakers at the rally condemned government’s failure to protect life and property of the dalit. He demanded licences and arms, subsidized at 50 percent to enable the dalit to protect themselves on their own. They pointed out that their demand was in sync with Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules 1995.

They ventilated anger against police connivance with the high-caste community to hush up the molestation of dalit women by cremating her in mid night. They pointed out that it is customary in Hindu religion to cremate a dead body in the presence of near relatives. The believed family was cordoned off by a heavy contingent of policemen.

They were not allowed to see journalists or opposition politicians. Even the opposition Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka were manhandled when they tried to reach the village Hathras. The opposition leaders were allowed to go there after nation-wide furor about high-handedness of the state and central governments.

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Police modus operandi to cover up violence against the dalit

Besides concocting alibis for the absconding accused of heinous crimes against the dalit, the usual tactic is to play down the dalit protest. To do so they link dalit protests to Naxalite (Maoist) movement dubbing protesters as `traitors’. The police rounded up even professors, poets and lawyers who wanted to participate in anniversary to celebrate Bhim Koregaon........

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