Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Social boycott of Dalits in Ichawar village


NINETEEN DALIT families in Moondla village of Ichawar sub-division are living under fear of social boycott by upper caste villagers for the last one month. This has allegedly been done out of resentment against allotment of prime government land to them under Charnoi Bhoomi Yojna about two years back. A village panchayat held on August 13 took the boycott decision that includes denial of services of barber and flourmill. Local unit of the co-operative milk society has also reportedly stopped purchasing milk from the Dalits.

19 Dalits of Moondla village were allotted government irrigation land two years back under Charnoi Bhumi Yojna. Lately, SDM Ichawar Sheila Deshpande while accepting an application from some villagers cancelled the allotted pattas. Moti Lal, a patta holder, alleged that the action of SDM was hasty and opinionated. “We shall continue to occupy the land and fight for it,” he added. Meanwhile, DSP AKJ SK Jain is investigating the boycott complaint filed by the Dalits.

Source: Hindustan Times, September 15, 2004

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