Friday, October 01, 2004

Dalit leader alleges discrimination against community members

Jalandhar, Oct 1 : A leader of a Dalit outfit has alleged discrimination against community members at gurudwara-cum-dera Rommiwala in Bhatinda district and sought the intervention of President A P J Abdul Kalam in the matter.

In a letter to the President, the former MP and Dalit Jabar Virdohi Front leader Satnam Singh Kainth alleged that Dalits in the dera were not allowed to partake langar (meals served at community kitchen) by sitting along with members from the upper caste besides separate utensils were being used to serve langar to them.

Moreover, their offerings to the sanctum sanctorum were not being accepted, he added.

Observing that Sikh gurus preached the message of universal brotherhood without any discrimination on the basis of caste and creed, he said the happenings in the dera have become a matter of "serious concern which needed to be corrected soon".

The letter stated that while the issue has been hanging fire from long, none of the Sikh institutions including Akal Takht, SGPC and Akali Dal come forward to address the situation.

Kainth warned that the situation in Roomiwala is "explosive" and a little delay and mishandling would lead to a situation as happened at Tallan village in Jalandhar.

Source: Press Trust of India, October 1, 2004


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