Monday , 22 October 2018
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Stop Atrocities Against Dalits

VINOD C DIXIT, AHMEDABAD
THIS is with reference to the article ‘Dalit assertion acquires a force’ (NT, August 16, 2016). Really it is an eye-opening for everyone to see the atrocities on Dalits in India. Can we see such crime just as crime? Poor and socially downtrodden are always easy targets everywhere all along. This can be changed only if we can have rule of law in the country without any fear or favour. Even 68 years after Independence, Dalits continue to face mindboggling social discrimination and spine-chilling atrocities across the country. The increasing attacks on Dalits and other underprivileged sections is a grim pointer to the fact that mental barriers that divide and discriminate people on the basis of narrow considerations, such as caste and creed, need to be demolished in order to attain an egalitarian society. All talk of their uplift by politicians is a tamasha. Despite two crucial laws to deal with crimes against Dalits – the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955, and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 – the high incidence of violence against them is disturbing. In spite of crimes against Dalits being reported in the national media, atrocities against them continue. This shows the fearless attitude of the so-called upper castes. In other words, God lives in the heart of all either they are general or they are Dalit. Today, caste has been seen as a bargaining factor for politician in politics. They are merely concerned about the atrocities people face due to radicalism of caste. The most important wish of a common man is to live free and live without fear. But nowadays in India the news reports shows that there is a large increase in injustice against the poor people. It is shameful that we take the atrocities of innocent Dalits as an adjunct of our social environment and forget about them. Our inability to integrate and overcome the problem of social discrimination is one of the main obstacles to development. Caste discrimination is one of the key issues to be solved for developed India. Its proportion is very high in rural areas compared to urban.

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