Intolerance Towards The Dalits

 

INDIA: no place for children : post 2006 Nithari Case.

INDIA : no place for women : post December 16 Gang rape.

INDIA: no place for Dalits : since time immemorial.
The statements above summarize the harsh reality of India. The largest democracy of the world is soon turning into the hotbed of intolerance. The dark period of the American slavery passed away long back, when will India do the same? The question still remains. The majority of population of Indian Dalits are still choking under the weight of slavery in the country.
Though incidents of violence against women, children and oppression of the Dalits is no new soup, yet the increasing incidents of violence against them are putting a gory blot on the character of India, gory than any blood. Liberty has long been assassinated in India, and democracy wounded. The right to claim one’s right too has suffered a fatal blow. The assault of the Dalit couple in Noida, the burning of two Dalit children in Sunpedh, Harayana. The comparison of Dalits to dogs on the street by a party leader; the internet and television are abound with examples of atrocity and intolerance against the Dalits.

According to the NCRB, crimes against Dalits have risen to 19% from last year roughly amounting to 47,000 more crimes than last time. And any half educated person would know, that if these are the official statistics, the actual records are bound to be 4 to 5 times more. ‘Caste- based’ rapes are the most common types of rapes in India, and following the events in the news one may conclude that if you are a minority caste in India, sexual assault is sure to come your way in some manner.

 

A post on ‘ refinery29.com’ reports that sexual exploitation in Harayana is such that the popular saying there goes like this, “a Jat cannot know what his land tastes like until he tastes the Dalit women living there.” It is not uncommon for Dalit brides to sleep with their landlords rather than their husbands on the first night after their marriage. If this is the conditions in the initial stages, think of the aftermath. Another post talks about how after successfully clearing a job interview at one of India’s leading marketing firms, a female candidate is refused the job on revealing that she belonged to the Dalit community. Imagine!

Why exactly did this happen? Because in both cases the females belonged to the lower castes?
And because majority of upper castes in India consider it their privilege and prerogative to trample onto the dignity of the lower castes? It might sound uncanny but a peep into our own homes and we’d find that all the labour class from the sweeper to the maid belong to the lower castes. Has anyone ever seen an upper caste Brahmin work at the same designation?

A considerable section of the Indian masses oppose reservation for minorities. The government of the day too seems to singing the same tune owing to a recent demand of scraping reservations in institutions of higher learning to ensure ‘just’ opportunities for all. But does the ‘general’ population of the country understand the reason for this reservation? Foe 3000 years a section the Indian society was denied its basic rights of education, freedom and dignity. Untouchables as they are better known the minorities in India were denied the basic privilege of being a human. On the surface we know of the injustice and slavery meted out to them but if one goes into the interiors the details are bound to leave anyone shocked and ashamed. The recent happenings in the country very well give a picture of that it is for this very reason that Dalit Bahujans of our country need and deserve reservations. They are entitled to a decent and peaceful life as guaranteed to every Indian citizen on the constitution. 3000 years of injustice cannot be undone in some 60 years. And keeping pace with the daily occurrences in the country, even a kid would know, that they aren’t being undone.

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