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Thursday, December 01 2022

Three Dalits branded peace disruptors for fighting untouchability

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Hassan: Taking a stand against a social evil namely untouchability has proven to have more negative consequences than good outcomes for three residents of a Dalit colony at Sigaranahalli village in Holenarsipur taluk as their fight for a noble cause has put them at the receiving end of the ire of police and taluk administration.

It has been reported that the the taluk administration has issued notices to Thayamma, KT Kumar and Umesh, all belonging to Scheduled Castes, under Section 107 of the Criminal Procedure Code and asked them to appear before the taluk magistrate after being branded as the persons most likely to disturb peace and harmony in the village.

The notice which is dated December 18 was issued from the office of Holenarsipur tahsildar, which said that the Holenarsipur Rural police had informed the taluk administration that Thayamma, Kumar and Umesh were likely to disturb peace and order in the village. In order to ensure peace in the village, the three should be summoned and warned. The notice had been issued based on the police report.

However, the Dalits of the village argued that there was no reason for the taluk administration to suspect them to be disturbing peace. Umesh questioned the notice and clarified that they have never indulged in any sort of violence. “There are no police cases against us. What made the police brand us as troublemakers?” he asked.

It may be recalled that the Dalit woman in question is one of the four who was penalized by the “upper caste” people for entering the Basaveshwara Temple in the village in September. Many Dalit residents opposed the penalty imposed on the women and staged protests against untouchability still practiced in the village.

They are also said to have demanded that the district administration allow them to enter the community hall constructed with government funds in the village. For the last 15 years, Dalits have been barred from entering the community hall.

The Hassan district administration and H.D. Revanna, Holenarsipur MLA, had held meetings in the village to resolve the issue, but in vain.

The Dalits are still not allowed to enter the community hall and the temple has been closed ever since the Dalit women entered it.

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