A 20-year-old Dalit man was allegedly discriminated against by two persons for making a packet of sweet ‘impure’ during the Republic Day celebrations in MP’s Sehore district.
According to sources, the incident happened on January 26, during the Republic Day celebration at government primary school at Akola village. A teacher Raghuvir Gaur asked a Sumant Ahirwar to distribute sweets to the people of the village gathered at the school premises, when the two — Gaurishankar Gaur, 50, and Ghanshyam Patel, 52 — refused to take sweets from him. The two allegedly said they would not take sweets from Ahirwar as he is a Dalit and his touch made the packet of sweets ‘impure’.
People present at the function protested and Ahirwar lodged a complaint against them at Shahganj police station. Police registered a case against them under the SC/ST Act.
“Police immediately registered a case under SC/ST Act. The accused were arrested and presented before a special court on Saturday morning, after which they were sent to jail. The case is now being investigated by Anusuchit Jaati Kalyan (AJK) police, Sehore,” said town inspector, Shahganj, CS Rathore.
The incident sparked anger among Dalits of the village who said that it was sad that after so many years of the country’s independence, discrimination against them still happens.
“One can imagine the state of the Dalits in the village in other days, if such an incident can happen on Republic Day, when the constitution was presented to the country by Dr Ambedkar urging equality among all sections of society,” said district in-charge (rural) of Communist Party of India, Maakhan Singh Solanki while talking to HT.
Collector of Sehore, Sudam Khade, while talking to HT denied that such incidents happen in the region. He said that administration always takes stringent action against the accused if such incidents of discrimination against Dalits happen.
“We always take such cases seriously and in this case, the sub divisional officer of police (SDOP) was immediately rushed to the village for investigation. Also regular campaigns are organised by the district administration to create awareness to abolish this social menace,” he said.