Situation still hostile for Mirchpur Dalits to return

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 10:07 IST

Four years after Dalit families in Mirchpur were victimised after a pet dog of a Dalit dog barked at a group of Jats, the village continues to remain unsafe for the riotstricken victims.

A fact-finding report submitted before the Supreme Court claims the situation continues to be hostile and unfriendly for the victims to return. On the directions of the top court, the PIL petitioner, who exposed the pitiable living conditions in Mirchpur, surveyed the village and also a private farm where the 75% of the victims are residing at present. The camp is located 7km from the village.The report would be taken up Wednesday by a bench headed by justice SJ Mukopadhyaya.

Though the Haryana gover nment reconstructed all the houses they remain vacant and dilapidated as none of the victims have returned. Even four years after the incident the Haryana government has failed to re-instill faith in the victims prompting them to go back to their houses. According to the petitioner, security personnel continue to be posted in the village.

Apparently, the gover nment has even stopped supply foodgrains and monetary benefits under the NREGA scheme, which were provided to them at the SC’s instance. As the camps are situated outside Mirchpur, girl students have been forced to abandon education. They can no longer go to school on foot as its too dangerous for them, the report has claimed.

On April 21, 2010, members of the Jat community attacked the houses of Dalit families after the accused got enraged when a Dalit boy objected to hurling of stones by Jat youths at the dog. One Tara Chand and his physically-challenged teenaged daughter got killed in the attack. On SC’s direction the trial in the case was moved from Haryana to Delhi.

In its final verdict, the trial court held 15 persons guilty for setting ablaze Tara Chand’s house and sentenced them to life imprisonment on October 31, 2011. Convicts’ appeal against the verdict is still pending.

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