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Dalit woman stopped from hoisting flag, MP govt served notice

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 31, 2014
First Published: 14:06 IST(31/7/2014) | Last Updated: 14:15 IST(31/7/2014)

The National Human Rights Commission has sent notices to Madhya Pradesh divisional commissioner, Chambal and district magistrate, Morena regarding a Dalit woman sarpanch, who is being denied her right to hoist the national flag.

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The commission has issued notices to them calling for factual reports within two weeks.

HT had reported on June 28 that Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission had also taken cognizance of the incident.

According to the report, for the past four years, a dalit woman sarpanch has not been allowed to hoist the national flag on Independence Day and Republic Day at her village Puravas Kalan in Morena district. Instead, a former sarpanch, who belonged to an upper caste, hoists the flag.

The woman's husband lodged a complaint before the commissioner of Chambal division. She also staged a dharna in Bhopal alleging that administration was supporting the upper caste lobby.


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