Seeking stringent action against the managing committee of Markendeya Temple in Bilaspur for practising discrimination against Dalits, Himalaya Sahitya, Sanskriti and Paryavaran Manch (HSSPM) has written to high court and National Scheduled Caste Commission (NSCC).
In a letter, HSSPM president SR Harnot said temple management has displayed notice boards, on which it was clearly mentioned that the entry of scheduled castes (SC) in the temple was prohibited.
Earlier, the issue was raised in 2011 but despite high courts directions, no action has been taken by the district administration till date. “High court has issued notices to social justice department and deputy commissioner Bilaspur,” said Harnot, adding that boards were still there after two years of court notices.
Harnot, who has authored many books, said district administration had shown incapacity to remove boards and said that temple belonged to a 'saint'. He said if it was a private property then it was a matter of inquiry to know how the 'owner' got the land and how such a big temple was constructed.
“Such practices have violated protection of civil rights 1955, human right act 1993 and scheduled caste and tribes act 1989,” he said. “Some people are insulting the SCs on the pretext of religion,” he said.