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Medieval mindset never leaves us

india Updated: Jun 26, 2006 18:41 IST

Please refer to the story “Dalit woman sarpanch in MP”.

With reference to the news item Dalit woman sarpanch paraded naked in MP (Hindustan dated the 23rd June), it is really very shocking and disgusting that a Dalit woman sarpanch of Maoikala village of district Chattarpur in Madhya Pradesh, has been beaten-up (along with her two sons) and paraded naked by the gun-wielding local goons, after she refused to give them money from the village panchayat fund.

It is even worse than outraging the modesty of a woman. Almost 58 springs have passed since India reached the horizon of independence, but the rich high caste villagers, who were earlier running the village affairs according to their whims and fancies and inflicting indiscriminate atrocities on the Dalits, are still not able to digest the fact that India has embraced democracy and every developmental work is done according to some rules, policies and procedures, laid down for it.

The medieval mindset of rich landlords has not undergone the desired psychological framework, so as to make them compatible with the changing times.

Secondly, it was totally unfair for those village goondas to demand money as they thought that a Dalit woman sarpanch did not know how to spend the panchayat funds for the development of their village. Since, she is an elected sarpanch; it was well within her power to decide the matter after having consultation with other panches of the village.

The high-handedness of the high caste people (Shuklas and their henchmen) really deserves to be dealt with sternly and they should be better thrown to the place, which they badly deserve i.e. behind the bars. As such incorrigible upper caste people are simply not digesting the erosion of their age-old dominance, they should better shift from the village where only the rule of democratic set-up prevails.

Thirdly, as they are misusing their arms for the victimisation and harassment of the poor and the Dalits, license of Shukla’s gun should be cancelled/forfeited and the guns should be taken back and put into police custody. Heavy financial penalty should also be imposed on all the perpetrators of crime so that it serves as a deterrent for further perversion in society.

Incidentally, a woman (Mrs Girija Vyas) heads the National Commission for Women; she should be in a better position to comprehend the damage and insult done to the modesty of another woman in such a scenario. Accordingly, this matter should be taken very seriously and maximum punishment should be awarded to all the people involved in the said crime, who disrobed the woman, particularly, holding a constitutional position.

That shall be the only way of dealing with such perverted minds and doing due justice to the lady unduly victimised.