Thousands of Dalit people have come together across Madhya Pradesh to become part of a group called the Megh Sena to fight against rising instances of caste violence and discrimination in the state.
Officials said 10,000 Dalit persons have joined the state chapter of the Megh Sena this month to fight against upper caste oppressors legally and socially, and work for the uplift of the community through providing education in a state that has seen 4,151 cases of crime against scheduled castes in 2014.
The Megh Sena’s state chapter was launched on January 3, over nine years after it was conceived by the Rashtriya Sarv Meghvansh Mahasabha (India) in Jaipur to work for the welfare of Dalit communities.
“Till now, we have formed the Sena in some parts of Nimar region, including Neemuch , Rajgarh, Ratlam and Shajapur districts but in next one year every district of Madhya Pradesh will have our Megh Sena unit,” said Gopal Denwal , president of the Rashtriya Sarv Meghvansh Mahasabha.
Workers have united under the slogan “Apna Danda, Apni Topi and Apna Jhanda” to counter any cases of caste atrocities or discrimination.
“If any Dalit atrocity takes in place in any village of MP, we are informed within hours and we inform the local police and administration about the incident. Ours local representative reaches the spot along with others and then provides help legally and socially to the family. If the matter is grave they live with the family till the situation gets normal,” he said.
Every member of the Sena was called as “commando” and the respective heads as “commandant” in a district.
“We also orgainsed a road show just like “Path Sanchalan, to show our unity and power in many parts of Rajasthan and now we will do it in MP,” he added. The Sena has already attracted over 100,000 people across India, including Madhya Pradesh, Harayana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat.
“The aim is to help community members who face atrocity through law and police,” said Babu Lal Thawalia, Ujjain resident and president of the Madhya Pradesh chapter of the Megh Sena.
The Sena also has other wings such as the Mahila Wing, Youth Wing, Abhav Abhiyog Wing, Students’ Wing, Media Wing and Panch Patidar Wing. Each Sena member processes a directory of all senior police and administrative officers of the state.