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NHRC notice to Punjab govt on social boycott of Dalits in Sangrur

ANI  New Delhi, June 23, 2014
First Published: 15:07 IST(23/6/2014) | Last Updated: 15:09 IST(23/6/2014)

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that 105 families of scheduled castes have been facing social boycott by upper caste people in Baopur village of Moonak sub-division of Sangrur district, Punjab since May 15 of this year.

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They are reportedly facing this situation since they decided to cultivate 26 acres of panchayat land reserved for the scheduled castes.

Earlier, this land was being cultivated by the upper caste people who used to getting on contract through auction in the names of Dalits.

The commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raises a serious issue of violation of human rights of Dalits. It has issued a notice to the chief secretary, Government of Punjab calling for a report within four weeks.

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