A group affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM), the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Munch Himachal Pradesh (Dalit atrocities free organization) plans to campaign for the rights of Dalits in the state. At a two-day meeting held here to work out the details, the general secretary of the All India Dalit Shoshan Mukti Munch, Shri Niwas Rao, who presided on the first day and Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) state president Rakesh Singha, who chaired the meeting while on the final day, exhorted people to come forward to protect the rights of Dalit society in the state.
Paras Ram, a resident of Mandi, who was selected as the state president of the group, will lead the masses in the coming days to fight the battle for the rights of Dalits, who frequently face discrimination in the state.
Talking to reporters, Ram said: “Many cases of discrimination against Dalits remain unreported due to pressure from vested interests. The condition of Dalits is going from bad to worse day by day, and they are struggling hard to get respect in society. Many of them face humiliation despite the 'Scheduled Castes' & 'Scheduled Tribes' Atrocity Act to protect their rights in Indian society.”
“This organization will not only include Dalit representatives but people belonging to privileged sections are also welcome to join it. We want to raise our voices in favour of Dalit rights in the state,” he added.