Three more panchayats pass resolutions to do away with caste-based crematoria
Three more panchayats in Patiala districts have decided to do away with caste-based crematoria.On Saturday the panchayats of Kararabad, Fatehgarh Channa and Talwandi Malik villages of the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency passed resolutions to abolish caste-based cremation grounds in their villages.Updated: Jan 03, 2015, 20:37 IST
Three more panchayats in Patiala districts have decided to do away with caste-based crematoria.
On Saturday the panchayats of Kararabad, Fatehgarh Channa and Talwandi Malik villages of the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency passed resolutions to abolish caste-based cremation grounds in their villages.
The move came nearly a week after when more than a dozen of Nabaha pnchayats had passed a similar resolution following a campaign launched by Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, Member of Parliament from Patiala.
After the resolution was handed over to Dr Gandhi, he assured the panchayats of special grants from his MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development) fund for the setting up of one cremation ground, a community hall, a gym and a library for all to promote brotherhood and to build a cohesive society.
While addressing the panchayats, Dr Gandhi said if they really wanted to end caste discrimination, they would have to take some initiatives at the ground level first such as ending caste-based crematoria. “This move will not only help end differentiation with the Dalit community, but also help build a health society,” he said.
Gandhi note: “The system of having separate cremation grounds, gurdwaras, dharamshalas etc is against the ideals of the natural justice. Such system had never been a part of the rich Sikh tradition, as our Gurus were strongly opposed to the caste-based system.”
“Such system is a blot on the Punjabi community and society, and thus, people should come forward to end the caste-based prejudices as these are against the tenets of Sikhism,” he appealed to the people of Punjab.
“It’s a good sign that panchayats are voluntarily joining this campaign, which is, at present, limited only to the Patiala constituency, but we are getting huge response from oustside villages as well,” said Dr Gandhi.
Once the campaign was successfully launched in the Patiala constituency, he said, he would take it to other parts of Punjab.
Naib Singh, sarpanch of Kararabad village, said they had no difficulty in passing the resolution, as the villagers’ response was positive.
“No political party or leader has ever talked of it earlier. Even we never thought of ending it, but the campaign showed us a path. We must contribute on our part to make the campaign a success all over,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr Gandhi said after ding away with caste-based crematoria, he would urge people to have a common gurdwara and dharmshala.