Dalits start indefinite protest over social boycott

Dalits start indefinite protest over social boycott

TNN / Updated: Oct 23, 2021, 14:57 IST

JIND: Tension escalated at Chhatar village of Jind district after a youth was allegedly thrashed by upper caste residents on Friday evening. The injured youth, identified as Vijay, was taken to Uchana Kalan hospital, from where he was referred to another medical facility.

Earlier in the day, scheduled castes (SC) members of Chhatar village had started an indefinite protest in front of the mini secretariat here, demanding the arrest of 23 upper caste residents who have been booked for their social boycott. They even burnt an effigy of the Haryana government for not addressing their grievances.

On September 11, SC member Gurmeet had lodged police complaint, accusing some upper caste youth of thrashing him and using a castiest slur against him while watching a kabaddi match. To settle the matter, a panchayat was called and Gurmeet asked to take back the police complaint. When he refused, some upper caste residents announced a social boycott on September 26, after holding a panchayat of around 150 families of their community.

Uchana Kalan police have booked 23 residents of Chhatar village for the social boycott of SC community in the village. DSP Jitender Khatkar said, “We have ensured safety and security of SC community in village and also formed a peace committee in the village.”

SC community activist Dinesh Kumar claimed that upper caste residents of two villages — Khapar and Chhatar — in Uchana Kalan segment are also facing social boycott for seeking police action in the matter, instead of letting the panchayat decide it. “We will continue the protest till all the accused are arrested,” he added.

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