Row over ‘untouchable’ Indian dog

21/09/2011

BBC South Asia

24 September 2010 Last updated at 19:26 GMT

Row over ‘untouchable’ Indian dog

Police in India are investigating claims that a Dalit woman has been ordered to pay compensation to the high-caste owners of a dog she fed.

Sunita Jatav with Sheru

Sunita Jatav fed Sheru some leftover bread

The woman says the village council wants her to pay a fine of 15,000 rupees ($330) for feeding the dog, which the owners have now kicked out. They are reported to have said the dog is “untouchable”, but deny being motivated by caste considerations. Although widespread, discrimination against Dalits is an offence in India. Dalits, who make up nearly 20% of the Indian population, say little has changed despite the government enacting various laws banning caste-based discrimination. ‘He got very angry’ The incident took place in Malikpur village in Morena district in central Madhya Pradesh state. “I made some roti [Indian bread] and took it to my husband who works in a farm. After I had fed him, we had some leftovers which I gave to the dog,” the Dalit woman, Sunita Jatav, said. She said the owner of the dog, Amrutlal Kirari, saw her feeding him. “He got very angry and said ‘You’ve fed my dog, it has become an untouchable now’.” Mrs Jatav said Mr Kirari left the dog, a black mongrel called Sheru, tied to a pole outside her house. On Monday, the village council met and decided that Sheru had been defiled and hence Mr Kirari should be paid 15,000 rupees as compensation, Mrs Jatav alleged.

On Tuesday, she approached the district collector of Morena who ordered an inquiry into the incident. Senior police officer in the area, Baldev Singh, told the BBC that he was investigating the matter. He said Mr Kirari had alleged that after eating the bread, Sheru fell ill. Mr Kirari said he abandoned the dog at Mrs Jatav’s house so she could look after it and nurse it back to health, Mr Singh added. Dalits – formerly untouchables – are considered at the bottom of the Hindu caste system. Any discrimination against them is an offence and punishable by law.

Courtesy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11403486

 

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ಮಾನ್ಯರೆ ಒಂದಂತೂ ನಿಜ, ಈ ಪ್ರಪಂಚದಲ್ಲಿ ದಲಿತನಾಗಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಬಾರದು. ಅದೇ ಹುಟ್ಟಿ ಸಣ್ಣ ಪುಟ್ಟ ತಪ್ಪುಮಾಡಿ ದರಂತೂ ಅಥವಾ ಆರೋಪ ಬಂದರಂತೂ ಅವನ ಕಥೆ ಮುಗಿದಂತೆಯೆ. ಮೈಸೂರು ವಿ.ವಿ. ಪ್ರಾಧ್ಯಾಪಕ ಶಿವಬಸವಯ್ಯನವರ ವಿಷಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಇದೇ. ಅಂದಹಾಗೆ ಇದು ಶಿವಬಸವಯ್ಯನವರೊಬ್ಬರ ಕಥೆಯಲ್ಲ. ದಲಿತರ ವಿಷಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಂದೆ ಇಂತಹದ್ದು ಹಲವಾರು ನಡೆದಿವೆ. ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗೆ ಹೇಳುವುದಾದರೆ ಬೂಸಾ ಪ್ರಕರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧ ಪಟ್ಟಂತೆ ದಿ.ಬಿ. ಬಸವಲಿಂಗಪ್ಪನವರ ರಾಜೀನಾಮೆ ಪಡೆದದ್ದು, ಕಾಪಿ ಹಗರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಜಿ ಸಚಿವ ಬಿ.ಸೋಮಶೇಖರ್‌ರವರ ರಾಜೀನಾಮೆ ಪಡೆದದ್ದು, ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ 2ಜಿ ಸ್ಪೆಕ್ಟ್ರಂ ಪ್ರಕರಣ. 

ಅಬ್ಬಾ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾ ಹೋದರೆ ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ದಲಿತ ಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳು, ಆಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು, ಪ್ರಾಧ್ಯಾಪಕರು, ಶಿಕ್ಷಕರು, ನೌಕರರು ಇಂತಹ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥಿತ ಕುತಂತ್ರಿ ಅಸ್ಪಶತಾಚರಣೆಗೆ ಒಳಪಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆಯೋ? ಒಂದಂತು ನಿಜ . ಇವರೆಲ್ಲರ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ತಕ್ಷಣ ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಬಂಧಿಸಿ ಜೈಲಿಗೆ ಅಟ್ಟಲಾಗಿದೆ! ಆದರೆ? ಮಾಜಿ ಪ್ರದಾನಿ ದಿ. ರಾಜೀವ್ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಮತ್ತವರ ಕುಟುಂಬ ಬೋಫೋರ್ಸ್‌ನಂತಹ ಬೃಹತ್ ಹಗರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಂಡರೂ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಶಿಕ್ಷೆಯಾ ಗಲೇ ಇಲ್ಲ! ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ ಇರಲಿ ಪ್ರಕರಣವನ್ನೇ ಮುಚ್ಚಿಹಾಕಲಾ ಯಿತು! ಮಾಜಿ ಉಪ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಲಾಲ್‌ಕೃಷ್ಣಅಡ್ವಾಣಿ ಬಾಬ್ರಿ ಮಸೀದಿ ಧ್ವಂಸ ಪ್ರಕರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಆರೋಪಿಯಾ ದರೂ ಅವರು ಆಧಿಕಾರದ ಮೇಲೆ ಅಧಿಕಾರ ಪಡೆ ಯುತ್ತಾ ಮನ್ನುಗ್ಗಿದರು. ಅದೇ ದಲಿತ ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರಿದ ಬಂಗಾರು ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಣ್? ಲಂಚ ಪ್ರಕರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ನೇಪಥ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಸರಿದರು!

ಒಂದು ದಾಖಲೆಯ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಲೋಕಾಯುಕ್ತರ ಬಲೆಗೆ ಬಹುತೇಕ ಬೀಳುವವರು ಅಥವಾ ಬೀಳಿಸಲ್ಪಡುವವರು ದಲಿತ ನೌಕರರು! ಹಾಗಂತ ಸ್ವತಃ ವಿಧಾನ ಪರಿಷತ್ತಿನ ವಿರೋಧ ಪಕ್ಷದ ನಾಯಕಿ ಮೋಟಮ್ಮನವರೇ ಹೇಳಿ ದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಾಗಿದ್ದರೆ ದಲಿತರು ಮಾತ್ರ ಭ್ರಷ್ಟರೇ? ದಲಿತರು ಮಾತ್ರ ವಿಷಯ ಲಂಪಟರೇ? ದಲಿತರು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಪರಾಧವೇ? ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಬೆಳವಣಿ ಗೆಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡಿದರೆ ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಅನಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಯಾಕೆಂದರೆ 1.7 ಲಕ್ಷ ಕೋಟಿಯಂತಹ ಬೃಹತ್ ಹಗರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಕಶ್ಚಿತ್ ಒಬ್ಬ ಮಂತ್ರಿ ದಲಿತ ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರಿದೆ. ಎ.ರಾಜ ಬಲಿಯಾಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ ಅರುಣ್ ಶೌರಿ, ಧಯಾನಿಧಿ ಮಾರನ್, ನೀರಾ ರಾಡಿಯಾ, ಅನಂತ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಇವರೆಲ್ಲ? ರಾಜಾರೋಷವಾಗಿ ಓಡಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ! ರೇಣುಕಾಚಾರ್ಯರಂತಹವರು ಲಜ್ಜೆಗೆಟ್ಟು ಬಹಿರಂಗವಾಗಿ ಮುತ್ತುಕೊಡುವಂತಹ ಹಗರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿಬಿದ್ದರೂ ಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳಾಗುತ್ತಾರೆ! ವಾಸ್ತವ ಹೀಗಿರಬೇಕಾ ದರೆ ಶಿವಬಸವಯ್ಯನಂತಹವರು ಮಾಡಿದ ತಪ್ಪಾದರೂ ಏನು? ದಲಿತರಾಗಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ್ದು! ಅಕಸ್ಮಾತ್ ಇವರೇನಾ ದರೂ ಮೇಲ್ವರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರೆ ಇಷ್ಟೊತ್ತಿಗಾಗಲೇ ಅವರನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸುವ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಭರದಿಂದ ನಡೆದಿರುತಿತ್ತು! ಆದರೆ ಈಗ? ದಲಿತ ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರಿದ ಶಿವಬಸವಯ್ಯ ನವರನ್ನು ಹಿಂದು ಮುಂದು ನೋಡದೆ ತಕ್ಷಣ ಅಮಾನತು ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಜೈಲಿಗೆ ಅಟ್ಟಲಾಗಿದೆ! ದಲಿತ ನೌಕರರ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥಿತ ಮತ್ತು ಸುಶಿಕ್ಷಿತ ಅಸ್ಪಶತಾಚರಣೆ ಎಂದರೆ ಇದೇ ಅಲ್ಲವೇ?

-ರಘೋತ್ತಮ ಹೊ.ಬ

ಚಾಮರಾಜನಗರ

 


Caste no bar (SC/ST excuse)Wedded to untouchability, even in cyberspace

29/12/2010

COIMBATORE: sample the way untouchability is making it to cyberspace: ‘Caste no bar (SC/ST excuse)’. The entry, made by a girl as part of her profile posted on Bharatmatrimony.com, horrified city resident P Jayan. “I wonder how the website management allowed the client to post such an entry. It’s an affr ont to the country’s Scheduled communities,” Jayan told Express.

On Monday, he called up the girl’s mother. That night, he found the profile having been yanked off the site.

Portal founder Murugavel Janaki raman says BharatMatrimony has been neutral towards caste and religion. “If we sight an objectionable entry, we modify the description and educate members on the subject.”

Jayan doesn’t see this as an isola ted case. He claims many matrimony sites bear similar entries. He now plans to move a court seeking directions to all such portals to moderate content to prevent untouchability.

K Samuel Raj, State secretary of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front, says he is surprised to learn that untouchability had crept even into matrimonial portals. A rec ent survey by the Front had found untouchability in 82 different forms across the State, but it did not include cyberspace. Terming the issue as ser ious, he said his Front would take it up with the government.

http://expressbuzz.com/states/tamilnadu/wedded-to-untouchability-even-in-cyberspace/235081.html


Recasting Hinduism for the 21st century

24/12/2010

It is important that Hindus take the lead in acknowledging the damage that caste discrimination does and resolving to tackle it

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India Dalit HinduDalits at the National Conference of Dalits in New Delhi. Photograph: Manish Swarup/APCaste has become the convenient “hook” to hang the Hinduism portrait since Hinduism, that “rolling caravan of conceptual spaces”, is too complex a religion/way of life for the “people of the book” who have reigned supreme the past two millennia. Unfortunately, caste being the complex conundrum that it is, Hinduism almost always is seen through the prism of caste. 

In a newly published report, the Hindu American Foundation tackles the issue of caste discrimination, and of the immediate and urgent need for Hindus to acknowledge that caste is not an intrinsic part of Hinduism; that continuing caste-based discrimination is a major human rights problem; and only Hindus, through reform movements, through an activist agenda, and through education can rid Hindu society of the scourge of caste-based discrimination.

While there will be naysayers in the Hindu community, who wish to get into their bunkers and fight a rearguard battle to “defend” Hinduism from what they see as a concerted campaign of vilification by Christian missionaries, Muslim fundamentalists, Marxist Hindu haters, and a global-capitalist-western hegemony, it is important that Hindus bell the casteist cat themselves. In this regard, the HAF report points out that caste-based discrimination is a serious human rights issue in the Indian subcontinent, and that over 160 million people, whom the Indian government categorises as “scheduled castes” (SCs), suffer from discrimination by not only a variety of Hindu caste groups but even by “upper caste” Christians and Muslims after they have converted to Christianity or Islam.

The Indian constitution, whose chief architect, BR Ambedkar, was himself a member of the scheduled castes, outlaws “untouchability” – the act of segregating and ostracising a social group by literally prohibiting physical contact with members of the SCs. Alas, India is hobbled by a weak and sometimes dysfunctional judicial system, and therefore acts of discrimination against the SCs (or Dalits, as many of them prefer to call themselves) either go unpunished or ignored.

Other lawlessness in India goes unpunished but the challenge of dealing with caste-based discrimination has been the most disheartening. This is especially so in rural areas where caste dynamics continues to play havoc. In 2008, for example, according to the Indian government, there were 33,615 human rights violations of various types – from the denial of entry into temples to denial of service in wayside restaurants, and from bonded labour to the exploitation of women.

HAF’s report therefore begins with an important point: that Hindus must acknowledge that caste arose in Hindu society, that some Hindu texts and traditions justify a birth-based hierarchy and caste bias, and that it has survived despite considerable attempts by Hindus to curtail it. It notes that caste-based discrimination represents a failure of Hindu society “to live up to its essential spiritual teachings,” that divinity is inherent in all beings, and that caste is not an intrinsic part of Hinduism.

Sure, untouchability is practiced not just by Hindus in India and Nepal but by non-Hindus in Yemen, Japan, Korea, France, Somalia, and Tibet. But the sheer number of people who are discriminated against in India makes this a uniquely Indian and Hindu problem. Fishing in India’s troubled waters are therefore missionaries who for long have sought to make India Christian, and the left/Marxist forces in India who see only Hinduism as a problem but not religion per se. In recent decades, and especially after George W Bush became president, there was a surge in monies funneled into India for planting churches and converting Hindus. Organisations like the Dalit Freedom Network, led by and catering to mostly Christians, have gone on overdrive and sought to categorise SCs as non-Hindus and therefore arguing that they are not converting Hindus to Christianity.

HAF’s report, a first of its kind by a modern Hindu advocacy group, provides readers a handy but grand sweep of the problem of caste – from its origins to its role in the past and at present, its use and abuse, and reform movements from the earliest by the likes of Basaveshwara to the great 19th- and 20th-century reform movements like the Arya Samajmovement, and reformers like Jyotiba PhuleNarayana GuruMahatma Gandhi, and others.

Noting that there are defenders of the caste system, not just the curmudgeon and cruel among Hindus, but the likes of Voltaire and Diderot who fought against the monotheistic intolerance of Christians and Muslims, to sociologists like Louis Dumont who argued that the “distribution of functions leads to exchanges”, to the great Indophile,Alain Daniélou who argued that caste does not equate to “racist inequality but … a natural ordering of diversity,” the HAF report argues that a birth-based hierarchy is unacceptable, that inequities against and the abuse of the Dalits/SCs is a human rights issue, and that the solution to this social ill is available within Hindu sacred texts themselves, and that Hindus should be at the forefront of putting an end to the system of birth-based hierarchy as well as taking the lead in energising the Dalit community to fight discrimination.

As the British seek to draft a new bill of rights, and from what one hears,equate caste with racism, similar to what was sought at the United Nations Durban conference on racism and racial discrimination, as western Europe and US-based missionary groups ratchet up the calls for actions and sanctions against India, and as we move into a new era of global interaction, it is time for Hindus to act.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/dec/21/india-hindu-dalit


Untouchability: Drink your own water, dead dog or no

24/12/2010

BANGALORE: The village well is where castelines cut deep between the `we’ and `they’ notion in Waganagere village of Gulbarga. While the upper castes have their own wells, the pariahs living on the outskirts have one well. Take it or leave it.

Located in a dry region where drought is common, there are no natural lakes or even a river close by. The usual sources of water are tubewells and wells. But these sources of drinking water are not accessible to the dalits and the only well for almost 120 dalit households usually has very little water, according to the National Law School of India University’s Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy.

Citing one instance, the study says a dog had fallen into this well and died. The dalits were left with no option, but to consume the toxic water after removing the carcass. “Even in such inhuman conditions, dalits are not allowed to enter the main part of the village and fetch water from the tubewells situated inside the village, where the upper castes live,” the study says.

While detailing how the village has clearly segregated sources of drinking water for different castes, the NLSU study also talks of how in extreme cases of drought, the upper castes do allow dalits some water. Except that the water is poured into the dalits’ pots from a distance, to prevent them from using the well!

Village Waganagere is just one among such extreme cases of caste prejudice in a state known for its royal Mysore and Vijayanagar kingdoms. At 126, Gulbarga district has the highest number of cases registered under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 in Karnataka.

In Bommanahalli village of Gulbarga district, the dalit population of 20 households experiences untouchability in many forms. Non-dalit castes here are mainly Brahmins, Kurubas, Ayyanars and Muslims. The Dalits mainly consist of the jatis Madaru and Holeyaru, both Scheduled Castes, and reside on the fringe of the village in a separate colony.

There are segregated water sources for dalits and non-dalits in this village too. “All sources of drinking water are not accessible to dalits. They have separate tubewells. When there is scarcity of water, the dalits are not allowed to directly draw water from the well or tubewells. One of the upper caste members would pour water into their pots,” the study says.

Life and later

The great divide is not confined to the living: even graveyards are segregated for dalits and non-dalits. In the event of a death in any dalit household, the body is paraded. The procession is strictly prohibited from entering the residential areas of the upper castes. There has been no violence on this issue, as the geography of the village and location of dalit households and their graveyard allows for dalit processions to parade the body out of the way of the other castes. Hence, there are no conflicts over access to burial grounds.

Harvest and forget

Dalits are not allowed to enter the houses of non-dalits, except when it is convenient, such as harvest season, when manual labour is required to transport the crops. Even then, the employed dalits have restricted access: while delivering the harvested crops, they are allowed entry only till the verandahs of upper caste homes.

Wedding feasts

During marriages and other celebrations, non-dalits are served food inside the house. Later, the lower castes are served, but at a distant place. The food is not offered in the plates and tumblers served to the rest of the guests; they have to bring along their own tableware.

The upper castes also demand that a separate cook be hired to prepare food exclusively for the lower castes. And the clincher: the ingredients for the feast, and the cost, are to be borne by the dalits themselves!

Read more: Drink your own water, dead dog or no – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Drink-your-own-water-dead-dog-or-no/articleshow/4839520.cms#ixzz193rFmKMA


NEPAL: Discrimination continues against Dalits

24/12/2010
Dalits are still regarded as “untouchables”

KATHMANDU, 24 December 2010 (IRIN) – Dalit communities, the lowest of the 100 caste groups in Nepal, continue to be marginalized, despite the fact that caste-based discrimination was abolished in 1963, activists say.

“Untouchability and discrimination were legitimized by the state over a century ago,” said Bhakta Biswakarma, national head of the advocacy group, Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO).

“Today we see the state doing little to change the situation. Discrimination against the Dalit as the untouchable caste is still practised so rigidly – especially in the remote areas.”

The 1854 Civil Code, introduced by the Rana regime, explicitly declared the Dalits untouchable, the lowest status within the Hindu social hierarchical structure.

This imposed strict regulations on where the Dalit were allowed to live (they could not enter temples or use the same tap water as higher castes), forbad them from education and from participating in community festivals.

Those who defied the law of untouchability were punished; the state imposed the practice of discrimination on society, said Suman Poudel, an official with the Dalit NGO Federation (DNF).

Little has changed for the estimated 23 Dalit communities in the country’s hill and Terai regions, despite the propagation of legal rights.

Impoverished and neglected

Dalit communities have the lowest human development rankings in the country: 49.2 percent live below the poverty line compared with a national average of 31 percent, according to the World Bank.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) says discriminatory labour practices persist in the Terai, where the majority of Dalit live. During annual harvest seasons (March-May and September-November), high-caste landlords reportedly continue to use debt bondage to secure unpaid labour from Dalit labourers.

In the Terai, many Dalits are landless and live on less than US$1 a day, Poudel said, while UNDP assessments reveal that their annual per capita income is less than half that of higher castes ($764 to $1,848) across the rest of the country.

With a literacy rate of less than 33.5 percent above grade six (against 67.5 percent among higher-caste Brahmins), and high rates of school dropout, improving the social condition of Dalit communities is a challenge.

Weak implementation

And while caste discrimination was officially abolished in 1963, experts say the government has been weak in enforcing the ban.

“There are a plethora of policies and laws that have been drafted to protect the Dalit,” said Oxfam’s Robert Sila, a social inclusion and civil society expert. “But there is no seriousness on the government side when it comes to implementing these policies.”

One of the pillars of the government’s poverty reduction strategy for a long time has been social inclusion, but there is little evidence of that, Sila says.

However, Sudha Neupane, under-secretary for the gender equality and social section of Nepal’s Ministry of Local Development, says the government is focusing heavily on combating discrimination.

“The government is very sensitive to the issue of discrimination against the Dalit,” Neupane said.

A starting point would be addressing the controversy over population size. Government statistics show that the Dalit make up nearly 13 percent of the 29 million population, although the Dalit put that figure at more than 20 percent.

“A government cannot effectively address the needs of a population if it doesn’t have their exact numbers. It should do a fresh census to determine the real numbers,” said Sila.

Nepal’s last national census was done in 2001 and a new one is expected in 2011.

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Theme (s): Human Rights,

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportID=91437


AP: Upper castes deny water to dalits in village

29/10/2010
First Published : 28 Oct 2010 04:03:01 AM IST
Last Updated : 28 Oct 2010 09:05:18 AM IST

NELLORE: Tension prevailed in Vaddipalem hamlet of Kothavangallu village panachayat in Kodavaluru mandal when the upper caste people of the village prevented dalits from the Dalitwada from using water of the village well.

As the news spread like wildfire, several dalit organisations rushed to the village resulting in exchange of arguments between the upper caste people and dalit leaders. District collector K Ramgopal directed the Kodavaluru MRO to get the pipeline fixed and restore water supply from the well to the Dalitwada and submit a report on the incident immediately.

Vaddipalem, 30 km from here, has two wells, one used by the upper castes and the other by dalits. The water in the well meant for dalits got contaminated a few months ago. Following a request by the dalits, the collector sanctioned Rs1 lakh for laying a pipeline from the other well in the village to supply drinking water to the Dalitwada.

According to Kodavalur tahsildar N Syamalamma, the two groups had agreed to the arrangement and things went smoothly.

However, four days ago, an upper caste person had allegedly de-linked the pipeline cutting of water to Dalits.When the dalits went to the well to fetch water, they were chased away by the upper caste people. The dalits were forced to use the contaminated water for the last four days.

As the news spread, several dalit leaders from other places rushed to the village in support of the local dalits.

MRPS district president J Ramanaiah condemned the ill-treatment of dalits and said even after six decades of independence, caste discrimination was still prevalent and Vaddipallem incident stood  testimony to it. Bahujan Samaj Party Kovur incharge B Mastanaiah said it was unfortunate that discrimination against dalits was still continuing.

Courtesy: http://expressbuzz.com/states/andhrapradesh/ap-upper-castes-deny-water-to-dalits-in-village/218707.html