SC flays Haryana govt for not protecting Dailts
Posted on Aug 26, 2010 at 17:12

New Delhi: The Supreme Court came down heavily on the Haryana
government on Thursday for not doing enough to protect Dalits. The
court made the stinging observation while hearing the case related to
the attack on Dalits in Mirchpur village of Haryana on April.

The court said that the state government had been protecting those
involved in attacking the Dalits instead of arresting them and warned
that if the police did not take any action in 48 hours, the
paramilitary would step in.

The court also slammed the state Director General of Police, saying he
had no right to continue in his post if he cannot protect the Dalits.

"If police do not arrest the accused in next 48 hours we will to ask
paramilitary force to arrest them. What is the DGP doing if the police
cannot execute non-bailable warrant what right does he have to
continue as the DGP. Should we ask neighboring states to accommodate
them because you are not able to protect them," the court observed.

An 18-year-old physically challenged Dalit girl and her
70-year-old-father were burnt to death when some men reportedly
belonging to the Jat community set their home on fire on April 21,
2010. At least 15 Dalit homes were also set on fire in the riot
exposing the deep rooted caste tension in Haryana.

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