Indian Temple Brands Dalits " Untouchables", Bars Entry

by stellasglobe | September 3, 2010 at 01:00 am

In what is one of the ugliest practices in  Indian society, temples in
a village in India's Haryana state bars people of Dalit communities
from entering and worship.

A local community reporter Amit Kumar, a Dalit himself reports this in
a video showing how his community is forbidden to enter a temple.

In Barot village of Ludwa, Haryana, Dalits  are not allowed to enter
the village temples. The temples allow only the villagers who belong
to upper castes to worship. Amit talks to several other youths like
himself in his community who share the pain and indignity that they
face every day.

The Constituion of India ensures equal rights to all citizens.  These
include the right to ‘opt, embrace and practice any religion”.

However, in Barot village of Ludwa the Dalits have always been denied
this right.  They have been treated as ‘dirty’ and asked by both the
upper caste and the temple priest to keep away from the temple.

Amit says that though the older generation has accepted this denial of
rights as a fate, youths in his community are angry and bitter to be
treated as untouchables and being barred from having simple joys such
as worshipping in a temple.

Though such discrimination violates the basic human rights and causes
a lot of indignity to Dalits, no effort has been made to end this till
now. In fact the govt only acts when the prejudice sparks violence and
a Dalit family is physically attacked by the upper caste.

Amit who has been reporting on this discrimination since he joined
IndiaUnheard - a news service dedicated to community news, did this
video to share with the viewers the humiliation that he experiences
every day as a Dalit youth. He wants them to condemn this, so that
people like him can live with dignity.


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