The ‘so-called’ upper-class people of Suga VDC have resorted to dirty tactics to pressurize the Dalits to renounce their decision traditional work of clearing carcass.
A local Arpan Karna said that the ‘upper-caste’ people are taking back their land on which the Dalit families were working as land tenants.
The VDC has settlements of 16 caste and communities including Bahun, Bhuihar, Janjati, and other Dalits along with Chamars. There are 125 Chamars in 20 households.
The Chamars are traditionally expected to dispose of the carcass. Karna said that after the Chamars decided to give up this work, the other communities have resorted to their social boycott.
One leading Chamar of the VDC, Ratan Chamar said that the shopkeepers are not selling goods to them, not interacting with them, and boycotting them.
“When our women go in the open to answer nature’s call as we do not have toilets, they are being harassed”, Ratan added.
Some miscreants torched the straw hut of another Dalit, Kheharu Mahara on February 14 night inflicting him damage of nearly 25,000.
The harassment began on January 28 when they decided that they would not be disposing of the dead cow belonging to local Raghubir Pandey.
Ratan added that they faced similar repercussions one and a half years ago when they took similar decisions. He said that then the human rights activists and government officials negotiated on the points that no one would be forced to take up this work.
Commenting on the situation, SP Saurav Rana said that the police had already warned the ‘upper-caste’ people that they had no right to force Chamar to dispose of the dead cow and that if they did not relent, legal action would be taken.
He further said that he had received a report of arson of one villager’s hut.
Ratan said that he had filed a complaint at the local police station on January 30 and at District Police Office on February 15.