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Fact finding Team Condemns Arson, Burning of Dalits Houses and the Gruesome Killing at Mirchpur, in Haryana

by mudasser — last modified 2010-05-07 12:06

On 24 April 2010, the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ) of National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) – and Anhad facilitated a fact-finding visit to Mirchpur in Haryana’s Hisar district where 17-year-old girl Suman and her 60-year-old father Tara Chand were burnt alive on 21 April by a Jat mob from the village that also set fire to and looted 18 Balmiki houses and looted 18 houses.

The fact-finding team comprised Shabnam Hashmi, Member, National Integration Council; Bhasha Singh, senior journalist with Nai Duniya; Umakant, human rights activist; S. Anand, journalist and publisher of Navayana;   Mansi Sharma of Anhad (Act Now for Harmony andDemocracy); Jai Singh, Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan, Phillaur; and Dr. Sirivella Prasad, Mudasser Ahmed, Ashim Boral and Abirami of NCDHR-NDMJ.

The key findings of the fact-finding team are:

1. It was a pre-planned attack with the connivance of the police. The row over the dog,highlighted by the media and police, was only a pretext.
2. There was trouble brewing over Dalits managing a local temple festival. The prosperity and independence of a section of the Dalits was begrudged by the Jats.
3. The village Mirchpur has a history of violence against Dalits as evidenced by the 2007 incident where five Dalits belonging to Dom community were paraded naked and abused. Also, the Mirchpur carnage is a sequel to Salwan (2007, Karnal district);
Gohana (2005) and the Jhajjar lynching (2003).
4. There was, and continues to be, complete collusion between the Jat-dominated district police and the Jats of the village so much that Dalits have completely lost faith in the administration. Most Balmiki families have left the village and those left behind are demanding resettlement in a safer place.
5. Despite the acute tensions in the village, on 24 April, the administration allowed a Maha Khap Panchayat, attended by 43 Jat khaps from across Haryana, to be held in Mirchpur. The SP and Deputy Commissioner, who were present in the village as the panchayat happened, feigned ignorance of this brazen attempt to intimidate the local Dalits.

For a more detailed report please click the link below:-

Fact finding Team Condemns Arson, Burning of Dalits Houses and the Gruesome Killing at Mirchpur, in Haryana

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