Dalit woman beaten up for drawing well water

KENDRAPARA (Odisha):  Untouchability isn’t dead in India, and almost half a century after the legendary Premchand wrote his short story ‘the well’, Dalits are still beaten up for their ‘polluting touch’.

A dalit woman was beaten up by members of upper caste for drawing potable water from a government-dug deep tube well in their area at a village in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, police said on Wednesday.

The woman faced the wrath of upper caste groups in Pikirali village, about 25km from here, on Monday as lower caste groups are not allowed to draw water from these wells, they said.

About 10 dalit families of the village were depending on one tubewell in their locality. But since last month, the sole tubewell in Dalit Sahi was defunct and scheduled caste persons were forced to subsist on polluted water of a pond.

Driven by compulsion, a dalit woman Kalpana Sethi (25) decided to fetch water from a tubewell in front of the house of an upper caste person, Bhamara Jena, for which some upper caste persons assaulted her and took away her bucket, police said.

The woman yesterday filed an FIR against Bhamara, Umakanta Jena and Kishor Jena (all belonging to the upper caste) in the local police station and alleged that they hurled abusive language and assaulted her for drawing water from the village tubewell.

The woman also alleged that some influential upper caste persons have been preventing the Dalits, including women and children, to take water from the village tubewell.

Earlier also, upper caste members abused some dalits for using the tubewell to draw water but the frightened people did not lodge any FIR against them, Sethi claimed.

“Acting on the FIR lodged by the complainant, cases under sections 354, 294, 341, 506 of IPC and section 3 of SC and ST (atrocity prevention) Act have been registered against persons named in the FIR. The matter is being investigated,” said Kendrapara sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Nrusingh Charana Swain.

 

 

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One Response to Dalit woman beaten up for drawing well water

  1. boy shakira

    September 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

    How many ears must one man have to hear the people cry? How frustrating that education in India doesn’t teach inclusion and that teachers don’t tell kids, hey there’s no such thing as untouchability…

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