Vinti Vishwakarma reports from Koderma, Jharkhand for Video Volunteers.
The recent Supreme Court judgment on the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act raked up a storm and divided public opinion on the law against caste-based discrimination in India. As is the usual, the focus of the ‘upper’ caste communities centred around reservation in government education and jobs, rather than everyday, real, blatant acts of discrimination and atrocity.
Vinti Vishwakarma, who reports from Koderma in Jharkhand, came across one such case of caste-based atrocity and police torture in the predominantly ‘upper’ caste village of Tehro in the Satgawan block of the district. Tehro has a population of about 5000 persons, of which only 20 families belonged to Dalit communities. Needless to say, the clout of the ‘upper’ caste communities is only aggravated given the strength of their numbers.
On 13 March, 2017, the residents of the Dalit neighbourhood, and the rest of the village, were celebrating Holi, a festival usually marked by playing with colours. In the afternoon, the police personnel who was on duty in the village was passing by the neighbourhood when someone threw some colour on him. Out of fear, most people immediately fled the spot. But Pradeep Choudhary remained there. Read more: https://www.videovolunteers.org/dalit-man-dies-of-police-brutality-in-jharkhand/
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