Public hearing on atrocities against Dalits

Dalit Rights are Human Rights! cast out Caste!

PUBLIC HEARING ON ATROCITIES AGIANST DALITS
(Bangalore 3rd -4th July 2006)

Friends,

The “Caste system” enforces the inhuman Untouchability practices on 167 million Dalits in India, who constitute 1/6th of the Indian Population. Dalits even today suffer the brut of segregation, subjugation, humiliation, harassment and social and economic exclusion, including various forms of atrocities, despite the prevalence of various Constitutional safeguards and Special Legislations like SC/ST (POA) Act 1989 and Rules 1995 to ensure the Human dignity to Dalits.

The assertion of Dalits and their resistance against the Untouchability practices are viewed as an act of rebellious disobedience and Non Dalits inflict gruesome atrocities on them. Murder, various forms of physical assault, verbal abuse, parading Dalit women naked, gang rape, arson and looting, social boycott et., are some of the forms of heinous crimes unleashed on Dalits on a daily basis. The elected Representatives of the Sates and the Bureaucracy are mostly caste minded and they are ineffective in implementing the Special Legislations. The Judiciary and the Human Rights Institutions are also not adequately sensitized to address this issue. This is the situation, by and large, in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry of South India too.

In this Context, National Campaign On Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) a larger platform of Dalit Activists and Academics, committed for the Protection and Promotion of HRs of Dalits, has trained more than 700 Dalit youth, both men and women, in various States of India for ‘Atrocities Monitoring’. For the last 2 years, more than 300 heinous attacks on Dalits were identified, Fact Findings organized and proper Reports have been prepared. Based on these reports, NCDHR has been organizing a Public Hearing in Bangalore wherein more than 70 Dalit victims from these 5 States will depose before the Public and the Jury members, the various forms of atrocities that they faced in the hands of the Non Dalits and also the failure of the Government machinery in implementing the SC/ST (POA) Act 1989 and Rules 1995 to ensure justice and protection to these Dalit Victims.

Learned Jury Members ranging from Retired Judicial Officers to Bureaucrats and Human Rights Defenders from these States will listen to the victims and come out with a detailed report with their Findings and Recommendations. This report could be used by the Victims and NCDHR as an ‘Advocacy material’ to pressurize the State, Bureaucrats and Commissions to render justice to these victims. Further NCDHR will use this report for its International Advocacy and also to go for Legal Intervention in the respective Courts which includes filing of PIL in High Courts and Supreme Court to bring those culprits into books for legal punishment.

NCDHR invites all those who are committed to “Equality and Caste free Society” to participate in this historical event which takes place in Bangalore on the 3rd and 4th July 2006. Public is also free to bring their cases with clear documents and depose before this PH.

South Regional Public Hearing – Organised by NCDHR
Date : 3rd and 4th July, 2006 – 9 am to 6 pm ( On both days)
Venue : Senate Hall, Bangalore University Campus, Ambedkar Road, Near Central College, Bangalore – 1.

“Ours is a battle not for wealth or power but to reclaim our human personality”.
“Let us Educate, Agitate and Organize!”
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NATIONAL CAMPAIGN ON DALIT HUMAN RIGHTS
8/1 2nd Floor, South Patel Nagar, New Delhi – 110 008 Ph: 011-25842250/49

Contact in Bangalore:
State Office: NCDHR – Bangalore
Yashodha, Secretary, NCDHR, Karnataka.
mobile: 98455.87502