Monday, June 10, 2013

NHRC seeks govt report on ‘atrocities’ on Dalits

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, seeking a report on the alleged atrocities on dalits in Lalitpur district in Bundelkhand. NHRC has asked its Director General (Investigation) to send a fact-finding team to Lalitpur to investigate the allegations.

A Varanasi-based NGO – People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights – had filed a complaint on May 31, alleging that caste-based discrimination, sexual exploitation and untouchability is widespread in Bundelkhand. The NGO's general secretary, Lenin Raghuvanshi, alleged in his complaint that dalit villagers in Lalitpur are forced to hold their shoes in hand in front of the upper-caste Thakur community. He further alleged that women of Valmiki community have to manually dispose of human faeces and carcasses of dead animals.

The NHRC has sought a a report on the allegations within four weeks.

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