In a shocking development, around 50 Dalit families in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh have sought Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s permission for euthanasia.
They have wished to end their lives alleging the land granted to them 15 years ago by government remained occupied by musclemen which left them with no means to sustain livelihood.
The families, according to PTI, belong to Nasrullahganj area in Budhni, the assembly constituency of Chouhan and had two days ago sent a memorandum to the chief minister’s office in Bhopal in this regard.
However, district authorities denied receiving any such complaint and said a case in this regard was being heard in court.
“These families of Borkhedi, Vasudev, Sohankhedi and Jogala villages under Nasrullaganj police station area of Budhni in Sehore, the home district of Chouhan, have signed a memorandum that they have not yet got the tracts of government land given to them as help 15 years ago as it was in possession of influential persons,” Rashtriya Dalit Chetna Manch state secretary Jaswant Singh said on Sunday.
This development has taken place amidst raging debate over the status of Dalits particularly in BJP-governed states.
Gujarat is witnessing protests after four Dalit youth were publicly beaten by so-called cow protection group.
On Sunday, two youth were beaten by a group of 25 people for overtaking in Maharashtra, another state government by the BJP.
In Uttar Pradesh, the saffron party had to expel its senior functionary, Dayashankar Singh, after he compared the BSP leader, Mayawati, to a prostitute.
The local administration is helpless and the Dalits were not getting justice even after staging protests and agitation, Singh claimed.
“These oppressed people are living in abject poverty as they do not have any source of income. Therefore, they have sought to end their lives (mercy killing),” he added.
Sources said the agricultural tracts were allotted to these families by the then Digivijaya Singh government in the state.
Those who have signed the memorandum include Ram Prasad, Sukhia Bai, Arjun Singh, Shoba Bai, Alam Singh, Kamla Bai, Rughunath, Jayanti Bai, Kamla Bai, Anokhi Bai, Phool Bai, Rameshwar, Lalita Bai, Vasu Bai and Ramesh.
“This issue pertains to the Revenue department and it is being heard by honourable court after an FIR was registered,” Nasrullaganj police station Inspector Niranjan Sharma said.
When contacted, the Chief Minsiter’s media team told PTI that Chouhan was not available immediately for comments as he was out of state.