Dalits in MP allege they were not allowed to use public borewell

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After a dalit man was killed in Maharashtra’s Ahmadnagar district on Friday for his Ambedkar mobile caller tune, yet another complaint of atrocity against dalits has been reported, this time in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.

According to the news agency PTI, dalit residents of Ghatwani village in Alirajpur district have complained of not being allowed to use a public borewell because of their caste. Instead, they alleged they had to drink dirty water of a disused well.

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As many as 200 dalits from the village recently met the district magistrate demanding that a separate borewell be dug for them.

The DM, Shekhar Verma told the news agency that he was going to send a team of officials of social justice and revenue departments to the village to stop the discrimination.

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“Untouchability won’t be tolerated at any cost,” the collector said adding that a separate borewell would soon be dug for these dalits.

Incidentally, Bhilala community in the village, which allegedly refused to allow dalits to use the lone hand-operated borewell, is itself a scheduled tribe.

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RS Chouhan, executive engineer of public health and engineering department, said, “A complaint has come that Bhilalas don’t allow dalits to fetch water. We will install a new hand-pump for the dalit community in the village.”

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