The Dalit community has always been discriminated and deprived under the garb of following societal norms that have been in existence since ages. They have suffered humiliation, have lost respect, honour, dignity and, most importantly, have suffered the oppression of caste system in the society. Whenever Dalits have tried to resist the unfair practices imposed on them, their efforts have always been retaliated by the upper castes, who have also been violent at times. As per 2001 census, Dalits count for 9.84% of the total population in Haryana. The state is not far behind in practicing atrocities against Dalits.
Over the years, there has been an increase in the incidents of atrocities taking place against Dalits, as per reports. In Haryana, places like Harsol (Kaithal), Dulina (Jhajjar), Gohana (Sonepat) and Salwa (Karnal) have witnessed media coverage in the past due to various occurrences of such incidents. In Haryana, the Dalits have always faced organised and continuous violations of their rights. As per sources from the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), FIRs in such cases have increased from 238 in 2010 to 257 in 2013. The cases include crimes like murder, rapes, kidnapping, arson, hurt and other cases under SC/ST Act.
Haryana, which is heading towards development in all the fields, faces such a horrendous situation. Is it right on the part of the state or the government to let this happen? It is also reported that against the 257 FIRs, only 146 chargesheets have been filed. This statistic sheds a light on the role of Haryana police and the action taken by them in such cases. Behind these serious human rights violations instances taking place against Dalits, which is in the form of killings, rapes, torture and illegal detentions, the role of Haryana police in effective performance of their duties has also been doubtful.
With so many incidents of atrocities taking place in the state, the question arises is, what the government has done to put a stop on the occurrences of such incidents? Will it be right to say that Haryana is a lawless state for Dalits? The sources have also revealed that the Dalits face discrimination in the postings and promotions in the departments of the state government in Haryana. It is also reported that the government is not able to fill around 10,000 vacancies meant for the SC category.
This is not the Haryana that we seek. We envision a dream of Naya Haryana, where we want equality, justice and respect for each and every individual. Naya Haryana will take immediate and relevant measures to put a control on the atrocities and incidents taking place against any caste, creed or community. It is not only a dream, but a reality which will soon come true.