Murder of a Dalit elder in India condemned by Canada-based group

GURPREET SINGH
VANCOUVER DESI  

Ashok Khade, center, who runs Das Offshore Engineering, in the Maharashtra state of India, on Oct. 14, 2011. Khade is part of a tiny but growing class of millionaires form the Dalit population, the so-called untouchables who occupy the very lowest rung in Hinduism’s social hierarchy. (Kuni Takahashi/The New York Times)

Canada-based Friends of Secular India has strongly condemned the brutal murder of an 80-year-old Dalit on the 66th independence day in Bihar.An ad-hoc group of Dalit activists and their allies has unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the incident in which a Dalit man was stoned to death by the “upper caste” goons for daring to hoist a national flag in Baddi area of the Bihar state in India recently.

The crime   is a gory reminder of the ongoing caste based oppression against Dalits or so called untouchables in the Indian society.  The group today screened a documentary  ’Red Ant Dream’ based on the repression of Dalits and Adivasis or tribal population and Maoist insurgency in India at Guru Ravidas Temple in Burnaby.

The screening of the film was followed by a discussion where all the participants raised hands in support of resolution against systemic violence against the oppressed classes.

Among those present were Jai Birdi, Paramjit Kainth, Varinder Dabri, Mohan Lal Karimpuri and Purshottam Dosanjh.

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