Chandigarh, October 14: Police on Thursday said 23 people, including a former Sarpanch, have been taken into custody for allegedly socially boycotting members of the Scheduled Castes in Shattar village in Ushana sub-district of Jind. Some Dalit families from the village claimed that members of the dominant caste demanded their social boycott to put pressure on them to withdraw a case against a member of their community. They said that three weeks ago, some upper caste youth beat up a Dalit youth due to some controversy related to the kabaddi match in the village. Police said they arrested a person after filing a case under the provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on the victim’s complaint. The families claimed that the call was made after some upper caste members called the panchayats recently and added that they could not get basic items or go to their fields due to the alleged boycott. About 150-200 Dalit families live in the village.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Jitendra Kumar said that based on a complaint, a case has been registered against 23 people, including the former Sarpanch, under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Atrocities Prevention) Act alleging the boycott of Dalits. The Social Democratic Party said the administration is constantly monitoring the situation in the village to maintain social harmony.
Dinesh, a social worker, wrote a complaint to the Prime Minister and demanded action on the matter. One Dalit youth from the village said that if the social boycott continued, they would have to move elsewhere.
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