Dalit life in India is a living hell. A Dalit man named Rama Singrahiya, aged 42, was brutally beaten to death with axes and clubs by so-called upper caste men in the village, near Porabandar, Gujarat. The mob of 46 manuwadi beasts was led by the village Sarapanch (elected village head) Harbham Karavarda, The silly reason cited for killing is that the victim was farming in a land meant for cattle grazing.
The victim Rama had been cultivating that land for past 15 years, and had applied for regularization to district authority long back. The casteist district admin has not issued order till date while it regularized lands held by so-called upper caste villagers. The wicked so-called upper caste people in the village has encroached the Panchyat and government land with impunity.
It is to mention that there are only 300 Dalit families in the village of 8000 people. Majority of them are landless. Very few hold marginal land. They earn their living working in the field of so-called upper caste in the villages. The victim Rama Singrahiya is an independent minded person and he earned his livelihood independently with the marginal land he had own.
Previously the victim Rama’s father and brother had been killed by so-called upper caste men in the village. They had also set his standing crop on fire just eight months back. The casteist village has also separate burial ground for Dalit population. The wicked upper caste routenly harass Dalits but Rama was a kind of person who asserted his right and refused to budge against brow beating of so-called upper caste men.
After the case registered, the low enforcement agencies are showing their bias and callous approach as usual. The District Collector Dinesh Patel indirectly supported the village Panchayat. While mob of 46 people killed Rama only 3 persons were arrested so far. Certainly there is no hope for victim to get justice. The killers are the same people who have killed his father and brother.
Gujarat is one of the states where Dalit atrocities are highest. More than 50% people languishing in prison are Dalits. The distribution of land under land reform law which was supposed to benefit landless Dalits and tribal has actually gone to so-called upper caste called Patels under back door.
It is high time for Dalits to realize that the Indian state has absolutely no interest in their welfare. Whatever concessional provisions there that exist for them were due to struggle by Dr. Ambedkar and not because of charity of Manuwadi people.They should understand that life lived under subjugation not a life worth living. Dalits have to fight back like the Afro-American did after Minnesota and Louisiana cold blooded murders. Time has come for retribution and stop being lambs taken for slaughter.