Supreme Court says caste-free India is a mirage

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  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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  • Expressing shock at incidents such as the 2010 Mirchipur riots, the Supreme Court said that the end of caste system in India remained a mirage, while the idea of people of all castes and religion living happily together was only confined to discourses.

    On April 21, 2010, Dalit settlements were targeted and torched in Mirchpur village by members of the upper caste. A 70-year-old Tara Chand was killed along with his physically challenged daughter and around 100 other villagers were forced to flee their homes.

    "We are sorry to hear about such incidents. Ideally all castes should be living together. But that is only a pravachan (discourse) now... the reality is something else," a bench headed by justice S.J. Mukhopadhyaya said while hearing a petition relating to the rehabilitation of the riot victims. "Caste barrages should be removed. We can rehabilitate them but what is the point of living in fear at all time with four policemen near you for protection," the bench questioned.

    A joint inspection ordered by the apex court found that victims were not ready to go back to their village, and should, therefore, be resettled where they don't face caste discrimination. The bench asked the victims' lawyer Colin Gonsalves and the Haryana government to identify suitable land within two weeks.

    On September 25, 2011, three persons were sentenced to life, 10 were awarded a fiveyear jail term for participating in the 2010 riots.

    Source: India Today


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