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Delhi Demo in Protest against Killing of Dalits in Haryana: Photos, Press Release & Memorandum (21 October 2015)

21 October 2015

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Sit-in photos by Mukul Dube

Press Release

21st October, 2015|New Delhi

A Dalit family was burnt alive at 02:00 AM on 21st October, 2015. This happened on a night where seven police personnel were deployed for their security. Two years old Vaibhav and nine months old Divya succumbed to death after the incident while the mother is struggling for her life with 70% burn.

This is yet another incident against minorities after the Dadri lynching and Dankaur tragedies. Jitendra, father of the two children who died in Faridabad told the police that the attackers belong to a Rajput family and they were living in constant fear for a long time. Even police protection could not save his family. In typical tokenism, Haryana CM suspended a few police personnel and announced Rs. 10 lakhs as relief.

Present Government has failed in stopping this type of incident and at the same time has caused an exponential increase of the further oppression and blatant attempt to deprive minorities from even the right to life. The polarization in the country is happening rapidly and thus creating unrest and insecurity among a large population of this country, where it is the primary duty of the government to provide a sense of security among minorities, marginalized sections and deprived communities.

To save the hard-earned constitutional values based on humanity, the mentioned organisations came together against the Faridabad incident and also in solidarity with the Dadri and Dankaur tragedies. Demands were - a high level committee investigation, full security to the deprived, marginalized communities and targeted minorities immediately. There should be an immediate arrest of attackers and quick action against irresponsible police personnel in this case.

Around two hundred people have gathered in solidarity to the incident and the memorandum was submitted to the resident commissioner at Haryana Bhavan.

Organisations:

AIDMAM, AIDWA, Akhil Bhartiya Balmiki Sangh, All India Catholic Union, All India Christian Association, ANHAD, Bhumi Adhikar Andolan, Dalit Soshan Mukti Manch, Delhi Solidarity Group, Federation of the Catholic Associations of the Archdiocese of Delhi, HRDA, Khudai Khidmatgar, MOEMIN, National Alliance of People’s Movements, National Domestic Workers Union, NCDHR, NCPR, NFIW, People’s Watch, Samarpan, United Christian Forum, Vidyajyoti.

Text of Memorandum Submitted by Citizens Groups on 21 Oct 2015 to Haryana Bhawan followng the setting on Fire of Dalit Family in Faridabad