In a shocking incident in Rajasthan, three Dalits were fined Rs 45
thousand by a Panchayat for daring to drink water from a public
tap. A case has now been registered against the accused.
According to CNN-IBN, these Dalits
have been discriminated against not just by the upper castes, but
also by Muslims. The three of them from Randhisar village near
Bikaner were fined Rs 15,000 each by their Muslim sarpanch Gope
Khan. Their crime was drinking water from a public tap.
One among the three victims, Birbal
Meghwal said, “We have been fined Rs. 45000 for drinking water
from a public tap.”
When the Dalits protested against
the decision, they were allegedly roughed up by Gope Khan’s
henchmen. Police were then deployed in the village to defuse any
tension and an FIR filed against the attackers.
SP, Bikaner said, “The injured man
has registered a case.”
But shockingly the sarpanch who
perpetrated this discriminatory act continues to be off the hook.