In a shocking incident, a Dalit widow was assaulted with belts and by human kicks. Later she was paraded naked at Mulgaon village of Patan tehsil in Satara district, western Maharashtra. She faced atrocities for her son who eloped with a girl from a high-caste family. Wrong doers were arrested under Indian Penal Code sections 143, 149 (unlawful assembly), 354 (assault with intention to outrage woman's modesty) and 324 (causing grievous hurt).
In Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district, a middle-aged dalit woman was paraded naked. Dalit woman Ram Pyari was yelling to save her when she was publicly humiliated. They believed her husband Darbari Lal helped their divorcee daughter to elope with one youth Mannu.
They abducted her and locked her in their house for night. However, they paraded her naked the next morning when she couldn’t give any clue about Jayanti’s whereabouts. She was paraded by dragging her into streets. She cried for help. More than 500 people were hearing her but no one dared to save her.
In another incident, on mere suspicion, two girls were stripped off. Girls were stripped off not by males but by ladies. Yes, this unbelievable and act against dignity was done recently by female invigilators. Two dalit girls appearing for their first board examinations in Narsinghpur district of Madhya Pradesh were allegedly stripped by female invigilators while 40 male students watched. Both of them are 15. The incident took place during the Class X mathematics examination, but it was reported to the district administration lately.
In one more shocking incident, 3 dalits were not allowed drinking water from public tap. They were fined not by upper caste but by Sarpanch. The three of them from Randhisar village near Bikaner were fined Rs 15,000 each by their Muslim Sarpanch Gope Khan. Later, case was registered against the accused.
These are recent incidents of dalits getting humiliated. The point is, still they are getting humiliated. There is need for protection cover for dalits. They are to be protected by strong cover which will work as shield against discriminators. This cover should be given to them by making Right to Untouchables ‘strong and sharp’. It’s the need of the hour.