Dalits seek entrance to temple, stage protest

Hundreds of Dalits led by DSS protested in front of the Taluk office protested against the injustice meted out to them

Members of Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) and Dalit residents of Biligere village on Tuesday staged a protest in front of the Taluk Office seeking entrance to Malleshwara Temple in the village and demanding sites and houses to the downtrodden dalits and fulfillment of various other basic facilities due to them.

Members of DSS and the residents who had gathered in front of the office raised slogans against the anti-Dalit policy practiced by a few officers at the Taluk office.

Addressing the protesters who were hundreds in number, DSS District Convener Ningraja Malladi complained that Kuruba Gowdas – the dominant community in Biligere Hobli – were not allowing dalits to enter the Malleshwara Temple.

“There are 100 dalit families in the village but no one is allowed to enter the temple nor included in the religious rituals. When a few dalits protested the oppression four years ago, they had to face social boycott from the village which we have been condemning since then. The villagers had also approached the elected representatives and Muzrai department officials but they turned deaf ears on the issue,” he said.

He further alleged that MLA and concerned officials instead of being just are acting as puppets in the hands of the dominant community.

Dalit Sangharsha Samiti members denounced the apathetic attitude of the officials concerned in addressing the social injustice the members of the community were subjected to.

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