Atrocities in Dalits’ ( a so called Lower Caste Hindu )daily life


Above Painting of a So Called Upper Caste Brahmin Hindu Condeming a So Called Lower Caste Shudra or Dalit Hindu

Atrocities in Dalits’ daily life

The oppression of Dalits has been going on for over 3000 years. They are segregated in all spheres of social life: places of worship, education, housing, land ownership, use of common wells, roads, busses, etc. They are the people who have to do the menial and degrading jobs. They are considered to be untouchable. In their daily life untouchability results in, among others, the following consequences (For more day to day examples also go through the press releases).


In a lot of the upper caste (rich) families the servants are Dalits. After the servant has cleaned the rooms, pots and pans, one of the family members will sprinkle ‘holy’ water to purify all that has been touched by the servant.


Dalits are not allowed to wear shoes; if they wear them, Dalits will have to take off their shoes at times they meet a higher caste person.


In the rural areas, Dalits are not allowed to cycle through the village streets in which the higher caste people live.


The Dalits mainly live in separate communities, outside the actual village.


In general, Dalits are not allowed to sit at the bus stop; they have to stand and wait till upper caste people have entered the bus. Dalits are also not allowed to sit on the seats, even though they are vacant.


After half a century of Independence even the educated among the Dalits are not free to get a house for rent of their choice to live in.


Most Hindus will avoid having a Dalit to prepare their food, because they fear becoming polluted.


The government has made reservations for Dalits, so that they can enter into jobs in the public sector, parliamentary State Assemblies and universities. This reservation, however, makes them even more vulnerable in the society.


Mira Saroj: Daughter of a toddy tapper in Uttar Pradesh, she is enrolled at Delhi University but jumps in with manual labour at home when she is free from studies. ‘Sadly, an educated Dalit women is almost a contradiction in terms’, says Mira. (Outlook Magazine, November 16, 1998)


‘We may touch a cat, we may touch a dog, we may touch any other animal, but the touch of these human beings is pollution.’ (G.K. Gokhale, in Jesus the Dalit by M.R. Arulraja, 1996. Volunteer Centre, 7-1-30/6, Ameerpet, Hyderabad – 16)

The following news items recently appeared in the newspaper: ‘Ratnam, a Dalit educated youth of a village just outside Hyderabad, was forced to kill 35-40 buffaloes in 2,5 hour’s time for religious purposes. His family was, because they are Dalits, forced to do this traditional annually event for years. Until now his father had done the job. He had to kill each buffalo within less than four minutes without making any sound. If he would make a sound or he would fail, he would be punished severely. After the ritual was over the man himself was not allowed even to enter the temple itself, because he is a Dalit. Now it has become Ratnam’s turn to take the job over from his old father. But he refused. The consequence is that his whole family is boycotted and he is even threatened to be killed’. (The Hindu, September 6th, 1998) ‘Fights have been reported, between Dalits and higher caste people in Mahabubnagar, Andhra Pradesh. A common habit in India is drinking the very sweet tea, either in a person’s house or outside in a teahouse. Dalits are not allowed to drink out of the same cups in these teahouses, than other do. And even, after they have finished, they are supposed to wash their cups themselves. The Dalits of Mahabubnagar did not want to do this anymore. Then the struggles came. In the same article other daily problems were mentioned. Dalits e.g. have to wait entering a bus, until the higher caste people have entered. Or Dalits are not allowed to cycle through a village; they have to walk. Dalits are also not allowed to wear shoes; any time they meet a higher caste person, they will have to take of their shoes, so it is better not to wear shoes at all. And finally the Dalit community is not allowed to live in the same village as the higher castes, so they often have separate communities with their own entrance’. (The Hindu, June 12th, 1998) In the Indian Press nearly daily articles in Newspapers and Magazines are published. In this page a selection of the most up to date articles are briefly described and if possible links to the newpaper or magazine or to the original text is given.


The above taken form

It is only Islam that can salvage this situation at ease. The moment any individual, or a Dalit(Lower caste Hindu) enters into the fold of his or her Creator and Sustainer by reciting and confirming that: “There is no deity except Allah and Muhammad is His messenger [LA Ilaha Illallah Muhammadun Rasulullah], he or she demolishes the centuries old bondage of caste system and immediately comes at par with the highest place in the society. There is no caste system in Islam, All men and women are born equal.

Allah’s Prophet confirms it categorically in his eloquent addresses.

“O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another. Verily, the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is one who is deeply conscious of Him [or the best in conduct] Behold, Allah is all-knowing and all-aware.” [ Holy Qur’an. 49: 13]

Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him – (S)] in his last sermon from the Mount of Arafat [Makkah] declared: “An Arab is no better than a non-Arab and a non-Arab is no better than an Arab; A red raced man is no better than a black, except in piety. Mankind are Adam’s children and Adam was created from dust”

Islam prohibits all kinds of distinctions on account of race, color, birth or language. The society established by Prophet Muhammad (S) was unique in this respect. It had Salman from Persia [Iran], Bilal from Ethiopia, Suhaib from Rome, all living together with honor and respect. Prophet Muhammad (S) married his cousin, Zainab of the noblest tribe of Quraish to Zaid bin Harith who was purchased by his wife Khadija as slave.

Caliph Omar used to call Bilal who was originally a slave as Sayyedna Bilal [Bilal My Lord] and used to accommodate him to sit by his side whenever he visited him during his Caliphate.

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