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Dead or Alive: No way out for Dalits

No matter Prime Minister Narendra Modi made emotional speeches on crime against Dalits, but the series of atrocities based on castism seems never ending in the country.

This time the case was not of beating any dalit but it was about disrespecting a dead dalit women in BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh, where a dalit husband was not allowed to enter cremation ground to perform last rites.

A dalit man, Babloo Kori resident of Parashar Kee Gadhi in Morena district, was forced to perform the last rites of his wife Sangeeta just outside his house after they were denied entry into the nearby cremation ground.

After Babloo’s Sangeeta died on Wednesday, to perform her last rites Babloo and relatives left for the nearby cremation ground. On reaching there a group of men stopped them from entering the ground and asked to leave immediately. Not arguing much, the pained husband decided to cremate dead wife just outside the house where both used to live together.

After the matter was publicized by some local independent media, Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) took suo-moto cognizance on it and asked for a probe from Morena Collector over the incident. It was directed to file the report within seven days.