Dalits Ostracised in Barmer: An FB Post Exposes Caste Fault Lines
A Facebook post by two boys from an upper-caste community in Rajasthan has sparked caste tensions in Barmer’s Kaludi village between themselves and Dalits.
On 28 July, a status update posted by two boys belonging to the Rajpurohit community went viral.
The post used a set of gun emojies, and used a casteist slur for the Meghwal community.
“Give up the Jai Bhim slogan or give up your life”, read the post, which was soon shared by other Rajpurohit community members as they began tagging each other and commenting on it.
FIR Filed Against Cateist Slur in FB Post
“We had ignored their posts on social media,” says Arvind Meghwal, who had gone to Kota that day for Rajasthan’s LDC (Lower Division Clerk) recruitment exam. He is a resident of Kaludi village.
But in the world of social media, a viral post spreads like fire. Within a few days of the post going viral, a man named Rawataram filed an FIR at the Balotra police station that resulted in two arrests.
This irked the Rajpurohits, who called for a panchayat and, Kaludi’s Meghwals claim, announced that they were formally ostracising 70 Dalit families belonging to the Meghwal community.
They said there would be a “Hookah-pani bandh (restriction from food and water)”, essentially meaning that the Meghwals from Kaludi village have been barred from.
Source : The Quint, Sept 11, 2018