Monday, May 23, 2011

Room of a Dalit officer “purified” with cow urine

Thiruvananthapuram: A.K. Ramkrishn, Director General of Department of Registration in Thiruvananthapuram, who belongs to a Dalit community, had retired on 31 March 2011. His successor, on knowing that his predecessor belonged to a Dalit community, ordered that the entire room, its furniture and even the official car used by the retired officer should be ‘purified’ by spraying go-mootra i.e., cow urine before occupying his room and seat. And his orders were carried out. When the retired officer Ramkrishn came to know about this, he filed an appeal with the Human Rights Commission and while demanding an enquiry on this matter, he said in his complaint that theshuddikaran of his office, seat, furniture and car from inside as well as outside is a violation of human rights and all this has been done because he belongs to a Dalit community which is violation of his human and civil rights. The Commission on the basis of his complaint has registered a case and in a notice to the state secretary has asked for his explanation and reply by 7 May. Ramkishan says that he is not taking up this case as a personal insult but from the social point of view this is an insult to all the deprived and discriminated sections of people, adding that if a person holding such a high government post can face such an insult, what will be the condition of ordinary and common people?

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