Untouchability high in Gulbarga, Uttara Kannada


BANGALORE: The shocking catalogue of intolerance of dalits — manifested in the form of untouchability — that we carried in these columns on Monday includes two districts in Karnataka: Uttara Kannada and Gulbarga. As borne out in a survey by the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, this decadent practice extends to barring dalits from using public borewells.

Even 60 years after independence, zero untouchability still remains a dream. “It is still the archaic way of life there,’’ S Japhet, director, Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, told TOI.

The old practices of dalits not being employed as priests or allowed to enter temples during common village festivals still persist. Among the most frequent forms of untouchability, dalits have restricted access to public sources of water. Another sore point is a bar on entry into non-dalit homes.

In some areas, dalit homes are located on the border of the village, which is also a predominant form of outcasting. “This is a strong phenomenon in Gulbarga, though it is present in other districts,” Japhet said.

Untouchability has been reported from the villages of Bommanahalli and Varangere in Gulbarga and, to a lesser degree, from the villages of Karki and Morba in Uttara Kannada.

The trends are similar in other parts of the state as well. Some southern districts are, in fact, stronger in their untouchability quotient compared to even Uttara Kannada district.

The sample size could have been increased but for resource constraints. The survey and study was commissioned by the Centre in which Karnataka has been studied in a total of six states, 22 villages and 12 districts across the country.


Posts a comment

© Indian Dalit Muslims' Voice
Back to top