Dalit deaths, exodus under SC scan

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: May 31 2010, 18:47pm hrs
The Supreme Court today sought a response from the Haryana government on reports that 150 Dalit families had fled Hissar district and that two of them had been killed by upper caste Jat community members.

Terming the incident as extremely serious, a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and C K Prasad asked the district Commissioner to appear in person with all relevant details at the next date of hearing.

The apex court passed the direction on a PIL filed by the some of the affected persons seeking action against the alleged culprits and protection and rehabilitation of the aggrieved families.

On April 21, a 70-year-old Dalit man and his 18-year-old physically-challenged daughter were burnt alive in Mirchpur village in Hissar district.

At least 20 families of the Valmiki community in Mirchpur village had reportedly fled following an arson attack on April 21 in which 15 houses were also damaged.