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Pejawar seer adopting double standards: Activist

Udupi, Jan 7, 2013, DHNS: 22:49 IST

Dalit associations hold huge protest rally against Made Snana, lathi charge

An activist from Gulbarga has accused the Pejawar seer of following double standards on orthodox ritual and urged him to spell out his clear stand.

Neela was speaking on Monday after inaugurating a rally organised by the dalit associations to protest against the practice of rituals like ‘Made Snana’ and ‘Pankthi Bedha’ in Krishna mutt and also against lathi charge incident.

Taking strong exception to the Pejawar seer defending the lathicharge against protesters a few days ago, she said Vishveshatheertha Swamiji was misleading the public. He should stop attending meetings in dalit colonies and him invite dalits to dine with priest. Let him practice what he preaches, she added.

Appealing to the civil society to boycott these evil practices, she said dalits will continue to protest till practices like Made Snana and Pankthi Beda are stopped.

Quoting ‘Vachanas’, the activist urged mutts, temple authorities, seers and higher caste people to treat lower class people with dignity.

She said the mutts should show the way by boycotting such practices instead of waiting for the government to ban them.

She also took a dig at policemen for throwing lathis at protesters.

Calling upon people to respect women, she criticised RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat’s recent statements on rape and crime against women. She said the crimes against women are increasing number in the so-called ‘Bharat’ and not in ‘India’.

Dalit leader Jayan Malpe contested the Pejawar seer’s claim of being impartial to dalits. The rally was taken from Town Hall to Service bus stop.

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