Ban 'Made Snana' before 'Shashti' in Kukke: Dalits

If cattle fair can be banned, why not Made Snana, question leaders at SC/ST meet

With only a month left for ‘Shashti’ celebration at Kukke Subrahmanya temple which will also mark the Made Made Snana ritual, the Dalit community members on Sunday, demanded the government to ban the ritual prior to the festival.

Raising the issue at the SC/ST monthly grievance meet at the Superintendent of Police’s office on Sunday, Dalita Hakkugala Horata Samiti President Shekhar Laila said that the ritual which suppresses the members of lower castes in the name of ‘belief’ and ‘tradition’ should be banned from this year.

“The government has not yet taken a decision on banning the ritual and the ritual is most likely to be continued this year too. If the cattle fair at Kulkunda in Subrahmanya which was organised annually from several decades could be banned due to the pressure from a particular organisation, why not Made Made Snana be banned? The Samiti condemns the ritual and urges the government to ban it,” he said.

Responding to the plea, Superintendant of Police Abhishek Goyal said that he has already sought the report on Made Made Snana ritual, its inception and growth from the local police. “Based on the report and considering the popular public opinion, I will write to the Deputy Commissioner and the government asking to address the issue,” he said.

Illicit liquor

Shekhar also complained about the increased selling of illicit liquor in the villages in Belthangady taluk. Illicit liquor is sold in most of the small shops on the way from Laila to Bajila in the taluk, but the police are not acting against it. Pointing out at the loopholes in the Police Department, he said the liquor sellers are not caught red-handed owing to the information leakage by the police even before the raid is carried out.

“During most of the raids, either the shop owners abscond or the illicit liquor is cleared even before the raid, which is due to the nexus between a few police personnel and the illicit liquor shop owners,” he alleged.

Reacting to allegation, the SP said action will be taken to set right the issue and asked the public to inform police about shops selling illicit liquor.

Another Dalit member Dinesh Kumar expressed concern over the rise in eve-teasing gangs in the district. Reacting to the issue, the SP asked the public to give complaint about such gangs to the police. “Eve-teasing gangs mostly consist of locals, hence it will be quite easy for the people to identify them. Along with the public, the college authorities too should join their hands in identifying such elements and inform the police. We will take the necessary action even in the smallest of such cases.”

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