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Dalits fined for daring to drink water from tap
Published on 17 Oct. 2010 11:00 PM IST
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In a shocking incident in Rajasthan, three Dalits were fined Rs.45 thousand by a Panchayat for daring to drink water from a public tap. A case has now been registered against the accused.
These Dalits have been discriminated against not just by the upper castes, but also by Muslims. The three of them from Randhisar village near Bikaner were fined Rs.15,000 each by their Muslim sarpanch Gope Khan. Their crime was drinking water from a public tap, reports CNN-IBN.
One among the three victims, Birbal Meghwal said, “We have been fined Rs.45000 for drinking water from a public tap.”
When the Dalits protested against the decision, they were allegedly roughed up by Gope Khan’s henchmen. Police were then deployed in the village to defuse any tension and an FIR filed against the attackers.
SP, Bikaner said, “The injured man has registered a case.”
But shockingly the sarpanch who perpetrated this discriminatory act continues to be off the hook.

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