Eight held after Dalit family fined Rs 60K for 'touching' deity in Kolar

Kolar, Sep 23 (IANS): The Karnataka Police have arrested six persons in connection with imposing a fine of Rs 60,000 on a Dalit boy's family for touching Hindu God idol in Kolar district of the state, police said on Friday.

Maasti police have initiated action and arrested the persons, who have been identified as Narayanaswamy, Ramesh R., Chalapathi, Mohan Rao and Chinnanaiah. The accused had beaten up the Dalit boy, Chetan, for touching the idol which was to be taken out during a procession. He had also attempted to pick up the divine stick belonging to the deity.

The incident took place on September 8 in Ullerahalli village. After this incident, the elders of the village had called up his mother and told her that they need to organise the procession afresh as her son had touched the deity and she had to cough up Rs 60,000. They also threatened that she would be boycotted if the fine was not paid.

The authorities initially turned a blind eye to the incident, but later swung into action. They broke open the lock of the temple and allowed Dalit families to take darshan of the deity. Malur Congress MLA K.Y. Nanje Gowda visited the Dalit boy's family and assured security.

Local residents said that the construction work of a temple was done and in this backdrop, the villagers had decided to celebrate the festival in the village.

The village leaders had asked the family of the Dalit boy that they should not enter village until they pay the fine amount. Miscreants had also made threatening calls to the boy's mother. Further inquiry was on.






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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 24 2022

    Apply terrorist act along with sdpi pfi goons

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  • Dinesh, KINNIGOLI, Talipady

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    We have one temple in kavartharu,Abbaga daaraga. The temple priest is a brahmin ,whenever devotees go there,first he will talk with people even older than him in a singular word.Then he is asking our background etc etc.Once he realizes we are rich and qualified,then he will give respect and talk with giving respect.This is what happening in most of the temples who are in so called high caste brahmin.The attitude of the priest is not acceptable .This is what happening in India and the main reason is govt and we ourselves. I came across this situation with hime every time i visit.But his attitude changes after seeing our dress and after learning our incones,business or ones positions.This is not acceptable to anyone.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Sep 24 2022

    Dinesh Thalapady, as you say priest talks in singular tone.He is not alone with it.All Brahmins are same .Even when they are in Western countries.Nanu or Neenu .Respekt is missing.Just think when one Brahmin person is on wheel chair when he travels by Air,he dont like be touched or be serve him by a Person who looks !like a lower caste person .Can you imagine?Our people are not yet educated or dont want to be.Sad.

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  • Sarvanabhavana, Mukukaveri DK.

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    Apply anti-conversion bill from BJP & CO.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    We need common civil code for worshiping at lest dalit can go inside carstreet temple without being lynched.

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  • Indian, Dubai

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    This is the reason Hindus are converting to other religions.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    Very good action by police. With all such discreminatuon and class and creed attitude upper class Hindus are bringing a bad name to Hinu religious faith and beliefs. People should try to do away with religion, class and creed at least when temples are concerned. Now same amount of fine shouls be collected on those who acted against Dallits.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    dalits have still not learnt lesson....they voted for blue J pigs last time thinking that they will be taken in main stream by the party....till manuvada is there the brahmin party will never give any position to Dalits in politics and society....so vote wisely next time....

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    The action by the upper caste is really deplorable. Dr.Ambedkar said "I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity" Since he did not find it in his religion, he embraced Buddhism. A Brahmin in our village was a cook in Mundkur temple and was drawing a salary of Rs 25000 per month from govt. But, recently, the temple management found that he is a Shivalli Brahmin, which they consider as a second rank Brahmin. Hence, he was dismissed and they appointed a cook from the Brahmin community acceptable to them. Govt is silent on the issue. This is India !!

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  • Observer, Mangaluru

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    The accused followed their holy scriptures.. Manusmriti 8/413

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    Unless bound by laws human is same like animal... Level of animosity is very much present but subdued in most occasions... It comes out when a person is in majority or out of the preview of people or nowadays recording lens... Deep within each of us are racist and insane but the degree differs from person to person... Holy is a big show of hypocrisy... When it comes to quenching thirst higher or lower skin may hardly make a difference...

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  • Harish, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    Will thye released out on bail. What is the security for this poor family ? What is our HM & CM going to take action on these so called cheap mentality higher class guys who have been arrested . Our HM is busy in banning some organization's . He is not bothered about this incident which is a shame to the community . These Guys say Hindu Hindu but still make differences with their own community

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    This act of Manuvadi ideology... is an utter insult to the office of the President of Hindustan.., for reasons better known to the people of Hindustan..., That too in a state where Double Engine govt is ruling..!!!!! That too at a time when Constitutionally the Highest office is held by Honorable Droupadi Murmu.

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