New Delhi, June, 1 : Taking a serious view of 150 Dalit families from Mirchpur village in Haryana's Hisar district being forced to leave the village after two of them were killed allegedly by the dominant Jat community, the Supreme Court on Monday issued a stern notice to the Haryana Government for its response to a petition highlighting their plight.
Mirchpur, about 150 km from Delhi, is a large village comprising about 1,700 Jat (dominant caste) households, 250 Balmiki families, 350 Chamar, 25 Dom and a handful of Brahmin households.
Issuing notice, a Vacation Bench of Justice G. S. Singhvi and Justice C. K. Prasad asked the State counsel to come out with a plan for rehabilitation of these 150 families, now camping at a temple in Delhi.
The Bench asked the local Deputy Commissioner to be present in the Court this Wednesday with relevant facts after taking instructions about the rehabilitation plan.
After hearing senior counsel Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioners, Jaswant and two others, Justice Singhvi told the State counsel that atrocities had been committed against the people and they were being forced to leave the village which was a very serious matter. “We want to know what action has been taken by the Government for their rehabilitation,” he said.
The petition arose after an attack on the Dalit families by dominant castes in Mirchpur where two persons were killed, 35 homes destroyed, looted and burnt and 50 houses ransacked and 25 persons injured.
Thereafter repeated meetings of a Khap Panchayat were held to continue the reign of terror and force the Dalits to withdraw their cases against the accused.
Almost the entire community of Balmikis was forced to leave their homes and “they are now staying in a temple in Delhi. Their children are without education. Their families are without food, clothing and other essentials. Their lives have been disrupted. The Khap Panchayats continue to threaten them”.
The petitioners sought directions to the respondents to constitute a Special Investigation Team to probe the atrocity against the Scheduled Caste community; payment of adequate compensation, relief, rehabilitation; and immediate arrest of the accused.
They also asked for continuous protection to all the Scheduled Caste families so that they are not under any threat in future.