Historical privilege brahmin attack members of Dalit for using the village well in Jammu

Members of the Dalit Mahasha community of Marlah village in Jammu got attacked by the Brahmin community on the night of June 9.

Figure: Dalit community lives in fear (Source: thewire)

The members of the Dalit community live in fear. The attack took place after two Dalit women were prevented from fetching water from Brahmin well known as Panduan de Khu on June 5.

A Dalit family, victims of the attack said “We’ve stopped leaving our homes after dark ever since our community members were attacked on June 9 by Brahmins wielding sharp-edged weapons”.

Several members of the Dalit community had to be hospitalized, with some suffered from minor injuries.

After initiating legal action from Jammu and Kashmir police registered a first information report (FIR) on June 10. The Dalit community remains in a state of fear.

The member of brahmin taunted members of the Dalit community by stating,

their historical power:

Mahasheyo tusse’n Brahmane kanne kiya’n ladna, kanoon bhi saada te afsar bhi saade (How will you fight us, the Brahmins, when both the law and the law enforcement officers are ours, you Mahashas)?”

Victim Raj Kumari and members of her family fear that the seven Brahmins booked for the June 9 attack against the Dalits will escape the charges against them. The IPC appears to be less strict on the members of the Brahmin community. Several women of the Dalit community are abused in public gatherings by brahmins.

The Water Clash

Malarh village has about 25 households belonging to the Mahasha community and less than five households belonging to the Brahmin community. The water clash began 18 months ago after installing water people through the village. The pipeline was planned to be installed through the field of Brahmins, which Brahmins denied. Then Dalit villagers allowed through their fields, hence half the Dalit community had received piped water connectivity. Brahmin intentionally diverts the pipelines towards their houses.

The issue blast on June 5, 2021, when Chanchla Devi and Raj Kumari of the Dalit community went to the Panduan de Khu fo0r fetching water. The brahmins snatched an iron bucket from them and mentioned: “that they wouldn’t let us Mahashas draw the water from the well”.

Figure: A woman drawing water from Panduan De Khu in Malarh village of Udhampur district

(Source: thewire)

To avoid conflict, No member of the Dalit community has been back to the Panduan de Khu since then. They use another, smaller well instead.

After four days on June 9, at night forcefully Darshan Kumar from the Brahmin community barged into their house at 11 pm and started hurling casteist abuses at the Mahasha community.

“With folded hands, I pleaded with Darshan bhaiya to return home but he didn’t. Instead, he started hitting and kicking me. When my husband came to my rescue, more people from the Brahmin community arrived and attacked my husband with sharp-edged weapons. Seeing my husband in a pool of blood, my brother-in-law and my son ran to his help, and they too were attacked,” said Raj Kumari. “Later more people from our community were injured by the Brahmins.”

After the Brahmins left the scene, other members of the Dalit community rushed and got seriously injured.

What did Brahmin say?

According to Raj Kumar “Their cattle run loose and have been ravaging our crops for a long time. We repeatedly asked them to take care of their animals, but they did not cooperate. After handing them their cattle, I only cursed them. But my wife, my son, and I were attacked by the Dalit community members in retaliation. All my family members have received grievous injuries,”

Although injured members of the Dalit community have photographic evidence of their injuries, Raj Kumar said “The police have some photos. I don’t have anything with me”.

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