(News) Water crisis in Bundelkhand leading to social conflicts
scarcity in a distant village of drought-hit Bundelkhand region triggered caste
conflict after members of upper caste objected to fetching of water by dalits
from a dug well. The trouble in in Kiratpura village, 100 km from the district
headquarters of Chhatarpur, home to 40 families began earlier this week on
Monday after a clash between members of upper caste and dalits over water.
After the handpump near cluster of dalit houses ran dry, they started drawing
water from a dug well outside the village.
Mrignendra Tripathi, SHO, Naugaon police station, said,
"Upper caste community objected to it and wanted dalits to use other pulley to
draw water from the well. The well is owned by them." Brahmins and families of
weavers having a dominating presence in the village having a population of
Cops, however, claimed the trouble started when dalits and
Brahmins clashed over some petty issue. "Houses of dalits were ransacked, their
belongings damaged and food grain thrown away," police said. Raju Bichole, 28,
said, "Whatever valuables, including TV sets, we had were either stolen or
"Despite police complaint," he said, "Those, who indulged in loot are moving
around freely threatening us."
Dalits said, "All this started because we were fetching water from a well
that they claimed belonged to them."
Courtesy: The Times of India