SC Commission issues opinion to Punjab government regarding beating of Dalit woman
Taking note of the fact that a Dalit woman was beaten in a Panchayat because of a wage dispute in Punjab, the chairman of the National Commission of Scheduled Castes (NCSC), Vijay Sampla, on Saturday sent a notice to the Punjab government .
According to information provided to the NCSC, Dalit farm workers in Matti village in Mansa took a stand against their landowners, which led to a confrontation over the setting of tariffs for transplanting paddy in the village. To resolve the issue, Lady Sarpanch of the village called the Panchayat of Dalit landlords and workers to her residence.
She made the Dalit workers sit on the floor while the owners were in chairs. The discussion turned sour when the owners started making caste remarks and one of the owners, who is also the husband of one of the panches, slapped a Dalit worker in the face.
The NCSC sent a notice to Deputy Commissioner Mansa, SSP Mansa, Chief Secretary of Punjab and Director General of Police of Punjab asking them to submit within seven days, facts and information on action taken regarding the allegations / the case.
Sampla warned the officers that if the report on the measures taken is not received within the allotted time, the Commission can then exercise the powers of the civil courts conferred on it under Article 338 of the Constitution of the India and issue a summons to appear before the commission in Delhi. .
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