Mirchpur Dalit Killings : Delhi High Court sentences 20 to life imprisonment

In strongest ever remarks, Delhi High Court said, ” 71 years after Independence, instances of atrocities against Scheduled Castes by those belonging to dominant castes have shown no sign of abating .The incidents that took place in Mirchpur between 19 and 21st April 2010 serve as yet another grim reminder of ‘complete absence of two things-equality & fraternity in Indian society’ as noted by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in final draft of Constitution.
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New Delhi, Aug 24 :  Terming attack on Valmiki community by Jats a ‘deliberate attack’, the Delhi High Court has sentenced 20 people to life imprisonment in the infamous Mirchpur violence of 2010 where two Dalits were burnt alive in Haryana.

Delhi High Court noted ,  “71 years after Independence, instances of atrocities against Scheduled Castes by those belonging to dominant castes have shown no sign of abating.”

The Delhi High Court  convicted 20 people who were acquitted in a 2010 Dalit killing case in Haryana’s Hisar district and also dismissed the appeal of 15 accused in the case.

The court said, “The incidents that took place in Mirchpur between 19 and 21st April 2010 serve as yet another grim reminder of ‘complete absence of two things-equality & fraternity in Indian society’ ” as noted by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar” in final draft of Constitution.

 

A bench headed by Justice Muralidhar made stern remarks against the “planned attack” and ruled “Jaat community deliberately attacked the people of Valmiki community,”   that led to the displacement of 254 Dalit families from Mirchpur village. “Jat community deliberately attacked the people of Valmiki community,” noted the High Court.

Court also convicted people of Jaat community who were earlier acquitted by the trial court. Delhi High Court dismisses appeals of the accused.

In the shocking incident of caste violence that rocked Haryana on April 21, 2010, a mob belonging to the dominant Jat community had also burnt down 18 Dalit houses

Tarachand, 70, and his 18-year-old physically challenged daughter Suman were killed in the April 2010 arson attack on their house and a row of other Dalit houses in Mirchpur, about 300 km from Chandigarh.

A total of 15 accused, belonging to the Jat community, were tried and held guilty in the case by the trial court.

The Supreme Court had in 2010 ordered shifting of the case from Haryana to Delhi following apprehensions whether a fair trial would be conducted in the neighbouring state. There was also fear for the safety of witnesses and lawyers appearing in the case.

A total of 97 accused were facing trial in the case.

The attack followed after a dispute between members of the Jat and Dalit communities of the village.

 

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