Gujarat villagers of Kandhevaliya, Rajkot district, face socio-economic boycott: NHRC told

In a gruesome incident, Dalit families in Kandhevaliya village of Jasdan taluka of Rajkot district have been suffering from socio-economic boycott since August 10 at the hands of dominant castes. A complaint to HL Dattu, chairperson, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), says that they are not buy vegetables or flour or pulses from any of the shops of the village.
The complainant, Kantilal U Parmar, a Dalit human rights activist, says that the village elders have imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone who sells goods to Dalit families. Asking NHRC to register offence against those who have initiated the “discriminatory” socio-economic boycott, Parmar, in his complaint says, “Our demand is to file an offense and arrest the accused according to the provisions of the IPC and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 amended in 2015.

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