Dalit child went to temple to seek God’s blessings on birthday, family fined 35000


Bengaluru: A shocking incident has come to light from A. Rantak’s Koppal where a Dalit family has been fined Rs 35,000 for entering a temple. The whole matter has come to the fore from Miyapura village of Koppal. Earlier this month, the 4-year-old son of a Dalit man had gone to a temple to seek God’s blessings on his birthday, triggering an uproar.

However, Tehsildar Siddhesh said that the village elders later apologised, saying it was due to misunderstanding. But still a fine of Rs 35,000 was imposed on the Dalit family. Out of which Rs. 25,000 fine was cash and the balance Rs. Asked to give ten thousand rupees for cleaning the temple. Police said that the Dalits of Channadasar community do not want to register any case in this matter as they say that the move will spoil relations with the people of the village.

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Let us tell you that the family of the child had gone to the temple to worship on his birthday on 4 September. A youth from the village said, ‘The boy walked towards the temple while his father was praying.’ Following the incident, upper caste people called a meeting on September 11 and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the Dalits who performed the havan for the purpose of purifying the temple. Members of the Channadasar community then approached the police and demanded action against those who took the fine. Police officials warned upper caste people against accusing the parents of a Dalit child and said that legal action would be initiated against them if they did so again.

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