Caste Panchayat and its violations

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – we can not forget this citation. But at the same time we can not deny that some injustices has taken place in the name of justice. At an international level, many human rights organizations and courts have spoken against racial discrimination, violations and war crimes. Yet, very often even these voices participate in discrimination.

Our Indian constitution was framed in the year 1950. Based on this constitution, various laws have been formulated. In order to implement these laws, various courts and human rights organizations have been established. But have these laws really provided justice for the affected? This question has led to a wide range of debates in various platforms. Law alone can not alleviate our social distress. Moreover, many social activists have continually pointed out that social change can be brought about only through awareness and democracy based struggles. It is only in name that we can say the Political Constitution has been ruling India. Religion and caste determine the rule the lives of many Indians, especially when expressed politically.

Our Indian society is a caste based society. Here the dominant caste groups have constituted an authority structure. This authority is strengthened politically as well as socially. We could not deny that in most village authorities there is an atrocious notion that “we decide every thing and solve every thing.” Two tumbler systems, denial of temple entry for dalits, denial of women’s participation in politics, as well as violations and murders for opposing caste discrimination have all become part of their daily activity.

Caste Panchayat is the outcome of such brutal atrocities. This caste Panchayat can be termed as Khap Panchayat. This is an institution which claims it is providing justice but at the same time indulges in such unjust actions…

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