Navsarjan representation to Ahmedabad collector on Dalits’ social boycott
A representation to district collector, Ahmedabad, Roopwant Singh, led by Navsarjan Trust and Manav Adhikar Simiti, Ahmedabad, has said Dalits of Gipatapur village suffered from social boycott in Gujarat. Around 30 Dalits – men, women and children – currently living in makeshift shanties in Gitapur village in Detroj taluka of Ahmedabad district, were being denied all basic facilities, including water, electricity or needs of daily use in the village by members of the dominant caste, Patels. It began after the village panchayat of Bhagapura, adjacent to Gitapur, passed a resolution on April 2, 2012, allocating a plot of land, Survey No 244, to these Dalits in order to build their own houses under one of the rural housing plot-cum-schemes. While the Dalits then lived in Bhagapura, the plot of land they were offered was on its border, inside the Gitapura village area, in accordance with a government order.