The Patna High Court’s verdict acquitting all 26 accused in the 1997 case of Laxmanpur Bathe massacre, in which 58 Dalits were killed (Oct. 10), is disturbing. Instances of Dalits being victimised, ill treated and killed have become quite frequent in recent years.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the famous “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King. I hope Dalits will enjoy the dignity that is due to them, and their equality as Indian citizens will exist not only on paper but in the real sense of the term.
The brutal attack on the oppressed section was an unpardonable outrage. How does one explain the extermination of 58 Dalits on December 1, 1997?