Members of various organisations came together here on Friday for a protest rally, seeking land rights for Dalits, tribal people, rural and urban poor, and sexuality minorities.
The march began at the Ambedkar Circle and concluded at the Mini-Vidhana Soudha, where a memorandum was submitted to the Government.
Karntaka Dalit Sangharsh Samiti, Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike, Samata Sainik Dal, Rashtriya Mahila Federation, Karnataka HIV Sonkitara Sanghatane, National Federation of Dalit Land Rights Movement, Ekta Parishat, Karnataka Sexuality Minorities Forum, Sangama and other organisations, along with human rights activists, jointly organised the protest.
The land rights movement is being conducted in Karnataka and Goa from November 18 to 30 to support the ‘Jana satyagraha' movement for the marginalised, to help them demand their land rights. About one lakh people are expected to march from Gwalior to New Delhi in 2012 as part of this agitation. The movement was an effort by the marginalised communities to make the Government understand their issues and act to find solutions, speakers who addressed the protesters said. Some of the demands being put forward through the movement included land titles for Dalits for the lands they cultivate; five acres of land for Dalit women; proper implementation of forest rights Act, 2006 and land reforms Act, and withdrawal of criminal charges against SC/ST members who have taken up farming on government lands.