Refused burial land, Dalits cremate corpses on streets
- The upper caste Hindus of Hucchavvanahalli village of Davanagere do not allow the Dalits to use the land.
- With no other option, the Dalits use the streets for burying their dead.
Several Dalit families in this Karnataka village for years have been forced to bury their dead on the streets as the upper caste Hindus of Hucchavvanahalli village of Davanagere Taluk do not allow them to use the land.
A few years back, the state government had granted 2 acres of land, which belong to Basaveshwara temple, to Dalits for burial ground. However, till today the upper-class community in the village have refused the Dalits to use the land for cremation.
There are 800 Dalit houses in Hucchavvanahalli, of which 300 are Scheduled caste, 150 Valmiki Naiks and 150 Adi Karnataka tribes.
Besides, Revenue department has not surveyed the land so far hence the Dalits of the village are unable to use this land.
Last month, the issue once again made it headlines after local resident Hanumappa, passed away in the Dalit colony on November 28.
The Dalit community approached the village panchayat requesting them to use the burial ground. However, they were denied the request.
The Dalits finally had to approach, the local Muslim community to allow them to use their burial grounds.