Bhubaneswar, 13 July-2014: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed Odisha Government to rehabilitate 16 dalit families in Ratakhandi village. NHRChas directed the collector of Boudh district to pay adequate compensation and rehabilitate the 16 dalit families in Ratakhandi village in the district.
It should be noted that houses of 16 dalit families in Ratakhandi village were torched and looted by upper caste people in 2012.
The commission has directed the collector to construct new houses for the victims at the government’s cost and rehabilitate them within eight weeks. The direction came in response to a petition filed by social worker Akhand highlighting the plight of the poor dalits.
The petitioner alleged that due to some previous enmity, upper caste people had attacked the dalit families in 2012 and also torched their houses. Since then, the victims have been staying outside the village. He alleged that the police did not take any action against the accused and registered cases five months after incident.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)