Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hindu temple in India purified after low-caste chief minister visits...

The government in the Indian state of Bihar has ordered an investigation after reports that a Hindu temple was cleaned and its idols washed after a visit by the state’s chief minister (governor), who belongs to a lower caste community.

Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, a member of the Musahar community, said he had been told the shrine in Bihar’s Madhubani district was “purified” after he visited it last month.

“I have asked the local divisional commissioner and inspector general of police to probe the case and bring out the truth,” Manjhi, who is from the Janata Dal United (JDU) party, told journalists on Monday.

He said he had ordered the investigation because it was important to highlight caste biases in the society, adding that if the reports were true, those responsible would be punished according to the law.

Caste-based discrimination, or “untouchability”, was banned in India in 1955, but centuries-old feudal attitudes persist in many parts of the country and Dalits still face prejudice in every sector from education to employment. Full story...

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