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Atrocities Against Dalits: The Pabnava Incident

Outraged by the marriage of a dalit boy to an upper caste girl, 200 dalit homes were pillaged and damaged by an upper caste mob in a nondescript village in Haryana on April 13, 2013. A fact finding team, comprising activists, visited Pabnava and released its report on the incident pointing to the prevalent deep rooted caste prejudices in society and the apathy of the administration towards the unfortunate incident.

About Pabnava

Pabnava is a village in the Kaithal district of Haryana comprising of about 5000 Rod families, 300 Chamar, 200 Balmiki and 200 other backward class (OBC) households along with a handful of Brahmin families. The Rods are the dominant caste in this region linking their ancestry with those Marathas who had fought the third battle of Panipat. Hence they call themselves Rod-Maratha. The dalit community in the village is landless and its livelihood is largely dependent on the Rod community in whose fields they work as daily wage labourers. However, the younger generation of dalits have had some access to education. A few of them are running shops, and some are technically skilled and work as plumbers and electricians.

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