‘Deeply Hurt’ Congress MLA Quits After Dalit Boy’s Death

‘Deeply Hurt’ Congress MLA Quits After Dalit Boy’s Death

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By: Parul Kulshreshta | JAIPUR
Updated: 15 August, 2022 5:55 pm IST

Congress MLA from Baran-Atru assembly seat Panachand Meghwal resigned from his post after he was “deeply hurt” following the death of a nine-year-old Dalit boy due to thrashing by a teacher in Jalore.

Meghwal has sent his resignation to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and the Speaker of the Assembly.

Meghwal wrote in his resignation: “India is completing 75 years of its independence. But my heart is deeply hurt by the continuous atrocities against the downtrodden and deprived sections in the state. The pain and the kind of torture they are facing today cannot be expressed in words.”

He further said, “Incidents of atrocities on Dalits have been increasing continuously for the last few years. It seems that there is no one to protect the right of equality that Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar had provided to the Dalits and the downtrodden in the Constitution. In most cases of atrocities on Dalits, FR (Final Report) is imposed. I raised such matters many times in the Assembly, however, the police administration did not take any action.”

“When we fail to protect the rights of our society and can’t get them justice, then we have no right to be in office. Following the voice of conscience, I resign from the post of MLA. Accept my resignation so that I can serve the deprived and exploited sections of the society without holding any post,” he stated.

Meghwal had been the MLA for the second time. On both occasions, he won from Baran-Atru seat on a Congress ticket.

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