Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Capt Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that the state had turned worse than Uttar Pradesh in atrocities against Dalit community. Condemning the rise in atrocities against Dalits across the State, Uttam announced that he would fight till the victims get justice.
He was speaking to media after the interaction with Dalit victims from across Telangana state at Gandhi Bhavan today. The programme was organised by TPCC SC Dept Chairman Preetam.
Family members of a farmer, Narasimha, from Gajwel constituency, who committed suicide, explained how TRS Government forcibly took away their land which drove Narasimha to suicide. Similarly, family members of Rajababu of Mallaram in Bhupalpally district, explained how Rajababu was brutally murdered by TRS leaders. Uttam Kumar Reddy also spoke to the father of a 13-year-old Dalit girl who was set ablaze after she resisted rape attempt. A total of eight Dalit families who were subjected to atrocities like an attempt to rape, murder, abetment to suicide, grabbing of land or houses, etc., shared their grievances with the Congress leaders.
Uttam Kumar Reddy, along with other leaders, heard all the families and promised that the Congress party would fight to get justice for them. He also distributed Rs. 50,000 to each of those families which were donated by ex-MLA K Lakshma Reddy. AICC Secretary A Sampath Kumar, TPCC Vice President & ex-MP Dr Mallu Ravi and other leaders were also present on the occasion.
Speaking to media persons later, Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that Dalits were being subjected to discrimination, torture and another kind of atrocities. He said that the TRS Government was taking away the lands of poor Dalits and the community was being subjected to atrocities to the level there were being murdered by the ruling party leaders or being forced to commit suicide. Poor Dalits girls are being raped and the TRS Government is not taking any action to stop such incidents, he alleged.
Uttam Kumar Reddy promised that the Congress party would fight against the atrocities on Dalits and would not rest until all victim families get justice. He said that the Congress party would help the Dalits by providing them legal assistance besides extending help in education, jobs and other financial assistance. He reminded that KCR had promised to make a Dalit CM if voted to power. However, he himself grabbed the top position after coming to power in 2014. He did not even induct a single Dalit minister in his cabinet although the community constitutes more than 20% of the total population. He said KCR has inducted several ministers from his own community into his cabinet and other top positions in the government. Instead of giving Dalits their due share in power, KCR is trying to deprive Dalits their Constitutional Right for a dignified life, he alleged.
The TPCC President said that Telangana has turned worse than Uttar Pradesh in terms of atrocities on Dalits. He warned CM KCR of dire consequences if his government continues to target the Dalit community