Dalit not allowed in temple: Atrocity FIR filed against Sanand priest
Ahmedabad: Sanand police on Thursday lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against the priest who denied entry to a dalit couple in Bhavnath Mahadev temple of the town.
According to the FIR, the priest and his wife are accused under various sections of SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocity) Act, including one which indicts them for denying entry to a public place open to all members of the society. Addendums include sections 3 (1) (X) and 3 (1) (XIV) of Prevention of Atrocity Act and section 3 of Prevention of Civil Rights Act.
We had on Thursday reported about the incident that took place on August 19, where Gordhan Jadhav, a retired clerk with National Textile Corporation, and his wife Dhangauri were denied entry into the Shiva temple by the priest because they are members of a scheduled caste. The dalit couple commands much respect in their community. “Primary investigations have revealed that rights of Jadhav and his wife were violated when (they were) denied entry at the temple,” said DS Vyas, PI with Sanand police station. The police found that Jadhav and his wife are victims of untouchability.
Jadhav had on Wednesday filed an application in the matter with Sanand police station, following which the FIR was lodged on Thursday. Officials of Social Justice Department met Jadhav and have recorded his statement.
Gordhan Jadhav, a retired clerk with National Textile Corporation, and his wife Dhangauri were denied entry into the Shiva temple.