Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Mockery of Indian Constitution by High Court of Rajsthan,India: Ms. Shruti, Coordinaor,Savitri Bai Phule Mahila Panchayat

Mockery of Indian Constitution by High Court of Rajsthan,India: Ms. Shruti, Coordinaor,Savitri Bai Phule Mahila Panchayat

Was Manu the maker of modern Indian constitution? If not then what was the purpose of installation of the statue Manu in front of the Rajasthan High Court in 2001 that first made the discriminatory code of conduct in ancient India that that made it possible for millions of people to live a life worst than the animals? Is it not the insult of those millions of people who has been suffering for centuries?

Our modern constitution which declares the right to equality of every citizen irrespective of caste and creed, sex and religion and which declares any kind of discrimination illegal and unlawful and on the basis of which our judiciary is functioning then the installation of a statue of Manu in front of the building of the High Court of Rajasthan at Jaipur indicates that even today the castiest and patriarchal forces want to keep alive the discriminatory practices in the society which deprived the large section of the society from their equal social and cultural life and which had been the main reason of all sorts of backwardness that took them hundreds of year back in the past and made it impossible for them to resist the injustice based of extreme inequality, exploitation and degradation.

According to the code of Manu “If a human from lower caste or outcaste dares to sit equal to upper caste Hindu then as a punishment s/he should be marked on his/her hip by the means of burning and should be expelled from the locality”
“A person belonging to a lower caste should depend upon the foods left by the upper caste man after eating and they should wear only old clothes. They should be given poor quality of food grains and other used and old articles.”
“A man from lower caste should be provided with food only after work”

After a long and strenuous struggle and resistance of our dalit thinkers and leaders like Jyoti ba Phule, Savitri bai Phule, Dr. Ambedkar and others we became successful to have a constitution drafted by Dr. Ambedkar which propounds our rights without any discrimination and prejudices. In 2001, after more than 50 years of the formation of our constitution, the installation of statue of Manu means the attempt of reestablishment of discriminatory Manuist Code of Conduct which had long before been the subject of museum. It is surprising that even in this modern age of democratization, the reactionary Hinduist forces are trying to usher in undemocratic and unjust system.
Shruti is founding member of People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) and Managing Trustee of Jan Mitra Nyas.
Savitri Bai Phule Mahila Panchayat is women forum for rights of Dalit women. Mobile Number:+91-9935599330

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