three hundred Dalit households enter two hundred-12 months-previous temple for 1st time in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district

Celebration rented the air at Hosur village of Pattikonda mandal of Kurnool district on Saturday when 300 Dalit family members formally entered the temple for the first time. A massive procession, led by several caste organisations, was taken out from Ambedkar statue in Pattikonda city to the village.

According to the temple authorities, even though the data for the Veerabhadra Swamy (village deity of Hosur) temple exist only from the nineteen sixties, the temple is explained to be about two hundred years aged. Dalits of the village ended up not authorized into the temple given that the beginning.

The trigger

The village’s power buildings were being challenged by youthful educated Dalits in early September. The Dalits demanded that they be bundled in the ‘Peerla Panduga’ (Muharram) processions. Even so, “caste Hindus” disagreed to contain them.

When the police tried out to intervene, “caste Hindus” together with Muslims hurled stones at officers detrimental a couple autos and injuring a number of policemen. Later on, circumstances were being registered versus a handful of persons. This shot the village into the limelight.

This interest introduced numerous caste organisations and the Human Legal rights Forum (HRF) to Hosur. These organisations alleged that the Dalits in Hosur had been experiencing quite a few problems, together with exclusion from temples.


The district authorities took up the concern immediately and held about 4 conferences with Dalits and “caste Hindus”. In the conferences, Dhone DSP V. Narayana Reddy and the Adoni Income Divisional Officer A. Balaganeshaiah asked the “caste Hindus” to enable Dalits into the temple. According to the authorities, the “caste Hindus” agreed to the propositions and advised them that Dalits could enter the temple freely.

Temple entry

On Saturday, Dalits, led by Kula Vivaksha Porata Samithi and Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti (MRPS), entered the temple. This was the very first time in the village’s historical past that Dalits formally entered the temple.

“It is a excellent working day now,” explained the RDO though addressing the crowd. The Dalits marched for about four km to the village from Pattikonda town and entered the temple in a terrific furore.

A meeting was also held at the Panchayat place of work in the village, where the “caste Hindus” hurled stones at the law enforcement. For the duration of the satisfy, the RDO, the DSP, and leaders of the various caste organisations spoke and congratulated the Dalits on acquiring their legal rights.

The police had deployed important personnel to make sure that the approach went on easily. The DSP reported: “Over a hundred staff have been deployed. Together with 10 sub-inspectors, two circle-inspectors and handful of from the specific department.”

KVPS State secretary Andra Malyadri, mentioned, “Issues are remaining faced by Dalits in close by villages too. For these complications to end, all people should do the job in the direction of eradicating caste discrimination.”

Community lunch

Soon after the conference, a group lunch was held in the vicinity of the panchayat workplace. The villagers, alongside with district authorities and many caste organisations sat down with each other signifying the conclusion of discrimination in Hosur.

Even so, couple of community Dalits reported that even though they have obtained their rights, there was however a good deal to get the job done to do in the village.

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