"Some men say that they should be satisfied with the abolition of untouchability only, leaving the caste system alone. The aim of abolition of untouchability alone without trying to abolish the inequalities inherent in the caste system is a rather low aim," said Dr BR Ambedkar. Untouchability has been banned in India in 1955 thanks to the passage of the Untouchability (Offences) Act. Yet, the curse of untouchability is still prevalent in India's remotest parts.
In one of her routine field visits, District Collector of Dholpur, in Rajasthan, Neha Giri faced an abhorrent incident in Basedi in the district. She saw a young woman working as a labourer at site and right there was a stout man serving water to the labourers. When she enquired about the injustice in allotting work, it was said that the woman was a Dalit and that no one would drink the water served by her.
Reacting to the incident, the Collector asked the woman to serve water and broke the act of discrimination by drinking water. She had asked the labourers to drink the water served by the woman.
Incidents like these could pave way for an untouchability-free, better and new India.