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Dalits barred from entering Karnataka temple

BELLARY: Untouchability is prevalent in many parts of the country and Dharmasagara village near Hospet taluk is no exception. Here, people from  upper castes have forbidden the dalits from entering into temples.

The issue came to the fore when working president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Koddihalli Chandrashekhar, attended a function on a temple premises recently.

When the farmer leader asked one of the farmers to get into the temple, the latter did not budge. Realizing what could have stopped him, Chandrashekhar told him: “We are all one… there is no discrimination on the grounds of caste and creed. (Social reformer) Basavanna has taught us that in the 12th century itself.”

The village has six temples 80 houses belonging to dalits while its population is around 5,000. However, the dalits are allowed to enter hotels and saloons.

Jambanna, a dalit, said: “We have not been allowed to enter into since many years. We have not tried to enter either.”

TNN 1 September 2009,