Bengaluru: Chitradurga MP A Narayana Swamy, an SC by caste, had a taste of caste discrimination on Monday evening when he was stopped from entering the hattis (hamlets) of Golla families in Pemmanahalligollaratti near Pavagada. The locals said that the MP belongs to the Madiga community and hence he will not be allowed inside the hamlet.
It all started when the BJP MP arrived with representatives of several top IT, BT, and health service providers of Bengaluru city to distribute essentials to the residents of the hamlet. But the hamlet residents didn't allow the MP to enter the village and blocked him.
"‘Dalits are not allowed," the villagers told the MP.
When the officials accompanying him tried to explain that he is leading a delegation to help the poor villagers, the villagers asked the delegation to enter the village while Narayanaswamy remained outside. The villagers reportedly even gave hin example of former JDS MLA Thimmarayappa, a Dalit who never entered their village during his term.
After some time, a few locals requested him to enter the village but the MP refused, saying that he did not want to be the reason for rift between the villagers. Evidently pained, Narayanaswamy went back obliging to the villagers' demand. He later said that thought what the villagers did was incorrect, he would still toil for their cause. He further said that there was a need to change the mindset of the people. "I don't want to file a case against them. Untouchability is a reality. Laws can't change that, there is a need to change the heart," he said.
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