BHAGALPUR (Bihar): Copies of Manusmriti, the book that sanctified the exploitation and oppression of Dalits, OBCs, women, Tribals and the working class, were burnt at Ambedkar Chowk by workers of Bihar Pradesh Dalit-Adivasi Yuva Manch. On this occasion, the youths took out a protest march from Tilkamanjhi Bhagalpur University to Station Chowk to voice their concern over the increasingly common crimes against Dalit and Tribal women.
Addressing a street-corner meeting after the burning of Manusmriti, youth leader Om Sudha said that the prescriptions of Manusmriti were still part of the collective social psyche. Only after this retrograde, anti-Dalit, anti-Tribal, anti-Shudra and anti-women worldview is banished from the minds of the people and from society, he added, would we be able to build a modern, democratic and strong India. On this occasion, Chandan Das, Ajay Ram, Nirbhay Thakur, Nishikant, Pawan, Rajesh, Shrawan, Rahul and Vikas, among others, were present.
Published in the February 2015 issue of the Forward Press magazine
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