Savarnas see red over the sharing of a Forward Press report, file complaint

In Pratapgarh Rajasthan, hundreds of savarnas have lodged a police complaint against Dalit activist Prahlad Meghwal for sharing a Forward Press report with a WhatsApp group. The report was on a case filed against discrimination in a relief camp of flood-affected Kerala under the SC-ST Act. The police are now trying to arrest Meghwal. A report

Around 500 savarnas turned up at a police station in Rajasthan on 6 September 2018, the day of the Bharat Bandh, to file an FIR against Dalit social activist Prahlad Meghwal for sharing with a WhatsApp group a report published by Forward Press.

Members of the Brahmin community filed a complaint at the Chhoti Sadri Police Station in Pratapgarh district, Rajasthan, against Prahlad Meghwal, a Dalit lawyer, alleging that he was using social media to peddle a piece of fake news. The news report in question was about a case that has been registered against 20 people under the SC/ST Atrocities Act in the Alappuzha district of Kerala. The report said that during the floods in the southern state, savarnas did not eat food cooked by Dalits and refused to share their food with them at a relief camp, because of which separate cooking arrangements had to be made for the savarnas. The Brahman Sabha of Chhoti Sadri claimed that Meghwal was spreading this report as part of a conspiracy to defame the Brahmins.

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