Violence sparked off by the death of a 17-year-old Harijan (Untouchable) girl continued in the Karol Bagh section of Delhi, India, on Tuesday (12 September) - the fourth consecutive day.
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Violent demonstrations have been going on for several days in the West Delhi residential area of Karol Bagh in India, as a result of the death of a seventeen-year-old girl a member of the "Untouchable" caste...
...The "Untouchable" girl is reported to have committed suicide after her high-caste Hindu headmistress rebuffed her by refusing to accept a food offering from the girl. The headmistress was arrested under the Untouchability Act which prohibits caste discrimination in any form. Her release on bail prompted the violent outbursts by residents of the area.
Police attempts to subdue the protestors with tear gas were met with further outbursts of stone throwing from the demonstrators.
An enquiry into the girl's death has been demanded by the Hindu Nationalist Jan Sangh Organisation. But, ruling Congress party officials say that the Nationalists are merely making political use of the controversy..... The people, however, sensitive to the issue of the "Untouchables," continued their protests in the streets.
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Background: Violence sparked off by the death of a 17-year-old Harijan (Untouchable) girl continued in the Karol Bagh section of Delhi, India, on Tuesday (12 September) - the fourth consecutive day.
The "Untouchable" girl is reported to have committed suicide after her high-caste Hindu headmistress rebuffed her and refused to accept a food offering from her. The headmistress was arrested under the Untouchability Act which prohibits discrimination. in any form on the grounds of untouchability, but she was released on bail prompting the violent protests by residents.
On Monday (11 September) angry residents had running battles with police, hurling rocks and bottles and setting fire to police vans and city transport buses. The police have tried to control the demonstrators with tear gas.
The Hindu Nationalist Jan Sang Organisation has demanded a judicial enquiry into the girl's death, but ruling congress Party officials have alleged the Nationalists are merely making political capital out of the incident.