WATCH: Karnataka Dalit family replaces idols of Hindu deities with Buddha and BR Ambedkar, here's why
A Scheduled Caste family in Karnataka’s Koppal district replaced idols of Hindu deities with the pictures of Lord Buddha and Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar after Rs 60000 fine was imposed on their son for touching the Hindu God’s idols.
A video of replacing Hindu deities with the photographs of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Lord Buddha is doing rounds on social media.
In the video, a member of the fined family can be seen replacing the idols and photographs of Hindu deities with Lord Buddha and BR Ambedkar. One family member fixes Ambedakar’s photo while another put the idols of Lord Buddha infront of Ambedkar’s photo.
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A Dalit family has been fined Rs 60,000 after a 15-year-old boy allegedly touched a pole attached to Hindu idol ready to be taken out for the procession at the Hullerahalli village in Malur taluk.
The villagers have imposed 60000 fine to the Dalit boy, Chetan, touched the idol and attempted to carry it on his head.
Following this incident, the family decided to stop worshipping Hindu deities. If God does not want them, then the family will not pray to such Gods. From now onwards, the family will worship only Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar and Lord Buddha, said Shobhamma, the boy’s mother.
Shobamma lives in Ullerahalli in Malur taluk of Kolar district, around 60 km from Bengaluru, with her family.
On September 9, Shobamma was penalised for her son’s alleged crime but the incident came to light on Monday when she came out to talk to a few Dalit organisations of Kolar district.
The police booked Narayanaswamy, Venkateshappa, the husband of the village head and several others in the case under the Protection of Civil Rights Act.
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