Temple Authorities in Rajasthan Allegedly Encroach Dalit Families' Land

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Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 20, 2021

Location of Conflict

Kareda

Bhilwara

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Caste-Based Conflict

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People Affected by Conflict

130

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

3

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Starting Year

2015

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Land Use

The conflict is on 18 bighas land in Kareda village, which is located nearly 54 km from Bhilwara. The conflict is between Dalit families and Hindu temple priests. The land was donated in 1945 by the then Mewar Raja Bahadur Amar Singh to Dalit and Adivasi communities who were cultivating the land. The dispute arose when the land was registered in the name of Aaraji Charbhuja Temple in 1991 allegedly by coercion. The priests allegedly started threatening the families in 2015. In May 2015, these families protested alleging that the priests were trying to capture their land. A police case was registered by the families and an FIR was filed. On February 26, 2017, houses of dalits were demolished with bulldozers on directions of the priests. Dalit families have registered an FIR again in November 2017 saying that matter is pending before the court. On March 14, 2018, hundreds of dailts marched for Bhilwara and presented a memorandum to district administration demanding action against the priests and their followers. They demanded solution to the land conflict. Bhilwara district collector Mahaveer Prasad Sharma said that the property is disputed and the matter is pending with the court. He said that clashes occurred due to land possession issues.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations, Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

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Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other, Procedural Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land, Land-record discrepancies , Lack of legal protection over land rights

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Threats/intimidation, Other harassment

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?

Reported Details of the Violation:

The temple priests started threatening the SC/ST families in 2015. On February 26, 2017, houses of dalits were demolished with bulldozers on directions of the priests.

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Rajasthan Government, Bhilwara District administration

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Mahaveer Prasad Sharma, Bhilwara district collector said that the property is disputed and the matter is pending with the court. He said that clashes occurred due to land possession issues.

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Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

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Documented By

Ashish Gaur

Reviewed By

Ashish Gaur

Updated By

Ashish Gaur

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