Vidyajyoti Theologians Join the Protest March at Jantar Mantar for Seeking Dalit Rights

Many Dalit Christians and Muslims on Wednesday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar, in Delhi demanding speedy implementation of the recommendations of Ranganath Misra Commission granting SC status to them. The Police pelted lathis on the demonstrators without any provocation from them. Police also used water cannon. Many were injured in the lathi charge. Protestors said that they would press criminal case against the cops for their "brutal" action. Several demonstrators, including Archbishop Anil J.T Couto, many other bishops, nuns and Vidyajyoti Theology professors & students were detained and taken to Parliament Street police station and kept in custody till 5pm. It was a really heart touching experience for all of us. The faith and the commitment of the lay people really enthused in us energy to stand by them in the protest. They were in the fore front of the demonstration. Lathis or water could not stop them from asking for their rights.

“The Prime Minister has agreed to meet us tomorrow. So, we are leaving the police station now,” said Franklin Caesar, an outspoken Catholic dalit activist on getting out of the police station after spending five hours of in the Parliament Street police station.