angladesh Harijan Oikkya Parishad, a platform for the country’s Dalits or low-caste Hindus, strongly condemned the eviction from different Harijan colonies across the country and urged the government to take measures for rehabilitating them on Monday.
The members of the organisation made the calls at a press conference jointly arranged by Bangladesh Harijan Oikkya Parishad and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) at Jatiya Press Club.
Speakers noted that according to the Bangladesh constitution no citizen is to be a victim of discriminative actions because of their religion or caste.
Bangladesh Harijan Oikkya Parishad Secretary General Nirmol Chandra Das said the eviction of Harijans turning them into homless is direct violation of human rights.
“There are about 75 lakh Dalit people living in this country of which 15 lakh are Harijan...we have no home and instead of getting proper accommodation we are being evicted from the colonies,” he said.
The organisation put forward a set of demand including putting bar to eviction process, establishing proper accommodation facility, granting land ownership and more.
In recent times the people of the Harijan community have been evicted from their colonies all across the country including Gopibag Rail Colony, Kewatkhali Harijan Colony, Natak Ghar Lane Harijan Colony, Shaeystaganj Railway Harijan Colony, Tangi Harijan Colony and more.
Dhaka University (DU) Prof Robaet Ferdous also spoke at programme expressing solidarity with the Harijans while the organization's president Krishna Lal chaired the event.