By Arré Bench Nov. 20, 2020
A Mysuru barber has alleged that members of “upper caste” Nayak community in his village ostracised him for cutting the hair of people belonging to SC, ST and OBC communities, and also demanded a “fine” of Rs 50,000 for doing so. He claimed that this had happened to him for the third time, and that he paid fines earlier as well.
India has still a long way to go, when it comes to ironing out caste-based discrimination. The fact that it still tragically affects the lives of many is visible from the latest incident in Mysuru, Karnataka. A barber has alleged that members of “upper caste” communities in his village had ostracised him for cutting the hair of people belonging to SC, ST and OBC communities, and also demanded a “fine” of Rs 50,000 for doing so.
Mysuru man faces social boycott for giving haircuts to SC, ST and OBC communities https://t.co/NBOUGXMtEm
— The News Minute (@thenewsminute) November 19, 2020
The barber, identified as Mallikarjun Shetty was socially boycotted by members of the Nayak community. Shetty claimed that this had happened to him for the third time, and that he paid fines earlier as well.
On Thursday, Shetty, a resident of Hallara village, submitted a written complaint to the Nanjangud Tahsildar Mahesh Kumar, seeking intervention. “If there is any evidence of any atrocity committed, I will ask the police to take suo motu cognisance and register a first information report,” he said.
Barber in Mysuru socially boycotted, fined Rs 50,000 for giving hair cut to SC/ST members https://t.co/mLHR2SX4Mg
— Republic (@republic) November 20, 2020
Shetty stated that around three months ago, Mahadeva Nayak, Shankara, Shivaraju and their followers came to his shop and asked if he gave haircuts to members of the SC, ST and OBC communities. The men asked Shetty to charge Rs 300 for a haircut and Rs 200 for a shave from members of the lower castes.
Shetty refused saying that he wanted to keep prices equal for all and that he could not charge more than Rs 80 and Rs 60 for a haircut and shave. Shetty also visited the police after the incident, who issued a warning to Mahadeva.
Mysuru barber allegedly faces harassment, social boycott for attending to Dalit customers https://t.co/6zsLmiPvYB
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However, the issue didn’t subside. Nayak and his men asked villagers to socially boycott Shetty. Shetty alleges that they also took away his son from his residence. “They forced him to drink alcohol. When he was drunk, they stripped him naked and shot a video of it. They can be seen forcing him to speak bad things about the Nayak community,” he told The News Minute.
The shocking nature of this case has triggered outrage on social media, with people demanding that these goons be put behind bars for their actions.
UC Hindu forces imposed ₹50 thousand fine on a barber and expelled him from the village when he shaved SC/ST people in his salon in Mysuru, Karnataka.
These goons are a threat to the Constitution and social unity. Must be put in jail. #CrushTheCaste
— Suraj Kumar Bauddh (@SurajKrBauddh) November 20, 2020
Book those people who threatened the barber for this nonsense and put them in jail for at least ten https://t.co/HvNJNe2HhE need of any discrimination .End this division of Hindus.The so called upper Hindus should come forward to end this nonsense
— Vijay Koul (@VijayKo32001974) November 20, 2020
What a world are we living in? Are people belong to SC ST or any lower caste, not humans? Jyotiba Phule had fought the case system a century ago. Article 15 and 17 of the constitution protect the rights and abolished the case based discrimination. Yet this is happening in 2020
— Mayuresh Deokar (@Deokar_Mayuresh) November 20, 2020
Hindu society must get rid of this. No catse system. Barber is a part n parcel of society n longer a low profile job. Every profession has to be equally respected. Government must subdue any anti- social elements. Culprits must be booked under law.
— Tusar Kanti Ghosh (@GhoshTusar) November 20, 2020
The perpetrators of this crime must be immediately charged under law. This should be unacceptable in India of 2020.