2 days ago, 120 Dalilts had converted their religion from Hinduism to Buddhism, showing their displeasure against marginalization and exploitation against them.
A day after the Dalits conversion in Haryana, the state’s Health Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday said that such steps will not provide any solution.
“One must stand by his religion. If they had a problem, we could have looked for a solution. Some demands had been agreed to. Using conversion to make someone agree with you isn’t right,” Vij had said on the matter.
This happens in a time when the BJP ruled state was trying to woo the Dalits in the backdrop of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
On June 2, 120 Dalits from Jind district converted to Buddhism after their certain demands were not met, despite staging 115 days long protest.
Dalits converted to Buddhism in a Delhi-based Ladakh Buddhist Centre saying they were marginalised and were pushed to the brink and made the victim of politics.
A Dalit leader who converted to Buddhism said that they had been protesting for last 115 days and were demanding a CBI probe into the Jhansa Dalit girl murder and gangrape case. Their demands also include an ordinance to make the SC/ST Act more stringent.
They had also met Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khatter, who they say did not help except giving plain assurances.