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A Dalit woman was not allowed to be cremated in Agra.

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The Varna system or the caste system has been prevailing since ancient times in India. The Varna system is a term in Sanskrit. It basically means the distribution of people in different social classes.

The upper castes were the Brahmins, the Kshatriyas, and the Vaishyas. The lower castes were the Shudras. The Shudras used to do menial jobs and were also known as Dalits or untouchables.

With time, the Varna system came to an end but after this gut-wrenching incident, doesn’t look like it did. The incident I’m talking about took place recently in Agra.

A few days back a huge controversy took place. A Dalit woman’s body was unceremoniously taken down from the funeral pyre in Agra by men belonging to the upper classes.

This incident instigated many people. Netizens were raging and demanding for justice. That’s when the President of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Mayawati lashed out at the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh and demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident.

On the 28th of July 2020 Mayawati took to Twitter and said, “In UP near Agra, the body of a Dalit woman was removed from the cremation ground by people of upper castes having casteist mentality because the cremation ghat belonged to upper castes. This is the most shameful and most condemnable.”

In a series of tweets, what you call a thread, she said, “In this casteist and most disgusting incident, a high-level inquiry should be conducted by the UP government and the culprits should be given harshest punishment so that such incidents are not repeated in the future. This is the demand of the BSP.”

At the same time, Mayawati also raised the issue of the death of a Dalit doctor in Delhi who died due to coronavirus.

The BSP chief in her tweet said, “The Delhi government should shun its casteist mentality and extend all help to his (doctor) family who had taken loan for his education.”

Incidents as such prove that people still have an orthodox mentality. There are many people who are casteist, racist, and sexist too. So, if you ever see anything wrong, raise your voice against it. Stand up for it even if you’re alone. Not only related to this but ever in life, stand up for yourself.