“Even as half of Gujarat is parched, shocking instances of inhuman behaviour have come forth in the Jasdan sub-division of state’s Rajkot district where Dalits are being deprived of water by people from upper caste.
“The Khadwadi village in the sub-division is virtually divided into half as Dalit women and children are made to walk miles in summer for water although there is a hand pump in the village that is used by the upper caste.
“The Dalits are disappointed because they feel ditched as the hand pump came to the village with their effort but now they are not allowed to use it.
“‘The upper caste people do not allow us to use the hand pump. They tell us to use it after they are done with it. The upper caste is full of discrimination against us,’ a villager said.”
Dalit woman attacked for drawing water from handpump (Times of India, May 13, 2013):
“A dalit woman was injured when a man attacked her with a sharp weapon today for drawing water from a handpump in a village in Bihar’s Madhubani district, police said.
“Mantorami Devi (33) was attacked by Marhu Yadav who was infuriated with her for drawing water from a public handpump at Jhauwa village.
“The woman was injured in both her hands when she tried to fend him off, police said.”