Dalit women take dip with Brahmin priests at Kumbh mela
Ujjain (MP) May 12: Scores of dalit women today took a holy dip along with Brahmin priests and Sanskrit scholars at ongoing Kumbh fair here on an initiative by an NGO to dismantle caste barriers and propagate equality.
Around 200 women from Alwar and Tonk districts of Rajasthan took bath at famous Ramghat on the banks of Kshipra river.
The women belonged to the caste whose members traditionally worked as manual scavengers, considered at the bottom of the caste hierarchy.
The event is viewed as an occasion that washed off their "untouchability". The initiative was conceived by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh Sanitation movement.
"It's the biggest sign of changing attitude about India's outdated caste system," a release quoted Pathak as saying.
"This Kumbh ceremony should be viewed as a bold and successful step towards the egalitarian inclusion of the downtrodden in the religio-social world of the Hindus," the release quoted Pathak as saying.