Dalit brothers face stone pelting back in their village after cracking IIT

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Dalit brothers face stone pelting back in their village after cracking IIT


COLUMNS / This Still Happens in India   /   Jun 23, 2015
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Rehua Lalganj (Pratapgarh): The Saroj brothers, Raju and Brijesh besides being having a constrained financial situation cracked one of the toughest exams in the world. The brothers are among the top 500 scorers in the competitive entrance examination to the prestigious institute of IIT.

Their father Dharamraj works as a daily wage labourer.

After the brothers returning to their village on Sunday, the villagers welcomed them by pelting stones at their house.

"There were five or six stones thrown at our home. We informed the police," Raju Saroj told the Times of India.
However, it was not the first instance when the brothers (and their family) were mistreated by the villagers. The brothers were often mocked by the fellow villagers because of their desire to study and succeed. Their drainage pipe was cut off for few weeks and their access to the public bathroom was also protected often.

The brothers also recall that they were never encouraged by the villagers, but they often tried to pull them back.
Both Raju and Brijesh scored 90% in their class 10 board exams and were admitted to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya through a scholarship.

Navodaya was my turning point," said the elder brother, Brijesh. Before Navodaya, the boys were always pulled into the caste yolk. They were asked their caste by villagers, bus drivers, and co-travellers. "People here are stuck in another century. They don't want to move forward," says Raju.

"As my sons were studying in cities, villagers thought I had lots of money. They asked for my BPL card to be withdrawn," said Dharmraj.

Now since they have qualified the IIT entrance, Brijesh is keen on studying electrical engineering and then go on to join the civil services while the elder brother wants to opt for an MBA and earn money.

While Brijesh reveals his noble intentions and wants to help people while Raju wants to support his family as he has seen many adverse condition during his growing up years.

“Our family of seven lives in two small rooms and has two CFL bulbs,” Raju said.

Both Raju and Brijesh appeared for the IIT entrance in April this year along with 13 lakh students. The brothers cleared the IIT test at the ranks of 166 and 410.

As per a report that the brothers don’t have the money to pay for their admission fee, several politicians and organization have extended their support.

Whereas Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has promised to pay the brothers Rs 1 lakh, Congress MP Pramod Tiwari and his MLA daughter Aradhana Mishra have vouched to give up their salaries for one month each and pay the admission fee of the Saroj brothers. Sulabh International, a social service organization has also come forward to help the brothers with their further studies.


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