The Rishi (also called offensively Muchi) hamlet of Hajrakati, a village in the Magura district, has come out as a place where medieval style untouchability is practiced and enforced. Rishi people are forbidden from entering shops, hairdressers’ and resturants, and even in schools they are discouraged from attending. Parittran and the Bangladesh Dalit Parishad are trying to raise awareness and launch a movement to redress the discrimination. Yet, even because of this the Rishi of that village are passing their days in fear being continually threatened and preassurised by the well-to-do and influential people of the village.
A good report in Bengali of the happenings can be found in the SOMOKAL