The unfortunate rape incident the occurred in Hathras village of Uttar Pradesh a few days ago has shook the entire nation. What followed were the debated on women safety and the caste discrimination that is still prevalent in many parts of our country. A few section of people prefer to deny the existence of caste discrimination.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who hails from a small village in Uttar Pradesh shared how he himself has been a victim of casteism and the people who deny it, don’t know the reality.
Nawazuddin told, “In my own family, my grandmother was from a lower caste. Even today, they have not accepted us because of my grandmother. The fact that I am famous doesn’t matter to them. It is deeply entrenched within them…it is in their veins. They consider it their pride. The Sheikh Siddiquis are the upper caste, and they will not have anything to do with those they consider beneath them. Even today it is there. It is very difficult.”
He said that people on Twitter make statements that caste discrimination doesn’t exist. But if the same people travelled around, they would find a very different reality.
In his recently released film titled ‘Serious Men’, Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a Dalit who tries to find recognition in the society.