India Dalit couple hacked to death over 22 cents debt
The Dalit community in the village have blocked roads and protested over the murders a man from India's Dalit community has been beheaded and his wife hacked to death after a row over a 15 rupees (22 cents; 16 pence) debt in Uttar Pradesh state.
Police said the couple were murdered by an upper caste grocer on Thursday when they told him they needed time to pay for biscuits they had bought from him.
The grocer has been arrested.
Dalits, formerly known as untouchables, form the lowest rung of India's caste hierarchy.
Police told the Press Trust of India news agency the incident took place in Mainpuri district early on Thursday as the couple were on their way to work.
They were stopped by Ashok Mishra, the owner of a village grocery, who demanded that the couple pay the money for.”
WAR COST US $13.6 TRILLION LAST YEAR.
SO WHY DO WE SPEND SO LITTLE ON PEACE?
2015 SAW THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS IN CONFLICT FOR 25 YEARS.
AND THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PEOPLE SINCE WORLD WAR II.
THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF VIOLENCE WAS $5 PER DAY FOR EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET.
THAT’S MORE THAN 13% OF GLOBAL GDP OF THE TOTAL COST OF VIOLENCE, $742 BILLION WAS CAUSED BY ARMED CONFLICT.
THAT COMPARES TO THE $8.3 BILLION SPENT ON UN PEACEKEEPING AND $6.8 BILLION SPENT ON EFFORTS TO BUILD LONG –TERM PEACE.
“GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE COST OF VIOLENCE IS SO SIGNIFICANT, THE ECONOMIC ARGUMENT FOR MORE SPENDING ON PEACE IS INDEED POWERFUL”
- CAMILA SCHIPPO [DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMICS AND PEACE]
If we do not change our view about money and wealth, we may find ourselves extinct as a species from this planet. According to a survey conducted in 9 European countries 98% of family roughhouse for the past five years is due to economic reasons. If we want to be optimistic about our future we should reassess our values and their significance in the light of the joy and happiness we seek. And most certainly humans do not find joy and happiness only in what money can buy.“Pan Metron Ariston”, everything in moderation, as the Greek philosopher Socrates said, may well be the answer, pointing to the effort for optimism for the future, more education for everyone.
- Gerasimos J. Seriatos