India: Patna Jesuit Body Distributes Food to 5,000 Dalit Hamlets

A Jesuit voluntary organization in Patna has distributed cooked meals to nearly 5,000 people in 13 Musahar (a dalit community) hamlets in various parts of the capital city of Bihar. The Manthan (Churning) of the Patna Jesuit Society took the initiative on April 11 in view of the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of deadly coronavirus. “We have distributed khichdi (rice mixed with lentils), rice, dal and chokha (mashed potato) to members of the ‘Mahadalit community’ or the most marginalized in society, in slums of Roopaspur, Khagaul, Shapur and Naubatpur,” said Manthan director Father Juno Sebastian. He said they strictly followed social distancing norms while delivering the cooked food to the needy. Read more…