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Dalit couple ostracised for raising question at Gram Sabha #WTFnews

 For seven months, the couple have been living in an unsafe placeWhen the Dalit couple raised a question at the gram sabha meeting, they would never have imagined that they would be ostracised by the community.

  • Dalit couple ostracised for raising question at gram sabha

     The police registered a case against the accused seven months ago, but had not arrested them. For the last seven months, the couple, along with their children, had been living in an unsafe place near a small pond outside the village. Mr. Paramasivam raised a question at the gram sabha meeting held on January 26 on the manner in which expenses were made by the organisers for a local temple festival. To buy grocery, I have to go to Venkatachalapuram, which is about three km away,” Ms. Lakshmi said.

    For seven months, the couple have been living in an unsafe place When the Dalit couple raised a question at the gram sabha meeting, they would never have imagined that they would be ostracised by the community.

    Narrating their woes at a public hearing organised here by an NGO, Evidence, the couple – Lakshmi (35) and Paramasivam – from Kattunayakanpatti in Theni district, said that the police and the district administration had not taken any tangible action to date. The police registered a case against the accused seven months ago, but had not arrested them.

    Mr. Paramasivam raised a question at the gram sabha meeting held on January 26 on the manner in which expenses were made by the organisers for a local temple festival. Angered by this, Ramesh Babu, who claimed to be close to district-level All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionaries, threatened the couple and also ordered the others to keep them away from their hamlet, they said.

    The couple lodged a complaint with Veerapandi police. After 23 days, the police booked a case against Ramesh Babu and others under different sections of the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. For the last seven months, the couple, along with their children, had been living in an unsafe place near a small pond outside the village. “Even for drawing potable water, I have to trek for two km. To buy grocery, I have to go to Venkatachalapuram, which is about three km away,” Ms. Lakshmi said.

    Like the couple, about 20 victims of caste oppression narrated their woes to the panellists who comprised P. Shanmugam, State president of Tamil Nadu Malaivaazh Makkal Sangam, advocates Nirmala Rani and Ezhil Caroline and journalists Jayarani and Sugitha.

     

    Executive director of Evidence A. Kathir, who moderated the hearing, said that it was an initiative to create an awareness among the deprived class, and such public hearings might help in preventing atrocities.

    http://www.nyoooz.com/madurai/211763/dalit-couple-ostracised-for-raising-question-at-gram-sabha

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Comment (1)

  1. Communal Award

    If I were Ambedkar I’d have given Licensed Pistols to all Untouchable/Dalit through Indian Constitution for self-defense/resist oppression;

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