Chitralekha, a Dalit woman auto driver who made it to the national headlines through her lonely crusade against the upper class political domination in Payyanur, is once again on the path of struggle, against the continuing victimisation on the part of the police and the trade union leadership in the locality.

Chitralekha and her family have threatened to launch an indefinite stir in front of the Collectorate here from Saturday, demanding justice.

The Dalit woman alleges that she and her family are being subjected to continuous attacks by the CITU local leadership in Edat near Payyanur where she lives.

The latest attack took place on January 31. DYFI activists threw stones at her house, partially damaging the house and two autorickshaws parked on the premises.

They also threatened the family members. She alleges that the Payyanur police charged false cases against her and her husband Shreeskanth, who had to spend 32 days in jail.

The series of attacks began in 2005 when she started working as an autorickshaw driver in Eramangalam in Edat near Payyanur.

According to Chitralekha, the male auto drivers belonging to the CITU did not like her presence in the male bastion and began attacking her.

Her autorickshaw was burnt down in December 2005. Intermittent attacks continued and there was no action against the perpetrators.

Chitralekha and her family will start an indefinite stir seeking action against the DYFI and CITU activists who allegedly denied the basic rights of the family. They also want action against the police officials who imposed false cases against them.

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