Caste Hindus interfering in official work, alleges Dalit panchayat chief

By Express News Service – MADURAI

Published: 27th August 2013 10:18 AM

A Dalit woman panchayat president on Monday filed a complaint with the police demanding action against five caste Hindu  members for causing her mental agony and not allowing her to perform her official works.

“If their torture continues, I have no other option except committing suicide,” said Vijayarani Muthaiah, the woman Dalit panchayat president of Kinni Mangalam village near Checkanurani in Usilampatti taluk after submitting her complaint at the Madurai SP office here.

Vijayarani Muthaiah claimed in the petition that five Caste Hindus M Bharani Thevar, P Mani Thevar, A Mani Thevar and R Periya Karuppa Thevar were often found sitting at Periya Nachi Temple located close to the panchayat office and verbally abused her using filthy language whenever she visited the office. “They scold me in derogatory words referring to my caste name,” Vijaya Rani said.

Speaking to Express, she said that though the seven ward members of the panchayat cooperated with her, the five caste Hindus were causing her trouble. “They are not allowing me to sit in the chair at my office,” she alleged. Nearly for one-and-half years, they did not allow her to sit in the chair. Only after she took up the issue with the district collector, they allowed her to sit in the chair for few days. But now, they were again preventing her from using the chair, she said.

After receiving her complaint, the police said that they would investigate the case and take action.


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