HC asks authorities to follow provisions of SC,ST Act
Mon, Feb 22 07:08 PM
Madurai, Feb 22 (PTI) Madurai bench of the Madras High Court today
directed authorities to follow the provisions of the SC and ST
Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989 in the case of a Dalit youth who
alleged that some youngsters thrust human excreta into his mouth. A
Division Bench, comprising Justices Prabha Sri Devan and B Rajendran,
gave the direction after counsel for Sadayandi said provisions of the
Act had not been followed by Dindigul District Collector and the
victim had not been provided immediate relief.
The Collector did not visit the place of occurrence nor was an inquiry
held by an official in the rank of Additional District Collector, the
counsel said. Earlier the Judges asked the Nilakottai DSP if he can
directly probe the incident, to which the police officer replied in
The DSP has been asked to submit his report next Wednesday.
Arockiasamy, who was alleged to have thrust the human excreta into
Sadayandi''s mouth wanted to be impleaded in the case and the court
asked him to file his affidavit.
The Court suo motu took up the case after a daily reported that some
youths had beaten up Sadayandi for walking in their street in January
at Melakovilpatti in Dindigul district and forcibly put human excreta
in his mouth. A report submitted by the District Collector had said
human excreta was not put into Sadayandi''s mouth and a probe revealed
that he had waylaid Arokiasami and removed Rs.
850 from his pocket. Sadayandi contested the Collector''s report,
saying it was baseless and facts had been distorted.
"I was forced to eat human excreta," he said.
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