Sunday, May 30, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Tamil Nadu - Cuddalore

Tamil Nadu - Cuddalore

Dalits face confinement

A.V. Ragunathan

CUDDALORE: A group of Dalit families residing at Thittukattur in
Perampattu panchayat in Chidambaram block are confined to a small area
without having any rights of passage. Surrounded by farmlands owned by
caste Hindus they are not even allowed to walk along the bunds. This
has verily restricted their movement, either for job or for studies,
according to V.A. Ramesh Nathan, Director of the Social Awareness for
Youths (SASY). After conducting a study the human rights organisation
had sent a representation to the Director of National Scheduled Caste
Commission—Tamil Nadu wing, stating that these people were almost held
hostage in the place.

If any one dared to pass through the lands they were castigated,
beaten up and even subjected to sexual harassment. Mr. Nathan pointed
out that 19 families had settled down on a site measuring one acre and
32 cents.


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