Saturday, July 24, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalit attacked for walking on caste Hindu's farm

Dalit attacked for walking on caste Hindu's farm

Prince Jebakumar

First Published : 24 Jul 2010 02:54:25 AM IST
Last Updated : 24 Jul 2010 08:30:28 AM IST

MADURAI: Atrocities against Dalits continue in rural pockets and in
one such incident a Dalit was attacked just because he walked through
the farm of a caste Hindu.

Ilaiyaraja (27) of Dalit Colony, in Kachirayanpatti village, near
Kottampatti, was on his way back home after visiting his grandmother,
who lives in Manapatti, a nearby village, on July 17. When he came
near Aladi Vayal, he walked across a farm as it was a short cut to
reach home. Mani, who was herding sheep in that area scolded
Ilaiyaraja for walking through the farm and slapped him.

Ranjith and Vignesh, sons of Mani attacked Ilaiyaraja with sickles and
other sharp instruments. Ilaiyaraja, who sustained head injury ran to
his uncle's house in Manapatti village. His relatives including
Ayyammal, Kannan and Mookambal rushed back to the spot where
Ilaiyaraja was attacked.

Caste Hindus, including the trio, surrounded them and used abusive
words against the Dalits and started attacking the entire group. They
did not spare anyone until Kannan fell on his knees and begged for
mercy. All the injured Dalits were taken to Melur government hospital
with the help of 108 ambulance service. Ilaiyaraja was referred to the
GRH in Madurai.

Meanwhile, Mani, got himself admitted to the hospital citing that he
was attacked by the Dalits. Police have registered a case, based on
the complaint lodged by the Dalits and the accused have been booked
under sections 147, 148, 294 (b), 324, 506 (II) of IPC and section
3(1)(10) Prevention of Atrocities against SC/ST Act 1989. A counter
case was also registered by the police based on the complaint lodged
by the caste Hindus.So far, Ranjith, Vignesh, Thirupathi and
Vijayakumar have been arrested by the police in this regard.

Speaking to Express, Ilaiyaraja said that he was beaten up by the
caste Hindus with a leather belt.

Executive Director of Equal Right (an NGO), C Anandaraj, told Express
the injured should be provided with a relief of Rs 50,000 each.
Further, a women's commission should be set up to enquire into the
attack as women were also involved.

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