Tamil Nadu - Madurai
Bench seeks status report in Dalit assault case
VCK cadre had allegedly attacked a lawyer's companion
MADURAI: The Madras High Court Bench here has directed the Y.
Othakadai police here to file a status report on the investigation
conducted following a complaint lodged by a Dalit activist against
some members of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) for allegedly
assaulting him outside the court premises on September 1.
Justice G. Rajasuria gave the direction pursuant to a petition filed
by P. Rathinam (63), an advocate and social activist, who was
reportedly present along with the victim at the time of the alleged
The judge sought for the report by September 24 and adjourned the
The petitioner said that he and V. Murugan, a member of the Puthirai
Vannar Welfare Board, wanted to write graffiti on the walls of a bus
stop near the main gates of the High Court Bench relating to the
acquittal of 22 caste Hindus in the murder case of two Dalits in
Chennagarampatti near here in 1992.
Hence, on the day of the incident, they were whitewashing the walls
which already contained portraits of VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan.
Irked, a group of VCK men assaulted Murugan and lodged a complaint
with the police alleging that the advocate abused them by referring to
their caste names.
Stating that he and his friends have been working for years for the
welfare of Dalits, Mr. Rathinam said: "Our activities are strictly
within the framework of the law and we are fully aware that there is a
vast scope for uplifting the economic and social status of the members
of the weaker section in a legitimate manner and hence there is no
necessity for violating laws for achieving social justice for the
The VCK cadre complaint was totally false. "This is how people like
Nallathambi (complainant) are indulging in invoking the provisions of
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,
1989 only to threaten the innocents and to get gain out of it," he
said and sought for a direction to the police to register a case on
the basis of the complaint lodged by Mr. Murugan.
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