Thursday, December 30, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalits denied pattas, driven out: Study

Dalits denied pattas, driven out: Study

Express News Service
First Published : 30 Dec 2010 04:04:27 AM IST
Last Updated : 30 Dec 2010 09:57:51 AM IST

CHENNAI: A study conducted by the Tamil Nadu Untouchability
Eradication Front (TNUEF) has revealed that families belonging to
Scheduled Castes in Chennai have been struggling for the past several
decades to get pattas for their lands.

The report on the field study done in 31 localities in Chennai between
September and October was released on Wednesday by TNUEF president P
Sampath and general secretary K Samuelraj. Denial of patta was a
primary problem faced by them, the report stated. Their demand for
pattas has not yielded results despite struggling for the past
half-a-century. They have been fighting for pattas in many areas,
including Kumarasami Rajapuram and M S Nagar in Egmore, Korukkupet,
Sikkanderpalayam, Perambur, Mettupalayam, Kolathur SRP Colony and

Under the guise of removing encroachments, the oppressed people were
being driven out of their traditional residential areas. Also, the
benefits of urbanisation have not reached them. There were no adequate
toilet facilities forcing them to defecate in the open, the report
stated. The facilities in the hostels meant for Scheduled Caste
students too were appalling.

Dalits were being driven out of places where they had traditionally
lived. They were being forced to live in tenements of just 120 sq ft
size in new residential areas in Sholinganullur and Semmancherry, the
report pointed out.

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