Sunday, January 30, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit lady attacked

Dalit lady attacked
TNN, Jan 30, 2011, 12.41am IST

THENI: Petrol bombs were hurled at a 55-year-old dalit woman on
Thursday night following a month-long caste clash over the use of a
common burial ground in Koolayanur village near Bodinayakanur in Theni
district. A four-member gang entered Chinnaye's house on Thursday
night and hurled petrol bombs at her, burning her back and face,
police said.

The dispute arose over the death of 70-year-old Raju on 2nd January.
Although Koolayanur village had separate burial grounds for both
dalits and non-dalits, the plot was converted into a common ground
recently to bridge the divide between the two groups. However, the
non-dalits never allowed the dalits to cremate their dead in the
common ground. On December 22, 2010, the officials called for a peace
meeting at the village office where they had asked the dalits not to
use the common burial ground. An agreement was soon signed in the
presence of officials without explaining the issue to the dalits.

The youth in the village, however, were against this. When they were
talking Raju's body to the common burial ground, the non-dalits
stopped them. Police intervened and arrested 13 dalits, inlcuding
Raja, a youth who led the procession. Although the issue was resolved
with the help of police, the non-dalits were waiting to take revenge
on Raja. On 27th January, four persons allegedly entered the house of
Raja and hurled petrol bombs at his mother Chinnaye. The neighbours
rushed her to the Madurai government hospital where she is undergoing
treatment now. Police have registered a case and investigation is on.

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