Tuesday, April 26, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits lay siege to municipal office



Tamil Nadu

Dalits lay siege to municipal office

Staff Reporter

Tirupur: Dalit Liberation Movement members laid siege to the Vellakoil
municipal office on Monday demanding improvement of basic amenities in
the wards where Dalit population is predominant.

Dalit Liberation Movement state joint general secretary S. Karuppaiah
said the demands for toilets exclusively for women and better drinking
water supply and sanitation in Wards 1 and 4, in which 98 per cent of
the population was from the Dalit community, had been ignored by the
authorities concerned since 2008.

Likewise, requisitions to construct public toilets and improvement of
drainage in Choriankunnathupalayam area, falling under ward 11 of the
municipality, too had not been addressed till now.

The crowd moved away after the municipal officials promised to redress
their grievances before May 15.

Mr. Karuppaiah told The Hindu that the Dalits would observe fast on
May 18 if their demands for better living conditions were not met
before May 15.

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