Wednesday, April 27, 2011

[ZESTCaste] HC orders notice to govt on boycott of dalits

HC orders notice to govt on boycott of dalits
TNN | Apr 27, 2011, 06.48am IST

MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Tuesday ordered
issue of notices to the home secretary, secretary of the Adi Dravida
Welfare, Dindigul collector and superintendent of police in a petition
alleging that the double-tumbler system and other caste
discriminations were rampant in Velayudhamputhur village in Dindigul

In his petition, K Kaliyappan of Velayuthamputhur pleaded that there
was a social boycott of the members of the scheduled caste people
living in Therkutheru, Velayudhamputhur in Palani taluk. The teashops
in the village, run by S Chelladurai and N Kamaraj, supplied tea to
some dalits in disposable cups while the non-dalits were given glass
tumblers. He said out of the 1400 families in the village, 300
belonged to the SC community. They are also not allowed to sit on
benches in the shop on par with the non-dalits.

The dalits were also not allowed to offer worship in the three temples
in the village, the petition alleged. On November 15 last year, the
dalits had decided to inaugurate an association in the name of Dalit
Arts and Literature Association, but they were denied permission by
the inspector of police of Palani and four dalit leaders were detained
in the police station on November 14.

Justices K Suguna and A Arumugasamy before whom the petition came for
hearing ordered issue of notices to the respondents including the
shopkeepers of the village.

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