Thursday, April 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Supreme Court asks Tamil Nadu to get rid of 2-tumbler system

Supreme Court asks Tamil Nadu to get rid of 2-tumbler system
Published: Thursday, Apr 21, 2011, 1:25 IST
By Rakesh Bhatnagar | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

An archaic social malpractice by adhering to the two tumblers system
to discriminate between people from the "upper" and "lower caste" may
be on its way out if Tamil Nadu government abide by the Supreme
Court's latest verdict.

The apex court has described the two-tumbler system as "highly
objectionable" and has termed it as an offence under the SC/ST Act.
Several tea shops and restaurants keep separate tumblers for serving
tea and other beverages to Scheduled Caste people.

Criminal proceedings must be carried out against those practising such
acts and they must be given harsh punishment if found guilty, a bench
of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra said.

SC said all administrative officers will be held accountable. The
bench also took strong exception to derogatory words used to address
"low caste" people in the state and said use of 'pallan',
'pallapayal', 'parayan' or 'paraparayan' is an offence under the SC/ST
Act. "It is just unacceptable in the modern age, just as the words
Nigger or Negro are unacceptable for African-Americans," SC said.


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