Wednesday, May 4, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit thrashed for riding bike in ‘upper caste’ lane

Dalit thrashed for riding bike in 'upper caste' lane

Incident sparks riots in a Madurai village, cops arrest 54 people

Gladwin Emmanuel

Posted On Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 05:33:59 AM

In Chennai In a shocking reminder that many parts of rural India are
still locked in the dark ages, a 24-year-old Dalit man was thrashed in
a Tamil Nadu village for riding a motorbike.

Police cordoned off the entire street in Villoor village, Madurai
after the incident

Villoor village near Madurai remained tense on Tuesday, 24 hours after
G Thangapandian was abused and thrashed for riding a motorbike in the
streets where members of 'upper castes' live.

Thangapandian's injuries moved his community to swear revenge, and
clashes broke out in the village, leading to the arrest of 54 people
on Monday.

Discrimination against dalits

Locals remained indoors fearing clashes
Villoor is notorious for the way Dalits are treated here.

Police sources in the village said there have been complaints of
Dalits not allowed to sit on benches at tea shops, and forced to wash
glasses in which they are given tea or coffee.

On Monday, situation worsened after many members of the non-Dalit
communities were arrested.

Protesters pelted stones on Tuesday
A mob attacked Dalit homes, and pelted police vehicles with stones.
This led to police firing a few rounds in the air.

An 18-year-old lad, P Kalimuthu, and three others were injured in the
lathi charge.

A police official said, "We have to send a message that discrimination
of any kind won't be tolerated.

Those guilty of hitting the Dalit man, and subsequent riots will be
brought to justice."


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