Tuesday, May 24, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits allege discrimination



Tamil Nadu - Madurai

Dalits allege discrimination

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Dalits of Karadipatti near Tirupparankundram in Madurai have
alleged that they are not allowed to use the common water tank in the
village cemetery and, if used, they are subjected to verbal abuse and

Jeyaneedhi, Charanraj, Virumaandi of Ambedkar Street in Karadipatti
submitted a petition to the Collector here on Monday on the alleged
practices of discrimination against them by caste Hindus in the

One of the alleged victims, Jayaneedhi, said that there were two
cemeteries in the village for caste Hindus and Dalits respectively.
But there was only one water tank located near the cemetery of the
caste Hindus and whenever the Dalits tried to use it they were either
prevented or abused.

On May 19, three Dalit youngsters, who went to take bath, were
intercepted by a group of caste Hindus stating that the tank was meant
for them and not for Dalits. However, the Dalit youth defied them and
took bath. But they were repeatedly abused for two days.

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