Dalits not allowed to use village tank
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on May 24, 2011 at 02:30am IST
MADURAI: Caste discrimination has reared its ugly head again in the
district, this time in a remote village.
Three youth — Jeyaneethi, Kasirajan and Parameswaran — from Ambedkar
Street in Karadipatti near Madurai - alleged that the Caste Hindus
prevented Dalits from making use of a water tank in the village. The
trio had taken bath in a tank adjacent to a cremation shed for
non-Dalits in the village on May 19.
According to Jeyaneethi, there are two cremation sheds — one for
Dalits and the other for caste Hindus. However, there was a borewell
only at the cremation shed meant for Caste Hindus. It has become a
practice for a few members of Caste Hindus to object whenever Dalits
used the water tank.
On that day, four people from the dominant community came and informed
the youth that the tank was not meant for Dalits. But, the youth
continued to take bath. The next day, Saranraj and Virumandi from the
Dalit community, had gone to the same tank to take bath.
Irked by this, a group from the dominant community came to spot and
abused them using their caste name.� However, the Dalits did not
retaliate, but took up the issue with the panchayat president
Karadiappan, who held talks with Caste Hindus. But they refused to
heed the panchayat chief and ordered that none should run the motor
without their consent, thus preventing the Dalits from using the tank.
The youth came to the Collectorate on Monday and petitioned the Collector.
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