Friday, May 6, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Five arrested for “abusing” Dalit youth near Madurai

Tamil Nadu - Madurai

Five arrested for "abusing" Dalit youth near Madurai

Special Correspondent

Superintendent of Police visits Villoor village, warns of stern action

MADURAI: The Madurai Rural Police arrested five persons on charges of
abusing a Dalit youth near here on Sunday.

According to police, the complainant Thangapandian of Villoor in
Peraiyur sub-division, he was allegedly abused by some villagers
belonging to caste Hindus, when he proceeded on his two-wheeler near
the Kaliamman Temple arch on Saturday night.

The Dalits alleged that there has been a practice that they should not
ride two wheelers while crossing the street of Caste Hindus.

When the information was brought to the notice of Superintendent of
Police Asra Garg, he directed the police to register a case.

After investigation, Kalligudi police registered cases under IPC
Sections 147, 341, 109, 506 (1) read with 3 (1) (v) and 3 (1) (x) of
SC/ST Prevention Act.

The names of the arrested were given as Satish Kumar (25) son of
Ramar, Pratap Singh (25) son of Saktivel, Balamurugan (25) son of
Gurusami, Karanthamalai (50) son of Ramasami and Samayan (42) son of
Sangili Thevar of the same village.

Meeting convened

On Sunday evening, Mr. Asra Garg visited the village and held talks
with the elders. While, the members representing caste Hindus alleged
that the Dalit youths drove in a rash and negligent manner on the
stretch, they insisted on not motoring down their vehicles.

This practice has been there for long years. Similarly, some others
claimed that the Dalit youths indulged in eve-teasing.

After listening to them, the SP said that in such cases, they (caste
Hindus) can prefer complaints with the police and assured of stern
action. He also held talks with the Dalit representatives who too
narrated their tales of woes. Mr. Garg said that untouchability in any
form would not be tolerated by the custodians of law.

He appealed to the villagers to live cordially and impressed upon them
about the need for contributing their energy for constructive

"Each one of us had the responsibility in the nation building exercise
and in a modern era, such a kind of ill-treatment within us would only
be a retrograde step," he urged.

To ensure that there were no untoward incidents, strong police pickets
have been posted, a police officer said.


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