Saturday, June 25, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits shift children from school at Villoor


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Dalits shift children from school at Villoor

The Dalits of Villoor village, fearing psychological intimidation, bullying and problems in future, have withdrawn their children from Villoor Government Higher Secondary School near Tirumangalam here during the last two days and admitted them to the nearby Kalligudi Government School.

V. Ramakrishnan (38), a farmhand belonging to the Dalit Pallar (Devendra Kula Vellalar) caste in Villoor, East Street, told The Hindu here on Thursday that close to ten Dalit families in the village have got their Transfer Certificates from the school following pressure from their children that they have been abused and bullied by their fellow dominant-caste students.

"During the break, while playing and after school hours when the teachers are not around they ask us to call them asAyya and not use words like dey or aelay," this was the major complaint that our children made in the recent past, he said.

"These complaints became a regular feature so we decided to shift my son Karthiselvan to Government Higher Secondary School at Kalligudi where he has joined eighth standard."

K. Veerammal (32), said that her son Karuppasamy was abused by fellow students and this affected him psychologically. "So we decided enough is enough. We do not want unnecessary trouble that will jeopardize his education."

M. Palaniammal, wife of G. Murugan, said that the prevailing situation in the village was the reason for them to shift their daughter Balamani out of the school to Kalligudi where she is now studying in eighth standard.

Balamani's father G. Murugan is one of the affluent Dalits in the village. His brother who was abused for riding his vehicle on the street where Dalits are not allowed to drive two wheelers. They have to push the vehicles.

V. Murugan, agricultural worker, took his sons M. Muthupandi and M. Muniyandi from the school and has admitted them to the hostel of a government school at Kovilpatti. Agnimuthu, a migrant labourer working in the construction sector at Coimbatore, took his son Ajith Kumar from the Villoor School to the Kalligudi School.

Alagammal, wife of Muniappan, said that problems are there, "but we have taken our children because we are shifting to Kalligudi soon." Kaliappan, son of Irulappan, farmer, was also shifted to Kalligudi School. Muthukrishnan who had passed Class VI has been shifted to a government school in Krishnankoil.

Sensitive issue

School authorities, when contacted, said that this was a sensitive issue. "We have warned everyone in school against discrimination."

The authorities refused to reveal what the parents had stated as reason while obtaining Transfer Certificate for their wards. They termed these transfers "usual affair" and refused to elaborate.

Villoor village has been in the news for the practice of various forms of untouchability against Dalits. 

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