Wednesday, June 15, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits worship in temple despite opposition

Tamil Nadu
Dalits worship in temple despite opposition
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:05am IST

TIRUNELVELI: Dalits of Pandapuli village in Tirunelveli district
offered worship at Kannanallur Mariamman temple near Sankarankoil on
Tuesday, in spite of opposition by the caste Hindus, who, in protest
against allowing Dalits into the temple, were camping at a nearby
hillock for the second day on Tuesday.

While Dalits have been offering worship from outside the temple for
years, they first made their demand to be allowed inside the temple in
1999. But the Caste Hindus went to court and the temple was closed.

Following a GO, Dalits started going to the temple by 2008 end and in
May 2010, they offered worship during the temple festival.� This year
also, Dalits were allowed by the district administration to offer
worship in view of the temple festival on June 14, between 8 am and 12

On Tuesday, Dalits offered worship at the temple despite protest by�
the Caste Hindus.

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