Monday, June 20, 2011

[ZESTCaste] NHRC notice to TN govt on Dalit boy abuse case

New Delhi, June 17, 2011
NHRC notice to TN govt on Dalit boy abuse case

The National Human Rights Commission has asked the Tamil Nadu
government to submit a report within four weeks on the alleged
thrashing of a Dalit boy for fetching water from a public tap.

It has also asked the government what steps are being taken to prevent
"such acts of discrimination against Dalits".

The NHRC said it has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report
alleging that the boy, A Vasantha Kumar, was not only stopped from
taking water from a tap located at Karikkilipalayam by three women of
another community but was also abused by "caste names".

"When he protested, the three women and one P Damodaran Chettiyar beat
him up. He had to be admitted in Annur hospital, which is about 25 km
away from Coimbatore. It was also reported that the village where the
victim resides is reeling under extreme water scarcity," the
Commission said citing the media report.

According to the report, Dalits are prevented from cutting hair at
saloons in the locality and from using mobile phones outside their
huts in the area, it noted.

Considering the matter, the Commission observed that if the contents
of the report are true, then these raise a serious issue of violation
of human rights as well as provisions of the Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. It issued
notice to the Chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu, calling for a report in the
matter to the Commission within four weeks.

The Chief Secretary has also been asked to inform the commission
whether any criminal case has been registered against the accused and
whether any relief has been given to the victim.


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