Tuesday, June 28, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Tamil Nadu: 300 arrested for caste discrimination



Tamil Nadu: 300 arrested for caste discrimination
Updated Jun 24, 2011 at 06:04pm IST

New Delhi: Over 300 people have been arrested in Tamil Nadu's
Thondamutur town for caste discrimination. All those arrested are
members of a higher caste Gounder community and were trying to stop a
bus from entering a low caste village, that houses about 500 Dalit

One of the villagers from the minority community said, "When we travel
in buses we are forced to get up from our seats and the upper
community orders us to get up and says that they (Gounder community)
should be the only ones who can sit."

"This kind of discrimination existed only at the school level, but
this has begun to spread in villages and buses as well," the villager
Tamil Nadu: 300 arrested for caste discrimination

They have been demanding for buses to become operational in their
village, but the Gounder community did not allow it.

Many school children were also taken into custody. Hundreds of
policemen have been deployed to avoid any communal clash between the
two communities.

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