Wednesday, July 20, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit woman sexually assaulted by caste Hindu

Tamil Nadu
Dalit woman sexually assaulted by caste Hindu
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Jul 20, 2011 at 09:58am IST

THENI: Mariyammal (24), a Dalit woman of Kovilpatti village was
assaulted by a caste Hindu, recently.

According to sources, her husband Bethan is working as a sanitary
worker at Theni government hospital.

Mariyammal was returning home after visiting her sick husband and on
the Kovilpatti-Karuttupatti Road at around 2.30 pm, caste Hindu
Chinnathambi (50) and two others intercepted her and said that they
would drop her home.

She refused and while passing through a cashewnut orchard, caste Hindu
Karikalan who had come along with Chinnathambi, attacked her and
gagged her with a cloth. As he tried to sexually assault her, she
started screaming for help. Immediately, Kariakalan and Chinnathambi

Based on this incident Kandamanur Vilaku Police have registered an
FIR.� Karikalan was arrested and Mariyammal has been admitted to the
Theni Government Hospital.

According to a fact finding team from Evidence, an NGO, local bigwigs
have approached the police and were holding talks in favour of the
accused. Evidence sought that a case be registered under (3)(1)(10),
3(2)(5) of SC/ST Act against Karikalan.

They also wanted Theni District Superintendent of Police to be
appointed as an investigation officer and victim Mariyammal be paid a
compensation of `5 lakh.

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