Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits run from pillar to post for 11 years

Tamil Nadu
Dalits run from pillar to post for 11 years
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Aug 09, 2011 at 01:04pm IST

MADURAI: A sexagenarian Dalit couple from Vadapudupatti, falling
within the Allinagaram police station limits of Periyakulam in Theni
district, have been running from pillar to post for 11 years to
reclaim the house they had pledged for Rs 13,000.

In a police complaint, Rasu (60) and wife Muniyammal said they were
granted three cents of land in 1976 under the `1-lakh housing scheme.
Rasu then built a house on the plot with a bank loan and lived there
with Muniyammal. �

In 1996, he borrowed `13,000 from Selvam, a caste Hindu, of the same
village. As acknowledgement of the payment, the moneylender got Rasu's
thumb impression on a blank sheet of paper. Selvam reportedly told the
couple that instead of paying him the interest on the amount borrowed,
they could let him stay in their house for free. Rasu and Muniyammal
agreed to this proposal and went to Kerala, leaving their house under
Selvam's care.

They returned to the village in 2001 with the principal of `13,000 and
asked the moneylender to hand over their house. At that time, Selvam's
brother, Mayi, was living in it.

But, Selvam refused to accept the amount, claiming that the sum
borrowed was `1.3 lakh. He said the house would be vacated only if
that amount was paid to him.

The Dalit couple was also allegedly abused and threatened that they
would be murdered if they stepped on the land.

A shaken Rasu and his wife last week lodged a complaint with the
Allinagaram police, who have registered cases for issuing murder
threat and under The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of
Atrocities) Act.

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