Thursday, August 11, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Protest to condemn assault

Protest to condemn assault
Express News Service
Last Updated : 11 Aug 2011 08:52:47 AM IST

CHENNAI: Members of the Aathithamizhar Peravai are all set to stage a
protest in Chennai condemning the alleged assault on Arunthathiyar
(Dalit) Woman Panchayat President Krishnaveni from Thazhaiyuthu,
Tirunelveli district, which happened in mid June.

The protest is scheduled for September 6 and will be supported by
other Arunthathiyar Associations like Arunthamizhar Viduthalai
Iyakkam, Tamil Nadu Chakkiyar Arunthathiyar Sangam and other Dalit
outfits. Aathiyamaan, Founder President of Aathithamizhar Peravai,
said in a press meet, "We strongly condemn the attack on Panchayat
President Krishnaveni. It is high time the government took strong
measures to protect Dalits in higher positions."

Aathiyamaan also said, "We demand a compensation from the government
to the tune of `10 lakh, apart from providing a government job to her
family member. Krishnaveni also requires money for treating her left
hand, which has been grievously injured. She should also receive good
medical care."

Krishnaveni(36) from Thazhaiyuthu was allegedly assaulted when she was
returning home in an autorickshaw in June, which caused her grievous
injuries in the head, neck and hands. A mother of two, she belongs to
Arunthathiyar Community.

After being elected to the post of panchayat president two years ago,
Krishnaveni started taking independent decisions much to the distaste
of the Vice President Meerankani (55), a Muslim who belongs to a
dominant community.


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