2011 tops in atrocities against dalits in TN: Study
PERACHI KANNAN | Chennai, January 30, 2012 20:32
Atrocities against dalits in Tamil Nadu have increased in the past
year and some of them have even gone unreported, reveals a study.
According to the report, the maximum number of crimes is taking place
in Villupuram district.
Highlighting the crime rate in 2011, a study by Madurai based Dalit
Rights organization, 'Evidence', reveals that the figures of those
killed has drastically increased in the year gone by.
There were 22 murders in 2010, 27 in 2009 and 34 in 2008. The study
also reports about killings of dalits.
While talking to TSI, the Executive Director of 'Evidence', Kathir
said, "While examining 336 cases last year, we have collected this
shocking information. Of those who have been done to death, 8 of them
Most of the dalit political parties, he says, appear to have
compromised themselves with the establishment. "This tragic trend
prevailed because of the non-effective functioning of Police and
Judiciary. Unfortunately there is no political pressure to put an end
to this malady."
Last year alone, there were 20 sexual assaults on dalits, the study
reveals, but only 5.8 per cent of cases were taken for prosecution.
More than 95 per cent of those who commit these atrocities go
unscathed. Villupuram district has got the large number of dalit
population in Tamil Nadu. Kathir adds that Virudunagar district stays
is at the second place and Madurai district at the third place in
witnessing perpetration against the dalits.
"The 1989 act on atrocities against dalits has not been effectively
implemented and is evident from the information available. It only
shows the non-seriousness on the part of both the Centre and the State
Government in the cases of atrocities against dalits," says Kathir.
Kathir has also impressed upon the State Government to rehabilitate
the dalit families affected by the atrocities. He has urged upon the
government to create the awareness among the students of Tamil Nadu to
establish an egalitarian society.
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