Thursday, February 24, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits testify to atrocities against them

Tamil Nadu - Tiruchi

Dalits testify to atrocities against them

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Dalit men and women who had been subject to discrimination,
harassment and violence testified before a People's Tribunal for Legal
Redress organised by Evidence, a Madurai-based non-governmental
organisation, here on Saturday.

About 50 cases, a majority of them registered and documented by
Evidence during 2010 across the State, were presented before the
panel. Victims and their relatives narrated their sufferings,
including difficulties faced by them in registering police cases.

Prominent among the cases taken up was that of Poomayil, a Dalit woman
panchayat president of Kallankudi in Sivagangai district. Poomayil
said she was verbally and physically abused by caste Hindus after she
questioned an irregularity committed by a Makkal Nala Paniyalar. The
group assaulted, dragged by her saree and attacked with footwear, she

A panel comprising V.Karuppan, member, Panchami Land Retrieval
Committee, Saraswathi, women's rights activist, Samuel Raj, general
secretary, Untouchability Eradication Front, M.Gunasekaran,
journalist, V.Sethuramalingam, faculty member, Bharathidasan
University and B.S.Vanarajan, heard the day long presentations.

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