Wednesday, April 27, 2011

[ZESTCaste] HC notice to govt over social boycott of Dalits in Dindigul

HC notice to govt over social boycott of Dalits in Dindigul
PTI | 10:04 PM,Apr 26,2011

Madurai, Apr 26 (PTI): The Madras High Court Bench here today issued
notice to the Government, including the Chief Secretary, on a writ
petition filed against alleged social boycott imposed on 300 Dalit
families by the dominant community in a village in Dindigul district.
Justices K Suguna and A Arumugaswamy admitted the writ petition and
ordered the notice, returnable in 15 days. The petitioner, Kaliyappan,
a Dalit of Therkutheru Velayutham Puthur in Dindigul district,also
sought a direction to abolish the 'double tumbler' system (plastic
tumblers for Dalits and glass tumblers for others) in three tea shops
in the village. Dalits in the village were also not permitted to enter
the three temples and offer prayers to the deity, he claimed. He
submitted that trouble started in the village, which has 1,400
families of caste Hindus as the dominant community, when Dalits
decided to fight against discrimination and start Dalits' Arts and
Literature Association on Nov 15, 2010. However, the local police
inspector refused permission to install even a board for the
association and detained three Dalit leaders, Kaliyappan alleged. He
claimed social boycott followed soon after, with the 300 Dalit
families living in the village not being called for farm work. The
local shops were also not allowed to sell goods and groceries to
Dalits, he claimed. Though the tahsildar held a peace committee
meeting on Nov 19, 2010 and ordered that Dalits be provided food and
other goods, shopkeepers did so only during police monitoring,
Kaliyappan alleged. The petitioner said Dalit families in the region
were facing hardships as they were being denied work in farms. PTI

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