Sunday, July 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit youth roughed up by caste Hindu students

Dalit youth roughed up by caste Hindu students
Prince Jebakumar

Express News Service
Last Updated : 15 Jul 2011 10:23:20 AM IST

MADURAI: A Dalit youth from Melur was recently roughed up and attacked
in public by fellow college students when he tried to square off an
altercation over the playing of songs between caste Hindu students and

Selvam, a Dalit from Indra Nagar of Manapatti village in Kottampatti,
is a third-year DEEE student of a college in Sivaganga. To get to his
college, he has to commute to Melur to take a connecting bus. On
Tuesday, students from a caste Hindu community started playing songs
relating to their community leader. Not to be left behind, Dalit
students began playing some songs simultaneously on their mobile
phones. The resulting cacophony attracted the wrath of the bus
conductor, who scolded them.

According to eyewitnesses, Selvam tried to pacify friends from his
community and asked them to stop playing songs. But, he was
intercepted by caste Hindu students and an altercation followed.

When the bus reached Melur, a group comprising caste Hindus, which had
been told to gather by those inside the bus, roughed up Selvam.

The following day, the caste Hindus openly discussed in the bus
tackling Selvam if he voiced a protest against the playing of songs.
The Dalit youth was soon forced to alight at a bus stop, roughly 2 km
ahead of Melur, and was attacked by the caste Hindu students in
public. He was stripped of his shirt and suffered internal injuries.

Later, Selvam lodged a complaint with the Kottampatti police and was
admitted to the GH in Melur.

Anand, EDof Equal Rights, an NGO, demanded a case to be registered
under Section 3 (1) (3) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
(Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

When contacted, Superintendent of Police Asra Garg said the complaint
and a counter-complaint were received and investigations were on.

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