Wednesday, July 6, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Discreet police probe reveals untouchability

Tamil Nadu
Discreet police probe reveals untouchability
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Updated Jul 04, 2011 at 09:03am IST

MADURAI: A discreet police probe revealed that various forms of
untouchability was still being practised in Malaipatti, a village
coming under Usilampatti Town Panchayat.
This has resulted in the District Rural Police officials issuing
stringent warning to the members of the Caste Hindus in the village.
According to a top police official, they received information that
Dalits living in villages were undergoing caste based discrimination
in various forms.
Two-tumbler system was being practised at the tea shops and Dalits
were prohibited from riding twowheelers in some streets.
They were also not allowed to wear slippers in certain areas where
caste Hindus lived.
Also, the Dalits were not allowed to cover their head with towels
while crossing some of the streets in the village.
Superintendent of Police, Asra Garg ordered a discreet investigation
which confirmed the prevalence of such practices.
Subsequently, the SP ordered police officials, including A
Mayilvahanan, Additional Superintendent of Police and Kumar, Deputy
Superintendent of Police, to sensitise the dominant caste on this
The officials along with Usilampatti Revenue Divisional Officer
Pugalendhi conducted a meeting with the dominant caste on Friday
Certain guidelines were issued highlighting the fact that
untouchability was against the law and the Indian Constitution.
Stringent warnings were also issued to the dominant caste if they
failed to comply with the law in this regard.

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