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Dalits In News,Jan. 25, 2008

by udaya — last modified 2008-01-28 15:11

Dalit's bullock wins race, caste clash erupts in village-,Dalit outfits demand DC's transfer...

 

 

  

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Dalit's bullock wins race, caste clash erupts in village
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S Irshad Ahamed

Friday January 25 2008 09:58 IST

THANJAVUR: Dalits of Peykarumbankottai village in Orathanad taluk bore the brunt of an attack by those belonging to the upper castes, just because one Dalit's bullock won the race during Pongal celebrations.

On the Maattu Pongal day, the bullocks, owned by Caste Hindus and Dalits of the village, were bathed and kept ready in front of the Melayi Amman Temple in Peykarumbankottai for the annual race.

As soon as the crackers burst, a scared bullock owned by Muthuraman alias Sevugan (21), a Dalit, ran fast and finished the race first.

Unable to digest the victory of a bullock owned by a Dalit, Jagadeesan (20) and Deepakumar (20) quarrelled with Muthuraman and called him names.

When other Dalit youths came in support of Muthuraman, a gang of 30 Caste Hindus attacked the Dalits with logs and footwear. His bullock, winner of the race, was also caned.

A head constable from Pappanadu police station reached the spot after the spar and made enquires with the two groups. He also advised the Dalits to lodge a written complaint.

However, when the Dalits were proceeding in a car to the police station, another group of Caste Hindus intercepted the vehicle and attacked the occupants indiscriminately with lethal weapons. 

In the melee, the windscreen of the car was damaged. Eight Dalits were injured and admitted to the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital (TMCH).

Based on a complaint, the Pappanadu police registered a case against 12 Caste Hindus. The police have so far arrested only one accused while others are said to be absconding.

Meanwhile, A Kathir, executive director of Evidence, a Madurai-based NGO, demanded a compensation of Rs 50,000 each to the affected.

"The District Collector and SP should visit the spot and conduct enquiry. The ADGP (Social Justice and Human Rights) should also conduct an independent enquiry. The National SC/ST Commission should suo motu investigate and submit its report to the government," Kathir said.

"We have heard of incidents of discrimination against Dalits. It is disgraceful to learn that even the cattle owned by Dalits face discrimination for no faults of theirs," he added.

New Indpress

 

Dalit outfits demand DC's transfer
http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEK20080124023637&Page=K&Title=Southern+News+-+Karnataka&Topic=0

 

ENS

Thursday January 24 2008 12:58 IST

BELGAUM: Various Dalit organisations of Belgaum have demanded to transfer Belgaum Deputy Commissioner M E Shivalingmurthy. The Dalits said the officer has become a problem for the Dalits in the district.

In a meeting chaired by Karnataka State SC/ST Commission president Nehru Olekar, in which DC Shivalingmurthy was also present, Dalit leaders Ashok Inavar and Mallesh Kurangi said Shivalingmurthy instead of solving the problems of the Dalits, has himself became a problem for the Dalits.

They said the officer was neither solving the problems nor attending the meeting organised to solve the problems of the Dalits. 

The officer after assuming the office had not convened a single meeting to solve the grievances of the Dalits, they said adding that he had just attended the atrocities against Dalits meetings which are conducted once in three months. 

Terming the DC as the most 'corrupt officer', the Dalit leaders advised the DC to get transferred in two months. They urged Olekar to suggest the Government to transfer the officer and warned of an agitation if the officer was not transferred in two months.

Denying the charges levelled against him, DC Shivalingmurthy left the meeting hall by saying that he has to visit the houses in an area to verify the voters' list.

 

 

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