Tamil Nadu: Two assaults on Dalits in per week, instances filed, say cops

Two cases of violence in opposition to Dalits in varied components of Tamil Nadu within the final week have been dropped at gentle by activists and protests by members of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), an ally of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) authorities, folks aware of the matter mentioned on Wednesday.

The incidents have been dropped at gentle by activists and protests by members of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK). (Representational Picture)

On Monday night time, two males belonging to the Thevar group attacked 5 Dalits together with a seven-year-old boy with knives in Madurai district. In one other case, a gaggle of round 20 males belonging to the Gounder group assaulted and urinated on two Dalit males on November 20 in Erode district.

The 2 incidents got here to gentle even after six males belonging to the Most Backward Neighborhood have been detained underneath Goondas Act on November 10, for disrobing and urinating on two Dalit males.

A fact-finding group of Madurai based mostly non-governmental organisation (NGO) Proof visited Perungudi within the district on Tuesday and located that the accused have been intoxicated and have been looking for a Dalit man. The accused R Mari and R Sasikumar requested for the whereabouts of the Dalit man A Kannan to a few locals from the identical community- Ajit, Vijay and Ganapathi.

“The three males denied understanding his whereabouts, which angered the accused who began verbally abusing them and blamed them for disrespecting them and pulled out knives,” mentioned founding father of Proof, A Kathir. “They aimed for his or her head and neck. The victims tried to guard themselves, that’s why they’ve accidents on their arms. Whereas the accused have been chasing them, an previous man was taking his grandson on his shoulder to a clinic. The accused attacked them too as a result of they have been Dalits,” he added. The boy sustained accidents on his ankles and legs and is being handled at an area authorities hospital. The injured, accused and the person they have been on the lookout for all children aged between 21 and 23, mentioned police.

Madurai police arrested one of many two accused on Wednesday. They’ve been booked for tried homicide and one accused remains to be absconding. Police and activists mentioned that there was no motive established on this case. “Now we have arrested one in the present day and we are going to arrest the opposite accused quickly,” a senior police officer in Madurai mentioned.

Within the different crime in Erode, in response to the police grievance filed, a gaggle of Gounder males assaulted two Dalits who’re goat grazers as a result of they noticed them devour liquor. They received into an altercation on November 20 in Gobichettipalayam within the district which continued to the subsequent day. The victims lodged a grievance based mostly on which police have registered a First Info Report (FIR) in opposition to 20 folks however no arrests have been made up to now. The accused have given a counter grievance that the Dalits tried to steal poultry from them. The district authorities performed a ‘peace committee assembly’ on Tuesday between the Dalits and the Gounder group however the former is demanding swift arrests within the case. “We’re attending to the underside of the case and dealing on restoring peace,” a police officer mentioned.

Within the Erode crime, the complainant mentioned, “Once we felt like we have been getting unconscious and requested for water, they urinated in our mouths.” “We have been crushed with iron rods till we fainted,” he added.

Numerous sections of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 have been invoked in each instances.

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