Reach out to the young minds to cleanse the society of its ills of inequality, Inspector General of Police (Social Justice and Human Rights) A. Alexander Mohan said here on Tuesday.
Addressing participants at an awareness workshop on ``Untouchability Eradication and Prevention of Atrocities'' organized by the Social Justice and Human Rights unit of the State police Mr. Mohan pointed out that humanism transcended barriers of social stratification such as caste, creed and religion and was worthy of adopting by all officers and members of the public. Calling upon the people not to discriminate in the name of caste, the Inspector General observed that people had to move ahead with changing times.
Stressing that the poor, the needy, the vulnerable and the downtrodden in society need a helping hand to face the societal challenges borne out of the inequalities in practice, Mr. Mohan said the best way to surmount the problem was by reaching out to the young minds such as children and students who were the fulcrum of the generation to come. If students were made to realize the futility and ills of caste-based discrimination then the generation to come would be rid of the problems of social division, he added.
Enlightened students could then go out to spread the message of untouchability eradication and creation of a casteless society among the masses more effectively than could be achieved through any other method, he observed.
Speaking on the occasion District Collector J. Uma Maheswari urged the people to emulate the cherished ideals of several social reformers who wanted the most important plaguing the society, division along caste lines, to go for the world to prosper. The fault lines in society should get erased for a holistic and fuller development, she opined.
Ensure social justice in all spheres of activity, Dr. Uma Maheswari emphasized as all were born equal and the inequalities creep in only after birth. Prioritizing social justice would be a great contribution in furthering the goals of humanity, she said.
Dr. Uma Maheswari said that a total of nine members involving six cases have been given a sum of Rs. 2.18 lakh through the Victim Monetary Relief Fund under the Prevention of Atrocities on Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Act through the discretion of the District Collector during 2009, she said.
On the occasion the Vazhvarmangalam panchayat in Kadavur Panchayat Union of the district was declared untouchability-free and a shield was given away to the panchayat president M. Kamalam to mark the panchayat's distinction.
Superintendent of Police R. Dhinakaran, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, S. Kavitha, District Adi Dravidar Welfare Officer T. Pitchai Pillai, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Karur, Gnana. Sivakumar, and others spoke.
A rally to highlight untouchability eradication and stressing the importance of human rights was taken out from the Municipal Thiruvalluvar Playgrounds to the venue of the meeting off the Kovai Road. Dr. Uma Maheswari flagged off the rally in which a number of college students and NSS Volunteers participated.