Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S. Ramadoss launched a blistering attack on his detractors claiming that he was organising a movement only to protect those who have been victimised by certain anti-social developments and for those affected by the abuse of the Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) Act provisions.
Addressing a press meet here on Saturday, Dr. Ramadoss claimed that his party was organising the all society movement in every district to express solidarity with the affected communities and his movement was certainly not directed against the Dalits as was being claimed by some elements.
Instead, he was against certain leaders who were masquerading as social emancipators only to brew trouble in society.
“We were only trying to create awareness among our girls and women of the pitfall of certain love marriages that end in misery,” he said .
Stating that his party was not against the PCR Act altogether but was critical only of its misuse, the PMK leader said that he was not demanding its scrapping altogether but was demanding only certain amendments to the Act. He alleged that around 97.8 per cent of the cases recorded under the Act were foisted on the parties and that must be ended.
To prevent misuse of the PCR Act provisions, the marriageable age for girls must be raised to 21 and those for men must be raised to 23 years. To highlight their demands, the PMK and its allies would organise demonstrations in all the district headquarters on February 6, he said.
Meanwhile, police arrested a total of 76 persons belonging to Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Pudhiya Tamilagam, Adi Tamilar Peravai, Untouchability Eradication Movement, and Dravidar Viduthalai Iyakkam, who tried to stage black flag demonstration against the visit of Dr. Ramadoss.