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DRIVE AGAINST UNTOUCHABILITY: Dalits and caste Hindus having tea in a shop at Vellarivelli near Sankagiri in Salem. —
DRIVE AGAINST UNTOUCHABILITY: Dalits and caste Hindus having tea in a shop at Vellarivelli near Sankagiri in Salem. —

R. Ilangovan

SALEM: Tea shops in villages and hamlets in Tamil Nadu have been asked to take part in ‘tea for social equality,’ an awareness campaign to eradicate the practice of the double tumbler system, which is embarrassing the government despite its stringent measures.

At a ‘Tea for social equality’ party, Dalits and caste Hindus share a bench and take tea from the same type of cups.

Social Justice and Human Rights (SJ and HR) wing of the Tamil Nadu police has been entrusted with the job of eradicating the practice of untouchability, reported mainly in rural pockets.

As per instructions from the Inspector-General (IG) (Social Justice) Pradeep V. Phillips, the police have identified 77 villages in the State, which have Dalits as village presidents, where an awareness campaign against practices such as the double tumbler system in tea shops was needed.

Policemen have been asked to convene meetings with teashop owners in these villages.

They have been told in no uncertain terms that it is against the law to serve tea in a different type of tumblers to the Dalits. Policemen have been instructed to organise ‘Tea for Social Equality,’ in villages. One such tea party was organised at Vellarivelli village in the Edapadi taluk in Salem district on Saturday.

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