Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader S. Ramadoss was made to travel on a circuitous route from Virudhunagar to Dindigul through Sivaganga and Tiruchi district as the Madurai Collector had banned his entry into the district for having made provocative speech under Section 144 of Cr. P.C. which is in force till February 21.

The Anaiththu Samuthaya Periyakkam is campaigning throughout the State seeking amendment to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act to prevent misuse of the Act against innocent people, Pattali Makkal Katchi leader, S. Ramadoss, said.

Talking to reporters here during the periyakkam meeting with leaders of various caste groups here on Thursday, Mr. Ramadoss said that they would distribute one crore pamphlets to the people seeking their support.

He added that a delegation of the periyakkam would stage a protest in New Delhi to draw the attention of the Centre on the issue. The delegation would also make a representation to the Prime Minister and officials on the need to amend the Act.

The non-bailable nature of the Act should be made bailable, he said.

Reiterating the need to increasing the minimum marriage age for men and women to 23 years and 21 years respectively, he said such was the practice in countries like Brazil, China, Japan and Singapore. If the men and women wanted to get married early, they should get the consent of the parents.

The periyakkam leaders, G.K. Mani, B.T. Arasakumar, and J.K. Nagaraj, were among those who were present.