Staff Reporter

MADURAI: A large number of women especially Dalit women narrated instances of violence, harassment, persecution, insult and discrimination and demanded justice at the discussion on “Caste based Violence and other forms of Violence inflicted upon women” held here on Friday.

A total of 40 cases were taken up for discussion.

The discussion organised by Centre for Dalit Solidarity and was chaired by K. Ramathal, Chairperson, Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women.

The participants felt that police and administration should be made sensitive to crimes against Dalits and said the cases of untouchability, and insult of Dalit women, was reported with regularity in the District.

K. Ramathal, said that the Commission is not within the confines of any boundaries and woman should fight against domestic violence initially as every form of violence starts at the domestic space and then enters the public.

Most of the cases represented during the day were related to issues of caste, domestic violence and human rights abuse.

A case in which a Dalit woman from Paraipathi near Thirumangalam whose daughter was murdered for having an intercaste marriage was also discussed. Cases of social ostracism by upper castes in the village were discussed.

A dowry-related violence case was also presented and the woman stated that she was allegedly tortured by her in-laws who also confiscated her jewellery. Even after representations at various levels they were not able to retrieve the jewellery.

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