The Madras High Court bench here on Thursday issued directions to the Tuticorin police to provide adequate protection to a 75-year-old woman belonging to a Scheduled Caste (SC) community, who moved the court alleging that a few caste Hindus were trying to grab her agriculture land.

The petitioner, K. Rukmani from Navaladiyur village in Tuticorin district, moved the court claiming that she had more than 30 acres in her village. A few caste Hindus attempted to kill her and her son on April 22 this year, besides subjecting them to casteist slurs.

A complaint was registered under Sections 147, 148, 452, 294 (b), 506 (ii) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 (1) of SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act, Mrs. Rukmani told the court through her counsel.

The caste Hindus further tried to hound her family out of the village and grab her land with the help of the inspector of Srivaikundam police station and the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Srivaikundam, she alleged. Therefore, she sought police protection and an interim direction to the Collector to conduct peace meetings to ensure her safe return to the village.

The government advocate told the court that there was no communal tension in the village and that the situation was under control. Justice M.M. Sundresh directed the Collector to address the grievances of the petitioner and directed the police to provide adequate protection to her. He instructed the officials to conduct peace meetings in the village.

“The petitioner has not named any person in her complaint. It is open to her to name the persons who tried to grab her land and the police shall take action against them,” he held while disposing the case.

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