Call to strengthen implementation mechanism
Salem unit of Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front has urged the State to implement the provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) 1989 effectively.
At a time when a few caste groups are demanding amendments to the act, the cadres of the Front who took part in a demonstration here on Thursday demanding its effective implementation, raised slogans urging the State and Central governments to strengthen the implementation mechanism regarding this.
Led by District President R. Narasimhan and secretary R. Kulandaivel, they also pointed out that the act should be amended to provide more teeth to its provisions.
Many cases registered under the act had not ended in conviction while attempts were made to dilute its provisions further.
The act that provided security against evils of untouchability to the people of the oppressed groups should not be allowed to remain on paper alone, they felt.
Meanwhile Salem Ambedkar Makkal Iyakkam submitted a petition to the Collector here on Thursday seeking his intervention in the issue related to a temple erected on a house site given by Tamil Nadu government in 1986 to a couple of inter-caste marriage at Ariyakoundampatti near Salem.
Its District President A. Annadurai alleged that Vanniyars in Ariyakoundampati had resisted the Dalits and inter-caste couples and their heirs to take possession of house sites that were given free by the government to them.
After sustained struggle, many had taken possession of their lands, barring three inter-caste couples and their heirs, including the one on which a caste Hindu group erected a temple.
Annadurai said that it was a sly attempt by caste Hindus to prevent the inter-caste couples to take possession of their legally-owned lands.
He urged the Collector to initiate steps to remove all unauthorised constructions from the lands of beneficiaries and restore the land to the people concerned.