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Violence-hit Dalit families in Dharmapuri receive utensils, stoves and clothes

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Children received school bags with crayons, a geometry box, pen and pencils

Humanitarian gesture:Kosi Mathew (right), Director, Manasa, a Bangalore-based human rights organisation, handing over relief material to a violence-hit Dalit family in Natham Colony at Naikkankottai in Dharmapuri district on Monday. P. Ramar (second right), District Revenue Officer and Henri Diphgne (left), Tamilnadu Special Representative, National Child Rights Commission, are in the picture. -Photo: Special Arrangement
Humanitarian gesture:Kosi Mathew (right), Director, Manasa, a Bangalore-based human rights organisation, handing over relief material to a violence-hit Dalit family in Natham Colony at Naikkankottai in Dharmapuri district on Monday. P. Ramar (second right), District Revenue Officer and Henri Diphgne (left), Tamilnadu Special Representative, National Child Rights Commission, are in the picture. -Photo: Special Arrangement

Bangalore-based Human Rights Organisation, Manasa, on Thursday distributed material aid worth Rs. 23 lakh to 403 Dalit families which were affected in the November 7 violence in Natham, Kondampatti and Anna Nagar, recently.

The materials were distributed by Kosi Mathew, President, Manasa, in the presence of P. Ramar, District Revenue Officer and Henri Diphgne, Tamilnadu Special Representative, National Child Rights Commission and representatives of People’s Watch, a Tamilnadu-based non-governmental organisation.

All the 403 Dalit families were given a minimum number of stainless steel utensils worth Rs. 1,200; a kerosene stove worth Rs. 400; a pair of lungi and towel for men; pair of sari and skirt for women; pair of pant, shirt and inner wear for boys; chudidhar and nighties for girls; a pair of pant and shirt for male children and frocks for girl children.

Besides this, schools bags with crayons, geometry box, pen and pencils; pair of woollen blankets, two cotton blankets, two pillows and toys for the children were also distributed.

The cost of relief material aids distributed to each family was Rs. 6,000, said M.J. Prabhakar, Public Relations Officer of ‘Peoples’ Watch’ NGO.

Henri Diphgne, Tamilnadu Special Representative, National Child Rights Commission and representatives of various NGOs were present on the occasion.

Three colonies

The material aid to the affected families was identified by a team led by Mr. Henri Diphgne on November 10 and 11 in all the three colonies, said Mr. Prabhakar.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Henri Diphgne said that the European Union consisting of 29 countries passed a resolution condemning the barbaric violence that took place on November 7 at the three Dalit colonies at its meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

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