Karnataka

Huliwana clash: Manjula Manasa asks both sides to maintain peace

Chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for Women Manjula Manasa speaking to a few women at Huliwana village in Mandya taluk on Monday.

Chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for Women Manjula Manasa speaking to a few women at Huliwana village in Mandya taluk on Monday.  

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Some women say they are still living under threats of possible attacks

While peace prevailed in Huliwana village in the taluk, which witnessed attack on Dalits by “upper caste” people following an inter-caste marriage on Thursday last, women from Dalit families say that they are still living under threats of possible attacks.

However, women from “upper caste” say that men from their families have fled the village.

Tension gripped the village for nearly two days owing to the clash following the marriage of two consenting adults. Dalits and policemen were injured in the clash.

On Monday evening, Manjula Manasa, chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for Women (KSCW), visited the village.

Women from both the groups expressed their fear to Ms. Manasa over the possible attacks/counter-attacks and police interrogation.

The police have already arrested most of the people who were involved in the clash. On the other hand, men from “upper caste” families have fled the village, the women told Ms. Manjula.

While many of the “upper caste” women broke down while narrating the developments, several Dalits stressed the need to bring about harmony between both the communities in the village.

Some Dalit women alleged that their properties were allegedly damaged and a few “upper caste” women complained that they were humiliated after the clash.

The KSCW chief told The Hindu that she had requested the villagers to maintain peace and support the cause of living peaceful life.

“The commission has received petitions from women and would take suitable action regarding the issue,” she said. Meanwhile, Malavalli MLA, P.M. Narendra Swamy, too visited the village and interacted with members of both the communities.

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