Dalit woman panchayat chief complains of humiliation

Published - August 18, 2012 03:29 am IST - Pudukkottai

A Dalit woman panchayat president has complained of caste-based humiliation and prolonged abuse allegedly by a section of persons belonging to upper castes at her village Kattathi in Karambakudi taluk on Friday.

Accompanied by her husband, Ashok Kumar, Jayanthi submitted a petition to V. Kalaiarasi, District Collector, seeking stern action against the upper caste persons and demanded armed police protection for her safety.

In her petition, she said that the vice president Balasubramanian, belonging to the upper caste, was reportedly instigating a group of villagers to abuse her.

She also alleged that Selvam, son of a ward member and the vice president prevented her from discharging her administrative responsibility, through caste-based abuse. The problem was brought to light on Monday when she approached A. Kadhir, executive director of Madurai-based rights activist organisation, “Evidence” explaining her mental agony.

The Collector, who received the petition, assured of prompt action.

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