TAMIL NADU

Dalits take part in auction

Staff Reporter

VEDARANYAM: Amid tight police security and administrative assistance, Dalits of Chettipulam took part in a fishing auction held for panchayat-owned water bodies here on Monday. This was their first such participation in a “common auction” for fishing rights.

The Dalits had earlier proposed to take part in the auction, which according to them was tacitly exclusive for the Caste Hindus.

Earlier, the auction of ponds for fishing was given solely on administrative divisions. This had kept the Dalits excluded as they were geographically ghettoed in a particular division. At the auction, their proposal to participate was initially opposed, but the BDO and tahsildar intervened to state that it was a common auction concerning panchayat ponds.

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