Give Blood take Water: Caste Violence on Dalits settlement in Cyclone hit Pondicherry
Brutal attack on Dalits settlement in Kizlsathamangalam village of Pondicherry, India made by the dominant caste people on 01/01/2012 by the dominant of the Melsathamangalam village. Nearly 100 Dalits’ houses were attacked by 300 upper caste members using swords and other sharp and deadly weapons. Many Dalit houses were broken and properties like house, TATA van, televisions, grinding machines, vessels and Motor cycles were damaged or set on fire. This problem started to
clash between the two sections of people to getting water. The water is demanded after the Thane Cyclone hit the Pondicherry.
They assaulted women by sexually abusing them trying to pull off their sarees. Most of the people sustained serious injuries all over their bodies including their heads, necks, backs, cheeks etc due to the cuts caused by the sharp weapons. The dominant Caste people also pushed the Dalits to the ground and stamped them with their legs, abusing them using degrading caste names.
This brutal attack was carried out for nearly two hours, from 6.30-8.30 a.m. The Dominant caste mob was so violent that the 8-month pregnant lady namely mala w/o Pazhani, was hit against the wall in a
most inhuman manner. Also a 50 year old Vithi s/o Anachapuli. This innocent old man did not know for what reason he was attacked so brutally. Another old woman named Lalida (45 years) w/o Subramanian and Rajseshwari ( 45 years) w/o Madurai was hit on her head and started bleeding badly when she went to rescue her son. 16 old years old boy Ajith Kumar s/o Vengatesan brutally hit and thorn in the road.
Most of the Dalits tried to escape to save their lives. But they were further stopped on their way out and attacked with weapons once again. In this occurrence, 14 Dalits were severely attacked with sharp and deadly weapons, and they sustained terrible injuries. Today their lives and security are threatened. In the light of the above occurrence, we would like your solidarity in condemning this brutal attack, which is the result of the horrendous caste system that prevails in India. The fact-finding team to visited and analyzed the situation. The team and victims talked with Collector and Sub-collector of Pondichery to insist to file the case under SC/ST POA Act. We request you to demand immediate action by the respective authorities on this violence against the Dalits in Pondicherry, India.
We request you to demand immediate action by the respective authorities in this violence against the Dalits in Pondicherry,India.
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