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|Case posted by||Social Awareness Society for Youths-SASY|
|Type of atrocity||SC/ST (POA) Act|
|Whether the case is being followed in the court or not?||No|
|Fact finding date||Not recorded|
|Case incident date||10-Oct-2020|
|Place||Village: Not recorded
State: Tamil Nadu
Ms. Rajeswari of Bhuvanagiri, Cuddalore District has won in the last panchayat election held in December 2019 and belonged to the Scheduled Castes (SC). She has won in the Therkku Thittai Panchayat and presently holding the position of panchayat president. Totally there are 6 panchayat members in Therkku Thittai panchayat and out of six, four of them are non-Dalits. The remaining 2 are Ms Rajeswari and Ms. Sukanya respectively.
The vice-president Mr. Mohanraj is belonged to the most backward castes (MBC – Vanniyar caste) and he had influenced the other non-Dalits and was discriminating the two Dalit women Rajeswari and Sukanya. These non-Dalits did not allow the panchayat president to execute the powers and to perform her duties. The vice-president had also threatened the president and the 2 Dalit women were forced to sit on the floor during the two gram sabha and two panchayat meeting. They were subjected to derogatory forms of verbal abuse and discriminatory practices. Also during the Independence Day the panchayat president Rajeswari was denied to hoist the national flag and the vice-president Mohanraj’s father hoisted the flag.
Presently a case has been registered at Bhuvanagiri PS with the crime no: 1103 u/s sec 3(1) (m), 3(1) (r) SC/ST PoA Act on 10.10.2020. The vice president Mohanraj is absconding and the secretary Sindhujah and 6th ward member Mr. Sugumar have been arrested by the Bhuvanagiri police.