Brutal Forms of Discriminatory Practice against Dalit Woman Panchayat President (Code: TN-CUD-2020-128, Date: 10-Oct-2020 )

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Case posted by Social Awareness Society for Youths-SASY
Case code TN-CUD-2020-128
Case year 10-Oct-2020
Type of atrocity SC/ST (POA) Act
Whether the case is being followed in the court or not? No

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Case Incident

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Case incident date 10-Oct-2020
Place Village: Not recorded
Taluka:Not recorded
District: Cuddalore(DP)
State: Tamil Nadu
Police station Bhuvanagiri
Complaint date 10-Oct-2020
FIR date 10-Oct-2020

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Case summary

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.


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