Monthly Archives: November 2012

சாதி ஆதிக்க எதிர்ப்பு கூட்டியக்கம் நடத்தும் ஆர்பாட்டம்

கூட்டியக்கத்தில் இணைந்துள்ளவர்கள் பட்டியலில்:

மாற்றத்திற்கான செய்தியாளர்கள், சென்னை

அ. வெற்றிவேல், சவுதி அரேபியா

திருத்தம்: கொற்றவை, மாசெஸ் (Movement Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexism)

Demonstration against the Caste based violence in Dalit Villages

Saathi AAthikka Ethirppu Koottiyakkam, Tamil Nadu

Joint Movement against Caste Dominance

 Demonstration against the Caste based violence in Dalit Villages – Naththam, Kondampatti, Annanagar of Dharmapuri Districts.

Day: November 30, 2012

Place: near Memorial Hall

Time: 3 pm to 6 p.m

All Progressive Movements, Revolutionary Movements, Dalit Movements and Humanitarians are participating in the protest. Kindly depute your Reporter and Photographer to cover this voice against the case atrocities.

For details Pl contact: K. Palani – – 9176264717, saek.tamilnadu@gmail.com

 

About S.A.E.K, T.N

The time has arrived for all Progressive Movements to unite against Caste based oppressions. Recent Caste Violence in Dalit Villages Naththam, Kondampatti, Annanagar of Dharmapuri districts indicate to us that a continuous Propaganda for annihilation of caste needs to be taken in a persisting manner, for which all progressive forces must assemble as a united force. With this agenda a preliminary meeting under the leadership of Kovai Eswaran was held on 18.11.2012. More than 25 Movements including revolutionary movements, Dalit Movements and Individuals participated in the meeting.

The Joint movement is named ‘Saathi Aathikka Ethirppu Koottiyakkam’, Tamil Nadu. Com. Kovai Eswaran was requested to select the coordinator group for this movement and their details as below:

1. K. Palani – Makkal Jananaayaka kudiyarasu katchi (coordinator)

2.  T. Mohan

3.  Ko. Neelamekam – Puratchiyaalar Ambedkar vizhippunarvu paasarai

4.  Kotravai – M.A.S.E.S

5.  Aranga Gunasekaran – Thamizhaga Makkal Puratchi iyakkam

6.  P.T. Shanmuga Sundaram – C.P.I (M.L)

7.  Solomon – Indhiya Makkal Munnani

For details Pl contact: K. Palani – – 9176264717, saek.tamilnadu@gmail.com

another demonstration will be held in Dharmapuri on 7th December, 2012

500 Dalit Homes Burnt… And A News Blip – Tehelka.com

500 Dalit Homes Burnt… And A News BlipA love marriage. A suicide. And three ravaged villages. Imran Khan reports on a deadly reprisal against Dalits in Tamil Nadu that should have made it to national news

  • K Nagaraj

  • Kodakaari

  • Santosh and Suguna

  • Selvam, Paulina and their three children

  • Vasantha

  • Subramani and Vannila

  • Sathya and Panener

  • Vanneela

  • K Nagaraj

  • Kodakaari

 

THE AFTERMATH of the caste violence in Dharmapuri district of northern Tamil Nadu has rendered thousands of Dalits homeless and living in constant fear of another possible attack. On 7 November, a mob of 2,500 backward-caste Vanniyars had burnt and looted around 500 houses of Dalits, claiming to avenge the death of a Vanniyar who committed suicide after his daughter married a Dalit. Adding to the fear is a statement by Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) MLA Kaduvetti Guru, who heads the Vanniyar Sangam, forbidding inter-caste marriages. Locals and even the police officials posted in the area say the attack was premeditated and done with the connivance of pro-Vanniyar sections of the police and cadres of the PMK.

Between 5 pm and 10 pm on 7 November, every single house of the three hamlets of Nathamkottai, Kondampatti and Annanagar was burnt down. “Around 4:30 pm, the police started doing the rounds, asking us to run for our lives as a mob of Vanniyars was on its way to attack us,” says Paulina, 30, a Dalit Christian and mother of three, who ran to the nearby fields to save herself, along with other women, children and the elderly. There were few men in the villages at the time as most of them work as labourers in the construction sector in Bengaluru and Coimbatore, or in the garment-manufacturing sweatshops in Tirupur. Now, Paulina stays in a temporary community shelter set up a stone’s throw away from the charred remains of her oneroom house. “They even took away the cash and jewellery we had left behind,” she adds.

Madiwayan, 36, works as a scrap-dealer in Bengaluru and was not in the village at the time of the attack. His parents were hiding in the nearby fields when the irate mob arrived. “It took me over a decade to save Rs 24 lakh, which I spent on building my house. They burnt it to the ground and also looted Rs 2 lakh that I had kept to buy some land nearby,” he says.

Usha, wife of Periyaswamy, a cook in the local government hospital, says the police was unable to stop the mob. “The police came back only around 1 am and announced over the loudspeakers that those who had fled the village should come back.” The women returned the same night, followed by the children and the elderly the next morning.

The genesis of the recent violence is traced to the marriage of a Dalit man, Ilavarasan, 23, from Nathamkottai, with a Vanniyar woman, Divya, 20. As Divya’s father, 48-year-old R Nagarajan of Sallinkottai village, disapproved of their relationship, the couple had got married in secret a month ago. Nagarajan asked his daughter to return home, but she refused. Then, a meeting of the Vanniyar community was held, where it was decided that Divya must return to her father’s house. When she did not relent despite the community’s pressure, her father allegedly felt humiliated and committed suicide on 6 November.

The Dalits of the three hamlets attacked by the Vanniyar mob allege that the father’s suicide was used as a pretext to whip up caste sentiments and fuel anger over inter-caste marriages. “There are more than seven inter-caste couples in our village. My wife Radha is a Vanniyar. We haven’t seen any violence in the 12 years of our marriage. The Vanniyars are just angry that we do not work in their fields for meagre wages,” says NC Armugham, 36, who runs a grocery store in Bengaluru. Agrees Palaaiswamy, 40, who works as a newspaper vendor in Bengaluru. “Even a month after the couple had eloped, Nagarajan did not seem particularly upset,” he says. “We suspect his community must have pressured him to take this extreme step.”

The attack has left the Dalits of the three hamlets economically devastated. A fact-finding team of People’s Watch, a Chennai-based NGO, which visited the area on 11-12 November along with the state representative of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights for RTE in Tamil Nadu, estimates the total economic loss caused by the attack to be around Rs 12 crore. According to this report, 215 families were affected in Nathamkottai, 152 in Kondampatti and 36 in Annanagar. The Jayalalitha government has offered Rs 50,000 as compensation to the victims.

“Violence of this kind would not have happened without the active support of the police,” says Henri Tiphagne, Executive Director of People’s Watch. “We found that the Vanniyars used more than 150 petrol bombs. It looks like a planned attack, instigated by the PMK, though Vanniyars from other parties also participated in it.” So far, the police has arrested 92 Vanniyars and filed cases against 218 more.

‘It is unbelievable that the police had no clue when 2,500 Vanniyars were being mobilised for the attack’Shakthi
President, Nathanamkottai Panchayat

PMK State Council Member Senthil denies any party hand in the violence. “Our party has worked for the upliftment of Dalits and it played no role in the incident,” he says. “Our position on inter-caste love marriages is that boys and girls less than 20 years old should not be allowed to get married as they cannot support themselves independently. Most end up getting divorced within six months. We are also campaigning for raising the marriageable age for girls to 21,” he adds. At best, this is an absurd argument. Moreover, in the case of Divya and Ilavarasan, neither was below 20. It is as if all the violence could be justified on the ground that Divya missed the PMK cut-off by a year.

ACCORDING TO the 2011 National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, Tamil Nadu ranks eighth among the states in the number of attacks on Dalits, with more than 1,400 reported incidents. A lot of this violence is rooted in the conflict between the backward castes and the Dalits. Though categorised as backward caste, the Vanniyars have traditionally been landholders who employed Dalits to work in their fields. In recent times, however, the Dalits have been migrating to the cities to work as daily wage labourers and their economic condition has improved slightly. Tiphagne says this newfound mobility of the Dalits has not gone down well with the Vanniyars, and this anger fuels violence.

Abdul Rashid Khan lost his father in the Pathribal encounter Abdul Rashid Khan lost his father in the Pathribal encounter Abdul Rashid Khan lost his father in the Pathribal encounter
Mob fury The Vanniyars left a trail of destruction at Nathamkottai and two other Dalit hamlets

“Notably, this violence has occurred in hamlets where the Left movement once used to have a strong presence. In fact, Dharmapuri district was once the headquarters of the Naxalite movement in Tamil Nadu,” says Dalit intellectual Anand Teltumbde. “It is revealing that with the Naxalite movement on the wane, casteism has raised its ugly head. Vanniyars and Dalits are not very different in terms of economic status, but the fact that they have clashed violently many times shows the continuing power of the caste system.”

According to Thol Thirumavalavan, president of the Dalit party Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), the PMK orchestrated the riots in Dharmapuri to check the “economic rise of the Dalits” and counter “its own declining popularity among the Vanniyars”.

Regarding the connivance of the local police, Dharmapuri SP Asra Garg told TEHELKA: “Based on initial inquiries, three officers posted in the area — Inspector V Jegannathan, Sub-Inspector Perumal and Head Constable Singaravelu — were found guilty of dereliction of duty and have been placed under suspension.” Jegannathan, in charge of Kaaramangalam police station (Nathamkottai comes under this jurisdiction), was earlier convicted in a case dating back to 1992, in which more than 100 people were injured and at least 18 women reportedly raped in Vachatti, a tribal hamlet in Dharmapuri district. Jegannathan was among 268 officials from the forest, revenue and police departments who had gone on a rampage in the garb of locating illegally felled sandalwood. In September 2011, a local court convicted 215 of them, including Jegannathan, who has challenged the court’s order in the Madras High Court.

“Despite the simmering tension in the area, the local police failed to deploy adequate personnel for our protection. It is unbelievable that the police had no clue when 2,500 Vanniyars were being mobilised for the attack. The mob included people from villages 20 km away. They came with 150 litres of petrol and 200 litres of kerosene in mini-trucks. They also cut down trees and blocked the road to prevent fire tenders from reaching on time,” says Shakthi, president of the Nathamkottai Gram Panchayat.

source: http://tehelka.com/story_main54.asp?filename=Ne011212DALIT.asp

Imran Khan is a Senior Correspondent with Tehelka.
imran@tehelka.com

Mobs Burn Dalit Homes in Response to Inter-caste Marriage in India – Written by Lakshmi Sarah

On 7 November 2012, up to 2,000 people attacked three Dalit settlements in the Dharmapuri District of Tamil Nadu in India, according to theInternational Dalit Solidarity Network (ISDN) with sources from The Hindu,IBN, Times of India and Countercurrents.

According to newspaper reports, a nursing student, from the Vanniyar (Shudra) community married a man from Aadidravida (dalit) community in the Natham Colony. After her father committed suicide in disgrace, mobs organized against the Dalit community. According to ISDN, the mobs came in the afternoon in vast numbers, looting Dalit homes and torching them with petrol bombs. Hundreds of homes were damaged and 1,500 Dalits left without shelter and belongings.

As Vidya Bhushan Rawat (@freetohumanity), a social and human rights activist, writes in Countercurrents in a post titled Caste And Honor:

The violence against Dalits in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu is a shocking reminder of social prejudices prevalent in our society and how honor is closely linked to our caste identity.

According to Rawat, “The newspapers have not reported the entire incident and completely ignore as who are the people who have attacked. It is important to identify the communities. It is open and unambiguous that the biggest violence against the Dalits in Tamiladu is inflicted by Thevars and Vanniyars, two major shudra communities lead by different political parties.” While this kind of violence is not permitted in the constitution, “violence against Dalits cannot evaporate with simple rule of law.”

Dalits or untouchables

Guriya & Desi Lal are Dalits or untouchables, part of the Harigans, the people in charge of cleaning the streets. Image by Yan Seiler. Copyright Demotix (27/9/2011)

Newspapers have also suggested that there have been nearly ten inter-caste marriages between Vanniyars and Dalits in this village, suggesting that the violence was incited for political purposes to prevent the threat of growing incidents of such cases in a systematic and ‘well-organized’ attack.

According to IDSN, Henri Tiphagne, executive director of the human rights organization People’s Watch, (an IDSN associate) traveled to the area to assess the situation and provide assistance to children, as he says, “It was the most shocking of caste atrocity incidents that I have seen in my life so far in terms of the effect of the incident – one inter-caste marriage that has been performed with police knowledge and protection resulting in violence with 430 houses attacked.”

On Twitter:

@Rights4Edu (Rights for Education): #Dalit students face #discrimination in Dharmapuri http://thne.ws/WxZYiZ via @thehindu #inclusiveeducation.

@meenakandasamy (Meena Kandasamy): in Dharmapuri. #shame #atrocity #dalits

@dhilipYo (Dhilip Joe Ramki): ‏Industrialise southern districts: Sarath Kumar: Condemning the recent violence against Dalits in Dharmapuri… http://dlvr.it/2WbNK3

According to @kotravai_n (Kotravai) there will be a protest organized by Saathi AAthikka Ethirppu kootiyakkam on November 30 near Memorial Hall at 4pm.

Additional information about the incidents in Dharmapuri can be found at Sanhati in a post titled “Fighting Neoliberalism in Bengal and Beyond.”

source: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/11/22/mobs-burn-dalit-homes-in-response-to-intercaste-marriage/

 

ஆர்பாட்ட தேதி அறிவிப்பு

தர்மபுரி தலித் கிராமங்கள் மீதான ஆதிக்க சாதி வெறியாட்டத்திற்கு எதிராக சாதி ஆதிக்க எதிர்ப்பு கூட்டியக்கம் நடத்தும் ஆர்பாட்டம்:

தர்மபுரி தலித் கிராமங்கள் மீதான ஆதிக்க சாதி வெறியாட்டத்திற்கு எதிராக சாதி ஆதிக்க எதிர்ப்பு கூட்டியக்கம் நடத்தும் ஆர்பாட்டம்:

நாள்: நவம்பர் 30,2012

இடம்: மெமோரியல் ஹால்

நேரம்: மாலை 4 முதல் 6 மணி

அனைத்து உழைக்கும் மக்களே! சாதி மறுப்பாளர்களே! சாதி வெறியாட்டத்திற்கு எதிராக அணி திரள்வோம்.

 

கூட்டியக்கில் இணைந்துள்ளவர்கள்

தர்மபுரி தலித் கிராமங்கள் மீதான ஆதிக்க சாதி வெறியாட்டத்திற்கு எதிராக அணிதிரள்வோம் !

சாதி ஆதிக்க எதிர்ப்பு கூட்டியக்கத்தில் இணைந்துள்ள புரட்சிகர அமைப்புகள், சனநாயக சக்திகள், தனிநபர்கள் விவரம் பின்வருமாறு:

  1. கி. பழனி – மக்கள் சனநாயக குடியரசு கட்சி
  2. தி. மோகன்
  3. எஸ். நடராச
  4. கோ. நீலமேகம் – புரட்சியாளர் அம்பேத்கார் விழிப்புணர்வு பாசறை
  5. பி. அருள் முருகன் – மே 17 இயக்கம்
  6. பாஸ்கர் – பொதுமையர் பரப்புரை மன்றம்
  7. கோவை ஈஸ்வரன்
  8. கொற்றவை – மாசெஸ்
  9. விந்தைவேந்தன் – (சி.பி.ஐ.எம்.எல்), கனுசன்யால்
  10. மு. மதி பறையனார் – அம்பேத்கர் மக்கள் படை
  11. மு. நடராசன் B.A.B.L – புரட்சியாளர் எழுச்சி இயக்கம்
  12. அரங்க குணசேகரன் – தமிழக மக்கள் புரட்சி கழகம்
  13. முனைவர். ஆ. ஜீவானந்தம் – திராவிடர் விடுதலை கழகம்
  14. சைதை அன்பு தாசன் – டாக்டர் அம்பேத்கர் பேரவை
  15. ஏர்போர்ட் த. மூர்த்தி – பறையர் பேரவை
  16. குப. தமிழியினியன் (வழக்குற்றைஞர்). அம்பேத்கர் மக்கள் விடுதலை இயக்கம்
  17. முரளி மோகன் – தலித் மக்கள் சனநாயக முன்னணி
  18. பி.டி. சண்முகசுந்தரம் – சி.பி.ஐ. (எம்.எல்)
  19. வசுமித்ர
  20. சி. தேவராஜன் – அம்பேத்கர் பாசறை
  21. முக. மாயன் – அம்பேத்கர் பாசறை
  22. சாலமன் – இந்திய மக்கள் முன்னணி
  23. பி. சிவலிங்கம் – நலிவுற்றோர் நல்வாழ்வு அறக்கட்டளை
  24. A. ஆனந்தன் – அம்பேத்கர் சிறுத்தைகள் இயக்கம்
  25. M. குமாராதிருபரன்
  26. தமிழன் வேலு
  27. கவிஞர் அ. முத்துகிருஷ்ணன்
  28. R. குமார்
  29. வ. கீதா – சாதி எதிர்ப்பாளர்
  30. Mr. Arul Ravi, Tiruvannamalai
  31. Balasubramanian Kumaran
  32. Mahe Tamil
  33. மாற்றத்திற்கான செய்தியாளர்கள், சென்னை
  34. அ. வெற்றிவேல்
  35. Bhuvanesh Sadhasivam

தர்மபுரி தலித் கிராமங்கள் மீதான ஆதிக்க சாதி வெறியாட்டத்திற்கு எதிராக அணிதிரள்வோம் !

saek/TN/02/2012

தர்மபுரி தலித் கிராமங்கள் மீதான ஆதிக்க சாதி வெறியாட்டத்திற்கு எதிராக அணிதிரள்வோம் !

*  தமிழக அரசே!

  • நத்தம், கொண்டம்பட்டி, அண்ணாநகர் தலித் கிராமங்கள் மீதான தாக்குதலுக்கு காரணமான சாதி வெறியர்களின் சொத்துக்களை வன்கொடுமை தடுப்புச் சட்டத்தின் கீழ் பறிமுதல் செய்து பாதிக்கப்பட்டவர்களுக்கு இழப்பீடாக வழங்கு.
  • இந்திய அரசியலமைப்பு சட்டத்திற்கு எதிராக சாதி மறுப்புத் திருமணத்தை எதிர்க்கும், சாதி வெறியைத் தூண்டும் பாட்டாளி மக்கள் கட்சி, கொங்கு வேளாளர் பேரவை, மூவேந்தர் முன்னேற்றக் கழகம் போன்ற கட்சிகளை, அமைப்புகளை தடை செய்.

*  தமிழக மக்களே!

  • அரசின் ஆதிக்க சாதி கூட்டிற்கு எதிராகவும் தர்மபுரி சாதி வெறி ஆட்டத்திற்கு துணை நின்ற உளவுத் துறை – காவல் துறை நடவடிக்கைகளுக்கு எதிராகவும் அணி திரள்வோம்.
  • அனைத்து உழைக்கும் மக்களே! சாதி மறுப்பாளர்களே! சாதி வெறியாட்டத்திற்கு எதிராக அணி திரள்வோம்

இவண்,

சாதி ஆதிக்க எதிர்ப்பு கூட்டியக்கம், தமிழ்நாடு

தொடர்புக்கு – jmacd.tamilnadu@gmail.com

கி. பழனி – மக்கள் சனநாயக குடியரசு கட்சி – 9176264717, ஒருங்கிணைப்பாளர்

ஒருங்கிணைப்பாளர்கள் குழு:

1.     கி. பழனி – மக்கள் சனநாயக குடியரசு கட்சி – 9176264717

2.     தி. மோகன் – 984069511

3.     கோ. நீலமேகம் – புரட்சியாளர் அம்பேத்கார் விழிப்புணர்வு பாசறை – 9710015123

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தொடர்புடைய சுட்டிகள்

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/dharmapuri-incident-serious-hc/article4082173.ece

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-08/coimbatore/34993610_1_dalit-boy-dalit-houses-caste-violence

http://thealternative.in/inclusivity/dharmpuris-caset-blackened-walls/

http://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/article1342654.ece

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/dharmapuri-violence-why-dalits-are-unsafe-in-dravidian-tamil-nadu-522135.html

http://tamil.oneindia.in/news/2012/11/12/tamilnadu-dharmapuri-inspector-suspended-making-night-rounds-164561.html

http://amarx.org/?p=666

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