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The Supreme Indignity of being an Untouchable in India

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  Anshul Kumar “It is usual to hear all those who feel moved by the deplorable condition of the Untouchables unburden themselves by uttering the cry “We must do something for the Untouchables”. One seldom hears any of the persons interested in the problem saying ‘Let us do something to change the Touchable Hindu’. It …

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A Mass Movement for the Dalits? The VCK and party politics in TN

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  Hugo Gorringe & D. Karthikeyan, University of Edinburgh Speaking at a memorial to honour the memory of Dalits killed by casteist fanatics in Melavalavu last month, Thol. Thirumavalavan, the leader of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) called for ‘a mass movement’ to protect the rights and dignity of Dalits in the state. A catalogue …

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If all the accused are innocent, then who killed the Tsundur Dalits?

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  Duddu Prabhakar On August 6 of 1991, around 11 am in the morning the high caste mob of Reddy’s and Kapu’s from Tsundur, Valiveru, Modukuru and Munnangi Vari Palem, with the help of police pursued and hacked to death Dalits from Tsundur. After four days, 8 corpses (7 Malas, 1 Madiga) were recovered from …

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‘The whole system is in their hands, including the judicial system’: Bojja Tharakam

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  Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes Dalit Camera spoke to veteran human rights lawyer Bojja Tharakam after the acquittal of all the accused in the Tsunduru massacre case in the Andhra Pradesh High Court on April 22, 2014. Very recently Bojja Tharakam, who is the Special Public Prosecutor in the case, had openly expressed lack …

Assertion

Chithralekha arrested for filing complaint under SC/ST (PoA) Act against abusive block panchayat official

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   Chithralekha, the Dalit woman auto rickshaw driver from Payannur (who has been fighting the CITU/CPM in her locality for a long time now), and her husband Shreeshkanth, have been picked up by the police and arrested on the non-bailable offense of obstructing a government official in the conduct of his duties. The Government Official …

Atrocities

Attacks on Dalits in Kalappatti

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Findings of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Team that visited Kalapatti village, Tamil Nadu, in May 2004  1. Caste Discrimination and Untouchability practices Kalapatti is a village which is located in the Coimbatore district under the Kovilpalayam police station limits. It is 14 km from the Coimbatore-Avinashi road. This village consists of nearly 2000 families …