PIL Seeks Separate Dalit burial Ground
A public interest writ petition has been filed in the Madras High Court for a direction to the authorities concerned to take steps to provide separate burial ground, potable water and separate polling booth to the dalits of the Arunthathiar Colony in Pappireddipatti taluk in Dharmapuri district.
The first bench of Chief Justice RK Agrawal and Justice K Ravichandra Baabu, before which the PIL from advocate S Sathia Chandran came up for hearing, ordered notice, returnable by four weeks, to the state government, on Monday.
According to petitioner, on October 26 last year, he was shocked to read a news report in an English daily under the caption “Discrimination keeps Dalit colony out of Democratic exercise for Years”. To ascertain the facts, he along with his advocate friends personally visited the colony on November 9. His enquiry revealed that there were 150 families in the colony with a population of around 700 and eligible voters of around 350. However, they were denied and deprived of their right to vote in the election in many ways. Since the polling booth was usually located in a school in the area where the caste Hindus lived, they were hesitant to venture to vote as they were prevented from freely entering the booth to cast their votes independently. They complained that in view of the same, they choose not to go to the polling booth. Same was the case in respect of a burial ground and other basic amenities, he said.