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TN violence: Special panel receives grievance petitions from Dalits

Published: 09th June 2013 05:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2013 09:04 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

The government appointed five member panel, looking into the grievances of those affected by anti-Dalit violence last year following the marriage of a girl with a Dalit boy today received petitions from Dalits in two colonies in the district.

The panel was led by Additional Secretary (Agriculture) R Vasuki and was constituted as per a Madras High Court order.

On Nov 7 last year, more than 268 huts, tiled-roof and one or two-room concrete houses of Dalits in three colonies in Naickenkotta village were torched by a mob, after the woman's father committed suicide upset over her marrying a Dalit.

Over 1,500 Dalits left their houses and spent the night in nearby government schools out of fear.

More than 90 persons were arrested and cases were registered against 500 unidentified persons in connection with the violence.

The High Court had directed the state government to appoint a special officer to look into the grievances of the Dalits and distribute over Rs 7.32 crore as relief to the victims of the violence.

Those affected submitted that no proper assessment had been made of the damage by revenue officials. They requested the panel to verify the physical units, including houses, , vehicles and jewellery which were torched that day.

The panel will hear the grievances of the petitioners tomorrow and the day after.

On Jun 6 the woman appeared before Madras High Court and said she temporarily wanted to stay with her mother.

When a Habeas Corpus petition filed by her mother came up for hearing, Divya, who came along with her mother, told the court she was going to stay with her mother until she took a decision (on her future) as she was disturbed.

The bench posted the matter for July 1.

On June 5, her husband Elavarasan had filed a complaint with Police stating that his wife was missing.

Last time when the Habeas Corpus petition came up for hearing Divya had said she wanted go with her husband.



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