Cuddalore (TN), October 10
A lady Dalit panchayat president within the district was allegedly humiliated by the vice-president, who didn’t permit her to sit down on a chair at conferences or hoist the nationwide flag, drawing widespread condemnation from political events.
Police are looking out for the vice-president, Mohan Raj, whereas panchayat secretary Sinduja has been suspended.
The incident additionally led to an outrage in social media.
The alleged shame got here to gentle after a photograph of S Rajeswari, president of Therku Thittai village underneath Mel Buvanagiri Panchayat Union sitting on the ground at a gathering and others on chairs went viral within the social media, prompting authorities to swing into motion.
District Collector Chandra Sekhar Sakhamuri and Police Superintendent M Sree Abhinav went to the village and held an enquiry on Saturday.
The police officer stated Rajeswari named the panchayat vice-president and secretary in her grievance and a case has been registered towards the duo underneath the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act for offences, together with humiliation.
“We’ll take a press release from her, examine and applicable motion shall be taken,” Abhinav instructed reporters.
To a query, he stated there can be no menace to her life, including enough police personnel have been deployed within the village.
“Different ward members too have realised what has gone unsuitable,” he stated.
The Collector stated 4 conferences have been held within the panchayat workplace to this point.
The panchayat president, Sakshe, was pressured to sit down on the ground whereas some ward members claimed that she did so voluntarily, the Collector stated.
“The inquiry is happening, based mostly on her grievance. Strict motion as per regulation shall be taken towards these concerned,” he stated.
Requested in regards to the , he stated the picture exhibits July 17, 2020, because the date when it was clicked.
A show-cause discover has been issued to Mohan underneath the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act’s provision, governing removing of the vice-president and applicable motion can be taken, he stated.
Rajeswari, when requested why she had not complained earlier, stated she initially tolerated the vice chairman’s behaviour, however determined to lodge a grievance now when his ailing therapy intensified.
Solely the vice-president hoisted the nationwide flag and he or she was not allowed to take action (throughout essential events), she alleged.
Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar stated it was ‘barbaric’ and promised robust motion as per regulation.
The AIADMK authorities had all alongside given due respect and recognition for the marginalised folks, together with Scheduled Castes and Tribes, he stated.
MDMK normal secretary Vaiko stated such humiliation was outrageous, whereas DMK MP Kanimozhi stated it was strongly condemnable and the leaders demanded robust motion.
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi Thol Thirumavalavan demanded the instant arrest of these concerned for obstructing the official work of the panchayat president.
Not solely Theruku Thittai, the state of affairs was the identical in a number of different villages, the VCK chief alleged and urged the federal government to evaluation the state of affairs and take applicable remedial motion.
In the meantime, cadres of VCK and Left outfits gathered in entrance of the Buvanagiri police station within the district, demanding the arrest of the vice chairman and secretary.
The incident comes months after a girl Dalit panchayat president in Tiruvallur district was not allowed to unfurl the nationwide flag on Independence Day.
She did so later following the intervention of district authorities. PTI