Caste Discrimination Continues: "You have to sit on the Floor Forever." Female Panchayat leader 's Shocking PhotoSivaranjani Soundararaj (Author) Published Date : Oct 10, 2020 16:30 IST
The District Collector has issued an order suspending the Panchayat Secretary in the incident where the Panchayat leader was made to sit on the ground near Chidambaram in Cuddalore district.
The panchayat meeting was held on July 17 near Chidambaram in Cuddalore district. The meeting was attended by the Panchayat President, Panchayat Vice President, and members.
During the meeting, Therkkuthittai Panchayat leader Rajeshwari was made to sit on the ground. It has been alleged that she was insulted due to discrimination as she belonged to the Aadhi Dravidar community.
Apart from Panchayat leader Rajeswari, the panchayat vice-president and councilors are said to belong to the same community. Meanwhile, a photo of the panchayat leader sitting on the ground has gone viral on social media.
Following this, a case was registered against Mohanraj, the deputy leader of the Therkkuthittai Panchayat, under the Prevention of Torture Act. A case has also been registered against Panchayat Secretary Sindhuja under the Prevention of Torture Act. Following the revelation, the District Collector has issued an order suspending Sindhuja, Panchayat Secretary of Therkkuthittai.
Commenting on this, Rajeshwari told the officials that " Mohanraj will make her sit continuously on the floor during each meeting; Also, I will not be allowed to hoist the national flag; Unable to bear his harassment for more than a point, I decided to take action."
E. Pandian, Executive director of the Evidence for Justice organization, which monitors incidents of caste-based violence in India and takes legal action against them, said: " As for the panchayat leaders, such incidents continue to take place. Especially in areas where panchayat-based elections are held on the basis of such reservation, the elderly and the uneducated are nominated to act as puppets in order for them to function normally. As they continue to do their duty in public democracy, such interruptions will continue. They continue to paralyze them in all that is racially oppressed".