Tamil Nadu Man reportedly Murders his Son and Mother Over his Marriage to Dalit Woman
A man identified as Dhandapani allegedly killed his son and mother in Arunapathi village near Uthangarai after his son married a Dalit girl. The accused reportedly attacked his son and daughter-in-law with a knife while they were asleep, and his mother was also killed when she tried to intervene.
According to police reports, Dhandapani had returned to his village after working in a private company in Tirupur. “In the last week of March, Subash married a Dalit girl named Anusuya and left their home. The accused Dhandapani used to work in a private company in Tirupur and returned back to his village Arunapati on Friday. He asked his mother Kannammal to call Subhas and ask him to come home with his wife,” said the police. Subash and Anusuya came to Arunapathi on Friday and spent time with the family. However, in the early hours of Saturday, Dhandapani allegedly attacked his son and daughter-in-law with a knife, and his mother was killed when she tried to save her grandson. “After having dinner when everyone went to sleep, accused Dandapani allegedly attacked his son and his wife with a knife in the early hours of Saturday. He also allegedly attacked his mother who tried to save her grandson,” added the police.
After the attack, Dhandapani locked the house and fled the scene. “Further, after seeing Subash’s wife lying in a pool of blood on the side of the road in the early hours of Saturday, the villagers rushed all three of them to Uthangarai Government Hospital where Subash and Kannammal were declared brought dead by the doctors, while Anusuya is undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit,” said the police.
The bodies have been sent for postmortem, and a team of police led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Uthangarai Amala Advin is searching for Dhandapani, who is currently on the run.
Despite the legal prohibition on caste-based discrimination in India, caste endogamy, or the practice of marrying within one’s own caste, still persists in many parts of the country. The perpetuation of endogamous marriages often reinforces caste-based social hierarchies, which can result in discrimination and marginalization of lower-caste individuals
May day: Two Workers Die of Suffocation While Cleaning Septic Tank at Tamil Nadu School
Two sanitation workers died after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a septic tank at a private school in Tamil Nadu’s Thiruvallur district on International Workers’ Day.
On May 1, Govindan and Subburayalu were sent to clean the septic tank at a private school in Thiruvallur. Govindan was an employee of the Meenjur panchayat, while Subburayalu was a contract worker. Unfortunately, as they entered the septic tank, they inhaled toxic fumes and lost consciousness.
This news comes when the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M.K. Stalin was celebrating International labour day.
The Fire and Rescue service were immediately called to retrieve their bodies. They used a rope harness and safety equipment to pull the workers out of the septic tank. The bodies were then sent for autopsy at the Ponneri Government Hospital.
After the incident, the Meenjur Police registered a case and detained Simiyon Victor, the principal of the school, for questioning. Simiyon stated that the two men were sent by Meenjur panchayat officials for cleaning work. However, the panchayat officials denied allocating any sanitation work to the duo on May Day.
TMC Minister Firhad Hakim uses Casteist Slurs in a Speech, Sparks Outrage
Kolkata Mayor and TMC minister Firhad Hakim has come under fire for allegedly using casteist slurs during a speech at a rally in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. The incident has triggered outrage among the public and various political parties.
Founder of Mission Ambedkar, Suraj Kumar Baudh, tagged the Chairman of National Scheduled Castes Commission, Vijay Sampla, on Twitter, urging him to take action against Hakim under the SC-ST PoA Act. In his tweet, he also stated that “caste slurs are not satire.”
The casteist slur used by Hakim during his speech was “Chori-Chamari,” which is illegal under the SC/ST POA Act.
The viral speech video has sparked widespread condemnation from on social media, and people are demanding strict action against the minister.
After the outrage on Twitter, Vijay Sampla tweets in Hindi tagging the NationalCommission of Scheduled Caste: The allegations are very serious. @NCSC_GoI Will investigate the matter and take legal action.
Canadian city of Burnaby becomes first to include caste as a protected category in equity policy
Burnaby, a city in British Columbia, Canada, has become the first city in the country to include caste as a protected category in its equity policy, according to a report by the Hindustan Times. “City Council approved an update the City’s Equity Policy to include ‘caste’ as a protected category,” stated the post on the city’s website.
The motion was passed unanimously, according to Council member Sav Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal stated that the move was an acknowledgement of a problem that exists and a step towards finding solutions. “It’s an acknowledgement of a problem that exists and that’s the start of the search for solutions,” he said to Hindustan Times.
The motion was initially passed by the executive committee of the Council on April 5, after the Vancouver-based Chetna Association of Canada brought the issue to their attention. In proposing the update to the city’s equity policy, Dhaliwal and fellow councillor Richard T Lee wrote to the Mayor and all Council members that the executive committee had “expressed concern that casteism, a social hierarchy passed down through families that has been outlawed in India since 1948, is still being practiced in Canada and where some South Asian populations exist.”
Jai Birdi, the general secretary of the Chetna Association of Canada, welcomed the decision, saying, “Adding caste as a protected category sends a strong message that the city values diversity and does not tolerate any kind of harassment or oppression, including the one based on caste. This also provides a framework for staff training and enhancing awareness as well as equity.” Harmesh Chander, Chetna’s vice-president, described the move as a “first step” and expressed hope that other cities across Canada will follow Burnaby’s lead.