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Dalit panchayat president stopped from hoisting tricolour on Independence Day
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Updated Aug 18, 2020 | 22:19 IST



Amurtham, the panchayat president of Athupakkam in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, said this is not the first time she has suffered caste discrimination.

Amurtham said this is not the first time she has suffered caste discrimination.

Amurtham said this is not the first time she has suffered caste discrimination. | Photo Credit: iStock Images
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  • On Saturday, some non-Dalits stopped Amurtham from hoisting tricolour at a primary school
  • Amurtham said this is the second time she has been meted out such treatment.
Chennai: There is no end to caste discrimination even after 74 years of Independence. In yet another shameful incident reported from Tamil Nadu, a Dalit woman panchayat president was prevented from hoisting tricolour at a school in Tiruvallur. district.
V Amurtham is the first panchayat president of Athupakkam from the Scheduled Caste (SC) community. She had been vehemently fighting oppression and caste discrimination in the panchayat.
On Saturday, some non-Dalits stopped Amurtham from hoisting tricolour at a primary school on the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day, said a report in Times of India.
According to Amurtham, she received a call in the morning from the school headmistress asking her to hoist the flag to celebrate Independence Day. However, after some time, the panchayat president got another call from the headmistress not to come to the school to attend the function.
Amurtham has said that this is the second time she has been meted out such treatment. Last time it was during Republic Day on January 26.
"This is not the first time I am facing such discrimination. I was invited to hoist the tricolor on Republic Day. I went to school with my husband and son. As I stepped to the podium to hoist the flag, the former panchayat president V Haridoss verbally abused in before everyone and I immediately stepped down. Everyone including the headmistress was shocked over such a treatment," the report quoted Amurtham as saying.
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Meanwhile, the district collector has said he has received no complaint of caste discrimination in the panchayat. Triuvallur collector Maheshwari Ravikumar said she will order an inquiry into the incident and if anyone is found guilty, appropriate action would be taken against the guilty.
"I don't know anything about the rift between Amurtham and three-term panchayat president V Haridoss. On Independence day, the former panchayat president Haridoss did not allow the woman to hoist the flag and instead he hoisted the flag himself," said Dhanalakshmi, the school headmistress.




 

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