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Police arrest six tea shop owners for serving Dalits in separate glasses

Chennai: Six persons including two women were arrested for serving tea in separate glasses to Dalit customers.

Chennai | Published: August 31, 2014 7:45 pm

Dharmapuri Police arrested six persons including two women on Saturday for discrimination against Dalit people by serving them tea in separate glasses. A senior police officer said the arrests were following raids they have conducted in teashops.

Known as “double tumbler” system, teashops in several villages have been maintaining a practice of keeping separate tumblers for Dalit customers. D Chellakannu, leader of the Untouchability Eradication Front in Madurai said there are a lot of shops continue to maintain such inhuman practices. “There are shops where Dalit customers have to take separate tumblers kept for them and wash them after use. Another practice is giving disposable glasses to Dalits while non-Dalits will be served in silver tumblers,” he said.

A senior police officer said the arrests on Saturday were following a series of raids conducted in the area. Two persons G Sivalingam, 50, and Shanthi, 30 wife of Dharman were arrested in Pennagaram, a small town near Dharmapuri, about 300 kms away from Chennai.  Subsequent raids conducted in other parts of the district nabbed four others, S Sidhayyan, 50, S Murugesan, 55, V Veerabadhran, 61 and C Devaki, 49.

While untouchability is continue to be rampant in many parts of Tamil Nadu, villages in Madurai and Dharmapuri districts are notorious for such practices. “Since local politicians are in favour of non-Dalits, who are mostly OBCs, many complaints will go unheard or suppressed at the village level itself,” said the police officer.

by Arun Janardhanan

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  1. kris kumar
    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:42 pm
    Who calls India a great country? In India discrimination against Indian is worst than in Europe. In Europe everybody gets treated the same way with out worrying about the colour. People in Europe have come to term with all sort of people. Also it is a business and we all pay the same amount then why disciminate. Unless atude of Indian is not changed and the law enforcement agencies are not active this will carry on for many more years. This is going to take India backward and not forward.
    1. Shyamal Ganguly
      Aug 31, 2014 at 4:34 pm
      One thing about Bengalis. They could be poor - but they are way ahead rest of India in dealing with such vile systems of caste separatism.
      1. V
        Aug 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm
        These are the same people who with kazhagam backing were criticizingupper caste people of 'exclusivity'. Physicians cure thy selves.Sathya Pararth
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