Updated: April 29, 2015 12:12:40 am
Congress leader Kodikunnil Suresh talks about rising atrocities against Dalits, an issue that rocked the House
What was your immediate reason for bringing up attacks on Dalits?
After the NDA came into power, there has been an increase in attacks against Dalits and adivasis. There are no effective measures to prevent them.
You were agitated, even shouting at the Speaker.
I wanted to speak because the home minister was giving a reply to a debate. The chair was not allowing me to complete my matter.
MPs from Tamil Nadu protested while you were speaking.
I referred to atrocities in Tamil Nadu. In Thirunelveli, Dalit students were recently forced to clean toilets in their school. AIADMK MPs don’t let anyone raise any issue on their state.
You also mentioned that untouchability is returning to society.
Yes. It is a social evil that we believed had been eradicated but so many incidents happening in the country show the social evil is back. In Tamil Nadu, Dalit panchayat presidents are not allowed to take the same seat as the upper castes. At some places, Dalits are not allowed to use the same roads.
What do you plan next?
The home minister did not give me a response. I had raised the matter at a party meeting and Sonia Gandhi then directed me to raise this in the Lok Sabha. Our party will take it up again.
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