Mob attacks Dalits, torches over huts in Tamil Nadu's Dharmapuri District
A mob attacked Dalits in Tamil Nadu's Dharmapuri District on Friday. Huts of over 250 Dalits were also torched, following a dispute over an inter-caste marriage.
Outraged by the suicide of an upper-caste man after his daughter had secretly married a Dalit boy, a furious mob burnt and looted houses in the district.
Over 200 people burnt more than 148 houses due to the humiliation caused by the marriage and the refusal of the Dalit community to send the woman back home.
Though policemen were present at the site, they were unable to prevent them from torching the houses. '
One of the villagers said that they were facing problems, since they had no food items to feed their children.
"I have two children. We are facing so many problems; I don't have milk or any water to feed my child. We are standing on the roadside, with nothing in hand," said Rajlakshmi, a villager.
Chief Minister of southern Tamil Nadu state, J Jayalalithaa has announced compensation for families and added that severe punishment would be given to those who are responsible for the violence.
According to police, the daughter belonging to a Hindu family eloped with the Dalit youth and secretly married him in a temple.
One of the victims, Vediyammal, said that their houses were torched and looted.
"More than 200 people were attacked and several houses were torched. They entered our village and threw petrol; they also looted us. We are now on the road," she said.
The fire tenders were unable to reach the site on time, as they cut the trees that fell and blocked the roads and prevented them from reaching at the site of the incident.
After spending the fearful night in their clusters, the Dalits have been accommodated in government schools.
The District Collector, R Lilly visited the victims and has ordered relief for them.