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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 18:27 IST

Dalit community celebrates historic entry into village temple in Thiruppur district

People from Dalit community enter their village temple for first time in Thiruppur district after an alleged attack and a prolonged protest to win the battle.

Varshini Ramu
People from Dalit community enter their village temple for first time in Thiruppur district
People from Dalit community enter their village temple for first time in Thiruppur district | Image:Republic
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Chennai:  An alleged attack on a Dalit man for entering a temple earlier this month in Rajavur village in Maivadi town near Madathukulam Taluk of Thiruppur district triggering a prolonged protest by the community against the district administration, proved fruitful for the scheduled caste community after their demand were met and resulting into the entry of the village temple.

On December 5, a man from the SC community had tried to enter the Rajavur Rajakaliamman temple when a group of caste Hindus had attacked him for entering the premises and sent him out of the temple. Immediately after the issue arose, the Untouchability Abolition Front of Tamil Nadu, a social activism group had arrived at the village and encouraged the people to fight against the government.

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It had also come to light that the Dalit people in the Rajavur village were not allowed to even wear footwear while crossing the roads in the village where the caste Hindus lived. Similarly, it was also found out the local tea shops in the village had been using the two tumbler methods to serve the beverages to the people of both communities.

The villagers together, on  December 13, had submitted a demand petition the Udumalai SP and had requested for the arrested of the caste Hindu men who attacked the man and also to urge the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department under which the Rajakaliamman temple functions to enable the people from the SC community to enter it. A similar petition was also submitted before the Thiruppur district collector on the 18th of December placing the same requests.

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After waiting for about a week, and receiving no response in the matter, along with the Dalit rights activists, the people had demonstrated a protest near the Udumalai central bus stand and had placed that their demands be met as soon as possible. The district administration promised the villagers of bringing immediate solutions to their problems and made them to withdraw their protest.

Following this, on Tuesday morning, the people belonging to the SC community from the Rajavur village walked down the main streets of the village wearing slippers and in fact entered the temple together and worshipped Goddess Rajakaliamman.

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An elated man, Ilavarasu, from the village who is entering the temple for the first time stated that, “This has been a dream not only for us but our fathers and forefathers too. This feeling is unexplainable. We are happy that we get to atleast worship our deity being close to her henceforth. We thank the Tamil Nadu Government and the HR&CE department for finally making us feel like we are heard”.

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 10:02 IST

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