Tamil Nadu: Dalit anganwadi workers transferred under pressure from upper caste locals

17 June 2019: State Human Rights commission sought a report from the Madurai Collector regarding the transfer 2 dalit anganwadi workers due to pressure from some upper caste persons and asked district administration whether it failed in protecting the workers’ human rights. The 2 workers, who were assigned to ICDS centre on 3 June 2019 were threatened away from work by some locals for being dalits. Some of them even attacked the local dalit colony, attacking people and destroying property to ‘teach them a lesson’. Police have remanded 11 accused and filed cases under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and sections of IPC.

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