Tamil Nadu: After Murder of Two Young Dalit Men, Villagers Say ‘Enough is Enough’
The brutal murders of two young Dalit men – Arjunan (26) from Soghanur village and Suriya (26) from Sembedu village – in Ranipet district of Tamil Nadu on April 7 have shaken both the Dalit villages.
The villagers say that they have to cross Perumalrajpet, a Vanniyar dominated village, for work and education purposes and on their way, they face caste atrocities on an everyday basis. However, a planned murder was unexpected, they said.
At the funeral of Arjunan, a close family member of the deceased told Newsclick, “Lots of brutal incidents of caste atrocity take place around here on a daily basis…. Some people at the funerals claimed that the Dalit men opposed the illegal sand mafia and thereby, were targeted by the Vanniyars….