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Andhra Pradesh; Dalit family fined 5000 for entering Anjaneya Swamy temple

He was unaware of 'no entry for women' restrictions in force. Unable to digest the insult, he attempted suicide

Telangana; Dalit family fined 5000 for entering Anjaneya Swamy temple
Hanuman temple in Anantapur district

A Dalit Man in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh was fined for Rs 5,000 for taking his daughter-in-law to a local temple. He was unaware of 'no entry for women' restrictions in force.

Unable to digest the insult, he attempted suicide. The police have registered a case against the temple committee members.

According to the information available, Peddanna of Brahmanapalle village in Gooty block took his daughter-in-law to local Hanuman temple on Saturday to offer rice as per a tradition called 'Vadi Biyyam', which is observed in Telugu month Ashadham. The temple committee members took objection to the entry of the woman. They have recently installed Dhwajasthambham (a holy pillar) and conveyed to the regular visitors that women should not enter the temple for 41 days. However, Peddanna was not aware of this rule.

The committee members got furious seeing the woman in temple and surrounded Peddanna. They told him that the Dhwajasthambham had cost them Rs 30,000 and insisted that he should pay the amount. Peddanna pleaded his ignorance and begged their pardon. The committee finally reduced the fine amount to Rs 5,000. He paid and went home.

However, the humiliation haunted Peddanna, who made up his mind to end life. On Sunday, he went toGooty and bought pesticide. A fellow villager saw him and alerted the other villagers. Local Dalit
organisations took him to Gooty police station and lodged a complaint. Police said they had registered the first information report and initiated investigation

CPI(M) and Human Rights Forum seek action against the accused

CPI(M) district secretary V. Rambhupal and Human Rights Forum (HRF) member Subbanna said those involved in the incident should be booked.

Stating that such incidents were common in Gooty mandal, they said that the police and revenue departments failed to bring awareness among the people on the need to give up such practices as recommended by the Justice Punnaih Commission. A similar incident was reported at Kishtupadu of the same mandal two years ago, they added.

Reference - Mumbai Mirror, The Hindu

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  1. What has 'Dalit'got to do with the story. Sensation and agenda driven reporting. Its about women not allowed for 41 days because of some ritual. Your intention is to bring people together by focussing on good factors or split them nurturing hatred???


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