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Denied permission to cremate kin at common ground, Dalits forced to burn body with petrol

Dalits have claimed that they were denied permission to cremate the body of their kin in the common cremation ground

Denied permission to cremate kin at common ground, Dalits forced to burn body with petrol
The body of the decease was kept in the pouring rain with no access to the cremation ground. (Photo: Screenshot)

Tamilnadu: in a shocking incident, it has been alleged that during the recent rains in Madurai's P Subulapuram district, a section of Dalits have claimed that they were denied permission to cremate the body of their kin in the common cremation ground. India Today Reported

For years, the members of the lower community have been forced to perform last rites of their loved ones in a cremation ground kept separate for them.

This time, due to the rains, the cremation ground was not accessible and the lower community members were denied entry to the common cremation ground allegedly by men from the upper caste community.

The body of the decease was kept in the pouring rain with no access to the cremation ground. The relatives had to cover the body in tarpaulin sheet with water seeping in. The family had no option but to burn the body with petrol.

Dalits of the village say they have been suffering this way for years only because of the caste divide.

They also alleged that sewage water has been rechanneled into the part of the village where the members of the lower community live and no efforts to clean or re route the water is being done.

A video of the members of lower community sharing their plight has gone viral.

In the video, one of the men claimed that the deceased was his brother and questioned the government as to how it would help them.

"We have been suffering like this. There is no way to cremate my brother in this rain. How will the government help us? What is the government doing for us? Should we all just die like this?" the man can be heard saying in the video.

Meanwhile, another man in folded arms is seen praying and requesting for interference and help.

In a similar incident in Vellore, members of the Dalit community lowered a dead body from the top of a bridge using ropes allegedly after members of upper class community denied them access to the common burial ground.


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