Dalit houses burnt & ransacked by Vanniyars


Joshua Isaac

Dalits of Nadupatti colony have been facing atrocities committed by Vanniyars of Kariyampatti for some time. During October 2013, the Nadupatti colony Dalits left their houses and took shelter in a nearby hillock fearing attacks from Vanniyars following a temple festival dispute, where Dalit youth were attacked for wearing T-shirts with Ondiveeran's image (Ondiveeran: a Dalit folk warrior of Arunthathiyar caste).

nadupatti 1

The Hindu reports the Dalit exodus from the village in October as having been triggered by a series of incidents of harassment by Vanniyars which started in July 2013:

According to police sources, trouble began on July 16, during a temple festival celebrated by the Dalits. A group of Dalit youth wore T-shirts bearing the image of 'Ondi Veeran,' a Dalit icon.

Objecting to this, the Vanniyar youth picked up a quarrel with the Dalits and coerced them to remove the T-shirts.

 A few days later, four Dalit youths were assaulted by a group of Vanniyars, for wearing the T-shirts. The same day, a case was registered and arrests were made on both sides.

The district administration should declare Kariyampatti village as 'atrocity prone zone' and arrest the accused under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, said Ms. Rajini, the advocate representing the Dalits.

The protesters demanded the government to announce their village as an 'atrocity prone area' and take action under SC/ST Atrocities Act against the culprits. Later the protest was called off following a promise from the district administration. A permanent police booth & CCTV cameras were installed in the colony.

nadupatti 2

In the latest incident, it is alleged that Dalit boys of Nadupatti colony harassed a Vanniyar girl passing by and this prompted the Vanniyars of Kariyampatti village to gather in hundreds to attack the colony.

nadupatti 3

Around six houses were burnt and more than fifteen houses ransacked by the Vanniyars. The CCTV camera & police booth were also attacked.

nadupatti 4

Dalits say it was a Vanniyar youth riding on a bike who, while passing through the colony, disturbed the fence erected as part of the earlier arrangement, and ignited the issue.

nadupatti 5

Media reports police had arrested around 100 people inluding women from both the villages.

Liberation Panthers Party (VCK) district leaders were prevented by police from meeting the Dalit victims of caste violence.

nadupatti 6


nadupatti 7



Pictures courtesy : VCK Media Center. 

Other Related Articles

Renaming as Humiliation
Thursday, 23 June 2016
  Jadumani Mahanand In JNU, many a times, an Ambedkarite cannot make out any difference between the Left, Right and Centre, which means one observes striking similarities among them. Because of... Read More...
Remembering Guda Anjanna – The signature song of Telangana's Dalit Revolution
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
  Karthik Navayan  The first time I heard about Guda Anjanna (1 November 1955 - 21 June 2016), through my classmate and Anjanna’s nephew (brother’s son) Guda Rajendar, in 1989,... Read More...
Dalit Literatures in India
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
    Joshil K. Abraham and Judith Misrahi-Barak, eds. Routledge India, US and UK; September 2015350 pages, Kindle edition and Hardback ISBN... Read More...
ದೇಶಭಕ್ತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯ ಹೇಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ದಲಿತ ಅಲ್ಪಸಂಖ್ಯಾತರ ಕಗ್ಗೂಲೆಗಳು
Sunday, 12 June 2016
  ಹುಚ್ಚಂಗಿ ಪ್ರಸಾದ್ ಸಂತೇಬೆನ್ನೂರು (Hucchangi Prasad)   ಇಂದು ಡಾ.ಬಿ.ಅರ್.ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರವರ 125 ನೇ... Read More...
Merit of ‘Vision’ groups and ‘Knowledge’ commissions in Karnataka
Thursday, 02 June 2016
  Dr. Sylvia Karpagam and Sridhar Gowda In an unequal society, the fittest will always be on top and their survival is almost certainly guaranteed. How is fitness determined and survival... Read More...

Recent Popular Articles

The Story of Caste and Indian Campuses
Monday, 30 May 2016
  Anoop Kumar His speech at the talk organised by the Ambedkarite Students' Association at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, held on 22nd December, 2014. The speech has been... Read More...
Social Boycott of Dalit Scholars: Locating caste in Modern context
Tuesday, 05 January 2016
Agnes Amala While Indians take pride in calming that the Art (15) of our constitution provides for "Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of Birth" yet there... Read More...
Death of Merit or Merit of Death
Monday, 25 January 2016
  T. Sowjanya "I came here through reservations and I sustain myself through the political solidarity of my dalit community!" is my firm answer to questions such as "Are you a dalit?" "Do... Read More...
In search of a house to rent: Untouchability and humiliation I experienced today
Saturday, 21 May 2016
  Nagaraj Hettur I have been searching for a house to rent in the Santinagar and Hemavati Nagar area of Hassan for the last 15 days. I liked a house that I saw, which was near my daughter's... Read More...
Open letter to the writers attending Vedanta JLF London 2016
Friday, 13 May 2016
  Open letter to the writers attending Vedanta JLF London 2016 from Niyamgiri mountain to the river Kafue calling Vedanta to justice 12th May 2016  Dear All, We are deeply shocked and... Read More...

Recent Articles in Hindi

गोहाना, दुलीना, मिर्चपुर… जुल्म की कहानी जारी है…

गोहाना, दुलीना, मिर्चपुर… जुल्म की कहानी जारी है…

अरविंद शेष (Arvind Shesh) अप्रैल, 2010 में हरियाणा के हिसार जिले में मिर्चपुर गांव में बाल्मीकी बस्ती के एक कुत्ते के भौंक देने के बाद बाल्मीकि बस्ती पर वहां के जाटों ने हमला कर दिया था और कई घर फूंक डाले थे। उसमें एक विकलांग लड़की सुमन को जिंदा जला दिया गया और उसके पिता को भी। उस घटना के बाद कुछ आरोपियों को पकड़ा गया और मुकदमा चल रहा है। लेकिन...

Read more

भारतीय कैंपसों (परिसरों) में जातिवाद और जाति की कहानी – I

भारतीय कैंपसों (परिसरों) में  जातिवाद और जाति की कहानी – I

टाटा सामाजिक विज्ञान संस्थान (टीआईएसएस) मुंबई में, 22 दिसंबर 2014 को हुए अम्बेडकरवादी छात्र संघ द्वारा आयोजित वार्ता पर उनका भाषण है , इस भाषण को  वल्लिंमल करुणाकरण द्वारा लिप्यंतरित किया गया है. मेरा नाम अनूप है और मैं भारतीय कैम्पसों में दलित विद्यार्थियों के मुद्दों पर लगभग 20 सालों से काम कर रहा हूँ, पहले एक विद्यार्थी के रूप में और फिर अपनी पढ़ाई पूरी करने के बाद एक संगठनकर्ता के रूप...

Read more

एक दलित की चिट्ठी अमित शाह के नाम

एक दलित की चिट्ठी अमित शाह के नाम

डॉ ओम सुधा मेरे गावं घोरघट से महज एक किलोमीटर की दूरी पर एक गावं है मुरला मुसहरी | यह मुख्य रूप से दलित बस्ती है| एक जाति है मुसहर, जी हाँ मुसहर, जानते तो होंगे ना आप? नहीं बस इसीलिए पूछ रहा हूँ क्योंकि आजकल आप दलितों के घर का भोज उड़ा रहे हैं तो सोचा पूछ लूँ | पचास साठ घर हैं यहाँ मुसहरों के आबादी होगी यही कोई...

Read more