Protesting the alleged social boycott of eight Dalit families, a youth from the community has attempted suicide in front of the district collector’s office in Tamil Nadu’s Salem on Thursday.
According to reports, as many as eight families from Thottampatty colony near Theevattypatty in Salem district face social ostracisation after they had refused to pay donation for a temple festival as they had embraced another religion some ten years ago.
Irked with this, the other upper caste villagers allegedly fenced the eight houses blocking their way out. They also snapped the water pipe line and broke the water tank in front of their houses, the Deccan Chronicle reports.
The Dalit youth decided to go for the extreme action after the authorities denied to pay attention to their distress even after they had filed a complaint with Theevattypatty police and the Revenue department.
Members of the Dalit families reached the collector’s office to commit suicide by self-immolation; however, cops prevented them from taking the extreme step. While the police were holding talks with the protesters, the youth Raman attempted suicide by dousing himself with kerosene.
The police foiled his bid and rescued. Following the protest, cops promised that an enquiry will be initiated and stern action will be taken against those responsible for the social boycott.