Thursday, September 18, 2003

Animal sacrifice benefited only upper castes: PT

Chennai Sept. 17. The Puthiya Tamizhagam president, K. Krishnasamy, has said the practice of sacrificing animals in temples benefited only the upper caste and not Dalits.

Disputing a recent survey finding that the recent ban on animal sacrifice in temples removed one of the few remaining rituals, which brought together the Dalits and backward classes, Dr. Krishnasamy said the practice only benefited the upper castes as they took away the meat.

At Sennagarampatti, near Melur, two Dalits were killed after they had protested against the upper caste men grabbing a major share of the animal sacrificed at a temple run by a Dalit priest.

Villagers dissuaded

Our Ramanathapuram Staff Reporter reports:

A police and revenue team today dissuaded villagers from sacrificing goats and birds during a festival at the Sathru Yuga Valli Amman temple, near Sayalkudi.

According to sources, the Sayalkudi tahsildar, Soundarajan, Inspector, Rajan, and other officials arranged a meeting with nine members from various communities.

Source: The Hindu, September 18, 2003


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