Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Dalit woman forced to drink 'excreta' in Madurai village

P. KRISHNASWAMY

MADURAI, SEPTEMBER 29: A 38-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly forced to drink excreta mixed with water in front of her husband and children after she spurned the advances of an upper caste villager in Keela Urappanur village in Thirumangalam block of Madurai district recently.

Muthumari, wife of a labourer, Pitchai, told mediapersons yesterday that a group of ''high caste'' people also splashed human excreta on her family. Muthukumari said she was on her way home on September 22 when Raju, who had been making advances, grabbed her hand. She managed to run home. When Pitchai learnt about the incident, he told her it was too late to go to the panchayat and that they should postpone it till the next day.

But a group of 15 people barged into their house, Muthumari said. After abusing her, they allegedly tried to outrage her modesty. Raju's wife accused Muthumari of trying to insinuate her husband and allegedly threw a bucketful of human excreta. She reportedly forced Muthumari to drink excreta mixed with water. Sources said the accused are still roaming freely even after police complaints were filed.

Source: The Indian Express, September 30, 2003

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