Tuesday, September 16, 2003

PT rally against two-tumbler system on Oct. 2

Chennai Sept. 15. The Puthiya Tamizhagam will take out a rally in all district headquarters on Gandhi Jayanthi (October 2) demanding a law banning two-tumbler system in Tamil Nadu.

Untouchability was being practised in several parts of the State at teashops by serving beverages in two different sets of tumblers for Dalits and the upper caste. The State Government should immediately enact a legislation to prohibit the discriminatory practice, as the existing laws were not effective to curbing it, the party chief, Krishnasamy, told mediapersons here.

The party would also organise rallies on October 15 to protest the continuing human rights violations.

It urged the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, to convene an all-party meeting and enlist the views of political leaders, farmers associations and social organisations before attending the Cauvery River Authority meeting. "The Chief Minister should not walk out of the meeting, but stay on and fight for the rights of the delta farmers," he urged.

Source: The Hindu, September 16, 2003

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