Tuesday, September 16, 2003

TN: stir against *two-tumbler system* to be intensified*

Kumar Chellappan

CHENNAI: The demand to do away with the *two-tumbler system* prevailing in various places in Tamil Nadu is getting stronger with many organisations coming out in the open against the heinous practice.

Many village tea shops in Tamil Nadu supply tea to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe customers in steel tumblers while people belonging to upper caste are served in glass tumblers.

Asianet News Crew which went on an assignment to Cuddalore district had a first hand experience to this disgusting system.

The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe customers are not allowed to sit in the chairs or benches marked for the upper caste patrons.

The SC/ST customers are afraid to make any complaint to the concerned authorities because of fear and a violent backlash from the strong upper caste lobby.

We even came across a policeman deputed by the Government to ensure such practices do not occur standing in the roadside watching the goings on silently.

Now, the Puthiya Thamizhagam Party has decided to begin an agitation on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti day, demanding that the Government introduce a legislation banning serving of tea to Dalits in separate tumblers.

Party president told in Chennai the other day that the party would take out a rally to Raj Bhavan on October 15 and submit a memorandum to Governor P S Ramamohan Rao highlighting the alleged atrocities and human rights violations against Scheduled Castes and backward classes in Tamil

Source: Asianet Communications, September 16, 2003


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