Dharmapuri and Cuddalore

Reports on violence against women have been few and far between in TNIE this week. However two stories caught my eye for the apparently female-centric view they take of caste violence. (TNIE has also dedicated two full pages to stories of inter-caste marriage this week). The first piece appeared on Pg 2 of the paper on Sunday, November 25 and is titled “We are as good as walking corpses”. Though a report on a panel meet constituted by the Women’s Coalition for Change in Chennai, the display given to the story puts the focus on the way Dalit women are affected by caste-based violence. Unfortunately the report does not go into too many specifics of how the violence affected the women — by the second column the narrative shifts back to the male testimonies. The second report appeared on Wednesday (November 28) on Pg 5 of TNIE and is titled “8 Dalit houses Burnt in Caste Violence”. In this case the violence against the Dalit community was triggered by the alleged harassment of a ‘caste’ hindu girl by Dalit men. In this case, the two out of the three Dalit villagers quoted in the report are women and provide a female point of view to the incident. (Contrast this to  ToI’s report on the same incident, that appeared on the same day, “Dalit houses torched in Cuddalore”. The report sticks to the official version of events and though it includes a picture of women affected, does not convey the horror of the violence.)

On Thursday (Nov 29), TNIE follows up on the Cuddalore incident with a report titled “Cuddalore tangled in caste mesh”.  Though mostly an interview with a member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, it raises some interesting points about the forms untouchability takes on as well as how it affects Dalit girls and women. “A Dalit woman aboard the bus is usually teased… Dalit girls are even afraid of going to schools or colleges by bus.”


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