Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi, who frequently argues with the Stalin-led MK state government, today harshly criticized the caste-based oppression in the state with the view that it is “a lot for social justice”. ” for the ruling Dravidian party, which claims to be a defender of social justice. While speaking on BR Ambedkar at Anna University in Chennai, Mr Ravi pointed to cases of crimes against the Dalits and diverting state funds away from community welfare programmes.
“We talked a lot about social justice,” he said. Mr. Ravi was speaking at the launch of the Tamil versions of the books “Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery” and “Ambedkar and Modi – Innovator’s Ideal, Performer’s Realization”.
The ruling DMK countered, saying its government had ensured elections were held in three dedicated panchayats, where polls had not been held before, or elected leaders had been disqualified. dominant communities were forced to resign.
Human excrement is being added to the drinking water intended for Dalit’s colony, he said, referring to a case in the village of Irayur in central Tamil Nadu where a large amount of human waste was found in a 10,000 water tank. liters to provide drinking water to the Dalits. The Dalit community is about 100 people.
He added that scheduled Caste communities are being denied entry to the temples. Several such cases have been reported in the state. Recently, on January 30, more than 200 people from a Scheduled Castes community, who had been denied entry to a temple for about eight decades, were brought into the temple by police and district authorities in Tiruvannamalai district. to worship.
He also alleges that Dalit children are separated from other children in Anganwadi centres.
Calling the response of law enforcement and the criminal justice system to crimes against Dalit “horrific,” RN Ravi said there was only a 7% conviction rate in rapes of Dalit women. .
“Of the 100 rapists, 93 are exonerated and we talk about social justice and Babasaheb,” he said.
Citing a report by the Auditor General and Auditor General (CAG), he said 30% of the central allocation fund for Dalit housing was unused, and the rest was transferred “to a a number of other purposes”.
The DMK challenged the governor’s bias in conviction rates, saying it’s among the highest in the country and far worse in northern states.
DMK spokesman TKS Ilangovan said, “Tamil Nadu has a higher conviction rate. In the north of India it is much lower. The actors who were scheduled still did not come to testify. It was a challenge. awake”.
The governor has yet to agree to the 21 bills passed by the state congress.
The ruling DMK, accusing the Governor of fulfilling the RSS and BJP agenda in a state where the BJP has a negligible presence, recently passed a council resolution to only record speeches officially approved after the Governor omitted some parts of the speech, including references to BR Ambedkar and Periyar. He also caused controversy when he proposed renaming the state.
The ruling DMK has also complained to the President to ensure that he will abide by the Constitution and the advice of the state government.
Although the Governor has since reduced his attacks on the state government, Sunday’s speech rekindled the controversy. Explaining his statement, the Governor recently said: “The Constitution does not prohibit me from expressing my personal views”.
The DMK responded by saying “is it possible to see a judge having dinner with a criminal. The Constitution does not provide for that”.
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