From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Subject: Torture by community panchayat in TN
Greetings from PVCHR.
Please refer to the news in the link and the report: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/village-elders-forced-woman-to-drink-poison/162938-60-118.html
NAMAKKAL: Truth begins to surface one after another at the tiny hamlet, Jambumadai, following the controversial child marriages that caused ripples among the human rights and child rights activists. More than a dozen families who were ostracised on various reasons have been living in exile for over 15 years. They have sought the intervention of the officials to relieve them from clutches of the community panchayat.
Jambumadai caught the attention of one and all recently when five girls, below 12 years, were recently allegedly married off. The police booked cases against the parents and bridegrooms after the incident was widely reported in the press.
Almost immediately after the controversial child marriages, bitter truths began to emerge from the underdeveloped hamlet, which comes under the Vadavathur revenue village in this district.
Informed sources said that more than a dozen families were ostracised in the village some 15 years ago. The family of Venkatraman was banished because his daughter eloped with a man 12 years ago. Subsequently, the community panchayat issued a diktat banishing the family.
So was the case with the family of Pushparaj. He and his family members were subjected to a lot of miseries due to the ostracisation, the sources said.
The families of Giluku (nick name), Veerasamy, Sivagami, Purushothaman, the daughter of Thalamasamy Naidu and Kakaayi's daughter were among those who were banished by the community panchayat in Jambumadai. According to the sources, a married woman was forced to consume pesticide because she had developed an affair with a man in the village.
Deprived of Rights
Speaking to Express, a young man whose family was banished some years ago, said the officials were never bothered about such illegal actions of the community panchayat. "Although my family lodged a complaint with the Erumaipatty police, they did not take adequate action to rein in the community panchayat. They simply held some inquiries and turned a blind eye." He said that he spent his childhood alone at home, not even able to play with his peers. This man, who was deprived of basic democratic rights, sought the district administration to intervene
Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request you to look into the matter and take necessary action against the persons who forced the women to consume poison. Action must be initiated against the community panchayat and their dictats against the banished families. The families must be brought out of their banishment. The state should compensate the isolated families.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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