<b>XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, <i> Session II (Winter Session) </i> </b>
XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, Session II (Winter Session) Wednesday, December 22, 1999/Pausa 1, 1921 (Saka )

Title: Raised the issue of atrocities on dalits of Keerapalayam Panchayat Union at Ayapatti village near Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu.

SHRI SURESH KURUP (KOTTAYAM): Sir, I want to raise a very important issue. ... (Interruptions)

MR. CHAIRMAN: I will call all the hon. Members one by one. Please cooperate with me. I now call Dr. V. Saroja.

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SHRI SURESH KURUP : Sir, this is a very important matter.

MR. CHAIRMAN: I have already called Dr. V. Saroja. Please cooperate with me. Many hon. Members have given notice. I will call all of them. Please take your seats.

DR. V. SAROJA (RASIPURAM): Sir, I rise here to draw the attention of the Government on the sensitive issues of atrocities on dalits of Keerapalayam panchayat union. ... (Interruptions) At Ayapatti village near Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, houses and shops were looted. The local police refused to register the case. ... (Interruptions)

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MR. CHAIRMAN: Shri Devendra Prasad, I will call you later. Please sit down.

DR. V. SAROJA : The dalits seek protection through the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. During the recent Lok Sabha elections, 20,000 dalits were prevented from exercising their franchise. ... (Interruptions)

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DR. V. SAROJA : However, the Government of India has been advising the State Governments from time to time, to give more focussed attention to improving the administration of criminal justice system to ensure prevention of atrocities against the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.... (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: I will call you. Let there be order.

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DR. V. SAROJA : It was confirmed by the independent fact-finding public organisation Chairman, Shri Krishna Iyer.... (Interruptions) According to him, if ballot is denied, bullet takes over.... (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Shri Yadav, please take your seat.

DR. V. SAROJA : So, I urge upon the Government, the ruling Tamil Nadu... (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Madam, please take your seat.