Uthapuram’s Dalits, caste Hindus reach agreement

The long-standing dispute between Dalits and caste Hindus (Pillaimar) of Uthapuram village has been resolved, thanks to concerted efforts by the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Erodication Front. On October 20, an interactive session was organised in the presence of Mr. Garg, the ADSP, were elders from both the communities signed an agreement. When contacted, Mr. Garg said, “It was a team effort and we wanted to solve this issue soon. I hope peace will return to the village.” The agreement allows the Dalits access to the Muthalamman temple and paves the way for construction of a bus shelter near the temple for use by both sections. It also provides for the use of the pathway created after demolishing a wall dividing the two habitations.

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