Vellore funeral case: Madras HC demands clarification from district collector

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Vellore funeral case: Madras HC demands clarification from district collector

Madras high court has taken suo moto cognizance of an incident in Vellore where the body of a dalit man had to be winched down the bridge as upper caste men blocked the funeral procession.

The court has asked the district collector of Vellore to reply on the incident

The matter came to light when the video of a dalit man's body being lowered from a bridge surfaced on social media.

The body of N Kuppam, who died on Saturday, had to be taken to an old funeral ground but the route to the destination passes through the agricultural lands of some upper caste locals, who denied entry to the procession.

As a dozen men slowly lowered the stretcher from the bridge, garlands could be seen falling off the dead body.

The incident, which unfolded at Vaniyambadi taluk of Vellore district in Tamil Nadu, is a representation of how Dalits are discriminated by members of the local upper case community in the village; the Dalit community does not even have a crematorium of its own.

This, however, is not the first time such an incident occurred, according to the community which added that they have faced similar discrimination in the past.

Some of them even said that this is the only way for them to cremate bodies and that there is no alternative way.

Government officials from the region said the investigation will be conducted to find out whether such an incident occurred and strict action would be taken against anyone found guilty.