After a 17-year-old boy and his 14-year-old sister, who belong to a Scheduled Caste, were attacked with sickles on Wednesday night, allegedly by a gang of students from the same school as them, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin reached out to the siblings’ mother on Saturday and assured her of the government’s support.
The victims of the attack were both students of a government-aided school in Valliyoor in Tirunelveli district. The attack came after the boy approached his school headmaster to flag alleged instances of harassment and bullying by upper-caste students from his class.
The siblings’ parents are daily wage labourers. Stalin promised the family that the brother and sister would receive quality medical care and uninterrupted education. He also appointed retired Madras High Court judge K Chandru to a one-man committee to look into the deeper issues surrounding such incidents in order to prevent caste-based violence between students.
State Finance Minister Thangam Thennarasu and Assembly Speaker M Appavu visited the injured children at Tirunelveli Government Medical College and promised strict action against the accused.
In a statement condemning the incident, Stalin said it revealed how the poison of casteism had penetrated deep into students’ minds. He termed the attack “intolerable”. The statement also said that casteist feelings among the youth were detrimental to the state’s welfare, and reiterated the government’s commitment to implementing people-oriented schemes for education, skill development, and employment in order to create a society without casteism.Most Read 1 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav is the winner of Salman Khan’s show 2 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 3 Gadar 2 box office collection Day 3: Sunny Deol film collects a whopping Rs 135 cr in opening weekend, is second highest earner of 2023 4 Bigg Boss OTT 2 finale: Alia Bhatt wanted to hide outside Bigg Boss sets to hug Pooja Bhatt after the show ended, says Mahesh Bhatt 5 Deepika Padukone gives glimpse of her life with Ranveer Singh, says he’s married to someone who ‘can’t relax’
Since the attack on Wednesday, six students have been placed in a juvenile observation home. A case has been registered under the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and section of attempted murder.
The Justice Chandru committee appointed by the government on Saturday will seek opinions from educationists, students, parents, social thinkers, and journalists, with the aim of recommending measures that the government can take to create an environment free from caste and racial distinctions.Also ReadFull text | President Droupadi Murmu’s speech on the eve of 77th Independ...Narendra Modi Independence Day speech live: ‘The country is with Manipur,...Watch | Defence College collapses amid heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand’s De...Dreaded Hizbul Mujahideen militant’s son hoists tricolour in Jammu’s Kish...Advertisement
Minister for School Education, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, had announced on Friday that the government would bear the expenses for the victims’ education.