Dalit youth dies while cleaning septic tank
Chennai. A 37-year-old Dalit youth died of suffocation while cleaning a septic tank in Coimbatore. Now this issue has been taken up by Dalit activists together. Activist and leader of Dalit rights movement Meenakumari Sunil told IANS, “Hand-carrying is against the law. We will take those people to court who made that young man do this.”
Let us inform that Mohansunderalingam (37) was engaged in cleaning the sewage tank of an apartment in Kannabiraman Mill Road near Sowaripalayam in Coimbatore on Thursday.
At the same time, Mohansunderalingam was inspecting the cleanliness. His two companions Raju and Guna went inside the sewage. Meanwhile Ramu fell under the sewage tank. Then Mohansunderalingam also went inside the tank to save Ramu. While Raju was taken out safely, Mohansunderalingam collapsed, after which he was taken to the local hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
Let us tell you that Mohansunderalingam is a resident of Thyagi village of Ramanathapuram. Now Dalit organizations have raised the issue of his death.
Meanwhile, Meena Kunari said, “The practice of manual scavenging has been abolished many years ago through law. Now those who are trying to involve anyone in such activities. Such people should be punished.”
He said, “Many lawyers have gone to Coimbatore General Hospital and met the family of the deceased, where the post-mortem of the body is to be conducted today. Along with this, the lawyers have assured the family of the deceased that legal action will be taken in this matter. At the same time, the lawyers also assured the family of the deceased that we stand with you.”
The Dalit activist told IANS that as per the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, those who employed the deceased and their associates as manual scavengers are liable to be punished. Strict action will be taken against.
Courtesy: Hindi News