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Chitralekha E

To

The Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala

Complaint submitted by Chitralekha, Kunjimangalam Village, Edat

Sir,

I am an auto driver belonging to a Scheduled caste community.  I and my family sat on strike (Raapakal samaram) for 122 days outside the Kannur collectorate protesting the casteism and violence that the CPI(M) has unleashed on us for the last 10 years. The district administration could not accept the demands we put forward. Later, after a meeting with the Honourable Chief Minister, he instructed the District Collector to allocate us a 5-cent plot of land in any panchayat near Kannur town. The sketch, plan and the land records of the plot identified for us were made available to us. Thereafter, we ended our strike. Although a year has passed since our demands were accepted, there has been no action whatsoever on the promises that were made. Meanwhile, based on a fake report by CPI(M)-affiliated government employees, the Honourable Chief Minister himself made the  baseless remark that I own acres of land in Edat. I understand this as part of an approach of untouchability practised by the government towards people of the Scheduled Caste communities. Apart from the land granted to my grandmother by the government as ‘hutment-dwelling’ (kudikidappu) rights, the report made by the Honourable District Collector has nowhere mentioned any ‘acres of land’ owned by me.

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The letter in Malayalam, Page 1

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The letter in Malayalam, Page 2

 

If I did have these ‘acres of land’, I wouldn’t have had to strike either in front of the district collectorate for 122 days, or against the CPI(M) for ten years. I would have been able to sell that land and live comfortably in a safe place. Why does a popular Chief Minister like you accept such  misinformation given by officials without verification of facts and  state that I have ‘acres of land’? If you cannot solve this one issue of a woman from the Pulaya community, how will you address the issues of the entire Scheduled Caste community?

I suspect that in my case, the government is into sort of ‘adjustment’ with the CPI(M) party members. If I do have ‘acres of land’ in Edat, I request the government to acquire it as soon as possible and use it for the uplift of the downtrodden people.

Sir, I understand that a Scheduled caste woman like me will not get justice. Hence, for people like us to get justice, there is no recourse other than going on a strike. Through my struggle, I have come to understand that all political parties equally ‘use’ people of Scheduled Caste communities for their own ends and discard them without fairness, justice, or any assurance of protection. You also promised that all the fake cases filed against me and my husband will be dismissed. No action was taken on any of those assurances, and instead, your government has included his name in the Goonda list, and is trying to banish him from this place. Acting on the complaint filed by a former Sub Inspector Shaji Pateri, a CPI(M) sympathizer, under the section 107 (1022/13), the honourable Sub-Collector Navjot Ghosh has revoked his bail and has issued an arrest warrant against my husband. This decision is based on  three counter-petitions filed against me and my husband. The accused, who launched casteist attacks on us forcing us to leave our native place have faced no action and roam freely and safely. A year after my strike, there has been no positive action, and in the current circumstance where I and my family find no other way of securing justice, I would like to painfully inform you that we are going ahead with a new strike from the last week of December.

Chitralekha E, Kannur.

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2 Responses to If You Can’t Help One Pulaya Woman, What of the Entire SC Community?

  1. Tushar Pradhan says:

    If the state government is not at all abiding by the principals of the constitution then I suppose the existence of such government will be of short duration. If justice had been denied than the responsibility vest entirely on poor governance by the state. If poor community people are harassed it’s not the matter but if any celebrity sneez or says any nonsense people are quick to reach… Why can’t we respond to poor people’s problems…!!

  2. Shafeek h says:

    #SupportChithralekha

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