Watch: Dalit funeral procession denied road access, forced to lower down body from bridge in TN
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Watch: Dalit funeral procession denied road access, forced to lower down body from bridge in TN

A bizarre case of caste discrimination has come to light from Tail Nadu’s Vaniyambadi , in Vellore district where the body of a Dalit man was lowered down from a bridge as the funeral procession were allegedly disallowed by a few upper caste members to pass through their agricultural lands.

The body of N Kuppam, a 46-year-old Dalit 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. Kuppam’s dead body then had to be lowered from a 20-feet-high bridge over a river, in order to complete the last rites.

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The incident which happened on August 17, came to light on Wednesday after  a video of the Dalits plight was circulated on social media.

In the video, a group of Dalits are seen standing on the river overbridge lowering body with the help of ropes. Another group of men standing down near the cremation ground take the body and conduct the final rites.

Taking cognisance of the horrific case of caste discrimination, Priyanka Pankajam, Sub-Collector, Tirupathur, said that a probe has been ordered into the incident.

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