Ward member held for hurling casteist remarks at woman panchayat president in Tamil Nadu

South India

Kuppusamy has been charged under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act

A ward councilor of a panchayat in Tirupur has been arrested on charges of passing casteist remarks on a panchayat president and later threatening to withdraw the complaint against him.

Police said that the councillor identified as C Kuppusamy, an influential person and a caste Hindu, was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly hurling casteist remarks at Kavundachi Pudur panchayat president R Selvi.

Kuppusamy has been charged under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for insulting the 32-year-old elected representative.

Though Selvi had lodged the complaint in May this year, the accused using his influence on police allegedly tried to frame her and husband in false cases, reported The New Indian Express.

The problem between the Panchayat president and the councilor began in May when Selvi and other public representatives as well as the panchayat officials distributed immunity boosters and safety kits to frontline health workers striving to control the spread of the pandemic in the Panchayat.

The accused and his followers alleged that he was not informed about the drive and he allegedly abused her and hurled caste slurs on her in the office, reported The Times of India.

It is alleged that Kuppusamy and his men allegedly threatened her to withdraw the complaint.

An offence against him was registered on August 14 after pressure from local groups and people. After more than 10 days of investigation against him, Kuppusamy was arrested on Tuesday night.

Interestingly, soon after the arrest, the accused has been admitted to hospital due to high blood pressure and minor health issues.

Another accused in the case is at large and a search is on to nab him.

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