January 7, 2005

TOO HYPE (via Ali):

India's untouchables forced out of relief camps (AFP)

India's untouchables, reeling from the tsunami disaster, are being forced out of relief camps by higher caste survivors and being denied aid supplies, activists charged.

Kuppuswamy Ramachandran, 32, a Dalit or untouchable in India's rigid caste hierarchy, said he and his family were told to leave a relief camp in worst-hit Nagapattinam district where 50 more families were housed.

"The higher caste fishing community did not allow us to sleep in a marriage hall where they are put up because we belong to the lowest caste," Ramachandran said.

"After three days we were moved out to a school but now the school is going to reopen within three days and the teachers drove us out," he said.

"Where will I take my family and children?"


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2005 10:55 AM

I second the motion. We have plenty of room. Come on over.

Posted by: erp at January 7, 2005 2:43 PM

They'd feel more at home in Mexico, thank you.

Posted by: h-man at January 7, 2005 3:11 PM

Proving, once again, that the Laws of Manu are a human disaster. And why should we respect failing cultures again?

Posted by: Arnold Williams at January 7, 2005 10:59 PM

Proving, once again, that the "Laws of Manu" at the core of Hinduism are a disaster. This is probably one of those good cases to present to believers in "cultural relativism" -- how seriously should we take cultural stupidity?

Posted by: Arnold Williams at January 7, 2005 11:02 PM