Chennai, August 09 (KMS): In yet another shocking incident showing how minorities are inhumanly treated in India, a Dalit government employee was forced to prostrate in front of a upper Caste Hindu man who also hurled caste slurs during an incident in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in India.
Gopinathan alias Gopalswamy (42), a man hailing from the Gounder community who works as a marriage broker and is a resident of Annur village had gone to the Otterpalayam Annur village Administrative Officers (VAO) office in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu for procuring land patta.
The VAO, Kalaiselvi, told him to bring the mandatory documents to process the patta. Refusing to bring the documents and leave the office, Gopinathan behaved rudely with the woman officer. Subsequently, Muthusamy (56), a Dalit helper at the office and native of Otterpalayam Annur village, says he urged Gopinathan to speak decently with the officer and to bring the required documents. However, Gopinathan refused to listen and behaved aggressively with Muthusamy as well.
In a video now doing the rounds on social media, a devastated Muthusamy can be seen in tears and prostrating in front of Gopinathan. The video further shows other office bearers picking Muthusamy from the ground and VAO Kalaiselvi urging him not to do such an act. Muthusamy is further seen bursting into tears and hitting his head with his hands. Muthuswamy told media persons, the audio of which is also viral, that Gopinathan hurled caste slurs at him and threatened to get him sacked using his ‘network’. This is when he decided to fall at Gopinathan’s feet.
Gopinathan tried to lodge a case against Muthusamy at Annur police station. However, no action was taken by the police.