Cognizance of a news report was taken which stated that people from Adi Dravidar Colony in Marudur village in Madurai district had been seen carrying a dead body to a graveyard through agricultural land due to lack of a pathway.
The HC observed that not only the living but the dead should also be given dignity. The judges observed that every village should have a pathway to the graveyard and sought reply from TN Government on the same.
A division bench comprising of Justices N. Kirubakaran and B. Pugalendhi observed: “We must hang our heads in shame for discriminating against the people belonging to the SC community.”
The judges observed that even in 2020, the people belonging to the SC are not getting basic amenities and they are still being ill-treated by people belonging to other communities.
The judges broadened the inquiry by also asking for a report on additional things:
- Number of places where people belonging to the SC community are residing
- Availability of basic facilities such as drinking water and road facilities
- Number of places which don’t not have pathways to graveyards
- Steps taken by the state government to provide pathways and by when pathways would be provided.
The case was adjourned to December 23rd, 2020 for further hearings.