Video of Dalit man's body being lowered from bridge for cremation goes viral after upper caste Hindus deny access through land

  • In a video that is making rounds on social media, a 46-year-old man's body is shown being lowered from a 20-feet high bridge

  • According to a Hindustan Times report, the man was identified as a Dalit, had to be taken to an old funeral ground which passed through agricultural lands of some upper caste locals who denied access to pass through

  • In the video, a group of Dalits are seen lowering the body from the bridge into the river as another group is seen standing near the cremation ground beside the bridge

In a video that is making rounds on social media, a 46-year-old man's body is shown being lowered from a 20-feet high bridge as upper-caste Hindus in Tamil Nadu’s Vaniyambadi, did not allow the funeral processions to pass through their land.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the man was identified as a Dalit named N Kuppam.

He died on Saturday and his body had to be taken to an old funeral ground at Vaniyambadi in Vellore district, which passed through agricultural lands of some upper caste locals who denied access to pass through, as reported by India Today

In the video, a group of Dalits are seen lowering the body from the bridge as another group is seen standing near the cremation ground beside the bridge.

Kuppan's 21-year-old nephew, Vijay told the News Minute, "For over 20 years now, we have had trouble accessing the grounds we traditionally used as a crematorium. Members of the dominant caste own the land now and don't let us enter the area with corpses. Caste Hindus have a separate ground that we can't use for cremations. Before the bridge came into existence 15 years ago, we used to just leave the body in the water. But now we lower it down the bridge to cremate it. We have appealed to various district authorities for years now to help us but to no avail."

Kuppan is survived by his wife Kasthuri, 49, and two children.

Due to lack of space in the village crematorium, we have been cremating our dead on the banks of the Palar river for the last four years, ” Krishnan, a 49-year-old Dalit man told the Times of India.

Although the Dalit from the village said that they did not face any direct threats from other caste groups, they blamed administration for it.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Aug 22, 2019 13:48:04 IST