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A Dalit panchayat president of a village in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur district claimed that she was not allowed to hoist the tricolour on Independence Day.

The 60-year-old panchayat chief of Athupakkam village alleged that she was invited to hoist the national flag at a government school and was later asked not to attended, citing COVID-19 concerns as an excuse to deny her attendance.

Her son, Sasikumar also received the invitation call requesting both of them to attend the flag hoisting ceremony in the school at 8:30 am on 15th August, but were later asked not to come. Sasikumar alleged that the event was held normally despite the authorities citing COVID-19 concerns.

The panchayat president alleged that the former panchayat chief still had a discriminatory view over community affairs and alleged that she was at the receiving end of discrimination and threats.

“My mother is wondering if she should give up the responsibility,” said Sasikumar after the incident.

The panchayat president while speaking to the media said that she needs protection as she feels threatened just because she belongs from SC/ST community.

This is the second incident faced by her, as in January, the panchayat president was turned away from hoisting the national flag at a stage in a school in the district.

According to authorities, no one has come ahead to file any formal complaints on the incident. However, State Human Rights Commission has sought a report on the incident from the district collector.

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