Eradicating caste is the real fight for human rights: Thirumavalavan

Human rights commissions in India are just decorated systems, said Thirumavalavan.

Eradicating caste is the real fight for human rights: Thirumavalavan

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi president and Dalit leader Thirumavalavan in an interview to The Hindu (Tamil) said the fight to eradicate caste is the real fight for human rights.

In India, human rights has been understood to be ensuring the rights of the people are not trampled in a conflict between people and the government. Violence by police and jail authorities are widely discussed and observed. This also includes violence against women and prisoners.


When asked about caste discrepancies in India, he said that if a student from a lower caste family wears a decent dress, he would be scolded by other children. If a Dalit student scores high marks in exams, he will be reproached, he said.

Thirumavalavan said when someone is denied the right to the public road, it is also a violation of human rights. In the present situation, those in power are in the forefront of casteism. "That’s why I say that eradicating caste is the real fight for human rights," he told the Hindu.

He also added that people are not aware of the existence of human rights commissions in India. They are not truly intended to do something, they are just decorated systems. "I’ve never seen them taking any actions against human rights violation. If we file a complaint, they just order an inquiry and that's the end of it," he said.