Chennai | The Chennai City police today banned the rationalist Dravidar Kazhagam’s (DK)’s proposed ‘Thaali Arukkum Porattam’ (removal of the sacred Mangalsutra) on April 14 following pressure from various Hindu outfits and organisations.
The DK has planned the programme at its premises in Periyar Thidal in the city. But the Vepery police today denied permission for the programme on the ground that it would disrupt communal harmony. The permission was not granted for the programme under Sec 41(2) of the Tamil Nadu City Police Act.
Police said since the prohibitory orders were in force in the city from April nine to 24, permission was not granted for the Thaali removal programme by the DK as it would develop ill-will and hatred among the people, besides resulting in law and order problems, thereby disturbing public peace and amity.
Meanwhile, in a statement, DK President K Veeramani said he would seek legal remedy to ensure that the programme was conducted as scheduled. He said several hindu oufits and 25 individuals have petitioned the police seeking to prevent DK from organising the function and arrest him as holding such a function would lead to law and order problems.
Ever since Mr Veeramani announced the programme, there has been strident opposition to it. After BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit President Ms Tamizhisai Soundararajan slammed Mr K Veeramani, an ardent follower of late rationalist leader Periyar E V Ramasamy, for arranging removal of Thali programme, the All India Hindu Sathya Sena also condemn the DK’s programme as it would insult Hindu women, for whom ‘Mangalsutra’ was sacred.
The Sena also announced that if the DK went ahead with its programme, it would lead a massive agitation in front of the office of the DK and at the residence of its leader to condemn it. Appealing to the police to take steps to stop the programme, which was against the sentiments of the Hindus and was against Tamil culture.
The DK announced the controversial programme a couple of weeks after the office of Puthiya Thalaimurai TV in the city was attacked by a fringe Hindu outfit on March 12 over its proposed show on women wearing thaali (mangalsutra) on International Women’s Day (March 8), which was, however, dropped in the wake of protests by Hindu Munnani.
Two tiffin box bombs of mild intensity were hurled at the office of the TV channel. However, no one was injured in it.
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