Palanivelu .

31-year-old Palanivelu from Periyakottai, Tamil Nadu in India, was found murdered. Palanivelu was a community leader and Dalit minority human rights’ activist.

Palanivelu was spearheading the youth movement against the alleged illicit liquor racket in his region that was pivotal in poisoning the youth and served to create a dangerous environment for women in the immediate area.

Not much information is made available regarding Palanivelu. However what is made clear is the tensions that exist within the Dalit community for Dalit human rights activists, as it was revealed that his aggressors and murderers were from the same Dalit caste, backed by the illegal liquor racketeers.


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Department/Province/State:Tamil Nadu



Date of Killing:22/09/2019

Organisation:Community Leader

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Minority Rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

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