Print edition : April 19, 2013

October 19, 2011: When Dalits of Gramapatti village in Kovilankulam panchayat, coming under Chellampatti panchayat union in Madurai district, voted for the first time in local body elections in decades. Photo: S. JAMES

S. Palraj, elected president of Nakkamuththanpatti village panchayat in Tirunelveli district. Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Dalit panchayat presidents continue to face caste-based discrimination and intimidation in several districts in Tamil Nadu.
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