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Man-made disaster in Dalit colonies of Dharmapuri district


Tiruvannamalai, 14th November 2012


Dear Sir, Dear Madem,


Greetings, please find below the report of the Violence Against Dalits in Dharmapuri District on 7th November 2012. The affected people are living without any assets, so POPE is planning to involve in Relief process for this helpless people by the means of cloths, mats, school bags, notebooks, cooking vessels etc.


I am requesting your mercy for these affected Dalits.


Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,




Dharmapuri district disaster 14 11 2012
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Une catastrophe humaine parmi la colonie dalit dans la région de Dharmapuri

Tiruvannamalai, le 14 novembre 2012



Mesdames, Messieurs,


Veuillez trouver ci-dessous notre rapport concernant les violences à l'encontre des Dalits dans le district de Dharmapuri le 7 novembre 2012. Les personnes touchées ont perdu tous leurs biens, ainsi POPE prévoit de se porter au secours de ces pauvres gens en leur procurant des vêtements, des nattes, des cartables, des cahiers, des ustensiles de cuisine, etc.


Je demande votre aide pour ces Dalits affectés.


En vous remerciant,

Très sincérement.




Président - POPE


Dharmapuri district disaster 14 11 2012
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The south-east of India is hit by Cyclone Nilam


Le cyclone Nilam a frappé la côte Est de l'Inde 



Wednesday 31st October 2012


We have very strong rain since yesterday, we had a big storm and cyclone formed in Bay of Bengal near Chennai. The Governments of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry announced the Government Holiday today. The Cyclone hit severely the Northern districts of Tamilnadu and also Pondicherry. It starts to move from sea at 4.30 pm and we are having big storm and rain, the losses in the coastal belt are not yet calculated. The both state Governments announced one day more holiday for the Educational Institutions and Colleges.



Mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Il pleut très fort depuis hier, nous avons eu une grosse tempête et un cyclone s'est formé dans la baie du Bengale près de Madras. Les gouvernements du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry ont annoncé que les élèves seront en vacances aujourd'hui. Le cyclone a frappé durement les régions du nord du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry également. Il a commencé à se déplacer vers 16 heures 30, nous avons de gros orages et de grosses pluies, les pertes sur la côte ne sont pas encore évaluées. Les gouvernements des 2 Etats ont annoncé un jour de fermeture supplémentaire de tous les établissements scolaires.

RL Rosario
Directeur de POPE




Friday 9th November 2012


Fortunately the Nilam Storm has not affected to much the Tamil Nadu but it destroyed few places in Andhra Pradesh.


The cyclone killed eight people in Tamil Nadu and three in Andhra Pradesh. It also destroyed more than 200 electric posts and about 100 trees were uprooted in Chennai. About 3,800 people have been evacuated in Mahaballipuram.


Chennai Law colleges exam has been postponed.




Vendredi 9 novembre 2012


Heureusement, Nilam n'a pas trop touché le Tamil Nadudu mais il a détruit des centaines de maisons ainsi que des centaines d'hectares de champs de coton ou de riz en Andhra Pradesh.


Le cyclone a tué huit personnes dans le Tamil Nadu et trois dans l'Andhra Pradesh. Il a également détruit plus de 200 poteaux électriques et environ 100 arbres ont été déracinés à Madras. Environ 3.800 personnes ont été évacuées à Mahaballipuram.


Les étudiants en droit de Madras ont vu leurs examens reportés.


RL Rosario

Director POPE


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Chennai, today!

The problems faced by the Elderly

Social Marginalization of the Elderly


Two major socio-demographic changes have contributed to bring about significant changes within the family and are having a major impact on communities throughout India.  The first one is the increased longevity of people and the second one is a breakdown of joint family system and the emergence of Nuclear family system of the west.  Industrialization, westernization and globalization are the major factors responsible for the breakdown of joint family system.  Due to harvest failure, slowdown of employment opportunities in the agriculture sector leads to migration of young people in search of livelihood and thus to the crisis on the care of the aged people.  Increased individualization and new technologies are also leading for marginalization of the senior citizens and, unfortunately, today they are considered as a social burden.


Morbidity of Elderly

Arthritis, hypertension, hearing impairment, defective vision, diabetes and varicose veins are among the usual diseases faced by elders.  These chronic diseases tend to occur more in women and tend to increase with age. Use of Tobacco and alcoholism are more among Dalits, Tribals and among urban slum dwellers.  Illiteracy and poverty leads to more chronic diseases like tuberculosis, HIV / AIDS, Dengu fever, malaria, typhoid etc.


The hot summer is a big problem for the elders.  Usually during summer April to June of every year the hot is 40 °C to 45 °C.  The elders cannot withstand during the hot summer.  Every year in the month of May, the number of deaths, caused by sunstroke is more among elders than the youngsters.  More over the elderly people’s diseases like nutritional disorder, cancer, tuberculosis, glaucoma and cataract will be further aggravated in summer among elders.


Nutritional deficiency

Most of the poor old age people have nutritional deficiencies which includes the problem like iron deficiency, protein deficiency, calcium deficiency, blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency, anemia etc.


Financial bankruptcy

The aged people are financially bankrupted since their assets, properties and all their wealth are legally transferred to their children so  Elderly people do not have the emergency fund available to meet their basic needs which includes descent burial.


In Indian society, the men and women entered in to their marital life earlier than the west. So, the elders arrange their marriage in early twenties. In South Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the marital age is late twenties and early thirties due to their improved educational status.  Indian couples’ marriage is completed only after the child birth. So, immediately after marriage, they go for child birth.  It is a social necessity. So, in fifties, all their children are married and have grandchildren.


In such situation, the elders have the social responsibility and moral responsibility to register all their assets/ properties etc., legally to their children and transfer their wealth. So all those who have no monthly pension on their retirement have to depend on their children for their basic needs. The Helpage India has conducted a survey and the survey finding was published in October 1, 2012 on the International day of elders.  That has mentioned that the dependency of elders to the youngsters is 4 to 6% in other countries in other countries, where as in India, it is32%.


Violence against elders

The violence against elders in Tamil Nadu is 28%, 80% elders, never revealed the ill-treatment and violence posed by their children to the public.


The special issue of dalit elders

Mostly uneducated, landless and assetless and the society will not allow keeping any portion of wealth with him at the time of partition.


The elders who do not have male children and assets on their name normally benefit from the Government of Tamil Nadu of a free one pair of dress during Tamil New Year (Pongal) and a distribution of Rs.1000 / per month as elders’ pension. But they have great difficulties to get them and very often their pension is violently taken back by their children / care takers. And, moreover, the government officials do not support their claims and their paying capacity is very less in availing benefits from Government.


Finally, they suffer of isolation and alienation from the village initiatives leading to loneliness and psychological disorders.