Four persons were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly insulting a Dalit woman legislator belonging to Andhra Pradesh's ruling YSRCP during Ganesh Chaturthi.
The dominant caste men, allegedly belonging to the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), insulted Vundavalli Sridevi when she had gone to a Ganesh pandal to perform a puja in Annavaram village in Amaravati on Monday.
As the MLA reached the pandal and the priest started performing rituals, the accused allegedly shouted at her and used filthy language, saying she should not touch the Ganesh idol. The remarks triggered a clash between the MLAâs supporters and the accused, which was controlled after police intervention.
Kommineni Sivaiah, Kommineni Sai, Kommineni Ramakrishna and Kommineni Bujji were booked under various sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. They were also charged with insulting the modesty of a woman and indecent behaviour.
The case was registered at Thulluru police station in Guntur district. Police later arrested all the accused. Sridevi, who represents Tadikonda constituency, alleged that the accused belong to the TDP.
According to her, the men remarked that by touching the Ganesh idol, she would defile it. Upset over the incident, the MLA lodged a complaint with the Director General of Police Gautam Sawang and also the Guntur Superintendent of Police.
The YSRCP MLA also demanded that TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu should also be booked as he had nurtured this kind of psyche among his party rank and file.
âFor the first time I faced caste discrimination, that too in the capital region,â Sridevi told reporters.
State Women's Commission chairperson Vasireddy Padma also spoke to the DGP and urged him to take strong action against the accused.