Outrage after TN minister asks tribal boy to remove his footwear
The video of the incident has gone viral, drawing flak from a section of social media users. Some have even sought action against the minister under the SC/ST Act.
Tamil Nadu’s Forest Minister Dindigul Srinivasan has triggered a controversy after he made a tribal boy remove his slippers during the inauguration of an elephant camp in Theppakkadu near Udhgagamandalam on Thursday.
The video of the incident has gone viral, drawing flak from a section of social media users. Some have even sought action against the minister under the SC/ST Act. Take a look:
Feeling shame to have him as our Minister.— Naveen N (@iamyournaveen) February 6, 2020
Dindigul Srinivasan asking Tribal boy to remove his sleepers to enter shrine.
Most hatred & Most disgusting Man.
He should be sacked from d cabinet with an immediate effect. pic.twitter.com/x0rBww6oEl
#dindigulsrinivasan— The professor (@Bhimdass1956) February 6, 2020
Tamil Nadu forest minister Dindigul Srinivasan Did this human less activity . He forces Adhivasi boy to Removes his Chappel . Untouchability continues against dalits & Adhivasis @jigneshmevani80 @BhimArmyChief pic.twitter.com/fuVze1L2ux
Forest Minister Dindigul Srinivasan strikes again with his disgusting behaviour.— Pramod Madhav (@madhavpramod1) February 6, 2020
Makes a tribal boy remove his slipper infront of everyone.
Apparently his slippers are more valuable than the child's dignity..
(Not even a peanut sized brain..) pic.twitter.com/KW1zRDJDg1
#dindigulsrinivasan @AIADMKOfficial should strip him even from the basic membership of the party and He should apologize to that boy in public... Else the name Anna should be removed from the party name.. Dot..— பெரியார் பேரன் (@Guru_balaji_) February 6, 2020
The incident occurred when Srinivasan came to inaugurate the elephant rejuvenation camp in Theppakkadu, in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, 40 km from Udhgagamandalam.
When he along with the district collector and other officials were proceeding to the camp, Srinivasan called a tribal boy and asked him to remove his footwear so as to enter a temple there and perform pooja.
The boy readily obliged and removed the slippers in full public view.
It is not clear as to why Srinivasan asked the boy to remove his footwear.