"The dominant Vanniyar [Christian]s created rules which restricted the movement of the Dalit [Christian]s.
"When they visited the parish church they were not allowed to walk on the main street leading to the building. Instead they had to use a side street that led to the church gate.
"When Dalits died they were not allowed to be buried in the cemetery. Their burial ground is beyond the village and can only be accessed through a broken path.
"In addition, the funeral cart parked inside the church building can be used only by Vanniyars.
"'We were told not to touch any upper caste person, not to get too close to them, not to talk to them,'" says Mrs Peraiyamaka, 60, a farm labourer who has been visiting the parish church since childhood.
"'It is no different now.'"