"In a shocking case of caste discrimination, a dalit has alleged that he was forced to eat human faeces by a group of 'high caste Christians' for walking with chappals [footwear] in their street in the district.
"The dalit youth, in his complaint to Batalagundu police inspector, said 'a group of high caste Christians forced human faeces into my mouth after beating me for walking with chappals in their street.'
"Sadayandi, who is from Indhira Nagar in Meikovilpatti in Dindigul district [of Tamil Nadu], claimed the incident occurred on January 7 when a group of more than 10 'caste Christians' stopped him and asked if he was not aware of the 'order' that dalits should not walk with chappals in their street. Then they asked him to remove his chappals and slapped him with it, he said.
"'One of them suggested that I should be fed human excreta.'"