What was the effect after Rathnam filed a case in the police station?
Rathnam filed a case in the police station under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
- Other Dalit families did not come out to support him as they were scared that a similar fate might be in store for them if they spoke out.
- The case was picked up by the local media which had led to many journalists visiting the village.
- Rathnam was written about as a symbol of Dalit action.
- The ritual was called off, but his family was forced to move out as they continued to be ostracised by the powerful castes in the village.
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