Seven persons were arrested on the charge of harassing Dalit cook P. Pappal, 42, and preventing her from discharging her duties as a noon meal worker at the Thirumalaikavundampalayam Government Higher Secondary School.

After her transfer to the Thirumalaikavundampalayam from the school in Ochampalayam, residents objected to her cooking. Block Development Officer, Avinashi, V. Meenakshi, transferred Pappal back to the Ochampalayam school, which Sub-Collector Swarankumar overruled following objections by activists.

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