Dalits Media Watch-News Updates 20.05.15

Dalits Media Watch

News Updates 20.05.15

UP: Dalit woman who jumped off moving vehicle after being teased, dies. First Post


HC seeks’ UP’s stand on “atrocities” against Dalits- PTI


Millions of Indian children are being denied school education due to discrimination- Scroll In


Dalit families protest outside SSP’s office against harassment- The Times Of India


YSRC orders inquiry on Dalit attacks- The Hans India


3 get 10-year prison for raping minor girl in MP- PTI


In TN District Dharmapuri, Every Family Has Inter-caste Couple- The New India Express


UNICEF: Dalit girls most excluded from primary education in India- IDSN


DIG reviews SC/ST atrocity cases- The Hindu


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First Post

UP: Dalit woman who jumped off moving vehicle after being teased, dies.


Muzaffarnagar: A Dalit woman, who had jumped off a moving vehicle after being teased, died in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital.

On 14 May, three women were injured when they jumped off a moving vehicle after the driver allegedly misbehaved with them, police had said.

Praveen, Sonia and Moni were offered a lift by the accused at Baghra village here. The driver started misbehaving with the women and refused to stop the vehicle despite repeated pleas by the victims, they said.

Praveen died last evening while the other two victims – are undergoing treatment, her family members said.


HC seeks’ UP’s stand on “atrocities” against Dalits


Allahabad, May 19 (PTI) Taking a serious note of alleged parading of four Dalit women naked in Shahjahanpur district recently, the Allahabad High Court today sought to know from Uttar Pradesh government what action it has taken against those who were responsible for the atrocity.

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice M K Gupta, passed the order on a Public Interest Litigation filed by Sakshi Verma and some other law interns who drew the court?s attention to the incident that had taken place on Sunday at Hareva village of the district.

The incident had taken place following the elopement of a Dalit boy with a girl belonging to an OBC caste.

The girls furious family members had allegedly attacked the women belonging to the boys community, stripped them and paraded them through the village.

The court has fixed May 21 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

Scroll In

Millions of Indian children are being denied school education due to discrimination


As the World Education Forum sets the new global education agenda, India has a unique opportunity to help the marginalised children in the country.

Two years ago, 10-year-old Madhu walked up to the microphone at a public hearing and related how she was chased away from a government school in Patna by teachers because she was a Musahar Dalit and considered “dirty” by them.

Dozens of parents and children from marginalised communities had gathered to share their grievances at that hearing called by visiting officials from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Right to Education Act. After hearing Madhu’s story, the commission intervened and 50 Dalit children from her slum were enrolled in an adjoining government school.

But a year later, while the school’s register included the names of the Dalit children, nearly all of them were out of the classroom, working as rag pickers. They were just not welcome there.

Madhu’s story and countless such tales highlight an important lesson learnt from the last set of global education goals: providing access alone is insufficient. There have to be concerted efforts to keep marginalised children in school and ensure their learning by providing quality education.

Pervasive discrimination

There is a chance to remedy this now. On May 19, India will join other countries at the World Education Forum in South Korea to discuss the new global education agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals, which expire this year. During discussions last year, countries had agreed that the overarching goal of the 2015-2030 education agenda will be to “ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030”.

This presents an important opportunity for India to address a key barrier to fulfilling its goal of education for all: discrimination.

Discrimination against children from Dalit, tribal, and Muslim communities in government schools means millions of the poorest and most vulnerable are getting left out. Lack of effective monitoring mechanisms to check prejudice by school staff means, at worst, ill-treatment and, at best, neglect. This, despite India’s Right to Education law banning discrimination in schools.

There are other problems too. Protecting the rights of children living with disabilities, ensuring their ability to access education, remains a distant priority among school authorities. Also, not enough is being done to bring and keep girls in the classroom.

High dropout rate

India has made significant progress toward universalising elementary education since the enactment of the 2009 Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act. Its various schemes, such as the mid-day meal programme, benefit millions of children daily. It is a great achievement that more and more children are being enrolled into schools.

But the sad truth is that not all stay there. According to government’s own estimates, six million children remain out of school – and more crucially, two out of five drop out before completing elementary schooling.

Numbers are much higher for children from disadvantaged groups.

Apart from helping prepare the global agenda, the Indian government is also planning to draw up anew education policy. The Ministry of Human Resource Development is currently seeking input on 13 school education issues, including on inclusive education for marginalised groups.

However, while the government’s consultation paper acknowledges “lower learning outcomes” for children from historically disadvantaged and economically weaker communities, it fails to note the exclusionary practices that contribute to this.

Access to childcare

To succeed in bringing and retaining marginalised children in schools, the government will have to ensure zero discrimination in classrooms. Girls and children with disabilities will need even more attention. For this, any future teacher training should go beyond improving learning outcomes to focus on inclusive learning practices that are effective, ensure greater participation of children from marginalised communities and healthy interaction among children from different backgrounds. Civil society groups can be important government allies in this venture.

It is also time to expand the Right to Education so that all children are entitled to 12 years of free and accessible education by 2030. Equally, there needs to be universal access to early childhood care and education to guarantee children’s long-term development, health and well-being. These goals are part of the proposed global agenda and India too sees them as priorities. The government should set an example at the World Education Forum by announcing special commitments toward implementing these goals.

India has a unique opportunity to offer a better future to Madhu and millions more children. It should not squander this chance.

Jayshree Bajoria is a researcher at the Human Rights Watch and author of the report They Say We’re Dirty: Denying an Education to India’s Marginalized. Her Twitter handle is @jayshreebajoria.

The Times Of India

Dalit families protest outside SSP’s office against harassment


MEERUT: Five Dalit families protested outside the office of senior superintendent of police Dinesh Chandra Dubey on Tuesday demanding immediate action and arrests in the molestation of several of their women members on May 10. They also alleged that the culprits have been repeatedly assaulting them with deaths threats after the incident.

According to the families, they were returning from a marriage celebration at Daluhera village when a group of miscreants confronted them and misbehaved with the women. “The group also passed casteist slurs at us,” said Sehansar Pal, a family member. Even though an FIR was lodged at the Jani police station and a case filed under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation), no arrest has been made yet. Meanwhile, Dubey said, “Efforts are on to nab the culprits and families should not be afraid.” But another member Ishwar Pradhan said, “If anything happens to any of us, the police will be responsible.”  

The Hans India

YSRC orders inquiry on Dalit attacks


YSR Congress demanded a probe into the growing attacks on Dalits and alleged that the incidents have surfaced ever since TDP government has come to power.

YSR Congress Party SC Cell Convener M Nagarjuna on Monday stated that the state is not handing the Dalits their due share in welfare according to the sub-plan and the numerous attacks on Dalits including Dalit officials in Andhra Pradesh should be scrutinized.

Citing examples of a Sub-Inspector committing suicide in Srikakulam district, murder of YSRCP Kurnool district SC Cell president, nine Dalits injured in attacks in Rapthadu and Tadipatri constituency, suicide of YSRC party worker Kuchipudi Gandhi in Ponnuru constituency and death of a field assistant due to harassment of TDP workers in Narsaraopet constituency, the YSRC leader said that dalits are being discriminated by TDP party.

Hence he demanded that the AP Government should order an official inquiry into the attacks on Dalits and also probe into the cases already registered.


3 get 10-year prison for raping minor girl in MP


Morena (MP) May 19 (PTI) Three persons were sentenced to ten years imprisonment by a special court here for gangraping a minor Dalit girl after abducting her when she was returning from a bank after withdrawing her scholarship amount in 2013.

Pronouncing the sentence, Special Judge (SC/ST) Morena, J K Verma also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on the trio–Satish Dhakad, Gyan Singh and Dharmendra Rawat–yesterday.

The incident took place on October 18, 2013 when the 13-year-old was returning from a bank in Kailaras tehsil here and the accused kidnapped her at knife point and later gangraped her, the prosecution said today.

The trio took turns to rape her in a house after terrorising her with a knife.

The victim somehow escaped from their clutches and reached home to narrate her ordeal following which a case was registered against the trio in Kailaras Police Station.

The New India Express

In TN District Dharmapuri, Every Family Has Inter-caste Couple


DHARMAPURI: This district has been in the news in the recent past for all the wrong reasons, including love marriages gone awry because of strong caste bias.

However, if you were to visit S Patti in Kongavembu panchayat of Harur taluk in the district, you will find that at least one person in a family in the village has entered into inter-caste wedlock and is living happily.

Sakkilipatti, formally S Patti, is located on the Dharmapuri-Uthangarai road, 50 km from Dharmapuri town.

Most families here have their own tales on love marriages.

Sugadev, a senior villager, told Express, “This village witnessed its first inter-caste love marriage as far back as the early 1970s. Shanmugham, a Dalit, married Baghiyam, a caste Hindu girl. At that time, a group of caste Hindus surrounded the village, attempted to attack us with stones and tried to separate the girl forcibly from her husband. But the girl remained strong and refused to go with her family.”

During this reporter’s interaction with Sugadev, Vanitha (40), his neighbour, joined and said, “I belong to the Gounder community. During the mid-1990s, I fell in love with Muthu, who’s a Dalit. When I told my family about it, they opposed the alliance. However, I remained strong and left my family and married Muthu.” Muthu and Vanitha now have four children.

Answering a question, she said, “No. Neither my mother-in-law nor my husband’s relatives wanted any dowry. My only regret was that my relatives didn’t allow me to attend my mother’s funeral.”

Maran, a Left activist, said, “The village has a big Dalit population. Some people may claim that Dalits lure caste Hindu girls in a bid to extort money, but nothing could be far removed from the truth. There have been no divorce cases among the inter-caste couples.”


UNICEF: Dalit girls most excluded from primary education in India


A report just released by UNICEF and UNESCO on out of school children in India highlights that Dalit girls have the highest primary school exclusion rate in India. The report also finds that half of the Pre-School age Dalit children are not attending school.

The report cites compounding factors such as ingrained social inequalities and poverty among Dalits (Scheduled Castes), to be contributing to higher rates of exclusion. The report also states that, “Humiliation, harassment and abuse by upper caste teachers towards children from Scheduled Castes have been shown to undermine their motivation to stay in school.”

Child labour is identified as another key hindrance to children attending school and the report states that, “According to the ILO, India has the highest number of working children in the world … Most of these children belong to the poorest, most marginalized communities, including Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.”

Another deterrent factor identified in the report is that discrimination in the labour market contributes to low labour market aspirations for Dalit children and therefore reduces the perceived benefits of schooling.

The report is a part of a UNICEF/UNESCO Global Initiative on Out of School Children and points towards the need to take note of ingrained social inequalities related to caste, when reaching out to include excluded children.

The Hindu

DIG reviews SC/ST atrocity cases


Deputy Inspector-General (Central Investigation Department) A. Sundar Kumar Das on Monday reviewed the status of the cases registered under the SC and the ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act .

Mr. Sundar Kumar Das Das directed Superintendent of Police G. Vijayakumar to focus on the cases pertaining to the Protection of Civil Rights (PCR).

Mr. Das also interacted with the Deputy Superintendent of Police cadre officers during the meet.

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