Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 27.05.15
Man almost lynched for raping girl in UP village- The Indian Express
Sarpanch, cop parade woman naked; booked- The Times Of India
Dalit man commits suicide over land dispute in Gondal- The Indian Express
Dalit leader Eknath Aavad cremated in Beed district- Web India
Dangawas violence: CS, DGP seek exemption from appearance before rights panel- Hindustan Times
Mathura rape case: Victim loses battle for life- India Today
Dalit girl from remote Kandi 2nd in state- The Times Of India
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The Indian Express
Man almost lynched for raping girl in UP village
Angry over the alleged kidnapping and rape of a minor Dalit girl by a Muslim youth, a mob attacked the house where the accused was hiding and thrashed him.
Angry over the alleged kidnapping and rape of a minor Dalit girl by a Muslim youth, a mob attacked the house where the accused was hiding and thrashed him. The incident took place in Phoolpur police station area of Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district on Monday.
The mob ransacked the house and beat up the accused leaving him critically injured before the police arrived at the spot and rescued him. The mob even clashed with the police, but officials later managed to pacify the protesters.
The police said the mob could have lynched the accused had the cops not taken him into custody. The police added that the situation was brought under control and normalcy restored.
According to the police, the news of the incident spread on Monday morning in Bhatpurva village. It was alleged that one Jainuddin, a resident of Didarganj area, had kidnapped the 10-year-old girl, daughter of a labourer living in a shanty in Dalit Basti, and took her to the government tubewell in the village, where he raped her on Sunday night.
“The mob reached the house of his acquaintance, where the accused was allegedly hiding. They caught hold of the accused and began beating him up while others ransacked the house. The police reached the spot and managed to take the accused in custody. Had we been late in reaching there, the mob could have lynched him,” said SHO Phoolpur police station, Tej Bahadur Singh.
With the incident involving two communities, senior police officials also reached the spot and promised a thorough investigation. The mob relented only after assurances from senior police officials. Local police, however, denied reports of stone-pelting at the police.
The Times Of India
Sarpanch, cop parade woman naked; booked
AMRITSAR: A group of persons, led by the village sarpanch and a police constable, allegedly dragged a woman out of her house and paraded her naked in the village on Tuesday morning. The group even assaulted eight men and attacked the houses of some dalits at Chinkot village allegedly over a property dispute.
Amritsar (rural) senior superintendent of police Jasdeep Singh said police had rounded up sarpanch Amrik Singh and others and booked them under Prevention of Atrocities Against SCs/STs Act and various sections of the IPC. The injured have been admitted in Guru Nanak Dev Hospital for treatment, he added.
Incidentally, the village sarpanch is also a dalit.
The SSP informed that the sarpanch, constable Zorawar Singh, who is posted as munshi (reader) at Khalsa police station and on long leave, attacked the house of Satnam Singh and others along with others.
“The victim party later alleged that one of their women, who was taking a bath, was dragged out of the washroom by the assailants,” he informed.
Meanwhile, National Commission for Scheduled Castes vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka said, “It is a matter of grave concern that the assailants, including an Akali sarpanch and a policeman, thrashed a dalit woman while she was taking bath and also took away her clothes.”
He said Satnam had also approached him and accused Amrik and Zorawar of wanting to encroach on his land and of implicated him in a false case. Satnam was given the land by the village panchayat. “I am of the view that both police and civil administration officials are involved in this incident,” Verka alleged and added that due to the fear of police action, the victims were even scared of staying in the village.
Amritsar district Congress committee (rural) president Gurjit Singh Aujla, who met the victims in hospital, said, “It is an attempt to spread fear among Congress supporters. Not only the sarpanch, but even other panchayat members were involved in the attack,” he alleged.
Aujla further alleged that since the victims’ families had refused to join Akalis they were being victimized. “If the policemen involved are not terminated and justice not delivered to the victims, Congress will begin a statewide agitation against the Akalis,” he said.
Meanwhile, Youth Akali Dal general secretary Gurinderpal Singh Ranike denied that any woman was dragged out of the bathroom and paraded naked. He accused Congress leaders of trying to gain a political mileage out of the incident and concocting the story of abuse of a dalit woman. He said the village panchayat had only objected to illegal encroachment on the school property.
The Indian Express
Dalit man commits suicide over land dispute in Gondal
Police said the victim had a dispute over a residential plot with another dalit and that the incident was a fallout of that dispute.
Hours after his son and grandsons were detained by police in connection with a dispute over a residential plot, an elderly dalit man allegedly immolated himself opposite Gondal Taluka Panchayat office in Gondal town of Rajkot district on Tuesday morning.
Police said Devji Makwana (60), a resident of Surajgadh village of Gondal Taluka, doused himself with some inflammable liquid and set himself on fire opposite Gondal Taluka Panchayat office on Law College road of Gondal town. Bystanders threw jute bags on him and rushed him to government hospital in the town. After primary treatment, he was referred to Civil Hospital in Rajkot where he died.
Assistant superintendent of police of Gondal, SJ Desai said the victim had a dispute over a residential plot with another dalit and that the incident was a fallout of that dispute. The elderly man took the extreme step hours after his son Mansukh and two grandsons were detained under Section 151 of CrPC by Gondal Taluka police at 4:30 pm on Monday as a preventive measure.
Gondal Taluka police said Mansukh and his sons were detained after one Mohan Makwana, also a resident of Surajgadh village, gave an application against Deveji’s family on Sunday. In his application, Mohan alleged that Deveji’s family-members had trespassed in his residential plot and stolen some equipment.
The Taluka police further said that families of Deveji and Mohan had dispute since thegovernment allotted them 100 square yards residential plots a few years ago. Deveji had complained to authorities that Mohan was a government servant and had hidden facts to get the plot. Subsequently, the taluka development officer of Gondal had cancelled allocation of plot to Mohan. But Mohan has appealed against the cancellation.
“On the other hand, Deveji’s family members allege that Mohan is not cleaning and maintaining his plot and therefore it causes lots of problems for them,” Hasmukh Mehta, assistant sub-inspector of Gondal Taluka police said.
But before Gondal Taluka police could produce Mansukh and two others before a magistrate on Tuesday evening, Deveji committed suicide. Eyewitnesses said he was letting out cries of “We did not get justice” as he ran around while on fire.
Dalit leader Eknath Aavad cremated in Beed district
he mortal remains of noted Dalit leader, writer and lawyer Eknath Aavad — who passed away yesterday in Hyderabad due to stomach ailment — were consigned toflames at Nelson Mendala Vasahat, Telgaon in Beed district today.
The last rites were performed by his son Milind along with two daughters Rekha and Shalan.
Before being cremated, the body of the departed leader was taken in a procession from the office of Manvi Hakka Abhiyan, where it was kept for public to pay their last respect, in the samepremises, in which women social workers also participated in large numberS.
Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhanjay Munde, social leader Vivak Pandit, MLC Jogendra Kawade, Jaidev Gaikwad and revenue officials as well as social activists from the entire Marathwada region along with people from different walks of life were present at the funeral.
The political leader paid glowing tributes to the departed leader Aavad and recalled his contribution to the cause of improving the living conditions of dalits in the state.UNI VKB SS SY RSA VN1902
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Dangawas violence: CS, DGP seek exemption from appearance before rights panel
The chief secretary (CS) and the director general of police (DGP) of Rajasthan sought exemption from appearance before the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Monday.
The two were summoned by the commission over a bloody clash between Jats and Dalits for a land in Dangawas village in Nagaur district on May 14, which left four people dead and many injured.
An NCSC official said the two Rajasthan officials have requested for the exemption saying they were required to be in the state owing to Gujjar agitation. However, Nagaur district magistrate (DM) and superintendent of police (SP) will face the commission tomorrow (Tuesday), the NCSC official confirmed.
NCSC chairman PL Punia had visited Dangawas on Saturday and had summoned CS, DGP, Nagaur DM and SP for alleged laxity in handling the caste clash.
Punia had told HT in Ajmer that he would ask the government for a probe by an independent agency.
Meanwhile, in Ajmer, the family of Ganpat Ram, who succumbed to injuries sustained during the May 14 clash, in Ajmer hospital, took his body and cremated it after Ajmer inspector general of police Amrit Kalash told them that a recommendation for CBI inquiry into the incident was sent to the state government.
Ganpat’s family had been staging a sit-in outside the hospital mortuary, demanding a CBI probe and compensation of Rs 20 each to the families of five Dalits killed in the clash.
The police managed to pacify the family, but there seemed to be confusion over the recommendation for CBI inquiry. While Ajmer police claimed they had sent the recommendation to the state government, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria denied receiving it. “We will forward it to the centre as soon as we receive it,” Kataria told HT.
In related developments, the Congress president has approved a fact-finding team to inquire into the Nagaur violence and raise issue of rising caste atrocities in Rajasthan. The team, comprising RS member Vijay Lakshmi Sadho, LS member Gaurav Gogoi and former Delhi minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, will visit Ajmer and Nagaur on Tuesday.
In Jaipur, Dalit students and activists staged a protest at the main gate of Rajasthan University. “We demand action against Nagaur district administration responsible for the violence,” said Pawan Verma, a student of RU.
In Ajmer, the Jats have demanded removal of Merta SDM Sohan Lal, who they said, is a Dalit. Angry with the government decision of putting Merta city deputy SP Punaram Dudi under APO (awaiting posting order) and suspension of Merta SHO Nagaram Chaudhary, both of them Jats, the community held a meeting in Dangawas and demanded the SDM’s removal.
Mathura rape case: Victim loses battle for life
The 14-year-old girl who set herself ablaze after being allegedly gangraped by five men at Kosi Kalan area on April 19 in Mathura succumbed to her injuries last week at the Safdarjung Hospital. She had suffered 60 per cent burn injuries.
“Her condition was critical and she died last week,” one of the doctors from Safdarjung Hospital told Mail Today.
On April 22, Mail Today had reported about the incident. According to police, a day after she was gang-raped, the Dalit girl set herself ablaze.
“Her condition was critical when she reached the hospital. She had sustained 60 per cent burn injuries and we were continuously monitoring her condition. More than half of her body had got affected,” the doctor said. “We have lost our daughter. Now, we just want strict action against the accused. We want justice,” her mother told Mail Today.
According to the family, the girl had stepped out of her house to use the toilet located at the nearby farm, when her uncle lured her to a mud-built house in that farm, where he along with four other people took turns to rape her.
According to police, when she did not return to home, her family began to search for her. “We looked for her everywhere,” her mother said. “I asked my youngest son to go and look for her in the farm,” she said.
The girl was ultimately found in the mud-built house by her mother. “I saw few other people moving in the room. I ran for help. But by the time I came back, the room was empty and she was lying behind the bed,” her mother recounted.
Shockingly, one of the accused admitted to her mother that the girl was raped by them.
“There was no shame in his eyes,” the victim’s mother said. The mother said: “My daughter kept saying that it was not her fault.”
A student of Class 8, the victim was the eldest daughter in the family. Following a complaint by the girl’s father, all the five accused have been arrested.
The Times Of India
Dalit girl from remote Kandi 2nd in state
HOSHIARPUR: Nancy Bhadiaar broke many a myths as she stood second by securing 98.92% in Class X exams of Punjab School Education Board.
Her home and school are in Kandi area of Punjab, which is synonymous to backwardness, and she comes from a scheduled caste family. “I did expect to be among the top five rankers in Punjab as I had worked very hard and was sure of my attempts in examinations,” an excited Nancy told TOI. She hails from Hajipur village and is a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Ghagwaal, in Mukerian sub-division of Hoshiarpur district.
“People think that those who study in government schools can’t score high, but I would want to break that perception, which is making people rush towards private schools. I am very happy studying in a government school. Our teachers have been encouraging and helping us,” said Nancy, who has decided to go for medical in Class XI.
Her father, Shiv Kumar, teaches Punjabi in the same school. He said her daughter’s achievement makes him and the school proud.
Principal Shamsher Singh said that while the school’s overall result was 100%, another girl, Neha, from the institute had figured at the 18th position on the merit list. He said that his students had fared well in class XII exams also with one student securing over 91% marks. “Our teachers have been working hard and Nancy’s result would encourage others,” he said.
The school doesn’t have full strength of the required teachers as posts of three lecturers are vacant.
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