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News Updates 01.06.15
Dalit girl gang-raped by four in Uttar Pradesh- Gazette Herald
Dalit deaths trigger concern- The Telegraph
‘No case filed by cops under civil rights Act since 2012’- The Times Of India
NCSC puts IIT-M on notice over withdrawal of recognition to students group- Nyoooz
RPI raises concern over ban on students’ group- DNA
Since Ages, Dalits Have Place of Pride in Pudukkotai Temple- The New Indian Express
Subsidised Land for 888 SC Families- The New Indian express
Adi Dravida hostels in dire need of attention- The Hindu
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Dalit girl gang-raped by four in Uttar Pradesh
BY ANDREW HIGGINS / MAY 31, 2015
Saharanpur: A Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped by 4 males after two of them kidnapped her from her house after gagging and tying her grandmother to a cot, police said on Sunday.
The woman’s father has registered a case in the direction of 4 people, Saharanpur SSP Nitin Tiwari said.
According to the grievance, the incident occurred when the 14-yr-girl was sleeping collectively together with her grandmother in her residence at Sankror village in Lakhnauti remaining night time time, the SSP said.
Thereafter, two males obtained right here to the woman’s residence, stuffed her grandmother’s mouth with a cloth and tied her to a cot, Tiwari said citing the grievance.
The two accused then allegedly took the woman to a close-by orchard, the place they along with two of their accomplices, gang-raped her, the daddy said within the grievance.
The relations obtained right here to know in regards to the incident solely after the the woman’s grandmother by hook or by crook managed to untie herself and raised an alarm, the complainant said.
The relations found the woman in a close-by orchard at spherical four am.
The sufferer has been despatched for medical examination and efforts are being made to nab the accused, police said.
Dalit deaths trigger concern
Samyabrata Ray Goswami
Mumbai, May 31: A fortnight after a Dalit youth was murdered by eight dominant caste youths in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar for having a pro-Dalit slogan as his ringtone, another youth from the community has died under controversial circumstances in police custody in the same district.
Nitin Balu Sathye (22) died in police custody on May 29 after being arrested on suspicion of being a robber in Ahmednagar city.
“Sathye and (Sagar) Sehejwal (the youth whose murder was triggered allegedly by the ringtone) are victims of an anti-Dalit mindset. Intolerance – religious or caste – has become rampant. Whoever is raising their head to assert themselves is being crushed in the current political atmosphere – whether in the IIT in Chennai or in the interiors of Maharashtra.
“These attacks are coming because Dalits have become politically assertive and some members of the dominant caste are not being able to handle that,” Dalit activist and B.R. Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar told The Telegraph.
Ahmednagar superintendent of police Sourav Tripathi said there were reports of robbery in the Kotwali area and a team of policemen was patrolling the streets late on Wednesday night when they spotted Sathye on a motorbike with a pillion rider “moving around suspiciously”.
The SP added: “The police party flagged them down and detained Sathye while the pillion rider escaped. He was then brought to the Kotwali police station where he was interrogated and then arrested around 7am on Thursday. The policemen in charge of him have claimed that Sathye then escaped with his bike from the police station around 5pm on the pretext of going to the toilet. Chased by the police, he allegedly hit a lamp-post, fell unconscious and later died in a private hospital.
“But since this is a custodial death, I have suspended the policemen involved in the matter and, as per norms, ordered a CID inquiry.”
Prakash Ambedkar said Sathye’s death was “not due to any accident – it was custodial murder”.
“Sathye had no criminal record – yet he was picked up on the basis of suspicion, he was not produced before a magistrate after arrest and then he died in custody due to police torture. The police would have hushed up the matter but for protests by his family and neighbours.”
On May 16, another Dalit youth, a nursing student, was brutally killed by high caste assailants.
Sehejwal (21) was sitting with his cousin at a beer outlet in Ahmednagar’s Shirdi town when his mobile phone rang. The ringtone was ” Kara kitihi halla, majboot Bhimacha killa (Holler as much as you can, the fortress of Bhim is strong).” Dalits in Maharashtra refer to themselves as Bhim after Babasaheb Ambedkar’s first name. Sehejwal’s ringtone irritated eight youths belonging to the dominant Maratha community sitting at another t able. They allegedly abused and thrashed Sehejwal, all the time asking if he would still use the same ringtone, the police said.
“They hit him with a beer bottle, kicked and punched him and then tied him to their motorbikes and dragged him into a forest where his mutilated body was found later,” Prakash Ambedkar said.Four of the eight assailants were arrested on May 22 with the help of evidence from CCTV footage in the beer bar. The others are absconding.
The Times Of India
‘No case filed by cops under civil rights Act since 2012’
Nitesh Kumar Sharma,TNN | Jun 1, 2015, 12.30 AM IST
JAIPUR: A caste clash in Nagaur’s Dangawas that claimed six lives and left several injured highlighted horrifying atrocities on dalits in the state, but it seems the incident was just the tip of the iceberg.
According to a civil writ petition filed in Rajasthan High Court on Saturday, dalits in the state’s rural areas are at the receiving end of the “upper class” society, to the extent that their humiliation is still a common phenomenon. The petition highlights several cases of dalits being stopped from entering temples, from taking out wedding processions and from cremating bodies in common funeral centers. These incidents took place in almost all parts of the state. The petitioner has gathered details of some cases of atrocities on dalits registered after 2011.
The petitioner believes that hundreds of cases of discrimination against dalits are not being reported to the authorities, but what has added to the victims’ woes is the fact that whoever dares to come forward and lodge an FIR, their complaints are not filed under appropriate laws.
“It’s quite shocking when we found out that since 2012 not a single case has been registered by the police under sections of the Preventions of Civil Rights Act, 1955 which has provisions of strict legal action against those who try to restrict someone from the use of watering place, or any bathing ghat, burial or cremation ground, any sanitary convenience, any road, or passage, or any other place of public resort,” said lawyer A K Jain who has filed the petition on the behalf of Dalit Manav Adhikar Kendra Samiti.
Jain said that the petitioner managed to collect data of nearly 35 FIRs which were registered since 2012. “Despite number of incidents of enforcing disabilities over the dalits, police have not registered cases under Protection of Civil Rights Act. Petitioner has collected some documents in this regard. It shows in 2011, only five cases under the Protection of Civil Rights Act have been registered. After 2011, not a single case has been registered under Protection of Civil Rights Act,” said Jain.
The petitioner compiled a list of 20 cases in which bridegrooms were refused to take out wedding processions through colonies of upper caste people, reported in 2014 alone. There were two cases of similar nature in 2012, four in 2013 and four in 2015. Likewise, Three cases of dalits being prevented from using common funeral grounds were reported in 2013, one each in 2014 and 2015.
“These are the cases in which victims came forward. It’s anybody guess how many cases go unreported every day. In all, even 68 years after independence, dalits in the state are still living in inhuman conditions,” said the lawyer.
He added that if a bridegroom has been prevented from using a public road, then sections of the Protection of Civil Rights Act should also be added in the FIR. “But, it’s quite shocking the police has not used this law even once after 2012,” said Jain. The lawyer said that the petition will likely come up for hearing in July.
NCSC puts IIT-M on notice over withdrawal of recognition to students group
CHENNAI/Delhi: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has despatched a notice to IIT Madras over the de-recognition of a students` group, several of whose members are from the Dalit community. The order temporarily de recognizing the Ambedkar-Periyar Students Circle followed a complaint that it was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. NCSC Chairman PL Punia said a reply has been sought from the institute.
“Youngsters must get freedom of speech on campuses. Extending bans thus is like suppressing their voices. This is completely wrong.
“I have issued a notice to the institute and sought its reply after taking note of the incident myself. We will take action in this regard,” Punia said. He accused the Centre of being “insensitive” towards the marginalized sections and claimed that the number of anti-Dalit incidents had increased ever since the Modi government had come to power.
“Such incidents have increased. These are not minor incidents, but serious ones,” said Punia, who is a Congress Rajya Sabha MP. He urged Dalit organizations to come together against such incidents and added that NCSC, National Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Women need to look into these.
In Chennai, a member of the study circle, V Ramesh, said they were yet to receive any communication from the NCSC regarding the notice issued to IIT-M. Protests were staged by two pro-Tamil groups in Coimbatore on Sunday against the virtual ban on the students group. Meanwhile, BJP national secretary H Raja said the Union government was not behind the de recognition and the decision was taken by the administration of the institute on the grounds of “misuse of privileges and violation of guidelines”.
RPI raises concern over ban on students’ group
Monday, 1 June 2015 – 7:25am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna | From the print edition
Interestingly, the party is avoiding a direct conflict with ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) and rather blames IIT, Madras for the whole issue.
While Congress and other opposition parties have shouted themselves hoarse on the decision of IIT, Madras banning a student group — Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle — for allegedly spreading hatred against the prime minister and his government, Republican Party of India (A), an ally of the BJP, has now voiced its concern over the issue.
RPI (A), an offshoot of RPI established by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, feels that the ban on the students’ body is an “infringement” of the “freedom of speech and expression” — a fundamental right given to every Indian citizen by the Constitution. To protest against the IIT-M move, the party has organised a press conference in Mumbai on Monday, said Mayur Borkar, party leader and public relations officer.
While Ramdas Athawale, chief of RPI (A), could not be reached for comments, party leaderUttam Khobragade said, “Is expressing one’s opinion illegal in India? Freedom of speech and expression is a fundamental right every Indian citizen is entitled to. Does IIT, Madras officials not know about this? Criticism is part of democracy.
Derecognition of the students’ body for this reason is condemnable. Besides, Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle was propagating Ambedkar’s thoughts and raising voices against discrimination of Dalits.
Interestingly, the party is avoiding a direct conflict with ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) and rather blames IIT, Madras for the whole issue. The MHRD had earlier sought to wash off its hands from the issue saying that they received an anonymous complaint against the students’ group and forwarded it to the institute.
“That’s the beauty of the whole issue. The MHRD might have forwarded a letter, but was it IIT-M’s prerogative to take action on it? As a bureaucrat, I also used to forward complaints to various agencies. That didn’t mean that I demanded any action from them,” said Khobragade.
The New Indian Express
Since Ages, Dalits Have Place of Pride in Pudukkotai Temple
By S Kumaresan, Last Updated: 01st June 2015 07:47 AM
PUDUKKOTTAI: At a time when twin tumbler system is in existence in various parts of the State and clashes between Dalits and upper castes are reported frequently, the Vaikasi car festival of Arangulalinganathar – Periyanayagi temple in Thiruvarankulam in Pudukkottai district, can be an eye opener to many.
In Thiruvarankulam, an age-old Arangulalinganathar temple is situated at the centre of the village. The annual Vaikasi month (as per traditional Tamil calendar) is a top draw for the devotees.
Members from a Dalit family of the village were brought to the temple on Sunday decked in traditional attire with a white temple umbrella above their head to pull the temple car and Pitchai Sivanesar, a member of the Dalit community, commenced this year’s festival.
Balasubramaniyan of Thiruvarankulam, president of Thiruvalluvar Narpani Mandaram, traces the history of the age-old practice. “During the Chola era, a king lived at Porpanikottai. To please him, locals of Poovasakudi, Vallathirakottai and Vallanadu took milk, butter milk and ghee in mud pots from their village.
On their way, all of them fell down after stumbling on rocks and their pots were shattered. The villagers narrated the strange incident to the king who grew curious and decided to visit the place.
There, the king witnessed a small stone jutting out from the surface and tried to remove it with his sword when blood oozed out of the stone. Seeing the bleeding stone, a dalit man took off his dhoti and wrapped the stone with it. The stone was taken and named as a Siva Lingam and the Arangulalinganathar-Periyanayaki temple was constructed. As a mark of respect to the dalit who wrapped the Siva lingam, the Chola king ordered that he be given the first respect during the annual Vaikasi car festival and said the festival must be commenced only by a Dalit. Since then, the practice has followed,” he said.
The New Indian express
Subsidised Land for 888 SC Families
By Venkatesh M
Last Updated: 01st June 2015 06:01 AM
BENGALURU: The Karnataka SC Development Corporation is all set to distribute 1,630 acres of land to 888 poor families belonging to scheduled castes.
According to sources in the corporation, the total cost of this is over Rs 80 crore. The sources told Express that the National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation has approved a proposal to procure farm land for the benefit of poor SC landless families for the year 2014-15.
The beneficiaries, a majority of them from North Karnataka, would each get a minimum of one acre of wet land or two acres of dry land. While 50 per cent of the cost of the land would be provided by the corporation as subsidy, the remaining would be borne by the beneficiary, which would be made available through loan from the SC Development Corporation.
The corporation has so far distributed 64,826 acres to 37,591 SC families across the state. This has cost the exchequer Rs 208 crore since the inception of the scheme in 1991.“The current cost of land already distributed to SC families is over Rs 65,000 crore,” an official said.
“The corporation, which had conducted a survey recently, found that the cost of a 10-acre farm land purchased for this scheme in Belagavi district 10 years back is now worth over Rs 150 crore,” he added.
Maintaining that procurement of land for the scheme has now become difficult due to skyrocketing prices, he said the cap for buying land for SC families has been put at Rs 10 lakh per acre. The land, which would be assigned in the name of the working women members of the SC families, cannot be alienated. The official said the scheme is in force only in Karnataka.
Adi Dravida hostels in dire need of attention
“We are herded like cattle and at least 20 women are staying in each room”
CHENNAI: Every year hundreds of young men and women belonging to the Adi Dravida community migrate from the villages and small towns of Tamil Nadu to the city in the hope of getting good education and employment later. But the condition of the 22 government hostels for them is pathetic.
- Kala, a student of history at a city college, stays at the government hostel for Adi-Dravida girls in Royapuram, where eight hostels are clubbed inone small building. Kala says around 600 schoolgirls, working women, teacher trainees and college going girls are in the 30-odd rooms there. “We are herded like cattle, at least 20 women staying in each room,” she says.
Overcrowding is a problem at M. C. Raja Boys Hostel in Saidapet, too, where there are 1,000 students at an accommodation for 400 students. The students say they hail from poor families and cannot afford private accommodation.
Most Adi Dravida hostels have poor infrastructure.
At Royapuram, the water stagnates in the toilets and there is no waste disposal system in place.
A huge pile of garbage greets visitors at the entrance. Because of poor hygiene, hostellers become vulnerable to diseases, says Kala.
At the Saidapet hostel, the terrace serves as an open toilet for students, as they do not use the toilets that are dingy and unclean.
The hostel does not have wash basins, either. Most students use the corridors and open spaces inside the building to dump waste. The stench of decaying food fills the corridors and rats can be seen feeding on them.
With examinations going on for many students, studying becomes extremely difficult in such conditions. “We have a library for namesake. It has remained shut for over a year now,” says Muthu*, a resident of the hostel.
Most hostels do not have back up options during power cuts. “Many students study in the open ground of the nearby Veterinary College as the hostel environment is not suitable for studies”, he adds.
Negotiating for better facilities is difficult for these students.
The girls at Royapuram say that when government officials come to the hostel for inspection, the warden make sure officials did not come to know of the poor conditions.
The students living in these hostels also complain about the poor quality of food.
Social activist A. Narayanan recently filed a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission highlighting the poor condition of government hostels.
He says: “Even prisons are better compared to the Adi Dravida hostels here. I know many students who do part-time jobs as waiters or helpers in marriage halls so that they can eat at least one good meal a day. These students deserve better.”
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