Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 05.06.15
Dalit groom becomes first to ride horse in Rajasthan village – The Times Of India
Man Beaten to Death for Stealing Chair – New India Express
Dalit families want to relocate – The Hindu
AIIMS doctors write to Nadda – The Times Of India
‘Child sex abuse cases on the rise in Tamil Nadu’ – The Times Of India
High Court dismisses plea for CBI probe in case against O. Raja – The Hindu
New APSC formed – The Hindu
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The Times Of India
Dalit groom becomes first to ride horse in Rajasthan village
TNN | Jun 5, 2015, 03.04 AM IST
JAIPUR: Anil Raigner (22) has become the first dalit groom of his village — Pathredi — in Rajasthan to ride a horse for his wedding procession.
The procession passed through upper caste settlements in the village with much pomp on Thursday while 125 policemen guarded it in presence of top police and district administration officers.
Pathredi is home to about 50 dalit families and none among them has ever ridden a horse for wedding procession.
The security arrangements were made in the backdrop of tensions reported from various parts of the state recently after upper castes prevented dalit grooms from riding horses.
“We deputed nearly 20 policemen at the groom’s house prior to the wedding. When his nikasi (a ritual before the wedding) procession was taken out in the village on Thursday, there were nearly 125 policemen for security,” said a police officer.
Raigner rode the horse from his house to the village temple where prayers were offered before he left for nearby Jahidpura village, where he tied the knot.
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“People from upper caste do not like it (dalits riding horses), so there was no point in creating unnecessary tension. But Raigner expressed his desire to ride a horse following which it was planned for the first time,” said Dayaram Raiger, a local resident.
An NGO, Dr Ambedkar Vichar Manch Samiti, helped Raigner get security for the procession.
Some villagers from upper castes offered to be present at the wedding procession to ensure that nothing went wrong. But the administration did not want to take any chances and offered security.
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Preventing dalits from riding horses, entering temples and cremating bodies in crematoriums is common in Rajasthan.
A petition filed before the Rajasthan high court on May 29 highlighted 20 cases in which dalit grooms were not allowed to ride horses in 2014 alone.
New India Express
Man Beaten to Death for Stealing Chair
By Express News Service
Published: 05th June 2015 06:00 AM
SALEPUR: A 57-year-old Dalit man was beaten to death for allegedly stealing a plastic chair and tarpaulin sheets in Dahigan village of Kalapada gram panchayat within Cuttack Sadar police limits on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Bansidhar Bhoi of Dahigan.
After Ram Lila festival organised on the premises of Dahigan Primary School on Tuesday was over, a plastic chair and eight tarpaulin sheets of the school were found missing.
On Thursday, a group of upper caste people cornered two Dalits – Srujan Bhoi and Bansidhar – and accused them of the stealing. While Srujan admitted to have stolen the goods, Bansidhar did not. Aggrieved over the denial, the villagers allegedly tied Bansidhar to an electric pole and beat him to death. His son, Sankar Bhoi, has filed an FIR against seven persons. Demanding arrest of the accused persons, several Dalits staged a dharna along with the body in front of Bentakar police outpost. ACP Nimain Charan Sethy rushed to the spot and assured them of looking into their demand. Meanwhile, Srujan has been detained.
Dalit families want to relocate
MUMBAI, June 5, 2015
Updated: June 5, 2015 03:34 IST
Facing a social boycott from upper castes and fearing possible violence, all 13 Dalit families of Ansurda village in Osmanabad in Maharashtra have written to District Collector Prashant Narnavre seeking rehabilitation near an urban area.
Mr. Narnavre said the administration would ensure the safety of the Dalits and see to it that their constitutional rights were not violated.
On April 28, the Dalits took out a procession to mark the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, where songs dedicated to the Dalit icon were played.
“A few upper caste youths objected to it and demanded that we play songs on Shivaji Maharaj. We played those songs too,” Nishikant Humbe, one of the Dalits from the village, told The Hindu.
The young men desecrated the image of Dr. Ambedkar and abused Dalit women, according to a police complaint filed by the families. The police arrested four youths, of which two were minors.
“The fact that we filed a complaint enraged the upper castes and they called for a social boycott,” said Bibhishan Avadhute, another villager.
Ansurda, with a population of over 1,500, has only 13 Dalit households — 11 of Buddhist Mahars and two of the Mang community. The Dalits were asked not to drink water from public taps and their cattle was barred from grazing in the village. Shopkeepers were asked not to sell groceries to them.
Accused get bail
Despite the continuous boycott for over 12 days, no case has been filed under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. “On the contrary, all the arrested four came out on bail,” Mr. Avadhute said.
While the boycott was officially called off on the Collector’s intervention, the situation remains unchanged.
“We are still denied groceries from shops. Members of the upper castes have put saffron flags everywhere to threaten us. The police deployed by the Collector do nothing but watch. We want to shift somewhere safer,” said Sushma Sonawane, another villager from Ansurda. The families are living in fear of a possible attack by the upper castes.
The District Collector accepted that the social boycott had created tensions. “But we will not allow anyone to violate the constitutional rights of citizens,” Dr. Narnavre told The Hindu.
“All the accused in the case have been identified and the law will take its course,” he said.
The Jaati Atyachar Ant Sangharsh Samiti, an action committee against caste atrocities, said it would approach Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding that the provision of the Act be invoked against those behind the social boycott.
The Times Of India
AIIMS doctors write to Nadda
TNN | Jun 5, 2015, 02.32 AM IST
NEW DELHI: A group of AIIMS faculty members has written to the Union health ministry demanding investigation into the recently held faculty selection, citing violation of reservation policy.
“We specifically demand that till the violation of reservation policy in current faculty selection is investigated by an appropriate body, results should be kept in abeyance. And if, after due investigation, the violation of reservation policy is proven, then this selection should be made null and void and repeat advertisement of the faculty posts must be done with due implementation of reservation policy,” states the letter addressed to health minister J P Nadda.
Referring to the recent celebrations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, a faculty member said, “Repeated blatant violation of the principles and beliefs of Babasaheb by the AIIMS administration in New Delhi is an affront to this celebration and to the Constitution of India.”
The letter further said that AIIMS has a long “history and legacy of denial of due rights and discrimination” against SC, ST and OBC students, staff and faculty members especially in faculty selection. “We, faculty members of AIIMS majority belonging to SC, ST OBC and minority communities, appeal to ensure due implementation of reservation in faculty posts and all other posts at AIIMS in letter and spirit,” the letter added.
The Times Of India
‘Child sex abuse cases on the rise in Tamil Nadu’
TNN | Jun 5, 2015, 04.10 AM IST
MADURAI: A 14-year-old dalit girl from a village near Kodaikanal in Dindigul district was abused by two non-dalit men on May 7, and she is one among the increasing number of child sex abuse victims in the state, Evidence the NGO said.
The Class 9 student from Alapatti village in Kodaikanal had gone out of her house on May 7 at about 8.30pm to go to the toilet. Two men, Siva alias Sokkanathan, 26, and Suresh, 37, who had gone there allegedly abducted her in a car and took her into a forest in the region and raped her. They dropped her near her house on the morning of May 8.
A case was registered by the Kodaikanal all-women police station on May 9. The two men were arrested under Section 3(2)(5) of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989.
According to Evidence, 677 sexual abuse cases were registered in the year 2011, which went up to 1,124 in 2014. This shows a 60% rise in the number of sexual abuse cases in Tamil Nadu in the last three years. In 60% of these cases, children are the victims, the NGO said.
Also, the accused in these crimes are never subjected to any medical examination. It is mostly the victims who are subjected to a namesake examination. Children who are victims of sexual abuse become psychologically disturbed and they are never given proper counseling or medical treatment.
Hence, the Tamil Nadu government should ensure that this victim is adequately compensated with proper counseling. The government should also bear the expense of her education, apart from giving the family a compensation of Rs ten lakh, the NGO said.
High Court dismisses plea for CBI probe in case against O. Raja
MOHAMED IMRANULLAH S.
The Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday dismissed as infructuous a plea to order CBI probe into an abetment to suicide case booked against O. Raja, brother of Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam, after the Theni district police informed the court that it had already filed a charge-sheet against him and six others.
Justice S. Nagamuthu said that there was no need to transfer the investigation to the CBI as the local police had pressed charges under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code as well as Section 3(2)(5) of the Prevention of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act following the death of a Dalit youth.
The order was passed on a petition filed by N. Subburaj, father of the deceased youngster S. Nagamuthu of T. Kallipatti village in Periyakulam taluk of Theni district. According to the petitioner’s counsel R. Alagumani, his client’s son had committed suicide on December 7, 2012 since he was humiliated by Mr. Raja and the latter’s accomplices for serving as a temple priest.
He claimed that the deceased was interested in devotional work since his childhood and therefore began serving as the priest of Kailasanathar Temple at Kailasapatti in Theni district. However, the temple’s managing committee members Palanichamy and Venkatasamy did not approve of a Dalit being the priest and prevailed upon him to give up the post.
The petitioner’s son lodged a police complaint against the duo on May 5, 2012. But the police treated it as a ‘petition enquiry’ without registering a First Information Report. The next day, Mr. Raja had allegedly called the petitioner and threatened that he would teach a lesson to his son if the latter does not withdraw the complaint. Another complaint was lodged with respect to the threatening.
However, that complaint too was not registered. Subsequently, a woman Deputy Superintendent of Police had allegedly warned the Dalit youth against confronting Mr. Raja. Since several efforts taken by him to get justice did not fructify, the youngster ended his life leaving behind a suicide note listing down the names of all individuals, including Mr. Raja, of abetting him to commit suicide, counsel said.
He pressed for a CBI inquiry apprehending that the local police might not inquire into the case fairly since the prime accused happened to be the brother of a Minister.
Order was passed on a petition filed by Subburaj, father of a Dalit temple priest who committed suicide
New APSC formed
The de-recognition of Ambedkar-Periyar Study circle by management of IIT Madras has triggered a renewed interest in the ideas of both the leaders throughout India.
An Ambedkar-Periyar study circle which will operate out of Panuval book store in Thiruvanmayur was inaugurated by Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi’s chief, Thol. Thirumavalavan, at ICSA centre here on Thursday.
He unveiled a logo of the study circle, painted by Trotsky Marudhu, which was based on a photograph featuring Ambedkar and Periyar taken at the Burma conference.
Speaking at the inauguration, he called for close collaboration of Ambedkarites, Periyarists and Marxists .
“We have to unite in this fight. It is important for the younger generation to understand the importance of caste and social justice,” he said.
Lambasting the way the IITs have operated in India, he said that reservation had not been implemented properly in these institutes.
“There have also been several cases of Dalit students committing suicide whilst studying in IIT,” he said, adding that there had been serious allegations of nepotism against the previous director of IIT Madras.
Accusing the IIT Madras for being under the grip of upper castes, he said the management had provided a good opportunity to start similar study circles in institutions across Tamil Nadu.
Professor A. Marx, Viduthalai Rajendran and painter Trotsky Marudhu also participated.