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News Updates 04.07.15
Limbs Chopped For Loving Caste Hindu Girl – The New Indian Expresshttp://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Limbs-Chopped-For-Loving-Caste-Hindu-Girl/2015/07/04/article2900929.ece
Dalit boy found murdered in Beed in suspected honour killing case – The Indian Express
Cops botching up Dalit minor rape case: Punia – The Times Of India
Miscreants cause trouble during protest march by Dalits in Shirdi – DNA
Dalit commission member calls separate crematoria inhuman – The Hindustan Times
Some 30% rural households belong to SC/ST category: Census – The Economic Times
Caste data held back due to social upheaval fears? – The Times Of India
Jatavs on top of SC population in UP – The Times Of India
Are dalits visiting temples, Maya asks cadre to find out – The Times Of India
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The New Indian Express
Limbs Chopped For Loving Caste Hindu Girl
By Karal Marx L
Published: 04th July 2015 06:27 AM
VILLUPURAM: In yet another incident that revealed the ugly head of casteism, the right arm and the right leg of a Dalit youth of Villupuram were severed after an affair with a Caste Hindu girl.
The incident came to light after the youth lodged a police complaint with the help of Express after about four months.
The victim’s mother Athima (45), a widow who has a daughter and three sons, told Express that in 2013, the second son G Senthil (28), a private mini-bus driver, fell in love with the Caste Hindu girl Malliga studying 10th standard, who travelled everyday on his bus to school and she accepted his proposal. The two carried on with their affair for two years.
In March, 2015, Malliga’s maternal uncle came to know of it and warned her. Also, he informed her parents, who also forced her to break up with Senthil.
When he asked about the sudden change in her behaviour, Malliga told him that she would never go against her parents’ will, saying that she and Senthil belong to different castes.
After a few months, some of Malliga’s relatives spotted Senthil trying to approach her and informed her uncle.
The man made Malliga lodge an eve-teasing complaint with the police against Senthil, who was subsequently remanded in jail. After, he came out on bail, he learnt that his bus owner had sacked him. Then, Senthil began working as a lorry driver.
One day after work, Senthil boarded a mini-bus to go home, when by coincidence he spotted Malliga on the bus. On seeing him, she thought he was stalking her again and told her parents, who lodged another police complaint. But, he was let off with a warning.
Around 8 pm on April 16, 2015 when Senthil was going to a petty shop near the Villupuram employment exchange, Malliga’s maternal uncle attacked him with an iron rod. Senthil fell down unconscious.
When he regained consciousness after a few hours, he found himself near the Mambalpattu road railway gate with his limbs chopped off. On seeing this, local residents took him to hospital.
After being discharged from the hospital a week ago, Senthil had been seeking help to lodged a police complaint.
After coming to know of the incident through sources on Thursday, Express helped Senthil submit a petition to Villupuram Superintendent of Police K S Narenthiran Nayar on Friday evening.
When Express contacted the SP, he said a special team has been formed to investigate and said all the accused would be nabbed at the earliest.
The Indian Express
Dalit boy found murdered in Beed in suspected honour killing case
After preliminary investigation, police suspected it to be a case of honour killing as the boy had reportedly eloped with a minor girl from Muslim community in Ahmednagar.
By: Express News Service | Pune | Published on:July 4, 2015 1:56 am
A Dalit teen from Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra, who had recently escaped from a remand home, was found murdered in Beed district on Wednesday.
After preliminary investigation, police suspected it to be a case of honour killing as the boy had reportedly eloped with a minor girl from Muslim community in Ahmednagar.
Police have booked the family members of the girl on charges of murder and atrocity.
The boy has been identified as Sunny Sagar Shinde (17). His body was found at Kolhewadi village in Patoda in Beed district, after which his aunt, Nanda Arun Ghodke, filed an FIR.
The police have booked 11 persons under sections 302, 363, 202, 34 of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The suspects include family members of the girl and a local corporator, who is chairman of the standing committee of the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation.
Asked if it was a case of honour killing, the investigating officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Chaphekar, said, “Yes. prima facie, it appears so. We have invoked sections of Atrocities Act against the suspect. We have detained some suspects. Investigation is on to confirm how and why the murder took place.”
According to the police, Sunny was in love with his neighbour, who belongs to a rich Muslim family. When the couple eloped, the girl’s family filed a complaint of kidnapping against Sunny, his father and his brother on May 23 at the Kotwali police station in Ahmednagar. Police nabbed Sunny in Pune on May 27. After medical tests, the police booked him for rape. Being a minor, he was sent to a remand home. His father and brother were arrested as well.
On June 30, Sunny fled from the remand home along with five other inmates. On Wednesday evening, an advocate, Vilas Ambadas Pawar, spotted his body at Kolhewadi and informed the police. Initially, an accidental death case was registered and the body sent to for autopsy.
After the police identified the body and contacted Sunny’s family, his aunt filed a police complaint alleging he was murdered by the girl’s family because they were against their relationship.
Sources who knew the girl alleged that Sunny was a miscreant and hence her family was against him.
The Times Of India
Cops botching up Dalit minor rape case: Punia
Priyangi Agarwal,TNN | Jul 3, 2015, 10.24 PM IST
BAREILLY: Chairman PL Punia of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes on Friday met the minor girl who was allegedly gang-raped on June 23 in Badaun, in an act reminiscent of the Nirbhaya horror, and said the police were not probing the case fairly. He alleged negligence even on the part of doctors, saying the girl’s medical examination was carelessly conducted.
“Though the report of the medical examination conducted by Badaun doctors said there was no injury or infection in her private parts, the girl has taken ill with infection and is now in ICU. The medical examination was not properly done, it should be done again,” Punia said, after meeting the girl.
“Police is clueless about the other accused involved, and the cops are busy finding out who the girl’s family is meeting. The police investigation is not satisfactory,” Punia said.
As the condition of the girl deteriorated on Thursday, she was referred to Bareilly. She is currently under treatment at Gangasheel Hospital.
“The girl is anaemic and weak. She is also suffering from an infection. We are conducting further tests. She is in stable condition now, but will have to remain in ICU another two-three days,” said Dr Nishant Gupta, managing director, Gangasheel Hospital.
The 14-year-old, a student of Class 9, was allegedly gang-raped on June 23 but could not bring the matter up with her family until three days later. An FIR was lodged by members of her family on June 27. Doctors attending to her were shocked to find a bottle cap, a one-inch piece of wood, a matchbox, plastic and a cloth in her private parts.
Yet, soon afterwards, a medical report said there was no injury in the vagina. “After the first medical report said there was no injury in her private parts, we got a second examination by a panel of doctors. The second report also revealed that there was no injury. However, doctors treating her in Gangasheel Hospital said there was pus in the girl’s urine. Once we get reports of all tests, we will check to see if there was any discrepancy,” DIG RKS Rathore said.
The DIG added that samples drawn from the girl were sent for forensic examination to Lucknow, and a report was still awaited. He said a deputy SP was investigating the case.
The girl’s cousin said, “My sister told me that a youth, Shivam Santosh, raped her while his friend Ankit Mishra assaulted her and assisted Santosh in the crime. She said there were more boys involved whose names she did not know. She was given something that sedated her, so she does not remember the sequence of events. She was threatened and told that if she opened her mouth about the incident, she would be killed.”
The cousin said she was now being asked by policemen whether she had fed her sister any pills. “Why would I harm my sister? Instead of arresting the people responsible, the police is levelling accusations against me.”
Miscreants cause trouble during protest march by Dalits in Shirdi
‘Akrosh morcha’, an agitation to protest against the frequent attacks on dalits witnessed some disturbance when miscreants ransacked shops and eateries in Shirdi on Thursday. While tension prevailed for some time, the police restored the situation to normalcy soon after.
Activists from dalit organisations had planned a rally in Shirdi to protest against the attacks on dalits in recent past. They also demanded that Ahmednagar district be declared as ‘dalit atrocity affected district’.
The agitation began peacefully with a large number of women participating in the rally. However, some miscreants who were part of the rally started asking the shopkeepers to shut down. They pelted stones at the shops on Ahmednagar Manmad road and ransacked some eateries by the road side.
“Few youngsters entered the rally and began shouting and pelting stones. They broke the glass panes of two to three shops, but the situation was immediately brought under control,” stated Rakesh Ola, assistant superintendent of police, Ahemednagar. Police had deployed adequate bandobast in the town.
The morcha culminated in a public meeting where Manoj Sansare, a dalit leader, in his speech alleged that the police and the government were not taking action against those who were guilty of killing as many as 14 dalits in the last few years. He added that the police was instead harassing relatives of the victims and painting them as the accused.
Leaders from various parties including RPI, BSP, National Panther Party, Adivasi Sanghatana and Bharip Bahujan Sanghatana also addressed the meeting.
The Hindustan Times
Dalit commission member calls separate crematoria inhuman
Vishal Joshi, Karnal
Showing deep concern over separate crematoria for Dalits in Haryana villages, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) member Ishwar Singh has demanded that this practice be made a criminal offence.
Ishwar Singh, who was here on Friday to convene a meeting with the district officials, said that Haryana had the dubious distinction of being a state committing a large number of violations of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
“Of the total crimes registered in Haryana, 9.52% cases relate to Dalit atrocities. It is higher than the national average of 7%. This data reflects a biased mindset, leading to curtailment of the basic human rights of Dalits. It is a matter of worry that such violations are routine and the state must take serious note of it,” said Singh, a former member of Rajya Sabha from Haryana.
He said that he had got several complaints from Haryana where it was alleged that members of the Dalit community were not being allowed to cremate bodies at places where the last rites of upper caste people are performed.
“I am personally aware that even the funeral processions of Dalits are not allowed to cross through the streets dominated by upper castes. I strongly believe that the Centre should pass a resolution to ensure that bodies are not discriminated on the grounds of caste and the last rights must be performed at the same place,” he told reporters.
Singh, who is incharge of five states on violations of the SC Act, said that despite tall official claims, inhuman practices like manual scavenging were still practised in Haryana.
“I have recently written to the Union government to bring changes in the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 as it is not implemented in its true spirit. Despite strict legal provisions, instances of atrocities are repeated in various parts of the country,” he said.
Singh said that as per official records, Dalits comprise 46% of the total strength of students studying in government schools, and suggested that public officials should also admit their wards in such schools.
“It is a worrying trend as the standards of education are quite poor in government schools and Dalits are being marginlised. I am of the opinion that wards of public officials, including the deputy commissioner, should be enrolled in government schools. The mechanism may infuse a new lease of life in the neglected sector of education,” he said.
PLOTS FOR POOR
The NCSC member told reporters that eligible poor persons from 93 villages in Karnal district were yet to get free residential plots under the state government’s welfare programme.
“Feedback from all over the state on plot allotment is quite dismal and I condemn it. I have cautioned district officials that they shall face action if they failed to guard the interests of Dalits as per the legal provisions,” he said.
LAUDS CHANDIGARH FOR BEING PRO-DALIT
The NCSC member said it was heartening to notice that not even a single case of Dalit atrocity was registered in Chandigarh in the past two years.
“It reflects the evolved face of the society that has given value to equal rights to all,” he said.
PARAMILITARY FORCES TO STAY AT MIRCHPUR
Singh said that the NCSC was aware of the developments at Mirchpur village in Hisar where members of the Dalit community were living under the constant threat of a casteist clash with the dominant class.
Singh said that he would meet the oppressed community next week and had conveyed his deep concern for them.
“The matter of Mirchpur where a father-daughter duo was allegedly charred to death by Jats is pending with the Supreme Court. Till the matter is settled by the apex court, the commission would not allow withdrawal of forces from the village,” he said.
The Economic Times
Some 30% rural households belong to SC/ST category: Census
By PTI | 3 Jul, 2015, 06.07PM IST
NEW DELHI: About 30 per cent of rural households belong to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) group, revealed Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011.
As per the census, 29.43 per cent of the households belong to the SC and ST category across the country.
Punjab leads the the states with the highest number of SC population with 36.74 per cent, followed by West Bengal (28.45 per cent), Tamil Nadu (25.55 per cent) and Himachal Pradesh (23.97 per cent).
As far as ST population is concerned, Mizoram has the highest per centage with 98.79 per cent, followed by Lakshadweep (96.59 per cent), Nagaland (93.91 per cent) and Meghalaya (90.36 per cent).
The average per centages of SC and ST category are 18.46 per cent and 10.97 per cent, respectively.
On other households that do not belong to this category, the census said, Kerala with 86.16 per cent leads the pack, followed by Daman and Diu (81.27 per cent). Bihar comes next at the third spot with 81.19 per cent.
Chandigarh with 80.45 per cent is at the fourth spot followed by Delhi at 78.16 per cent.
The all-India average in this category is 68.52 per cent. As for no caste and tribe households, the census puts the all-India average at 2.04 per cent.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands has highest number of such households with 36.99 per cent followed by Assam with 35.52 per cent.
Goa with 30.67 per cent comes third followed by Daman and Diu at 10.39 per cent.
The Times Of India
Caste data held back due to social upheaval fears?
Bharti Jain,TNN | Jul 4, 2015, 12.50 AM IST
NEW DELHI: While the findings on the numbers of each caste were intended to be an equally important feature of the socio economic and caste census, these have been withheld by the government for now. Few are, however, surprised as they realize that the precarious equilibrium of upheaval of backward castes would turn fragile once the caste figures come out.
The last caste census was taken way back in 1932 and discontinued since. In the run up to Census 2011, political satraps espousing the cause of OBCs came forward to demand a return to caste census, arguing that discontinuing it was paradoxical, caste being a factor acknowledged in each and every sphere.
However, even as the socio-economic and caste census results were released on Friday, the caste data was held back, possibly due to social and political factors. With the OBC group claiming that their actual numbers far exceed their share in the reservation pie, if the caste census results were to bear them out, it could be the first step towards a sustained assault on the Supreme Court-mandated reservation cap of under 50%. This would have worked against the sections already disadvantaged by the quota regime, leading to a spate of tensions and agitations.
The caste findings, in case they do put the number of OBCs at much more than 50% of the population, would give a valid reason for OBCs to demand their due share in the social benefits. With Bihar elections due later this year, such an eventuality would be ill-advised.
Incidentally, the government has also withheld the religious census data, though it is was reportedly ready in February-March last year. “The timing of its release is a political call,” a senior home ministry official had told TOI a few days ago.
According to experts, even though the caste census has been conducted and the voluminous data is in custody of the ministry of social welfare, the presence of large anomalies and inaccuracies in the data recorded in the enumerator’s heet has made the data subject to verification. “Without verification, which promises to be an elaborate exercise that would need experts, the raw data may not be useful enough to form a basis for distribution of socio-economic benefits,” said a statistical expert.
The Times Of India
Jatavs on top of SC population in UP
Swati Mathur,TNN | Jul 4, 2015, 12.51 AM IST
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh’s Jatav population has emerged the clear leader among the 66 communities listed as scheduled castes.
According to Census 2011 data, the Jatav community, identified with different names cross the state, has the highest number – 2,24,96,047—co nstituting 54.23% of UP’s total scheduled caste population. In comparison, during the last decadal census, the Jatav community accounted for 56.3% of the total SC population. In absolute numbers, however, the Jatav community has grown by 13.13%, albeit at a slower pace as compared to the decade gone by.
Trends that emerged from the previous population count of SCs in UP remain largely uncharged in the current census. The Pasi community occupies second position among the SC population, with 65.22 lakh persons. This community accounts for 15.77% of the total SC population in UP and had maintained a near status quo in comparison to the 2001 Census, when Pasis accounted for 15.9% of UP’s SC population.
There are no surprises among the SC population after the first and second spot, either. While the Dhobi community retains the third spot with a population of 24.32 lakh persons, the Kori community is at number 4 with a population of 22.93 lakh. Balmikis follow with 13.19 lakh persons in the community, while Khatiks are the next in line, totalling about 9.3 lakh persons in UP.
Put together, the top six communities account for nearly 90% of UP’s total dalit population. The district-wise distribution of SC population, however, remains unavailable, as yet. During the last enumeration exercise, the highest concentration of SC population, in percentage terms, was in Sonbhadra, followed by Kaushambi and Sitapur districts. The lowest SC population was in Baghpat district.
The Times Of India
Are dalits visiting temples, Maya asks cadre to find out
Pankaj Shah | Jul 4, 2015, 12.47 AM IST
LUCKNOW: Are dalits in UP visiting temples? That’s what Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati wants to know. Initiating one of its kind survey, BSP chief Mayawati has asked her cadre to fan out in the scheduled caste-dominated colonies across the state to assess the affect of saffron forces’ attempt to bracket dalits as `Hindu first’ to bring them under the BJP umbrella.
Party insiders claim that BSP ranks aim to spread a word among dalits about the age old ‘varna’ system that put them at the bottom of social ladder and even deprived them of entering temples and perform puja. Not only dalits, but OBCs, too, would be asked as to why they were not ‘pujaris’ (priest) in temples.
Maya’s fresh instructions to her cadre is seen as a desperate attempt to arrest the saffron surge making inroads into her core dalit vote bank ahead of UP assembly elections due in 2017. The alleged bracketing of dalits as Hindus is claimed to have played a key role in BJP’s landslide win in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
“People know about it. It is just a matter of making them (dalits) realize the ground reality and how they have been swayed through communal propaganda,” confirmed BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar. A senior BSP leader said that the dalits would be told about the communal politics of not only the BJP but also the Congress and the Samajwadi Party. “They (opposition) say that dalits are being used by BSP as its vote bank. Are not they doing the same thing,” asked a senior BSP leader who is also entrusted the responsibility to visit the dalit colonies.
Sources said that BSP cadres have already started visiting some of the dalit-dominated colonies with exhaustively compiled documents detailing on examples of dalits being discriminated in the BJP-ruled states like Gujarat and Rajasthan. The documents also carry the statements and observation of Mayawati about the ruling BJP and SP government at the centre and state, respectively, and why dalits should vote for the BSP in the next assembly elections.
“What the present BJP government at the Centre has done for dalits,” asked a senior BSP leader. Significantly, Mayawati has been accusing the NDA government of depriving dalits of job opportunities and carrying out various developmental projects with the help of private sector. “Even the messiah of dalits, Kanshiram, has not been conferred the Bharat Ratna,” said Rajbhar. “All these facts are also being told to the dalits,” a BSP leader said.
News monitored by Girish Pant & AJEET