Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 18.07.15

Dalit woman gang-raped near Bhilwara- The Times Of India


10 arrested for clash over eve-teasing in UP – PTI


Throats slit while victims were alive: AutopsyThe Tribune


SC panel asks Jind SP to probe attack on Dalit familyThe Tribune


Headless panels: High Court issues notices to Rajasthan government The Indian Express


Thirsty in a Wi-Fi-wala village – The Hindu Business Line


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The Times Of India

 Dalit woman gang-raped near Bhilwara


TNN | Jul 18, 2015, 03.31 AM IST

AJMER: A Dalit woman was ganged-raped by seven youths in Kanechen village of Shahpura block of nearby Bhilwara district. The victim was hospitalized and is undergoing treatment. All the accused are absconding. 

According to police, two youths Rahul Kumar and Sager lured the woman and raped her. Later, five more drunk youths reached the spot and raped the victim and left her in the jungle. 


Later, the victim reached main road and via a roadways bus went to Shahpura police station. She was admitted to government hospital.


 10 arrested for clash over eve-

teasing in UP


Saharanpur, Jul 17 (PTI) Ten persons were today arrested in Asafgarh village in Behat area of the district after a clash broke out between two groups following an alleged incident of eve-teasing, police said.

Four Dalit girls were harassed by two youths, belonging to another commnuity, when they were returning after collecting hay from forest, Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural), Jagdish Sharma said.

The girls complained to their family members about the incident following which the clash occurred, Sharma said.

The ASP added that 10 persons involved in the clash from both sides have been arrested and a case registered in the matter.

The Tribune

 Throats slit while victims were alive: Autopsy


 Tribune News Service

Moga, July 17

The post-mortem examination of five Dalits, including two girls, who were killed by a “granthi”of a gurdwara in a house at Kotla Mehar Singh Wala village in Moga district yesterday, has indicated that their throats were slit while they were alive.

Dr Arvinder Pal Singh Gill, SMO of the district hospital, said a panel of three doctors conducted the post-mortem examination today. He did not confirm that the youths were administered Celphos or any other intoxicant saying the throats were slit while they were alive. “However, we have taken samples of their viscera and handed these over to the police for chemical examination,” he said.

The police were of the view that the five persons could have been administered Celphos or some intoxicant to make them unconscious before slitting their throats. Otherwise, it would not have been possible for an 80-year-old man to slit the throats of five youths, the police said.

The reason behind the murders is yet to be established. A police officer said they would also look into the aspect of sexual relationship among those present there at the time of the incident.

The body of “granthi” Harinder Pal Singh Sodhi has been kept in a mortuary for identification. His antecedents could not be ascertained so far, a senior officer said.

The bodies of Sandip Kaur (20), Raj Pal Kaur (23), Dharminder Singh (18), Akashdeep Singh (15) and Sony Singh (20) were handed over to their family members this afternoon. The cremation was held at Kotla Mehar Singh Wala village in the evening.

The Tribune

 SC panel asks Jind SP to probe attack on Dalit family


 Parvesh Sharma, Tribune News Service

Jind, July 17

A Dalit family of Muana village alleged harassment by village upper caste families and repeated attacks on his family members in front of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) member Ishwar Singh, today.

The commission member directed Jind SP for a quick DSP-level probe and strict action against the accused. As per a written complaint submitted by Prem Singh, five persons including — Leelu, Vipin, Amit, Jitender and Kalu — all from various Rajput families attacked his son Basant on July 13 in the village twice after accusing his son of making phone calls to their daughter.

Prem Singh also alleged that his son was once again attacked at the Safidon government hospital when he was getting treatment.

“No action has been taken against any of the accused, who have been openly threatening us. I asked them to show us the call details to prove their allegations, but they could not,” alleged Prem in front of the commission members.

The panel directed Jind SP Abhishek Jorwal for quick action. When SP Jorwal was contacted, he confirmed that he had directed Jind city DSP for a thorough investigations of the matter, but said the complainant did not submit any complaint to the police nor did he get any medico-legal report issued on the day of the attack.

The Indian Express

 Headless panels: High Court issues notices to Rajasthan government


The court noted that the state women’s commission had been rendered virtually defunct since the expiry of former chairperson Laad Kumari Jain’s term.

The Rajasthan High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of The Indian Expressreport on key statutory commissions in Rajasthan functioning without chairpersons and, treating it as a public interest litigation, served notices to the state government.

Mentioning the report titled “Key panels in Rajasthan headless for a year”, a division bench comprising Justices Ajay Rastogi and J K Ranka observed that the state government had failed to follow statutory provisions. The HC issued notices to chief secretary C S Rajan asking why chairpersons to statutory commissions had not been appointed and sought a reply within two weeks.

The bench cited NCRB figures provided in the news report, observing that the state stood second in terms of the number of crimes against Scheduled Castes and recorded the maximum number of rapes in the country after Madhya Pradesh.

The court noted that the state women’s commission had been rendered virtually defunct since the expiry of former chairperson Laad Kumari Jain’s term.

The Indian Express had on Thursday reported that even as the state witnessed high incidences of crimes against women, children and dalits, the key statutory commissions looking after the rights of these groups had been without a chairperson for over a year.

The Hindu Business Line

 Thirsty in a Wi-Fi-wala village



Digital dreams are cheaper than a pot of drinking water in Tila Shahbazpur, near Delhi

A Wi-Fi-enabled village with no potable water! Yes, this is Tila Shahbazpur, which was in the news a few months ago as the first village in Uttar Pradesh to get Wi-Fi connectivity.

“While [Delhi Chief Minister Arvind] Kejriwal is yet to fulfil his promise, we have done it in no time,” boasted Samajwadi Party leader Ishwar Mavi, who belongs to this village situated 8k from the Capital. What he did not say, however, was that the residents don’t have water supply and what the hand-pump spouts is highly contaminated and undrinkable. This is due to the illegal chemical factories that are thriving (at night) less than a kilometre from the village, despite innumerable complaints by the panchayat.

…not a drop to drink

It is ironic that while the villagers who have Wi-Fi connection pay ₹200 for 5GB download each month, they spend ₹60-70 every day to get clean water from an RO (reverse osmosis) plant outside the village. Those who cannot pay for the clean water face health risks.

Gaurav Tyagi, an engineer from Grads Network, says 250 villagers have bought a Wi-Fi connection. Joginder Mavi, who owns a car service station, says he uses Facebook to sell old cars. Otherwise, it is mostly students or the youth who are using the facility.

For young boys like Suraj and Neeraj, who belong to well-to-do, politically powerful families, Facebook is a newfound pass-time ever since their village became ‘Wi-Fi wala’. However, students of modest means have no use for Wi-Fi as there are no computers in their government school and most don’t own mobile phones with internet features. Gaurav from Harijan basti says not many in his locality can spare ₹200 a month for Wi-Fi. Leelaram, a Dalit social worker, says the Harijan basti has no facilities. Even the community hall that was constructed by a gas company has neither a power connection nor drinking water.

The big divide

“They are living in a pitiable condition and the quality of teaching in the government schools, where most of them study, is pathetic. The five-bed hospital constructed some time ago remains locked with no staff.

There is a sharp economic and social divide in the village, which was declared ‘Adarsh Gaon’ (ideal village) more than a decade ago.”

As Shahbazpur village is close to Delhi, families that sold their agriculture land to either Ghaziabad Development Agency or other private players received hefty payments (as high as ₹70 lakh per bigha, it is said) and became rich overnight.

So, while some families own luxury cars worth crores of rupees and live in palatial houses, one-third of the village continues to struggle for daily existence, eking a living either as farmhands or labourers.

Preetam Chandel, a gutsy woman fighting for justice in a dowry death case concerning her daughter, asks what use is Wi-Fi when one has no access to a basic need such as potable water.

So while neighbouring villages envy this Wi-Fi-wala hamlet, people like Chandel are disturbed at the government’s “misplaced priorities”.

The writer is a senior journalist based in Delhi

The Times Of India

SHRC recommends Rs 55K for man assaulted by cops


TNN | Jul 18, 2015, 01.22 AM IST

CHENNAI: The State Human Rights Commission has recommended the state government to pay Rs 55,000 to a person allegedly assaulted by three policemen. 

Premnath of Karur moved the tribunal saying inspector Sivaraman, sub-inspector Satheeshkumar and constable Rajamani of the Pasupathypalayam police attacked his father Natrayan who had to be hospitalised. They also snatched his mobile phone, Rs 25,000 in cash and foisted a false case against him. Despite a complaint to the superintendent of police, no action was taken. This was a violation of human rights, he said and sought action. 

The policemen submitted identical replies saying that after a man named Kalaikumar lodged a complaint saying Natrayan had defaming his caste in public Sivaraman booked Natrayan under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. When Natrayan was summoned to the station, he developed chest pain and was admitted to hospital on “humanitarian grounds.” After staging a drama to evade arrest, he moved the Madras high court and secured bail, they said. 

SHRC member Jayanthi said a witness earlier gave a statement that she saw Natrayan being forced into a police vehicle but later denied it. This meant the policemen managed to persuade her to change her mind, she said. There were also inconsistencies in records. 

The SHRC then suggested that the government pay compensation to Natrayan and recover it from the policemen. Departmental proceedings could also be initiated against them, it said.

News monitored by Girish Pant & AJEET


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