Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 06.08.15

2 nabbed for beating Dalit man to death in Raisen village – The Hindustan Times


‘Chalo Pathapally’ by Dalits today – The Hindu


Now, anybody can buy land from a Dalit in UP – India Today


IIT says we are background-blind, students say look at us – The Indian Express


Transgender loses dream police job by 1 sec in 100m qualifier – The Times Of India


Case against AAP MLA for thrashing NDMC employee – The Asian Age


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The Hindustan Times

2 nabbed for beating Dalit man to death in Raisen village


 HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Raisen

Updated: Aug 02, 2015 21:09 IST

A day after a Dalit man was beaten to death and his wife was assaulted in Raisen, the police nabbed the two accused on Saturday.

The Dalit couple had allegedly enraged the assailants by filing a first information report against a village strongman of sexually harassing their minor daughter in Bagh Pipariya village of the district under Bareli police station.

The accused brothers, Pappu Singh Chauhan and Guddu Singh Chauhan, have confessed to crime that led to the death of Munna, 35.


With tensions flaring in the village after the incident, heavy police force was deployed to prevent any untoward incidents from taking place. Amid tight security, Munna’s cremation was performed.

According to deputy superintendent of police Anil Sharma, Munna had lodged the complaint against the family member of the accused for allegedly harassing his minor daughter.

A few days prior to the complaint, the Chauhan brothers had pressured Munna’s brother Mukesh Dhobi to compromise in the case, and when the latter refused, he was beaten up. Dhobi too has lodged a complaint with the police.

On Saturday, Pappu and Guddu intercepted Munna on his way to work and threw chilli powder in his eyes. The accused then tied his hands with a rope and dragged him to Bagh Pipariya behind their bike.

As the entire village played silent witness to the deadly attack, Munna was beaten to death by the two goons. When his wife reached the spot, the two accused assaulted her as well, according to the police. She was later taken to Raisen district hospital in critical condition.

Even after the gruesome murder, family of the accused continued to harass the victim’s family. Munna’s sister Rambharosi has alleged that the members of the accused threatened her not to attend the cremation of her brother.

Dhobi said the assailants claim to be the relatives of local MLA Ramkishan Singh Chauhan and are known to throw their weight around in the village.

Superintendent of police, Raisen Deepak Verma said, “Pappu and Guddu have confessed to their crime. But, we would not spare other villagers who have watched the whole crime and didn’t come to rescue the deceased. We will also register a case against them.”

The Hindu

‘Chalo Pathapally’ by Dalits today


SURESH KRISHNAMOORTHY ‘Chalo Pathapally’, the agitation programme called by the Struggle Committee for Caste Annihilation, protesting against the ‘atrocities’ of a section of society against Dalits in Pathapally of Pebbair mandal in Mahbubnbagar district is on.

On Thursday morning, Anand Teltumbde, the grandson of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the champion of the weaker sections, will reach the dharna camp that has been on for over three weeks now. He will be accompanied by social activists from the University of Hyderabad — Profs. K.Y. Ratnam and K. Lakshminarayana and General Secretary of the Struggle Committee, Bandari Laxmaiah.

It all started this May 6, when members of the dominant ‘Boya’ community in the village forced themselves into the huts belonging to the minority ‘Madiga’ community and allegedly went on the rampage, throwing things out and pulling the huts down. The feeling among the Dalits is that the ‘Boyas’ did not like the scheduled castes being given land that was obviously prime, located as 16 plots are, in Survey No. 4 right next to the main road leading from Pebbair to Kollapur. Following this, the SCs were denied temple entry too and they stepped up the pressure launching an agitation, capping it off with a ‘Chalo Pathapally’ call. Efforts by the district administration to stave off the ‘Chalo Pathapally’ till late on Wednesday evening failed, with Mr. Laxmaiah and others unrelenting. On Tuesday evening, District Collector T.K. Sreedevi told them that having got a re-survey done nearby they would get them ‘pattas’ together with the 2 BHK houses announced by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

But Mr. Laxmaiah pointed out that part of the land that she promised to give them originally belonged to another dalit by name Parmanna, to whom 2 acres was allocated in the year 2007. When contacted, Superintendent of Police, P. Vishwa Prasad said they were all for an amicable solution to be thrashed out on Thursday, but added that they would be prepared if trouble broke out. “Additional SP D.V. Srinivasa Rao will be at the dharna camp,” he said.

The district Collector Ms. Sreedevi later told The Hindu that she had imposed prohibitory order under Section 144 Cr. Pc. around the site of the dharna camp starting from the NH 44 at Pebbair and at the village too.

India Today

 Now, anybody can buy land

from a Dalit in UP


However, it can be predicted well in advance that Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will reverse this decision whenever it comes to power in the state.

Piyush Srivastava   |   Mail Today  |   Lucknow, August 5, 2015 | UPDATED 12:59 IST

Henceforth, anybody can buy a piece of land from a Dalit in Uttar Pradesh. Akhilesh Yadavgovernment has amended UP Zamindari Vinash Bhoomi Vyavastha Adhiniyam 1950 under which a Dalit can dispose off his land if his holding is minimum 1.26 hectare.   

However, it can be predicted well in advance that Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will reverse this decision whenever it comes to power in the state. The BSP is essentially a Dalit party.

The amended bill would be tabled in the next session of Vidhan Sabha and would be cleared after taking Governor Ram Naik’s consent.

As per Article 157 (A) of the act before amendment, a Dalit could sell his land to only a Dalit after taking written permission from district magistrate. They neither could sell nor donate their land to any other caste. They were also not allowed to lease out their land to anybody else. This decision was taken in past following the complaints that rich and powerful people forcefully take away their lands.

The Indian Express

 IIT says we are background-blind, students say look at us


Some say students from reserved categories, Hindi-medium schools are at a disadvantage.

Written by Uma Vishnu | Roorkee | Published:August 6, 2015 4:29 am

Sitting outside a shack near Jawahar Bhawan, one of the boys’ hostels at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, a group of civil engineering students discuss what they call the “unfairness” of the coursework and the grading system, how it’s tilted against “students like us from reserved categories and from Hindi-medium schools”.

Earlier this month, IIT-Roorkee had expelled 72 students for not meeting the required minimum passing grades: a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 5 and minimum credits of 22 (these students have since been taken back on probation, having got a second chance). The students outside Jawahar Bhawan were not on the list of 72 but they say they could well have been — they scraped past the CGPA limit to make it to their second year.

An investigation by The Indian Express shows that 90 per cent of the IIT-Roorkee students who were expelled were from reserved categories (SC, ST and OBC) and scored average to high ranks in their respective categories in the 2014 IIT-JEE (Advanced). Once on campus, however, several factors pull them back, prominent among them a lack of fluency in English.

“English is our biggest problem,” says a 17-year-old second-year civil engineering student from Rajasthan. Fourteen from his department were expelled. “We are from Hindi-medium schools, went to coaching institutes in places like Kota, where we chose Hindi as the medium of instruction, and took our JEE in Hindi. Then we come to the campus and realise it’s all high-level English — the books are all by American authors and the professors only speak English. We see students around us talking, asking questions in English and we can do none of that. Usi se confidence khatam. Tabhi se hum peeche rah jate hain (That kills our confidence and we start slipping),” says the student who scored a CGPA of just above 5.

The IIT says it has its own systems to deal with these problems — language proficiency classes at the time of orientation and special mentoring programmes (started three months ago). “We have been holding tutorial classes over the weekend where students who need help are taught by senior students. So if there are issues of authority and students lack the confidence to talk to professors, they won’t have that trouble with fellow-students,” said Dean of Students Welfare D K Nauriyal.

But unlike many of the older IITs, these hand-holding exercises are relatively new in IIT-Roorkee. Besides, students say these “systems” usually don’t work on the ground. “It’s only in March that we were introduced to the mentors. By then, we just had a month to go for the exams. Besides, seniors have little time for us. They have their own classes to attend. How can they expel students without giving their own system enough time?”

“We do what we can but ultimately, there’s little we can do if the student doesn’t come to us,” says Nauriyal. “Besides, once the students enter the campus, for us, they are all the same — irrespective of their backgrounds or whether you are from the reserved quota or not. The bar has been set (at CGPA 5 and minimum credits of 22) and that can’t be lowered,” says IIT-Roorkee Registrar Prashant Garg.

There are separate rank lists in the IIT-JEE (Advanced), among them a common merit list, an SC list, an ST list and an OBC list. To get into the common merit list in the 2014 version of the JEE, candidates from these categories had to secure a minimum of 35 per cent of the aggregate and 10 per cent in each paper. The last SC candidate in the common merit list was 432. Which means, 1,597 of the 2,029 SC candidates who got into one of the IITs didn’t make it to the common merit list or scored less than 35 per cent. Similarly, the last ST candidate to make it to the common merit list was 90 (among 856 who made it to one of the IITs). Again, 760 of them didn’t make it to the common merit list or scored less than 35 per cent.

That’s part of the problem, say some students and professors. Students who get a leg-up at the level of the entrance examination — thanks to affirmative action and no-English test — find no safety net once they enter the campus.

“Language will always be a problem. But then, someone from, say, Andhra will be disenfranchised if I speak in Hindi so that argument will never be settled,” says an IIT-Kanpur professor who was part of the top administrative team at the institute. But, he says, there is a “deeper malaise” that schools haven’t fixed.

“What I’ve realised over the years is that a student who is unable to communicate with me in English is often unable to communicate with me in Hindi. If he is talking to me in Hindi and every third word of his is a ‘matlab’, there is a problem. This just means schools are not telling students to buckle up. How is it that children score 90-95 per cent in English but can’t construct a line in the language? The books they learn in Class XII, you would think it’s Class VI — no novels, poetry, plays… Where are children going to pick these skills?”

Talking of the limits of affirmative action, the IIT-Kanpur professor says, “Are there two levels or more when you walk out of IIT? No. There’s no B Tech (Gen) and B Tech (SC) and so on. Reservation only gives you a chance to learn but then, you must learn. A civil engineer must learn to make structures, at least to a basic level. Ultimately, the bridge he is building doesn’t understand that it is being built by someone who doesn’t meet those standards. So ultimately, once you come to IIT, if you are not willing to help yourself, nobody can.”

That may be harsh but it’s not far from reality. Ashish Kumar ticks all the boxes — Hindi-medium, reserved category, small town (from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan). But with a CGPA of 7.38 by the end of his second semester, this civil engineering student is among the best performers in his class. “I understood nothing in class during my first semester. But then, I would write down all the tough words, go back to my hostel and look up a dictionary. YouTube was a big help — I would watch Game of Thrones every day to understand how they spoke English. I would also watch Hindi lectures of professors from other IITs, compare it with my notes and then, dhire-dhire, things would start making sense. It’s not that tough if you work hard,” he says, sitting on a couch in the students’ club.

He is still very diffident, happy to let his voice drown in the clamour around him as students play snooker or table tennis, or simply sit in groups and chat. “Likh lijiye, English mein 92 mila tha Rajasthan Board se (I got 92 per cent in English in the Rajasthan board exam),” he says, making an unsure jab at the notebook. “But I wish I had studied in an English-medium school. It would have been so much easier for me here.”

“What this incident has done is that we have started looking at our own systems and are doing a full-scale review of what we need to do. We are aware that these students came in through a very competitive exam. So we will do what we can to help them cope,” says Pradipto Banerji, director of IIT-Roorkee.

The Times Of India

Transgender loses dream police job by 1 sec in 100m qualifier


Sindhu Kannan,TNN | Aug 6, 2015, 06.00 AM IST

 CHENNAI: Twenty-four-year-old transgender K Prithika Yashini’s dream of joining the police force was shattered by one solitary second — that’s how much she was behind the stipulated qualifying time in a 100-metre sprint — during physical tests at Jawarharlal Nehru stadium on Wednesday. 

Prithika, who battled in the Madras high court to be allowed to participate in selections for the post of sub-inspector, had cleared the first round of the physical tests, finishing the 400m race in 1.50m, well within the 2.50m target, on Tuesday. 

After she cleared the throw ball and long jump tests on Wednesday, she had to run 100m in 17 seconds. 

All eyes were on Prithika because, if she cleared the test, she would be the first transgender to qualify as a police officer in the country. With four of her transgender friends hollering her name, she got off to a good start. Midway through the sprint a knee injury she sustained earlier in the week acted up, hobbling her, but she completed the race despite the discomfort. 

When Prithika crossed the finish line and checked her timing, the realisation swiftly sank in that she had fallen just short after taking on and winning every challenge. 

Prithika was speechless, controlling her emotions till she left the track. Then she collapsed in a heap and broke down, sobbing as if wracked by pain in the knowledge that all her efforts had come to nothing. 

“I’ve been dreaming about becoming a police officer for more than five years. I hoped to make the transgender community proud,” she said, when she calmed down. “It is unfair of the police department to reject transgenders because it does not have a separate category for them.” 

The police department had rejected Prithika’s application to appear for the selection tests on the grounds that her education certificates had her male birth name. She sorted that out by changing her name and took the written examination in May. 

But police officers did not allow Prithika to take part in the physical tests as a woman applicant, stating that they did not have a transgender category, forcing her to move the high court. Friends in the transgender community helped her fight the case and the court permitted her to take part in the physical tests for women applicants. 

Reluctant to approach a coach to train her, Prithika had practised on her own in a ground in Sriperumbudur. She trained hard every day and would have made it if not for the niggling knee injury, she said. 

Her transgender friends plan to approach the court to ask that police create a new category for the transgender community but, for Prithika, the focus will now be on going back to training to give her dream another shot. 

As a group of young sportswomen congratulated her on her efforts, bringing a smile to her face, she left the stadium vowing that she would make it the next time around. 

The Asian Age

 Case against AAP MLA for thrashing NDMC employee


Aug 06, 2015 | 

Age Correspondent

AAP MLA Surender Singh landed in a fresh trouble on Wednesday after he and his driver allegedly beat up an NDMC employee in Tughlak Road area of New Delhi district on Tuesday evening.

The Delhi police, after registering a case under various sections, is mulling to serve notice to the AAP legislator and his driver, who have been booked under stringent sections like SC/ST Act, threatening for life and obstructing government official in performing duty.

No arrest has been made yet so far in the incident. NDMC vice-chairperson Kanwar Singh Tanwar said in a statement: “MLA Surinder Singh mercilessly beat up an employee of NDMC causing him severe injuries,” adding, “A criminal case has been registered against Surinder Singh bearing FIR number 88/2015.” Despite repeated attempts, New Delhi DCP Vijay Singh was unavailable for comments for confirmation.

Sources said that the incident took place on on Tuesday evening when a NDMC sanitary inspector, R.J. Meena, along with his junior colleague Mukesh Kumar was conducting a surprise check in their area. “They spotted an e-rickshaw plying on the road and stopped its driver for verifications,” said the police sources, adding, “seeing this, the AAP MLA, who was passing by the area in his car, halted to intervene.” As per the complainant, the MLA starting questioning the NDMC officials for their work after which an argument broke out between them.

“The AAP MLA and his driver then beat up Mukesh Kumar and threatened Mr Meena, besides hurling derogatory abuses at him,” the complaint alleged, adding, “the MLA and his driver also tried to confine Mukesh in their car.” A PCR call was then made and Mukesh was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital from where he was discharged after treatment. Investigating officials said that they would soon call the AAP legislator for questioning. This is not the first time that Mr Singh is in news for the wrong reasons. Soon after former city law minister Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested for possessing fake degrees, allegations were leveled against the former NSG commando as well for having fake documents.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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