Dalits Media Watch – English News Update 21.08.15

The accused is said to have fled town after assaulting,

and stabbing the girl’s eyes and private parts. – India Today


Six-year-old raped in Ahmedabad, accused nabbed – The Times Of India


‘Nagpur jailbreak an inside job’ – The Hindu


SC/ST Have Less Land in UK District: Report – Sahil Online


Ramdev in trouble for ‘honeymoon’ comment – The Times Of India


Sewerman falls unconsciousThe Tribune


Years of empowerment haven’t improved the lot of scheduled castes in Bihar – Scroll. In


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India Today

 The accused is said to have fled town after assaulting,

and stabbing the girl’s eyes and private parts.


Mail Today Bureau   |   Mail Today  |   Lucknow, August 21, 2015 | UPDATED 09:15 IST

The father finally found her dead body in a field, and it had stab marks on her eyes and private parts. According to the family members of the girl, the man had shoved a dupatta in her mouth and raped her. He then stabbed her with a knife in her eyes and private organs, before fleeing. The incident has the entire village up in arms. The body has been sent for postmortem, the local police are investigating the case.


Meanwhile, in another incident, the blood-soaked body of a three-year-old girl was found on Thursday in the fields of a rural area in Bidhanu district in Kanpur with police suspecting it to be a case of rape and murder. The victim’s clothes were torn and there was bleeding in her private parts.

“Prime facie it appears to be a case of rape and murder but only a postmortem examination can confirm it,” SP Kanpur (Rural) Surendra Tiwari said. “Police have taken two youths of the village in custody and are interrogating them,” Tiwari said, adding no arrest has been made so far.

The SP said the victim was daughter of a factory-worker Dinesh Kumar, resident of Taksimpur village in Bidhanu. The girl’s family was sleeping outside their home last night. When they woke up in the morning they found their daughter missing, the SP said, adding the villagers found the body from a corn field besides their home.

The Times Of India

 Six-year-old raped in Ahmedabad,

accused nabbed


TNN | Aug 21, 2015, 12.58 AM IST

AHMEDABAD: A six-year-old girl was raped by a 47-year-old man, Janaksinh Jadon, a resident of Odhav, at a construction site in Vatva on Wednesday. Vatva police have arrested the accused and as the survivor belongs to SC/ST community, the case has been referred to SC/ST cell at Karanj Bhavan. 

Vatva police said that following a dispute with husband, the mother of the girl lives alone and works as a construction site worker. “She takes her daughter along with her wherever she goes for work,” said a police source. 

On Wednesday, Jadon came in an auto to Narol Kadia Naka and took the girl and her mother to work at a construction site in Vatva. “Jadon then sent the girl’s mother for cleaning the office on the second floor and took the girl along with him on the pretext of giving her drinking water in a makeshift cabin in the parking area,” said a police official. 

When the mother came down after finishing the work she saw the girl weeping. When asked, the girl narrated the incident. The other workers at the site gathered as the mother raised an alarm and caught Jadon. He was later handed over to the police. 

The Hindu

 ‘Nagpur jailbreak an inside job’



Suspended jail official says he is victim of a conspiracy

Former jail superintendent of Nagpur central Jail Vaibhav Kamble has alleged that the escape of five inmates from the high-security prison in the heart of Nagpur on March 31 this year, was an “internal conspiracy” in which many officials from the State Jail Department were involved.

Mr. Kamble was the jail superintendent at the time and was suspended within hours of the jailbreak.

“All the five inmates were released from the jail on the night of March 30. They were taken out of the jail from the main gate. There is no other way to escape from the jail. Even the then Nagpur Commissioner of Police Mr. Pathak, who visited the jail after the incident, had admitted that the inmates could not have escaped by cutting thick wired grills,” Mr. Kamble told The Hindu .

“Senior jail officials hatched a conspiracy to get me removed from service. I don’t have a single allegation against me in my 20 years of service. I am highly educated and have completed my M.Phil. But some officials could not stand my growth because I am a Dalit. I am a victim of casteism in the department,” he claimed.

Mr. Kamble said he had been writing to Ms. Meeran Borwankar , the Additional Director General (ADG) of Police, Maharashtra, Prisons, about the possibility of a jailbreak.

“I wrote three letters to Ms. Borwankar between October 2014 and February 2015 about the lack of manpower in the jail but there was no action. As part of the conspiracy, senior jail officials removed officers from my jail staff. When the jailbreak took place, I was managing the jail with less than half the sanctioned staff strength and many of them were part of the conspiracy.”

The suspended jail superintendent said he was made a “scapegoat.”

Sahil Online

 SC/ST Have Less Land in UK District: Report


Thu, 20 Aug 2015 – 17:08:49  | 

Source: S.O. News Service  |  Posted by:  Staff Correspondent

Karwar: SC/ST’s have less agriculture land holdings compared in Uttara Kannada district.

The Uttara Kannada Human Development Report 2014, prepared by a team led by Pushpa Trivedi, former director of the Centre for Multi-disciplinary Development Research, Dharwad, said there is an SC population of 8.10 percent in the district, of whom only 32.4 percent own land below one acre.

The area of ownership is 3.4 percent of the total area of land in the district. It means 58 percent gap (which is created when the government criteria on minimum holdings of land) is not met, in the ownership and 57 percent gap in area is observed for SC population in agriculture land.

In the case of STs, the percentage if population is 2.38 percent in the district, of which only 1.0 percent of people have ownership of agriculture land.

The STs have ownership of 1.5 percent of the total agriculture land in the district. It means 58 percent of gap in ownership and 37 percent gap in area is observed in the district.

“If we observe the higher size of landholdings (above one acre) for both SCs and STs, the discrimination further increases from lower holdings to higher holdings,” the report said.

However, 89 percent of the population has land ownership of 95 percent which means 6.5 percent of surplus ownership.

The area of ownership is 94.9 percent of the total agriculture land in the district. It means 6.0 percent of agriculture area has been owned by the population belonging to other communities, the report said.

The report states that a scrutiny of land distribution among the different sections reveals that in all taluks, SCs have the lowest proportion of land holding as against their population rate.

In the case of STs, except Mungdod, all the other taluks have a landholding proportion lower than the population proportion.

Higher gap is observed in Karwar and Yellapur for SCs and STS, the report added.

The report said reduction in inequalities of distribution of land is also important for empowering the poor and rescuing them from exploitation by the landowners.

The Times Of India

 Ramdev in trouble for

‘honeymoon’ comment


TNN | Aug 21, 2015, 05.10 AM IST

 NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday relieved yoga guru Ramdev from facing cases under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention) of Atrocities Act in several states by consolidating trial at Patna for his alleged ‘honeymoon’ snipe at Congress leader Rahul Gandi for his visits to dalit households. 

At a press conference in Lucknow on April 14 last year, just before the general elections, Ramdev had allegedly mocked Rahul’s visits to dalit households as ‘picnic and honeymoon’, drawing sharp criticism and several complaints at various places against him. 

The UP government too had initiated action against him in Lucknow. However, there were nine other individuals who lodged complaints either in court or with police in Patna, Agra, Moradabad, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Nagpur and Gorakhpur. 

Fearing harassment through court process, the yoga guru had approached the Supreme Court through advocate Keshav Mohan seeking a consolidated trial of all these cases pending before different courts at one place. The SC had on May 9 last year stayed the proceedings against him pending in various courts after seeking the response of the complainants to Ramdev’s plea for a consolidated trial in Lucknow. 

On Thursday, a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu agreed for a consolidated trial but not in Lucknow. It ordered that all complaint cases arising from the statement made by Ramdev on April 14, 2014 be transferred to the chief judicial magistrate in Patna. 

The court said the Patna CJM will commence proceedings on September 21, a date proximate to the Bihar assembly elections. However, the SC said if Ramdev wanted exemption from personal appearance before the trial court, he would have to make a request to the Patna CJM.

The Tribune

 Sewerman falls unconscious


Tribune News Service  Ludhiana, August 20

Fortyfive-year-old Sajjan Kumar, a sewerman, fell unconscious while cleaning a chamber near Chand Cinema Road.

The incident took place at around 4 am on Wednesday, when he along with other sewermen went to clean a manhole.

As per Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal, the sewerman went to clean the manhole. He and other sewermen entered the manhole. When Sajjan Kumar did not come out, other sewermen went inside and saw him unconscious. He was pulled out immediately. However, by that time, the victim had inhaled poisonous gases. Later, he was taken to CMCH.

Bansal said the sewerman was critical and all expenses were borne by the MC

Scroll. In

 Years of empowerment haven’t improved the lot of scheduled castes in Bihar


In a state that sits on India’s bottom rung of development,

SCs and STs occupy the lowest economic rung.

 Prachi Salve and Saumya Tewari, IndiaSpend.com  · Yesterday · 07:30 pm

Bihar has the second-highest number of crimes reported (17%) against scheduled castes in India.

The rate of scheduled-caste girls enrolled in primary schools is less than half the rate of all girls.

Bihar has the second-lowest percentage of “active” scheduled-caste workers under the national rural jobs programme.

The first part of this series explored Bihar’s economic growth and personal and public infrastructure and the second part, education, health and crime. The third and final part looks at the role of scheduled castes.

Caste has always played an important role in the politics of Bihar, which is set to re-elect its assembly soon. Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar whose politics has strongly subsumed caste, is himself from an other backward caste. Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is a musahar, a scheduled caste.

The government of Bihar has allocated Rs 10,006 crore for scheduled castes for 2015-16. This money will be used for overall welfare of the scheduled caste population in the state.

Of 104 million Biharis, 17.9 million are scheduled castes or scheduled tribes, and in a state that sits on India’s bottom rung of development, SCs and STs – despite recent years of empowerment – occupy the lowest economic rung in Bihar.

With 16.5 million or 15.9% of the total population of the state SCs, Bihar has the fifth-highest population of SCs among eight Empowered Action Group (EAG) states, or poor states – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh.

Since the ST population in Bihar is low (1.2%), compared to other EAG states, such as Chhattisgarh (30%), Jharkhand (26%) and Odisha (22%), we will focus on issues faced by the SCs.

Rural employment for SC workers is good only on paper

A quarter of all workers registered under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act  – designed to provide 100 days of work for the poor in rural India – are SCs.

SC workers make up 25% of the labour force registered under NREGA, second highest after Uttar Pradesh (33%) among EAG states, NREGA data show.

What is not as encouraging is the proportion of “active” workers. Bihar is only better off than Jharkhand among poor states in the proportion of active workers to those registered.

Jharkhand has the least proportion of active workers, followed by Bihar and Odisha. The highest number of active workers among the poor states are in Chhattisgarh (47%).

Enrolment of SC girls in primary schools languishes

SC children in Bihar make up 19.9% of primary school enrolment, giving the state fifth rank among EAG states. This is better than the rate of SCs in Bihar’s population, but the rate of SC girls’ enrolment is less than half that of all Bihari girls.

Bihar is ranked third among EAG states with regard to proportion of girls enrolled in primary schools after Chhattisgarh with 49.3% and Jharkhand with 48.9%. That is not saying a lot.

Uttar Pradesh with 27.8% and Uttarakhand with 24% are ranked first and second, respectively with regard to SC enrolment for primary education.

Crimes against SCs grow, more than a third of investigations pending 

Bihar is now seeing more crimes against SCs compared to 2012, when it had the third-highestnumber of cases in the country.

Uttar Pradesh, with 20.5% of its population as SCs, accounted for 18% of all cases against SCs reported across the country, followed by Bihar with 17% (6,721) of all cases and Rajasthan (16.4%; 6,475 cases).

Bihar has 8% of India’s scheduled-caste population, so the crimes against SCs are disproportionately high.

Nearly 35% of criminal cases against SCs registered are still pending with the police. Bihar accounted for nearly 23% of India’s total pending cases of crimes against SCs in 2013.

Almost 90% of all the cases reported are pending in courts in Bihar, and the state has a conviction rate of only 13.1% for all the cases registered. This shows that, despite the high reporting of crimes against scheduled castes, few investigations are completed.

(Crime rate, defined as the number of offences per 100,000 people, is derived by first dividing an area’s population by 100,000 and then dividing the number of offences by the resulting figure, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.)

This article was originally published on IndiaSpend.com, a data-driven and public-interest journalism non-profit.

 News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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