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 ‘Atrocities against Dalits on the rise’ – The Hindu


Mill Owner Exploited Girl, Say Dalit Parents – The New Indian Express


Fresh violence in Seshasamudiram – The Hindu


HC rejects MLA’s plea for stay on arrest – The Times Of India


HC smells foul play in rape probe – The Hindu


HC cites lack of proof, declines to entertain plea against Adani Group – The Times Of India


Farm labourers up in armsThe Tribune


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The Hindu

 ‘Atrocities against Dalits on the rise’



Atrocities against Dalits have been increasing in southern part of Tamil Nadu in recent times. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has been taking measures to control it, said its Assistant Director, P. Ramasamy has said.

Talking to press persons at Batlagundu near here on Wednesday, he said that the Commission will extend its total support to affected people and recommend to the government to initiate stern action against persons involved in atrocities against Dalits.

Expressing concern over prevalence of twin-tumbler system in many districts, especially in southern districts, he said massive awareness against the twin tumbler system had been created among rural people to eradicate it from the society. Complaints on twin tumbler system would be viewed seriously.

Earlier, Mr. Rmasamy visited Viralipatti village near Batlagundu and consoled family members M. Sivakumar (22) who died under mysterious circumstances in a snacks unit in Andhra Pradesh in July, 29.

He advised revenue officials to construct a house for them under Green house scheme and issue a land patta. He also directed Nilakottai DSP P. Suriliandi to follow agents who sent the youth to snacks manufacturing unit in Andhra.

Earlier, the Assistant Director enquired officials including Vice Chancellor S. Natarajan at Gandhigram Rural Institute over implementation of Adi-Dravida Welfare G.O. No.92 (Amendment), dated September 11, 2012.

Vice-Chancellor S. Natarajan clarified that GRI had been collecting fees including tuition fees fully from SC/ST students and reimbursed the tuition fee to students on receipt of prescribed amount from the State Government. Mr. Ramasamy advised the GRI to scrap the existing system and not to collect tuition fees from SC/ST students. Instead, the institute could submit the list of SC and ST students to the district administration directly for reimbursement of tuition fees. Meanwhile, the VC stated that a five-member committee had been constituted to sort out the issues raised by SC/ST students regarding tuition fees.

Mr. Ramasamy also enquired Oddanchatram municipal commissioner in connection with distribution of land pattas to Dalits.

The New Indian Express

 Mill Owner Exploited Girl,

Say Dalit Parents


By Gokul Vannan Published: 03rd September 2015 04:38 AM Last Updated: 03rd September 2015 04:38 AM

MADURAI: Parents of a Dalit minor girl based in Andipatti have alleged that a complaint that their daughter was sexually exploited, for two years, by a private spinning mill owner at Kangayam in Tirupur has not been acted upon.

Based on a complaint filed by the girl’s father Murugan on July 8, the Andipatti AWPS  arrested mill supervisor Mani.

“The mill owner has not been arrested yet. Instead of arresting him, the women police from Kangayam have been forcing us to shift our daughter to a home in Tirupur,” said Murugan.

The case was transferred to AWPS, Kangayam in the same month after the girl’s mother Pachimuthu filed another complaint with the AWPS, Andipatti, stating the main culprit in the crime was mill owner Rajkumar, who had sexually exploited her daughter Rani (15) (name changed).

However, when contacted Kangayam AWPS Inspector Kalaselvi claimed that the case is being probed.

Murugan and his wife, belonging to Arunthathiyar community, work in a dairy farm of a Caste Hindu family at Prathukkaranpatti village near Andipatti. While their younger son Ravikumar (13) studies in a school, their daughter Rani suffering from speech impediment, discontinued her studies a few years ago as she was made fun of by her classmates.

In 2013, Palraj, a broker, convinced the couple to send their daughter to work in the mill under the Sumangali scheme. He promised that under the scheme, their daughter would be paid `5,000 every month apart from a marriage assistance of `1.7 lakh that would be paid after a few years. “Believing his words, we sent our daughter to work, but we never thought the mill owner would spoil her life,” said Murugan.

“Taking advantage of her innocence, the mill owner took her to various recreation places including cinema theatres and bought her costly food items and gifted her clothes. Alongside, he also sexually exploited her,” said K Arumugam, executive director of ‘Social Justice’, an NGO working for Dalits.

Rani had narrated these details to Arumugam when he counselled her at a ‘child home.’ “The mill owner gave her a mobile phone. He used to ask her to come to his room frequently during working hours after which he would force her to watch porn movies before raping  her,” he claimed.

Mani also had sexually exploited her. But when Rani developed health complications, Mani dropped her at Theni and escaped from the place, he further said.

The Hindu

 Fresh violence in Seshasamudiram



In a fresh bout of violence, two thatched houses of Dalits were torched by miscreants at Seshasamudiram village in Sankarapuram taluk in the district on Monday night. No one was injured in the incident. According to police, miscreants had hurled bottles filled with petrol on the thatched house of Karuppan and Chandran on Monday night. The families ran out of the house.

Two sugarcane fields, owned by Panjavarnam and Chandran were also set on fire. Fire tenders rushed to the spot and put out the fire. Senior police officers rushed to the village and brought the situation under control.

Miscreants hurl bottles filled with petrol on thatched houses of Dalits

 The Times Of India

 HC rejects MLA’s plea for stay on arrest


NAINITAL: The Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday dismissed the writ petition of Gadarpur BJP MLA Arvind Pandey, seeking a stay on his arrest and quashing of FIR in a case of alleged assault on a tehsildar. 

The MLA had moved the petition in the HC on Tuesday. 

Udham Singh Nagar police had got a non-bailable warrant issued against BJP MLA Pandey and nine other accused after they failed to surrender in the case in which altogether 18 people were booked under SC/ST Act and sections of the IPC on August 25 for the alleged assault on the tehsildar. 

After the accused failed to surrender, notice of proclamation of property was also sent to addresses of the accused under Section 82 and 83 of Code Of Criminal Procedure, 1973. ASP Kamlesh Upadhyay said, “The time limit of the notice is one month and if they failed to surrender, their properties will be attached as per the procedure.” 

The officer, Sher Singh Nayal, who was allegedly assaulted, told TOI, “It is good to see that the honourable court refused to accept the plea of the accused. No one will be able to work honestly if such incidents keep happening.” 

Pandey and his supporters had allegedly assaulted Nayal over a case related to a land dispute on August 25. 

Babu and Hemraj, two brothers and residents of Chakarpur village in Udham Singh Nagar district are involved in land dispute since four years. Nayal had rejected the plea of Hemraj on ground that he did not have enough proof to prove his point. Enraged with the officer’s decision, one of the brothers reportedly approached the MLA and asked for help. 

Later, on same day at around 1.30pm the MLA along with his supporters assaulted the officer while he was travelling to his office. The case against the accused was registered at around 5.30pm in the evening. 

The Hindu

 HC smells foul play in rape probe



Suspecting foul play in the DNA profiling procedure done in connection with the rape of a minor Dalit girl, the Madras High Court has directed that a fresh DNA test be done with samples taken from the rape survivor, her child and the accused in the case.

While perusing the report of the DNA profiling conducted by the Tamil Nadu Forensic Sciences Department, which stated that the accused Santhosh alias Sathiyan was not the biological father of the child of the rape survivor, Justice P.N. Prakash found that the report produced was that of another child. “Thus, some foul play has occurred in this case, and that requires rectification in the interest of justice,” he said.

The issue came to light when the accused moved the court to direct that the prosecution find the actual offender, since the report of the DNA profiling proved he was not the father.

The plea of the accused in the trial court with the same prayer was dismissed and hence he moved the High Court.

Justice Prakash directed the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ayanavaram Range to collect the blood samples of the rape survivor, her child and the accused with the help of Medical Officer, Forensic Medicine Department, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai, in the presence of the XIV Metropolitan Magistrate at Egmore.

Noting that the rape survivor is a Dalit, who was sexually abused when she was hardly 13 years, the judge said “extra-ordinary cases require extraordinary remedies, and this Court cannot be a mute spectator when the criminal justice system is thwarted.”

Report sought within 30 days

He also requested the Tamil Nadu Forensic Science Department to send the report directly to the Sessions Judge, Mahila Court at Chennai within 30 days, while observing that the bail granted to the accused can be cancelled if he refused to cooperate in implementing the order.

Dismissing the revision petition filed by the accused, the judge also upheld the observation of the trial court that it was the duty of the prosecution to find out the real offender in the case and not the burden of the accused.

According to the prosecution, the accused had enticed a minor Dalit girl, had an affair with her on the promise of marrying her, resulting in the birth of a child. Police filed the final report before the Magistrate court and framed charges against the accused for offences under Sections 417 and 376 of the IPC.

During the course of investigation, the DNA profiling done by the Tamil Nadu Forensic Science Department stated that the accused was not the biological father of the child. But, in view of other evidence that he has had physical relationship with the girl, final report was filed against the petitioner.

The plea of the accused seeking further investigation in the case as to who was the real offender was dismissed by the trial court and when he moved the High Court, it disposed of it with liberty to move appropriate application before the trial Court in accordance with law.

His plea for further investigation was again dismissed by the trial court and hence the revision petition. The High Court held that the order of the trial Court did not suffer from infirmity and eventually dismissed the plea.

The Times Of India

HC cites lack of proof, declines to entertain plea against Adani Group


TNN | Sep 3, 2015, 10.00 AM IST

 MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has declined to entertain a writ petition pertaining to the sale of huge tracts of lands for Adani Group’s solar power project in Kamuthi taluk in Ramanathapuram district. 

“The petitioner has not submitted any valuable materials to prove the allegations. Hence, the court at this stage finds no reason to issue direction as prayed for in the PIL,” said a bench headed by justice R Sudhakar. 

It said the petitioner could approach the competent authority (district collector) to get his grievances redressed. 

The Adani group has proposed to set up five solar power generation units with total capacity of 648 MW in Kamuthi taluk at a cost of Rs 4,536 crore. An agreement has already been signed between Tangedco and the Adani Group on July 18. 

The PIL said the company has begun acquiring land to an extent of 4,000 acres in the district. Government poromboke land and panchami lands meant for the scheduled castes in Sengapadai, Pudukottai, M Karisalkulam, Mudhal Naadu and Kamudhi are being acquired, he alleged.

He claimed that many family members of land owners were missing and sale deeds were being registered and transferred to the group with the help of anti-social elements. Registrations are taking place during night hours, he said. 

Noting that he had given a representation to the authorities on July 23, he said no action was taken so far.

The Tribune

 Farm labourers up in arms


 Tribune News Service , Bathinda, September 2

Seven farm and labour unions under the banner of the ‘Pendu and Khet Mazdoor Union’ today staged a protest near the District Complex in Bathinda. The round-the-clock protest will be continued till September 4 raising their demands related with the protection of interests and rights of Dalits and agricultural labourers in the state.

They demanded that the alleged police oppression against the Dalits and labourers should be stopped. Other demands include increase in wages under MNREGA up to Rs 500 per person per day and the work under it should be given for all 365 days to all, increase in old age and widow pensions, potable drinking water for people belonging to the Dalit and labour class, possession and allotment of 10 marla plots to homeless and landless labourers, Rs 3 lakh each for construction on these plots, implementation of the old PDS system where the Dalits and labourers could get ration, Rs 5 lakh compensation and government job for kin of those labourers who had committed suicide due to debt burden, implementation of law that supports giving of 1/3rd of the panchayati land to Dalits for cultivation and no anti-labourer amendments favouring the industry should be made by the Centre.


Mahipal, senior leader of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha, said: “Allotment of plots to the Dalits and labourers and possession over it is one of the demands we are seeking from the state government since long time. The Badal-led state government in 1997 gave letters of plot allotments to a number of Dalits and labourers who were homeless and landless but the possession is still awaited.”

“A number of times we had raised the issue and held protests but to no avail. This time, we will also highlight the issue of shortage of potable drinking water for Dalits. Most of the schools are unable to provide potable water whereas a number of schools still rely on hand-pump water that is hazardous to health. Drinking water is a basic need and the right of every citizen but the state government had failed to provide the same to the Dalit community,” said Mahipal.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

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