Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 21.09.15


 Dalit minor abducted, raped in HisarThe Tribune


Mill owners attack dalit girl, grandmom – The Times Of India


Dalit girl of Theni village escapes from “hell” – The Hindu


6 hurt in Ganesh idol immersion in Chittoor, SC/ST case booked – The Hindu


Caste clash in Patan village – The Times Of India


CPI(M) demands special Parliament session to discuss Dalit issues – The Times Of India


Irregularities in Admission Alleged at Maharajah’s College – The New Indian Express


RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat pitches for review of reservation policy – The Times Of India


Valmiki community accuses BJP of betrayalThe Tribune


Dalit women take out march in SonepatThe Tribune




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 Dalit minor abducted, raped in Hisar


 Hisar, September 20

A minor Dalit girl was abducted and raped by two youths at Satrod Khas village of the district yesterday. The accused — Amit and Krishan — are absconding.

The police said the 13-year-old victim claimed in her complaint that she was abducted from near her house by the two accused on September 14. They took her to a secluded place in the village and raped her. They also threatened to kill her and her family if she disclosed the matter.

The girl revealed the incident to her family after which they lodged a complaint with the police. — TNS

The Times Of India

 Mill owners attack dalit girl, grandmom


TNN | Sep 20, 2015, 01.53 PM IST

MADURAI: An NGO has demanded compensation for a 15-year-old girl and her grandmother who were allegedly tortured by the owners of a spinning mill in Vijayamangalam in Erode and action against the attackers. 

According to Evidence, an NGO, Kalavathy, a dalit girl from Devadanapatti in Theni district who was employed in the mill and her grandmother was attacked for trying to escape. Kalavathy began to work in the spinning mill on August 25 this year. 

She was promised a salary of Rs200 a month and Rs20,000 at the end of two years. As she found the work difficult, she wanted to return to her parents. The administration had agreed to release her if she brought in another person in her place. Her father Karuppiah had sent her grandmother Palaniammal as a replacement on September 8. However, the girl and her grandmother were allegedly tortured by the mill administration and locked up in different rooms. They had attempted to escape on September 10, but were caught and attacked brutally by the mill owner and other workers. Kalavathy reportedly fainted due to the attack and her grandmother was forced to throw water on her to bring her back to her senses. 

Palaniammal escaped on September 12 and the girl attempted the same the next day, but was caught by the watchman. He allegedly caught her by her hair and attacked her, when villagers came to her rescue. 

Theni SP had ordered Theni all-woman police to register a case based on a complaint from the girl’s father and a case was registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act of 2012. The girl was badly hurt when the team met her. 

The NGO has demanded that cases be registered under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, Sections 3(1)(12), 3(1)(10) and that the injured girl be given Rs3 lakh as compensation. They wanted those responsible for the crime to be arrested immediately. 

The Hindu

 Dalit girl of Theni village escapes from “hell”



NGO demands arrest of cruel spinning mill owner

 “I was brutally attacked by my employer” said a 15-year-old girl, hailing from a village in Theni district.

Speaking to The Hindu on Saturday, the Dalit girl, (name withheld) who was still in a state of shock, said in a choked voice that no child, especially girls, should face such a torture.

After hearing people saying that some spinning mills in Erode district paid “lucrative” wages, the girl convinced her father, left with hopes of helping her family fight poverty and joined a mill in the third week of August.

She said, “Little did I realise that I was entering the gates of hell.” As she could not cope with the strenuous work for long hours, she pleaded with the management to let her go home from the second day.

Work started at 5 a.m., and went on till 3 p.m. “When I requested that I be relieved, the employer slapped and abused me. When I refused to work or take food, another well-built man said that they would let me go home provided some one replaced me,” she said.

As the place was new to the girl, her attempt to escape was not that easy. Finally, when they allowed her to speak to her family over phone, her grandmother rushed in as her replacement.

Again, the mill owner refused to let her go and instead the abuse continued, the girl said. When she fainted, they ignored her.

Utilising the opportunity, the girl escaped from the mill premises, only to be caught by the watchman. But, a few people came to her rescue and freed her, she added.

A fact-finding team from Evidence, a Madurai-based NGO, which visited Theni district, has demanded the arrest of the mill owner and also a compensation of Rs. 3 lakh for the girl.

Based on a complaint from the girl’s father, Karuppiah, Theni All Woman Police registered a case under the POCSO Act, 2012. But A. Kathir, executive director of Evidence, urged the police to book cases under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and for illegal confinement.

Many victims

According to the complainant, many children in the age group of 13 to 17 years were lured into working in the mill on the promise of a lump sum payment after working for three years.

Finally, when they allowed her to speak to her family over phone, her grandmother rushed in as her replacement

The Hindu

 6 hurt in Ganesh idol immersion in Chittoor, SC/ST case booked



Six persons were injured when two groups clashed with each other during the Ganesh idol immersion event at Gangavaripalle village of Kurabalakota mandal in Madanapalle Division on Saturday midnight. As a backlash to the event, the Mudivedu police registered a criminal case under the SC/ST Atrocities Act on the idol immersion organizers on Sunday.

The Mudivedu police said that as part of the idol immersion, the procession was going towards the nearby tank, allowing the households to offer harathi to the idol. Some families belonging to the SC community performed the ritual, but were allegedly insulted by the organizers.

This led to clash between the two groups. The injured were rushed to the area hospital. The police visited the village and booked cases against the accused.The police said that following a tense atmosphere in the village, a police picket would be posted if necessary.

The Times Of India

 Caste clash in Patan village


TNN | Sep 21, 2015, 04.17 AM IST

AHMEDABAD: The spectre of the ongoing Patidar quota stir turning into an inter-caste conflict looms large over the state. On Sunday, police lobbed teargas shells near Ladva village in Patan district to disperse members of Patidar and Chaudhari communities as they resorted to stone-pelting over a minor incident.

Patan SP A G Chauhan said about 100 Patidar women had gathered on the road clattering plates with spoons to block traffic. “Just then a Chaudhari family travelling by car urged the women to let them go as there was an emergency. However, a minor altercation took place and soon Chaudhari members from the nearby Taloj village reached there and stone-pelting resulted,” added Chauhan.

On Saturday, a group of agitating Patidar women in Ramol had confronted members of Rabari community. On August 25, there was a conflict between residents of Thakorevas and Patidars in Vadaj area.

Police officials said they rushed to the spot soon and dispersed the crowds which by then had resorted to minor stone pelting. “We had to lob 3 tear gas shells to disperse the mobs” added Chauhan.

Chauhan said they then called leaders of both community and made them sit togather. “They too responded well and compromised never to indulge with each other” added Chauhan.

However as news of the incident reached DGP office in Gandhinagar, senior police officials were worried and directed their subordinates to calm the situation.

The Times Of India

 CPI(M) demands special Parliament session to discuss Dalit issues


PTI | Sep 20, 2015, 06.49 PM IST

NEW DELHI: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury today demanded that the NDA government call a special session of Parliament to discuss issues concerning Dalits, including reservation in private sector jobs and special plans for the community. 

“We had raised this demand when Modi Government assumed office at the Centre and we will again raise this demand in Parliament,” he said addressing a ‘Dalit Sansad’, organised by Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch here. 

“Reservation has no meaning unless it is also allowed in private sector,” he said, adding that his party would continue to press the demand for a special session of Parliament for discussion on issues related to the Dalit community. 

“We have been raising the demand of special (development) plans for SCs and STs for over two decades without any results and it needs to be discussed in a special session of Parliament,” the CPI(M) general secretary said. 

Pointing to continuing “exploitation of Dalits in the country”, Yechury said, “India cannot develop into a strong modern nation unless Dalits are enabled to exercise their rights and protected from atrocities.” 

The Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch was launched last year to take up issues related to the Dalit community in the country.

The New Indian Express

 Irregularities in Admission Alleged at Maharajah’s College


By Express News Service Published: 21st September 2015 04:16 AM Last Updated: 21st September 2015 04:16 AM

KOCHI: The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Samrakshana Munnani (SCSTSM) alleged irregularities in the admission process at Maharajah’s College here.

The SCSTSM in a press release issued here on Saturday alleged that there were grave irregularities in the admission process in the current academic year, and demanded a Vigilance inquiry into the same.“Two students belonging to backward communities and three Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students were denied admission, citing over-age. They had applied online for undergraduate courses, and had paid fees.

However, their names were not included in the rank list and allotment list,” said SCSTSM chief coordinator Radhakrishnan V S.

According to him, the college authorities violated the agreement with the state government to follow the admission norms.

The Times Of India

 RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat pitches for review of reservation policy


PTI | Sep 21, 2015, 11.16 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Amid the continuing Patel quota stir in Gujarat, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has pitched for a review of the reservation policy, contending it has been used for political ends and suggesting setting up of an apolitical committee to examine who needs the facility and for how long. 

He said though “interest groups” do get formed in democracy, aspirations of one section should not be met at the cost of others.

“Interest groups are formed because we have certain aspirations in democracy. At the same time, we should remember that through interest groups we should not strive to address those aspirations at the cost of others. 

“We should have integral approach of welfare for all. It is sensible to realise that my interest lies in larger national interest. Government also has to be sensitive to these issues that there should not be any agitations for them,” Bhagwat told Sangh mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ and ‘Panchjanya’ in an interview. 

He pitched for constitution of a committee with representatives from the civil society to go into the issue.

“We believe, form a committee of people genuinely concerned for the interest of the whole nation and committed for social equality, including some representatives from the society, they should decide which categories require reservation and for how long. 

“The non-political committee like autonomous commissions should be the implementation authority; political authorities should supervise them for honesty and integrity,” he said. 

Arguing that the policy of reservations based on social backwardness being extended now is not in line with what the makers of the Indian Constitution had in mind, Bhagwat said had quotas been implemented as per the vision of the Constitution makers questions on the issue would not have surfaced.

“If we would have implemented this policy as envisaged by the Constitution makers instead of doing politics over it, then present situation would not have arrived. Since inception it has been politicised,” he said. 

Bhagwat’s remarks come in the wake of violent protests by the Patel community in Gujarat who are demanding a share in the OBC reservation pie.

The Tribune

 Valmiki community accuses BJP of betrayal


Nitish Sharma Tribune News Service Kurukshetra, September 20

Seeking separate quota for reservation, members of Valmiki community organised a ‘Mahadalit Sammelan- Lalkar Rally’ in Kurukshetra and accused the BJP government of betrayal.

Darshan Ratna Ravan, head of Adi Dharma Samaj said, “The BJP has cheated the community. It showed us a fake manifesto, assured us of fulfilling our demands and obtained over votes. We are here to challenge the government. We will take revenge in the Bihar polls and its effect will be shown in all the upcoming elections across the country.”

He said, “The Modi government had discriminated with the Dalit samaj and had decreased its budget by Rs 32,000 crore and the chapters related to Dalit leaders were being removed from the NCERT.”

Yogendra Yadav, who was also present on this occasion, extended his support to the community. Later, talking to The Tribune, Yadav said, “The Valmiki community is among the communities that got reservation, but it didn’t get its share as a big chunk of reservation is being enjoyed by a few communities. There are several communities that didn’t get the benefit despite getting the reservation.”

On AAP leaders leaving the party in Punjab, Yogendra Yadav said, “No outsider is responsible for the situation of Aam Admi Party in Punjab. People in Punjab are unhappy with the SAD-BJP government and they are finding some alternative, but the way AAP is moving in Punjab it has not been able to put up a fight there. As per my information, the AAP will import leader from the Congress, BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal in future.”

The Tribune

 Dalit women take out march in Sonepat


 Our Correspondent  Sonepat, September 20

To create awareness among Dalit women about their rights, women activists of the National Conference of Dalit Adivasi Organisation (NACDOR) and Rashtriya Dalit Maha-andolan (RDM) today started its 11-day “Mahila Samman Yatra” from Nahri village in the district today.

Rajni Tilak, president of the RDM, told the media 40 villages in Rai block would be covered during the “yatra” which would conclude at Jagdishpur village on September 30. “Today, we covered Nahri, Kundli, Nangal Kalan and Nathupur villages.”

“We will also organise a Mahila Shiksha Samman meeting at Asawarpur village in the district on October 1, in which the volunteers promoting education among Dalit women in Delhi and Haryana will be honoured,” Tilak said.

During meetings with women, she said, the stress was laid on the importance of education, women’s rights and to inspire them from the success stories of Dalit women teachers, including Savitribai Phule — the first woman teacher from the Dalit community.

The Pioneer



Monday, 21 September 2015 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

The State Government’s Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) has drafted a proposal for recognition of transgenders and subsequently providing them certificates as third gender (TG), official sources said on Saturday.

As per the umbrella scheme of the Union Government, there are five sub-schemes for the welfare of the third gender. The parents of every transgender will get financial assistance of Rs1,000. For pre-matric scholarship (Classes VIII to X), the day scholar will get Rs150 and the hostellers Rs350 for 10 months.

Similarly, the transgender students will get monthly post-matric scholarship (XI and above) of Rs550 for day scholar and Rs1,200 for hosteller for 10 months and reimbursement of compulsory refundable fees during higher studies.

For their skill development, Rs15,000 will be given per transgender trainee for 200 hours of the course. There will be 30 trainees in one batch. The trainee will get stipend amounting Rs1,000 per month. They will get subsidy linked loan amounting to maximum of Rs5 lakh to be an entrepreneur. There are also pension schemes for transgenders of Rs1,000 per month.

The State Government has agreed to implement it after the launching of the scheme by the Central Government.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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