Rape victim kills self – The Tribune
Upper Caste Men in Mysuru Refuse to Give Dalit Boy His Reward – The New Indian Express
Professor’s car set on fire despite cops on guard – The Times Of India
No quota for SC/ST/OBC in any single post, says SC – The Asian Age
Officials accused of damaging crops on the pretext of clearing encroachment – The Hindu
Clarify Stand on SC Quota in Appointments: NCSC to IIT-M – The New Indian Express
From Proxies To Politicians: Bihar’s Female MLAs – The Wire
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Rape victim kills self
Abohar: The body of a Dalit girl aged 18 years was found on the outskirts of Bhukarka village near Hanumangarh on Monday evening. Her parents alleged that Subhash Chander of the same village had kidnapped her. They said the accused had been harassing her on her way to school. The post-mortem report has indicated that the girl was raped and consumed poisonous substance. — OC
The New Indian Express
Upper Caste Men in Mysuru Refuse to Give Dalit Boy His Reward
By Express News Service Published: 26th September 2015 04:59 AM Last Updated: 26th September 2015 05:08 AM
MYSURU: Upper caste men of Kuruburu Village in T Narasipur Taluk near here allegedly refused to give a dalit boy his reward for winning a competition organised in the village, on Thursday night.
It is also alleged that upper caste individuals assaulted the dalit boys who participated in the competition and allegedly showed disrespect to a portrait of Dr B R Ambedkar.
According to sources, the upper caste residents had put up a Ganesha pandal and had organised a gundu kallu (stone lifting) competition in the village for Gowri-Ganesha festival. They had also declared that the winner will get a cash award of `2,000. Dalit boys Narayan, Chinnaiah, Rangaiah, Puttaswamy and Mahesh took part in the contest, which Narayan won.
When Narayan claimed the cash prize, the men allegedly refused to hand it over. They also allegedly hit Narayan with sticks and chased him and the other boys till their locality. According to sources, the villagers even broke the drinking water pipes in the dalit area. T Narasipur police personell rushed to the spot and diffused the situation.
Cases for harassment of dalits have been slapped against 14 people —Jagadish, Prashanth, Swamy, Nagaraju, Bullimara, Shivu, Anil, Karthik, Guruswamy, Babu, Yogesh, Subbu and Shantha.
The Times Of India
Professor’s car set on fire despite cops on guard
Soumittra S Bose | Sep 26, 2015, 03.01 AM IST
Nagpur: The so-called gangster Sumeet Thakur’s ploy of lying low for past few months to script a subtle shift to his newly adopted political patronage under BJP leadership took a serious jolt as a skirmish with a professor in the neighbourhood of Friends Colony on September 16 once again brought him under police scanner. The latest incident also leaves a surprise behind as one of professor’s car was set on fire in the early hours of Friday by unidentified persons outside his residence despite two police constables being posted inside the house.
Professor Malhari Maske may be now petrified for having locked horns with Sumeet after their cars collided in the narrow lanes of their locality. The ambition of this former accused under Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) to emerge from his past shadow to cast a political avatar now, has gone for a toss as city police’s top officers are after him and his gang. Sumeet’s father Rajkumar has been already arrested in the case.
Deputy commissioner of police, Zone-II, Sanjay Latkar said that he has already registered two offences against Sumeet, his elder brother Amit, their father Rajkumar and their accomplices which included one after the latest incident of a car being gutted by unidentified persons parked outside the professor’s car.
“Maske was hesitant to register an offence against Sumeet and his family despite being counselled by senior cops from Gittikhadan police station. He felt comfortable after speaking to me which helped police register the first offence last week and now we encouraged him to lodge a second complaint too,” said Latkar. He said that now there is no way police would spare Sumeet and his gang. “An offence under Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act was also registered against Sumeet and others,” said the DCP.
It is learnt that Maske and Sumeet had an altercation on September 16 after their cars collided. An upset Sumeet learnt to have damaged Maske’s car during the heated argument. Sumeet’s gang later barged into Maske’s house where they damaged a bike apart from giving threats to the professor’s family. The matter had come to fore after a section of media reported the matter. DCP Latkar learnt to intervened to get an offence registered on September 22. Police constables were also deployed on guard duty at the residence of Maske.
The matter took a fresh turn on Friday after someone set a car parked outside Maske’s residence on fire. The matter came to fore after a woman from the neighbourhood noticed the smoke and fire. “The high boundary wall of Maske’s residence likely to have blocked view of the cops who were deployed inside as the car was set on fire outside the house,” said an officer.
The Asian Age
No quota for SC/ST/OBC in any single post, says SC
If there is only one post in a cadre, no reservation can be provided for SC/ST/OBC as such a quota will amount to 100 per cent reservation which is not permissible, the Supreme Court has held.
Giving this ruling, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C. Pant said “until there is plurality of posts in a cadre, the question of reservation will not arise because any attempt of reservation by whatever means and even with the device of rotation of roster in a single post cadre is bound to create 100 per cent reservation of such post whenever such reservation is to be implemented.”
Writing the judgement Justice Misra, however, said “if a singular post in the clerical cadre is there, it would be filled up by promotion from amongst the eligible candidates from the feeder cadre. Adopting such a method or taking such route does not remotely touch the idea of reservation”.
In this case, the appellant Akhilesh Kumar Singh was appointment for the post of clerk by direct recruitment in Kisan Uchchatar Madhyamic Vidyalaya, Hidra, Kanwar, Uttar Pradesh.
The respondent Basti Ram, who was eligible for promotion to the clerk post, was not promoted on the ground that he belonged to reserved community. A single judge of Allahabad high court rejected Basti Ram’s claim for promotion but a division bench allowed his appeal. The present appeal is by Akhilesh, who was a direct recruit.
Officials accused of damaging crops on the pretext of clearing encroachment
No notices issued before initiating action, say farmers
A section of Dalits at Mukunduru Hosahalli in Hassan taluk are up in arms against the taluk administration for allegedly damaging standing crops by digging trenches in the name of clearing encroachment of a road.
The residents allege that the taluk administration neither issued prior notices to them nor allowed the farmers to harvest the crop before bringing earthmovers.
Based on a complaint by a few Dalits in the village that an eight-feet road had been encroached upon by the “upper caste”, the officials of Hassan taluk administration arrived at the village on August 5 with earthmovers and tree-cutting equipment.
The officials removed the fencing set up by a couple of “upper caste” people, but dug trenches on the adjacent plots, belonging to farmers of a Scheduled Caste.
Gundaiah and Chikkaiah, brothers, had been granted bagair hukum land in the village, where they had cultivated jowar and potato. As the earthmovers dug trenches on their land, the crops on that land were damaged, leaving both families worried.
About 20 fully-grown trees were cut in the name of clearing the road. “As per the official sketch, an eight-feet wide road was existing, adjacent to our land. If the administration had issued notices, we would have agreed to part with the land after harvesting the crop. But the officials came and dug trenches for the construction of a 30 ft road, without issuing notices to us,” said Mr. Chikkaiah.
Mr. Chikkaiah claimed he had requested the officials not to cut trees and requested them to allow some time to harvest the crop.
“They pushed me down and damaged the crop. Moreover, we have records to show our ownership on the land,” he said.
Members of fhese families are suspecting the role of a person, also a relative, in targeting their crop because of a panchayat election-related dispute.
Following a protest staged by the family members, E. Vijaya, Assistant Commissioner (Hassan), visited the village and issued notices to five officials, including Hassan tahsildar V. Manjunath.
When contacted over phone, Mr. Manjunath said the officials were not responsible for the damage caused to the crops or the cutting of trees.
“A section of people in the village had filed a complaint with the taluk-level SC-ST grievances committee alleging that a road had been encroached upon. Being the chairman of the committee, I ordered to clear the encroachment. We have not damaged the crops,” he said.
The New Indian Express
Clarify Stand on SC Quota in Appointments: NCSC to IIT-M
By Express News Service Published: 26th September 2015 04:42 AM Last Updated: 26th September 2015 04:42 AM
CHENNAI:The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has directed IIT-Madras to provide a reply to the commission based on a representation made by a Chennai resident regarding the non-implementation of scheduled caste reservation in the appointments at the institute.
The complainant, Dr E Muralidharan, has alleged that the institute does not follow the reservation policy as mandated by the Central government, which ‘is a serious matter of grave concern’ and has requested the NCSC to take severe action against the people involved in the discrimination and the atrocities. Muralidharan has also linked the non-compliance of the reservation policy in the appointment of staff at IIT-Madras to the de-recognition of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) earlier this year. Responding to this, the NCSC has directed IIT-Madras to provide a para-wise counter to the complaint within 15 days.
From Proxies To Politicians:
Bihar’s Female MLAs
Thirty five years ago, Bhagirathi Devi was a sweeper in the block development office in Narkatiyaganj, a town in Bihar’s West Champaran district. Today, she is a third-term member of the legislative assembly (MLA) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), representing the Ramnagar (formerly Shikarpur) constituency in northwestern Bihar, one of 34 female MLAs in the 243-member vidhan sabha.
A Mahadalit–as the Bihar government started calling the poorest of low-caste Dalits in 2007– Bhagirathi Devi joined politics as a reaction to what she saw around her.
“I was angry at the injustice and cruelty meted out to the poor, especially poor women, who came to the block development officer’s office,” said Bhagirathi Devi, 65. “Us din hum soch liye ki rajneeti mein jayenge aur babu logon ko sabak sikhayenge (That was the day I decided to enter politics and teach the officers a lesson),” she said.
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