Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 26.10.15

Dalit ends life in Hisar, suicide note blames cops – The Times Of India


Police accused of showing disrespect to Dalits – The Hindu


All 403 cases under SC/ST Act being probed: Police – The Times Of India


Health indicators of SC/STs cause concern – The Hans India


SIT formed in Gohana Dalit boy death case – The Hindu


Future of 200 Dalit students at stake as the only government private school of Garaha village closed since a fortnight – The Times Of India


Sexual Assault, Rape Top Crimes Against Scheduled Castes – Business World


Mother vows to fight for equality after transgender son commits suicide – WKOW 


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The Times Of India

 Dalit ends life in Hisar,

suicide note blames cops


Manvir Saini,TNN | Oct 26, 2015, 10.13 AM IST

CHANDIGARH: A almost a week after two dalit children were burnt alive at Sunped village in Faridabad and the mysterious death of a 15-year-old dalit boy in Gohana town, a dalit tailor committed suicide by hanging himself in his house at Bhatla village in Hisar district on Saturday night.

In a suicide note, Badan Singh, who was in his mid-forties and a witness in the murder of his cousin Gurbachan Singh, stated that he was being pressurized by cops not to give any statement in the case.

Gurbachan, 50, was found hanging in a field on the outskirts of adjoining Chainat village on October 8. He had died under mysterious circumstances following a dispute with his employers Rajbir, Lila and Raj Kumar. According to sources, Badan was being pressurized to give a statement in their favour.

Sadar police on Sunday arrested Rajbir, Lila and Kumar under Sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC.

Hisar’s officiating SP Jaipal Singh suspended Sadar SHO Jagbir Singh and sub-inspector Ramesh Kumar for delay in taking action in both the cases.

“The court remanded the trio in police custody. We have initiated departmental proceedings against Jagbir Singh and Ramesh Kumar. If required, we can initiate criminal action against them,” said Jaipal Singh, who is heading a five-member special investigation team formed to investigate the matter.

Doctors performed Badan’s autopsy amid protests by dalits outside the civil hospital. Initially, villagers refused to cremate the body but relented after an assurance from the district administration officials that the guilty would be punished.

Two dalit children were burnt alive when their house in Faridabad district was set afire on October 20.

In another case, a 14-year-old dailt boy had died on October 22 in police custody, hours after he was questioned for stealing pigeons in Sonipat’s Gohana town. The boy was picked up by cops on October 21 and his body was found hanging in an empty house next day. The authorities had booked two ASIs of Gohana police station in this case.

The Hindu

 Police accused of showing disrespect to Dalits



Members of various Dalit organisations have accused the police of not showing respect to Dalits.

At a grievance redressal meeting for members of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes at the office of the Police Commissioner here on Sunday, they said that some inspectors attached to police stations were behaving in a demeaning way.

Raghuvir Sooterpet accused a head constable attached to the Ullal police station of removing the chair of a woman social worker who accompanied him to the station when he got to know that they were Dalits. Mr. Raghuvir said he had gone there on September 30 to complain about some people selling ganja in Ullal. “Soon after he realised that we are Dalits, the head constable took away the chair on which the woman was seated.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Shantaraju said the allegation would be inquired into .

The Times Of India

 All 403 cases under SC/ST Act being probed: Police


TNN | Oct 26, 2015, 04.36 AM IST

CHANDIGARH: A total of 403 cases have been registered in Haryana under the SC/ST Act this year, police said on Sunday, adding that all the cases are being investigated.

“Such cases are investigated thoroughly with sensitivity and immediate action is being taken,” Haryana’s additional director general of police (law and order), Mohammad Akil said. The alleged custodial death of a 15-year-old Dalit boy in Gohana in Sonepat district is being probed by the special investigation team (SIT) of the police department, he said.

The case was registered on the basis of a written statement by the family of the victim, he added.

The ADGP also said so far this year, 403 cases have been registered in the state under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Similarly, 501 such cases were registered in 2013 and 464 cases were registered in 2014.

In a reference to various cases including from Sunped in Faridabad, Gohana and Yamunanagar, he said that all such cases that have been reported recently were not related to conflict between upper and lower classes. PTI

The Hans India

 Health indicators of SC/STs cause concern


October 26,2015, 04.16 AM  IST | | THE HANS INDIA

Hyderabad: Despite dalits and other marginalized sections getting many social and economic rights, the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other Backward Classes continue to lag behind in many health indicators. Caste-based politics is predominant. Demands for reservations are more pronounced. But, the public health concerns of these sections of society go unnoticed. 

The proportion of children suffering from three types of undernourishment (weight for age, height for age and weight for height) is relatively higher among the SCs and STs as compared to that of the children of other castes.  The proportion of under-nutrition with regard to all the three indicators is even higher among tribal children, according to a study on health status of dalits in India authored by Avatthi Ramaiah published in the latest issue of the Economic and Political Weekly. 

Though there is a general trend of anaemia rising among women, the increase in number of women suffering from anaemia is higher among those belonging to SC , ST and OBC communities. For instance, 65 percent of tribal women are anaemic which is 13 percent more than the national average. 

The extent of coverage of vaccination and the magnitude of increase in coverage over a period is much less among SC and ST children as compared to other categories. The SC children lag behind even in access to vaccination. The situation is much worse among tribal children. 

The incidence of neonatal mortality is much worse among SC and ST’s. The Infant Mortality Rate among these sections is also much high among these sections. The relatively higher level of IMR and child mortality rates among the SCs is more evident in the case of rural India. The dalits and tribal’s also suffer from peculiar form of illnesses like Sickle Cell Anaemia.  

 By Special Correspondent

 The Hindu

 SIT formed in Gohana Dalit boy death case



The move to form the SIT-headed by a DSP came as Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar came under attack for claiming that the boy, Govind, had committed suicide.

 A Special Investigation Team has been formed to probe the death of a 15-year-old Dalit youth in Gohana here, a day after two ASIs were booked on murder charges following allegations from the family that he died in police custody.

The move to form the SIT-headed by a DSP came as Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar came under attack for claiming that the boy, Govind, had committed suicide.

Police said the post-mortem, which was conducted by a board of doctors, showed that the boy died due to hanging.

“The SIT has been formed in the case. The report of the post-mortem, which was conducted by a board of doctors, says that the boy died due to hanging. There was also a mark on his neck,” the Rohtak Range Inspector General of Police, Shrikant Jadhav, told PTI today.

On the directions of Jadhav, a SIT had also been formed to conduct further investigations in the case.

“The SIT will be headed by Rohtak Police DSP rank officer Amit Bhatia,” Superintendent of Police, Sonipat, Abhishek Garg said on Saturday.

He said the situation in Gohana town was peaceful after protests by the boy’s family, which had alleged that he was beaten by police and died in custody after being accused of pigeon theft.

The two Assistant Sub-inspectors were booked on murder charges and also under sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on the direction of National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Commission.

On Friday, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had told reporters here that “the post mortem report will throw light on why the suicide took place and for what reasons.”

He had said the boy’s family was involved in a dispute with another family over some money and pigeon and that the boy was not questioned and he had himself gone to the police station.

Congress had attacked the Chief Minister for claiming that the boy had committed suicide even before the investigation was completed.

“When Chief Minister of the state like M L Khattar will pre-judge a case before investigation, may I ask who will punish the guilty in this country. It is shameful, it is condemnable and it is reprehensible,” Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala had said.

He alleged that it reflected a mindset which is anti–Dalit, anti-poor and anti—backward that is “taught in the school of RSS and BJP.”

The Gohana incident had come close on the heels of two Dalit children being burnt alive at Sunped village in Faridabad district.

The Times Of India

 Future of 200 Dalit students at stake as the only government private school of Garaha village closed since a fortnight


Kelly Kislaya,TNN | Oct 26, 2015, 11.07 AM IST

RANCHI: Future of around 200 Dalit children of Garaha village in Koderma district of Jharkhand has become uncertain as the government school they were studying in has not been opened for over a fortnight. 

Dinesh Kumar, the only para teacher of Primary School Garaha (Domchanch Block), is absconding since October 8, when he was accused of making and selling spurious liquor after a team of excise department and Domchanch police raided the village, including his house. 

An officer who was a part of the raid team confirmed on the terms of anonymity that the para teacher has been booked for making and selling spurious liquor as a huge amount of it was recovered from his home during raid. The officer confirmed that the teacher is absconding since then. 

Pushpa Devi, a member of School Management Committee (SMC) of Primary School Garaha said, “It has been over 10 days that the school has not been opened. In past, he (Dinesh) had even forcibly made us sign papers and took out all the money from school’s account. The children of the village now have nowhere else to study as they all belong to poor family and their parents can’t afford enrolling them in private school.” 

Former teacher of the school, Basant Paswan, who is currently teaching in Primary School Jiyodih also accused Dinesh Kumar of fraud. He said, “When I was in that school I had got several constructions done worth Rs. 3 lakh from the school fund but payment of around Rs. 40,000 was pending. When Dinesh joined the school I told him to give me the money so I can clear payments. After much pressurising, he gave me a cheque of Rs. 21,000 from the SMC account but when I went to deposit the cheque I was informed that there is only Rs.500 in the schools account while I remember that when I left school around 8 months ago there was over Rs. 1 lakh.” 

Ramdeo Paswan, Mukhiya of Masnodih panchayat, under which Garaha village falls said, “Dinesh has always been a problem. Since he joined the school around eight months ago he had never taught the children properly nor ever opened and closed the school timely.” 

However, district superintendent of education, Koderma, PK Sahi said that while the teacher is absconding, the school has not been shut down. “When I got to know about the teacher I immediately directed the block officer to arrange for another teacher and make sure that the school is not shut down. However, if there are complains I will probe the matter on Monday,” he said. 

Meanwhile, a human rights activist of Koderma, Onkar Vishwakarma had written a letter to National Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights around a week ago to intervene in the matter. He said, “On Sunday I sent a message to the human resource development minister of the state Neera Yadav requesting her to intervene in the mater. I hope the department takes the problem seriously and the children do not have suffer because of one corrupt teacher.” 

HRD minister Neera Yadav, who is also the MLA from Koderma said, “I have not yet got any such information but if this is the case then I will definitely look into the matter. Right now I am in Bihar but I would be returning in a day or two and then will enquire about the matter. Though I will talk to DSE immediately.”

Business World

 Sexual Assault, Rape Top Crimes Against Scheduled Castes


Sexual assaults against women and rape are the top crimes against scheduled castes (SCs).

Among India’s 29 states, multicultural Goa, ranked 26th by population, has the highest crime rate against SCs.

In absolute numbers, Uttar Pradesh, India’s most-populous state, reported the most crimes against SCs.

These are some of the highlights of crimes against SCs, gleaned from the Crime In India 2014 report, released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

There were 67 crimes against SCs in Goa—the state is 66% Hindu, 25% Christian and 8% Muslim–for every one lakh scheduled caste individuals, the data reveal. Goa is followed by Rajasthan (66) and Andhra Pradesh (49).

The major crime against SCs is assault on women to outrage her modesty (Section 354 IPC).

The section is further classified into sexual harassment (section 354A IPC), assault or use of criminal force with intent to disrobe (section 354B IPC), voyeurism (Section 354C IPC), stalking (Section 354D IPC) and others.

As many as 47,064 crimes against SCs were reported in 2014, according to NCRB, a 44% rise over five years, from 32,712 in 2010 to 47,064 in 2014.

Crimes against Dalits, the lowest among scheduled castes, recently hit the headlines.


A young Dalit writer escaped an attack in Karnataka by a group of men who threatened to chop off his hands for writing against the caste system, perceived by them to be “anti-Hindu”.

In Haryana, upper-caste Rajputs burnt alive two Dalit children as revenge against their father for a murder last October.

Uttar Pradesh (8,075), India’s most populous state, reported the most crimes against SCs, followed by Rajasthan (8,028) Bihar (7,893), Madhya Pradesh (4,151), and Andhra Pradesh (4,114).

 The top five states accounted for 69% all crimes against scheduled castes across India.


The main crimes against scheduled castes include assault on women to “outrage her modesty” (2,742), rape (2,388), grievous hurt (2,267), riots (932) and kidnapping and abduction (884).

Murder is the sixth-most committed crime against SCs with a total of 794 cases reported.

Of 47,064 crimes against SCs in 2014, 40,300 cases were reported under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Atrocities Act.


 Mother vows to fight for equality after transgender son commits suicide


By Kristen Barbaresi

 Posted: Oct 23, 2015 9:04 AM ISTUpdated: Oct 23, 2015 2:31 PM IST

MADISON (WKOW)– The mother of a transgender teen who committed suicide vows to fight for equality for transgender youth.

On September 28, 16-year-old Skylar Lee committed suicide, and now his mother, Joanne Lee, is sharing Skylar’s story, in hopes others can learn from his death.

Joanne says she never accepted Skylar. She says Skylar first mentioned gender identity around age eight or nine, and officially came out as transgender last year at age 15.

“It was a shock to us and my husband and me,” Joanne said. “I tried to understand him.”

But Joanne says her culture and religion kept her from accepting Skylar as her son.

“I’m really sorry that I never said that I love him as who he is,” Joanne said. “I didn’t know. I didn’t know his pain.”

In September, a year and a half after he came out, Skylar committed suicide.

“The night before [he died], he hugged me and kissed me,” Joanne said. “I could feel it. He forgave me that I didn’t accept him, and that was his final goodbye to me. I owe him to continue his fight.”

Now Joanne plans to advocate for minority groups and the LGBTQ community, just like Skylar did. 27 News met Skylar in October of 2014 at a GSAFE event.

“Empowerment and justice, I feel like it’s a human right that everybody deserves but not everybody has,” Skylar told 27 News at the time.

Before his death, Skylar wrote a blog post saying he wasn’t committing suicide because he’s transgender, and he doesn’t want to be a sob story. So Joanne wants Skylar’s story to be about the importance of acceptance and equality.

“These transgender children have a lot of pressure from home,” Joanne said. “Then they are depressed because people don’t understand. Like me, I never understood him.”

Joanne plans to work with parents of transgender kids, and share her story in hopes no other parent misses the chance to get to know their child.

“Don’t lose your children because you don’t accept them,” Joanne said. “Give them your support. Give them your love.”

And through her work, Joanne hopes to deliver a message to her son.

“Skylar, I love you,” Joanne said she would tell him. “I love you, who you was and who you were, and you are my beautiful transgender son.”

Skylar was a junior at West High School and one of the driving forces behind a petition to get rid of the terms Homecoming King and Queen. About two weeks after his death, West High School elected its first gender neutral homecoming court.

Joanne and her husband have another son who is also transgender. He moved away when his parents didn’t accept him. Joanne says now they are rebuilding their relationship, and together will continue Skylar’s fight for equality.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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