Concern over rising incidents of atrocities on Dalits – The Hindu
THREE ACCUSED OF GANG RAPE SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT – The Pioneer
Haryana DGP orders police to visit villages after Dalit deaths – The Hindu
Fighting oppression, through his writings – The Hindu
Shun Rama Rajya, adopt Bheem Rajya: Writer Bhagawan – Deccan Herald
BJP’s Dalit leaders ‘missing from action’ – The Tribune
Use the word ‘EWS’ in place of Dalits: Sukhu – The Tribune
Haryana CM Khattar announces scholarships, Sanskrit varsity for SCs – Zee News
Has Haryana CM completely failed in protecting Dalits?
Concern over rising incidents of atrocities on Dalits
Stating that the incidents of atrocities on Dalits are on the rise in recent times, Mavalli Shankar, leader of Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkar Vada), on Tuesday said that all right-thinking people should join hands in opposing such incidents.
Mr. Shankar was speaking after releasing “Boodiyagada Kenda” written by Vijaykumar Sigaranahall.
“Every day, we hear reports of atrocities on Dalits in different parts of the country. India has not changed over the years. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar found it difficult to get a house for rent, when he returned to India from abroad after completing higher studies in the early years of the last century. Even today, the situation has not changed,” he lamented.
In the 1970s, the Dalit movement was at its peak level. The pro-Dalit organisations fought against atrocities and succeeded in spreading awareness among Dalits about their rights. “Now, there is a need for strengthening the organisation for the welfare of Dalits,” he said.
Narayana Kyasamballi, a research student, in his introductory remarks on the book, said the status of Dalits had not improved over the years.
“As a Dalit boy, I faced atrocities in my childhood days. We face difficulty in getting a house for rent. Because of my caste, I had to struggle to clear my degree examination as a section of lecturers refused to give me internal assessment marks,” he said.
Rati Rao of People’s Union of Civil Liberties and others were present.
THREE ACCUSED OF GANG RAPE SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT
Thursday, 29 October 2015 | GP Semwal | PAURI | in Dehradun
District and Session Court Pauri has sentenced all the three accused of a gang rape case involving a Scheduled Caste girl to life imprisonment aside from slapping the trio with fine of `10,000 each. The court found that the accused Chandra Mohan Singh, Dinesh and Harish had committed the crime.
The court also found Chandra Mohan Singh guilty under SC/ST Act and imposed additional Rs10,000 as fine.
District Government councilor (Criminal) Avaneesh Negi said that the incident had happened in 2014 in Kotdwar Tehsil of Pauri district. The father of the victim had lodged a report with police against the trio on September 15 2014. Kotdwar Police had registered a case against them for gang raping, threatening and kidnapping under POSCO and different section of IPC. All three accused are residents of Kotdwar.
Haryana DGP orders police to visit villages after Dalit deaths
As Haryana government came under fire following deaths of Dalits, including two young siblings in last few days, Haryana’s Director General of Police (DGP) Yash Pal Singal on Wednesday ordered all Deputy Superintendents of Police (who have been designated as nodal officer under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989), to tour villages across the State and sort out their grievances.
Mr. Singal was presiding over a meeting of all the 21 Deputy Superintendents of Police from all districts of the State on Wednesday regarding various issues relating to Scheduled Castes.
“If any crime under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is reported, it should be promptly registered, investigated and challan be put in the court without delay,” said Mr. Singal.
Mr. Singal suggested police to form ‘peace committee’ in the village where there were reports of conflicts or disturbance between various communities.
Earlier in the meeting, the nodal officers briefed the DGP about the situation in their districts.
Opposition flays BJP
In Haryana, the opposition parties have been accusing the ruling BJP government of completely failing to protect Dalits.
Notably, around two weeks ago, a two-year-old boy and his 11-month-old sister of a Dalit family were burnt in Faridabad.
Last week, a 14-year-old Dalit boy in Sonepat was found hanging hours after he was picked up by the police for questioning. It was alleged that the teen was brutally beaten and had injuries all over his body.
Later a police officer was suspended.
Fighting oppression, through his writings
Huchangi Prasad received threats after he published a book on untouchability
Huchangi Prasad first realised the injustice of the caste system as an 11 year old. A chain worn by a baby from an upper caste household in his neighbourhood had gone missing. The parents thought it had gone accidentally inside the toilet. They called Prasad home and made him search for the chain, by putting his hand inside the toilet pit.
“I started thinking on our situation. Why are we treated like this? Why do we have to do all this? That was the trigger for me to continue my education,” says Prasad, in an interview with The Hindu ahead of a protest meeting against communal fascism in the city on Wednesday.
He had dropped out of school in fifth standard due to poverty and the prevailing untouchability in his native Davangere in Karnataka.
“My parents were bonded labourers. The women in my family belonged to the Devadasi tradition. We had to face oppression on both counts. I dropped out of school and helped my family for a while. I joined back a year after this incident,” he says.
He started writing poetry as he entered college. The writings and life stories of Ambedkar, Jyotiba Phule and Periyar inspired him and made him aware of the historical injustices that Dalits had to face.
Last year, Prasad wrote Odala Kichhu , a book which documented his personal experiences of caste oppression and untouchability. Kannada writer K.S. Bhagawan, who was recently issued death threats by right wing fanatics, released the book.
Following this, activists of Sri Rama Sene and Hindu Rakshana Vedike started threatening him.
Last week, a man came to his university, where he is studying Journalism, claiming that his mother had been hospitalised. A group of eight men attacked him. “They said that my writings were anti-Hindu, as I talked about the caste system. They injured me with a knife and said that they will cut off my fingers. They said that I was born a Dalit because of my past sins. I somehow escaped from there.”
His bandaged palm still bleeds occasionally. He now walks around with a police escort, who accompanied him till Bengaluru on his way here. “As long as the gunman is there, I am safe,” says Prasad, whose house is just 100 km from where rationalist scholar M.M. Kalburgi was shot dead.
Shun Rama Rajya, adopt Bheem Rajya: Writer Bhagawan
Bengaluru: Oct 29, 2015, dhns
Controversial Kannada historian K S Bhagawan stoked another controversy on Wednesday, saying Rama “encouraged unequality and sectarianism” among Hindus, and called upon people to work towards attaining ‘Bheem Rajya’, based on the ideals of Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar, and shun ‘Rama Rajya’.
Addressing a gathering at a programme organised by Vicharavadigala Vedike Karnataka (Viveka) in front of the Town Hall here, the historian mentioned that Valmiki, who wrote Ramayana, did not refer to Rama as God.
“Verses in Ramayana show that Rama encouraged sectarianism, preferred less power to women and education only to the upper caste. These are not my lines and I am ready for open debate,” he said.
Stressing the importance of social justice and equality, Bhagawan said that development was possible only if people worked together on the lines of ‘Bheem Rajya’, based on the Constitution of India.
The writer also clarified that he never said that Bhagavad Gita should be burnt but had only raised objections to volume 9, shloka 32 of the Gita, which calls women, prostitutes and dalits “sinners”.
‘Food is personal’
Bhagawan opined that the choice of food was personal, not an issue of public discussion. “Eating meat does not make a person cruel or intelligent. It’s a matter of attitude and upbringing. Hitler was a vegetarian but cruel while Vivekananda was a non-vegetarian,” he added.
The writer also expressed concern over the slow pace of investigation into the killing of Kannada writer MM Kalburgi.
BJP’s Dalit leaders ‘missing from action’
BJP’s Dalit leaders reportedly didn’t visit homes of ‘victims’ since CM was holding fort and himself monitoring the developments
Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 28
As the embattled BJP government in Haryana fought to ward off mounting criticism in the face of rising incidents of crime against Dalits through last week, its Dalit parliamentarians, ministers and legislators were “missing” from all the action.
Usually, the first line of defence in any government is usually the elected representatives of the community “under attack”, as they are sent as emissaries.
However, after the death of two Dalit children in Faridabad’s Sunped village, the mysterious death of a teenager allegedly in police custody in Gohana, the death of a witness in a murder case in Hisar and that of a Dalit boy in Yamunanagar, everybody from Ambala (reserved) MP Rattan Lal Kataria to ministers Krishan Lal Panwar and Krishan Bedi, were conspicuous by their absence from the scene, as were the Dalit legislators.
Sources in the BJP said Dalit leaders did not visit the homes or villages of the “victims” since Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was holding fort and monitoring the developments directly. Contrary to this, there is a general perception that the Chief Minister was left alone to battle the developments as they happened in quick succession.
The BJP leaders were also at pains to point out that the government took a conscious decision against fielding Dalit leaders essentially because these were not caste-based crimes to begin with. “There was little sense in sending leaders of the community to handle the situation since that would have meant that we ourselves were giving crime incidents a caste tinge. Also, the CM represents all communities. When he has gone, the other leaders can afford to be kept out,” a BJP legislator said.
The “inexperienced” MLAs, it seems, too, are reluctant to visit homes where there is scope to stoke a crisis. “Had we gone to their homes and made some statement, like we are expected to, it leads to some controversy or the other. The outcome of anything positive we want to do is that we are blamed for being ‘inexperienced’. So, the best way to deal with the situation is to stay out of controversy,” an MLA said.
BJP leaders pointed out that the rally on Valmiki Jayanti in Kaithal was the party’s answer to the Opposition which was crying itself hoarse on the incidents and forcibly trying to portray these as caste crimes to take the sheen off the “successful” completion of one year of BJP’s rule in the state.
They added the rally, as also the Bihar elections, had kept its leaders occupied and that the BJP was conscious of taking all castes along.
Use the word ‘EWS’ in place of Dalits: Sukhu
Tribune News Service Shimla, October 28
Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu today called for abolition of terms such as Dalits or Scheduled Castes as they vitiate society.
Instead, the term Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) should be used, he said.
Sukhu said it was the need of the hour to abolish such terms and use terms like EWS for categorising a particular community rather than alienating them from mainstream and having social bias.
“The Indian society is best in the world. There is a human aspect to relationships which is missing in the west but the caste system has led to various social evil practices leading to divisions in our society along caste lines,” he remarked.
Sukhu said the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi and Dr BR Ambedkar had also called for abolition for caste system and untouchability in our society.
“It is high time that we should incorporate changes and abolish such terms or traditions which are coming in the way of unity of society, resulting in clashes or conflict between various castes on these lines,” he said.
He said Mahatma Gandhi and Dr BR Ambedkar wanted to amalgamate various sub-castes having cultural unity and economic similarity. “Gradually, the castes which will approximately be on a footing of equality will consolidate and ultimately a casteless society will be established,” he remarked.
Haryana CM Khattar announces scholarships, Sanskrit varsity for SCs
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday announced a number of sops for Scheduled Caste people in the state, including laptops for girls and a Sanskrit University to be named after Maharishi Valmiki.
Last Updated: Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 20:41
Kaithal: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday announced a number of sops for Scheduled Caste people in the state, including laptops for girls and a Sanskrit University to be named after Maharishi Valmiki.
CM Khattar made the announcements during an address at Bhagwan Valmiki Prakat Diwas Samaroh, being celebrated as Samrasta Diwas, here.
Paying tributes to Valmiki, he said that a Sanskrit University will be set up in Mundri village here which will be named after the Sanskrit poet.
Khattar also announced of organising state-level functions to commemorate the anniversaries of three great saints – Maharishi Valmiki, Sant Kabir and Sant Ravidas – from next year.
The Chief Minister said that awards in the field of education, literature and sports would be instituted in the names of the three great saints.
Khattar announced that Government Residential Senior Secondary Schools would be opened at each district headquarters in the state to impart quality education to the students.
A grant of Rs five crore each to three Assembly segments of the district – Kaithal, Kalayat and Guhla – for various development works was announced by him, besides giving approval for the widening of eight kms road at Cheeka.
He said that to enable the children of Scheduled Caste families to get quality education, the state government has decided to provide relaxation of 10 per cent marks in the eligibility criteria for getting scholarship under Dr Ambedkar Medhavi Chhattar Yojna.
“We will also provide laptops to the girl students belonging to Scheduled Caste families,” he added.
Continuing further, he said, “When he took over the reins of the State Government one year back, the society was divided in the name of regionalism, caste and creed, rich and poor and educated and uneducated. But, we took this challenge and worked with the spirit of ‘Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek’ to usher in a new era of development and prosperity by taking along the people belonging to all sections and regions of the society.”
He made it clear that now nobody would be allowed to take “undue political gains by dividing the people in the name of caste, creed and region.” Describing the empowerment of the poor and downtrodden as the “foremost priority” of the BJP government in the state, which completes one year in office on Monday, the Chief Minister said that opportunities would be first made available to those who are socially and economically backward owing to any reasons.
For this, new schemes and programmes were being implemented, he added.
CM Khattar blamed the previous government for the problem of backlog in reserved government jobs.
“We will not only clear the backlog, but also create opportunities so that youth of this community (SCs) could get more jobs,” he said.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of six development projects costing about Rs 25 crore.
On this occasion, he also announced to give Rs 20 lakh each for the construction of Valmiki Bhawan, Karnal and Valmiki Sadan at Panchkula.
Speaking on the occasion, BJP’s Ambala MP, Ratan Lal Kataria claimed that leaders of Congress party were shedding crocodile tears on the incident of Sunped in district Faridabad.
“They have nothing to do with the welfare of people belonging to Scheduled Castes..They are only shedding crocodile tears. Where were these leaders at the time of Mirchpur incident (in Hisar),” Kataria questioned.
Haryana’s Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and convener of the function, Krishan Kumar said that “it is the first time in the history of the state that Maharishi Valmiki Prakat Diwas Samaroh and Samrasta Diwas is being celebrated as a festival in the state”.
Notably, the BJP government in Haryana has come under flak from various quarters over Faridabad’s Sunped village and Gohana incident, involving deaths of two Dalit children and a Dalit youth.
Meanwhile, addressing the people after inaugurating the ‘Pashu Vigyan Mela’ at village Keorak in district Kaithal today, Khattar announced to set up Regional Centre of Lala Lajpat Rai Veterinary Animal Sciences University, Hisar at village Keorak, which has been adopted by him.
He also announced to develop Kotikuta Tirath situated in the village at a cost of Rs five crore and said that veterinary hospitals would be set up in villages having population of more than 5,000.
The Chief Minister said that as the land holding is shrinking, the farmers should adopt agri-allied activities like bee-keeping, fish farming etc so as to increase their income.
He said that out of about 22 lakh farmers in the state, 17 lakh farmers have less than two acres of agricultural land.
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