Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 07.11.15

Dalit woman killed over land dispute in Haryana – The Hindu


19-year-old Girl Raped by Spurned Man in Moving Bus, Two Arrested – The New Indian Express


Fruit seller arrested for sexual abuse of minor – The Hindu


Sir said I was a Dalit so I couldn’t be part of Puja: Odisha schoolgirl – The Indian Express


Keezha Urappanur clash: officials accused of bias – The Hindu


Ambedkar statue vandalized, tension in Badaun – The Times Of India


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The Hindu

 Dalit woman killed over land dispute in Haryana


A 54-year-old Dalit woman was on Friday killed at Kalauda village when a group of people allegedly attacked her village over a land dispute, a police officer said.

Some 12 people from the Dalit community also received injuries in the incident and two motorbikes were also damaged by the attackers, the police said.

The incident occurred due to a dispute over 8.5 acre piece of land whose ownership is contested between the Jats of Danauda village and the Dalits of the Kalauda village.

The issue is pending with the High Court.

Superintendent of Police Abhishek Jorwal said that Brijbhan, a Jat of Danauda village on Friday went to irrigate of the disputed land which is in the Kalauda village.

The people from Dalit community in Kalauda led by Rampal opposed this which prompted Brijbhan to inform the people in his village.

Soon 200 people from Danauda reached there, the SP said.

They used lathis, stones and even firearms in the clash, he said.

Kulwanti, wife of one Sitaram from the Kalauda village died in the incident, the SP said.

Mr. Jorwal said that police forces from Danauda, Sadar Thana and Narwana have reached the village and they are keeping an eye on the situation. – PTI

The New Indian Express

 19-year-old Girl Raped by Spurned Man in Moving Bus, Two Arrested


By Express News Service  Published: 07th November 2015 04:44 AM  Last Updated: 07th November 2015 06:12 AM

BENGALURU: A month after a 23-year-old BPO  employee was gang-raped in a moving bus, a 19-year-old girl was raped in a mini bus by the driver on Thursday night in Sulibele police limits in Bengaluru rural.


Hours after the complaint was registered, police arrested the accused Ravi (21), a resident of Hoskote, and Manjunath (23), a resident of Chintamani. 

Police said Ravi raped the victim, who was working as an attendant in a nursing hospital, after she turned down his proposals for marriage. Ravi works as a driver and Manjunath is the cleaner-cum-conductor of the mini bus.

Accused Ravi (L) and Manjunath who were arrestedAccording to the police, the girl who was on her way to work in Hoskote boarded the empty mini bus (AP02 V 4213) at around 7 am at Hasigana village.

Ravi, who was driving the bus, asked Manjunath to take the wheel and closed the windows and doors, police said. The victim was not aware of it. Ravi again proposed to the girl, who first spurned him and when he tried to force her to accept his proposal, she scolded him and asked him to keep out of her life. Frustrated and angry over the victim’s tone, Ravi sexually assaulted the girl, police said.

Meanwhile, Manjunath kept driving and the duo dumped the victim by the roadside in Nagagondanahalli.

A few passersby admitted the girl to hospital. The girl did not inform the police fearing social stigma. It was the hospital authorities who informed the police when they confirmed sexual assault by 6 pm.

Police, who rushed to the hospital, gathered information from the victim and arrested the accused at midnight from Hoskote.  A police official said, “The accused continued their work as usual assuming the victim would not complain to the police.” 

“Neither of the two accused has any history of crime,” the officer said. According to police, Ravi was in love with the girl and had been expressing it to her several times for the last two months. The victim, however, had been rejecting his proposals.

Police have registered case under IPC Section 376 and have registered a case of atrocity as the victim belonged to the  Scheduled Caste. On Friday, police completed medical tests of the accused and the victim. Police will produce the accused before the court on Saturday morning.

‘Collect Data on Pvt Bus Crew’

Reacting to the incident, Home Minister G Parameshwara directed officials to carry out an intense drive and collect details of all private bus operators and their staffers in their respective jurisdictions. He said verification of their antecedents will instil a sense of fear and responsibility among drivers and operators.

The Hindu

 Fruit seller arrested for sexual abuse of minor



A fruit seller was arrested on the charge of attempting to sexually assault a minor girl belonging to the Scheduled Caste at Puthanatham in the district on Friday.

The accused M. Salman (36) ran a fruit shop at Puthanatham where the girl was studying class 9 in a higher secondary school.

The girl has been sent to the Manapparai Government Hospital for medical examination as per procedure, police sources said.

The girl was staying in her grandmother’s house while her widowed mother stayed at Thuvarankurichi.

Sources said the incident occurred in the evening when the girl was returning home.

The girl was standing near the fruit shop when the shopkeeper forcibly pulled her inside the outlet and allegedly tried to abuse her.

A taxi driver who noticed this, alerted the police and they picked up Salman for inquiry.

The inquiry was conducted at the office of the Deputy Superintendent of Police in Manapparai.

A case has been booked under sections 7 and 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 read with SC & ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.

The case would be probed by the Manapparai Deputy Superintendent of Police as the girl belongs to Scheduled Caste community, the sources said.

The Indian Express

 Sir said I was a Dalit so I couldn’t be part of Puja: Odisha schoolgirl


According to her, as punishment, she and 20 other Dalit students were insulted, faced casteist slurs, were barred from offering prayers, and kept locked in the school for five hours.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Andara (kendrapara) | Updated: November 7, 2015 8:12 am

In her years of studying at the Bande Mataram High School in Andara gram panchayat of coastal Kendrapara, the closest Savita Malik had got to the Ganesh Puja festivities was touching the coconut to be given to the God. This year in September, the Class X Dalit student decided to offer to scrape the tender coconut for the puja.

According to her, as punishment, she and 20 other Dalit students were insulted, faced casteist slurs, were barred from offering prayers, and kept locked in the school for five hours.

Later, following an FIR by her and other Dalit students with the Pattamundai police station, against five of the upper caste teachers plus the school headmaster, the teachers had to issue a public apology.

The upper caste have got back in kind. At least 30 Dalit landless families of Andara are no longer allowed on upper caste land for sharecropping work, that they had been doing for decades. According to the Dalits, they have also been stopped from selling vegetables while local barbers have been told to turn them away.

Last month, the Dalits approached the State Human Rights Commission seeking a stop to the “boycott”. The Dalit sub-caste Kandara makes up one-third of the panchayat’s total population of around 4,000. Discrimination is common, and the Dalits say they had learnt to live with it. But this time it is different.

Rabindra Malika started working as a daily labourer in the field of an upper-caste Khandayat at the age of 20. He is now 60, and for the first time scared to approach the field. “I am sure they will beat me up. They know we Dalits are landless. If they don’t allow us to plough their land, how will we survive?” he says.

Nirakar Malika, also 60, has a family of five, dependent on the ploughing work he did on his upper caste landlord’s 3.5 acres field of black gram. He had spent Rs 5,000 of his own clearing the 6-ft tall grass that sprouts up every monsoon, over the past two months, Nirakar grimaces. “Had they told me earlier, I would not have wasted my money making the land ready for sowing.”

Madhav Malika, who was among the villagers who lodged a complaint with the tehsildar over the school incident, says, “They have declared war on us. They are hurt by the apology which we extracted from upper-caste teachers… We no longer feel safe as the Khandayats are in a majority.”

But the Khandayats don’t see anything wrong in the “boycott”, saying no one can force them to give their land, with crops of black gram, ground nut, coriander seed and moong, for sharecropping. “If we don’t like somebody, how can we allow them to go near our land?” says former sarpanch Upendra Mallick.

Claiming that what happened at the school was a “concocted story”, Mallick adds, “Our teachers did not hurt any Dalit children. The physical education teacher just wanted to ensure the schoolchildren didn’t hurt themselves scraping coconut. It was a humiliating experience for the teachers to apologise over a silly thing.”

While it remained under the surface, tension had also been simmering over minor incidents. Four months ago, Dalit farmer Ratha Malika’s 75-year-old father was allegedly beaten up after his sheep strayed into the backyard of Kalandi Nayak, a Khandayat. One of the sheep was allegedly struck to death. When Ratha complained to the police under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, upper caste villagers gave Rs 6,000 for the dead sheep as compromise.

Santosh Malika says that day, at the school, their children “begged” teachers to let them go. “The teachers mocked them saying it was the destiny of Dalits to touch the feet of upper-caste people.”

Savita remembers that it was her friend Sumi Parida who had asked her to help scrape the coconut. “I had just started scraping when Ashok sir (sports teacher Ashok Mullick) came and said since I was a ‘Kandara’, I couldn’t participate in the puja. When I started crying, the headmaster sir said we were destined to face such problems throughout our lives. As I was about to leave the school campus with my friends, a teacher snatched our bicycle keys and asked us to stay till the puja gets over. We begged our teacher that we were hungry and wanted to go. But they kept us locked till 3 pm, when one of us scaled the wall and told our parents what was going on,” says Savita.

Dalit students add there are other areas of the school “out of bounds” for them. “We are yet to touch the computer keyboard though upper-caste students are allowed to enter the computer room,” says Monalisa Malika, a Class IX student.

The Bande Mataram High School reopened recently, after the Puja vacations. While headmaster Ramesh Rout was not available for comment, Ashok Mallick, who is accused by the students of casteism, denies any such discrimination.

“Even the Ganesh Puja issue was blown out of proportion,” he says. Kendrapara District Collector Debraj Senapati and Kendrapara district education officer Sangram Sahu too claim they have “no information” of caste discrimination, “Let somebody complain. Then we will take action,” says Sahu.

The Hindu

 Keezha Urappanur clash: officials accused of bias



The district administration and the police were supporting caste Hindus in Keezha Urappanur temple festival clash, accused Evidence, a Madurai-based non-governmental organisation.

In a statement, the NGO said that after a problem arose between Dalits and caste Hindus on Tuesday, the revenue officials locked the temple. However, later they allowed caste Hindus to take out a ‘sprouts procession,’ which was opposed by Dalits.

The contention of Dalits was that the authorities should not open the locked temple in favour of one of the two fighting groups. However, the police threatened them with arrest.

When Dalits squatted on Tirumangalam-Sholavandan highway, someone pelted stones. The police lathi-charged the crowd. “The police used force not only at the scene of stone pelting but also in the residential area of Dalits. The doors of some of the houses were damaged,” Evidence executive director A. Kathir said.

While seven policemen injured in stone-throwing were admitted to hospital, Dalits who were injured in the lathi charge were not allowed to get themselves admitted to Tirumangalam Government Hospital.

The police threatened them with arrest if they got admitted to the hospital, he charged.

The NGO demanded that cases must be booked against the police personnel involved in the attack under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act , immediate release of Dalits arrested in this connection and withdrawal of cases and action against revenue officials who allegedly acted with a caste bias.

The Times Of India

 Ambedkar statue vandalized, tension in Badaun


Priyangi Agarwal,TNN | Nov 6, 2015, 10.42 PM IST

Bareilly: The five-foot statue of BR Ambedkar in a park here was found damaged by vandals in Dataganj tehsil of Badaun. Just 15 days ago, after a similar act of vandalization, the statue had been replaced by district authorities. Angry residents blocked Dataganj and Andrau Road on Friday morning. 

As per reports, the statue of BR Ambedkar installed in Ambedkar Park in Kanshi Ram Colony, under Farah area in Dataganj tehsil, was found vandalized on Friday morning. It led to tension in the area as this statue was recently installed when the previous one was vandalized on the night of September 19. Around two years back, the statue of BR Ambedkar in the same park was also found vandalized. 

After the incident, agitated locals blocked Dataganj and Andrau Road, which passes through the park. After senior police and administrative officials visited the spot, the residents lifted the blockade of road. Residents of Kanshi Ram Colony also submitted a memorandum to sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Dataganj, demanding enhancement of security of the park and strict action against vandals. 

Badaun district president of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Kranti Kumar, said, “After Samajwadi Party came to power, the incidents of vandalisms in the district have been on rise. When such incident took place 15 days back, police had deployed constables for the security of the statue. However, when they removed the duty of constables another incident took place.” 

Inspector J K Tomar, Dataganj police station, said, “The vandals managed to partly damage the statue and it has now been repaired. Last time, the statue was made of cement and it was completely vandalized. The old statue was replaced with another statue made up of solid rock and hence, they could only damage it partly.” 

When this statue was found vandalized few days back, an FIR was lodged against unknown persons under section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of Indian Penal Code. “We have mentioned the latest incident of the vandalism in the previous FIR. Besides, we did not not receive police complaint in connection with Thursday night’s incident,” said Tomar. 

He added, “This is the third incident when unknown people tried to vandalize the same statue. We are investigating the reason on why this statute is being targeted again and again.” 

News monitored By AMRESH & AJEET


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