Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 10.11.15

Protests erupt after rape, murder of 12 yr old Dalit girl – The Times Of India


NHRC issues notice to Gujarat govt on separate anganwadis – Indian Express


Dalit cook reason for exodus of children from school? – The Hindu


Katju seeks President’s intervention in Kovan case – Deccan Herald


Bihar post poll survey: Dalits dump NDA, rural Bihar stays out of its reach – The Indian Express


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The Times Of India

 Protests erupt after rape, murder of 12 yr old Dalit girl


Sandeep Rai,TNN | Nov 9, 2015, 10.35 PM IST

Meerut: Protests have erupted against the gang rape and murder of a 12-year-old Dalit girl whose body was found in an agricultural field on Sunday evening. On Monday, students of Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU) staged a protest outside the office of the senior superintendent of police (SSP), while members of the Dalit community are also planning to take up the issue. 

The incident happened in Samauli village of Daurala block. As per reports, the girl had come to stay with her grandfather just 20 days earlier and had been admitted to a local school in class VIII.

On Sunday afternoon, she had accompanied her grandmother to the family’s agricultural field to fetch some fodder for the cattle. Her grandmother sent her back home with the fodder and asked her to return, which she didn’t. Later villagers conducted a search and found her body in one of the fields. “Her clothes were all torn and the body bore injury marks. It was a clear indication that she had been sexually assaulted before being strangled to death,” said Vikram Singh, a villager.

Police had to face tough resistance to get the custody of the body as agitated villagers refused to hand it over. Circle officer of Daurala, Arvind Kumar, said, “We are waiting for the post mortem report to ascertain the actual cause of death. Meanwhile, the family members have filed a report against unknown persons.”

The incidents has caused considerable unrest among locals and students. “This is the most heinous of crimes meted out to an innocent soul and police is taking things so lightly. This kind of lackadaisical attitude of the law enforcement agency only emboldens criminals to target more innocent victims. We have also demanded Rs 20 lakh as compensation for the family,” said Vineet Chaprana, a student leader from CCSU who led a large number of students in a demonstration outside the SSP’s office and met SP (rural) MM Beg.

Kiren Singh, district working committee member of BSP and a senior Dalit leader said, “It has been more than 24 hours since the girl’s body was found and the police has not acted in the matter. We will certainly make it a mass agitation if police fail to take any strict action in this regard. Their inefficiency is a clear reflection of the UP government’s attitude towards Dalits.”

Indian Express

 NHRC issues notice to Gujarat govt on separate anganwadis


 The NHRC has observed that the report “raises a serious issue of violation of human rights of Dalits”. It has sought a reply within two weeks.

 By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:November 10, 2015 2:37 am

The national Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, and the Gujarat government after taking suo motu cognisance of a report in The Indian Express on separate anganwadis for Dalit and non-Dalit children in a Hajipur village of Patan district in Gujarat.

The report, published on November 5, stated that a three-year-old Dalit girl was stopped at the gate of the anganwadi meant for the children of Patidars and Brahmins.

 Nearly 130 kilometres from Ahmedabad, Hajipur is a village of about 2,000 people. Like in most other villages of Patan, the Patels or Patidars constitute nearly 70 per cent of Hajipur’s population. The 40 Dalit houses in the village are spread over two mohallas.

Anganwadi No 159 was set up in 1997. Three years later, the Patidars and Brahmins demanded a separate anganwadi for themselves and moved into the premises of the adjoining primary school. The new anganwadi, No 160, now shares its space and entrance with the school, the boundary wall of the school separating the two anganwadis.

The discrimination in the anganwadis was brought to the notice of the State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR). On July 11, 2014, SCPCR member Madhuben Senama and her team visited Hajipur and submitted a report to the chairperson of the commission.

“It is true that my predecessor took no action on the report. But I have written to the district education officer of Patan and sought a report… I will be able to talk only after I get that report,” Bharatiben Gadhvi, who took over as chairperson of the SCPCR recently, told The Indian Express.

The Hindu

 Dalit cook reason for exodus of children from school?



Student strength in Kolar school drops from 118 to 18 in a short span of time

 Till a few days ago, the number of students in the Government Higher Primary School at Kagganahalli in Mulbagal taluk of Kolar district was 118. As on Monday, the students on the roll stood at just 18.

While 70 students left to join other schools in surrounding areas, 30 have been admitted to Class 8 in the upgraded school.


The shocking reason for this, allegedly, is that Radhamma, a Dalit woman, is the cook for the midday meal programme here. Parents, it is learnt, do not want their children to eat meals cooked by her and have taken Transfer Certificates of their wards. Kolar is among the districts with a large Dalit population and the Kolar Lok Sabha seat is a reserved one.

Bhaskar Rao, Additional Director-General of Police, Civil Rights Enforcement (CRE) Directorate, visited the village on Monday to take stock of the situation. What is intriguing about this situation is that even though Ms. Radhamma started working as a cook in the school in February 2014, the children in the school hailing from various communities — including Backward Classes and Dalits — started boycotting meals only in the last few months.

“It is a pointer to some ugly local politics in the village. If a Dalit woman is the reason, why are even Dalit children withdrawing from the school?” asked an officer of the Education Department on condition of anonymity. Even SDMC president Sureshbabu’s (who belongs to the Scheduled Tribes) son did not partake food in the school, sources said. Nearly 15 Scheduled Castes and six Scheduled Tribes students left the school, Mulbagal Block Education Officer N. Devaraj said.

On Monday, Mr. Bhaskar Rao himself consumed food with the students. Since not many people turned up at the meeting, it was resolved to hold it again on November 18.

It is a pointer to some ugly local politics in the village. If a Dalit woman is the reason, why are even Dalit children withdrawing from the school? Senior officer of the Education Department

 Deccan Herald

 Katju seeks President’s intervention in Kovan case


New Delhi, Nov 9, 2015, (PTI):

Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention in getting charges against arrested Tamil singer and anti-liquor campaigner Kovan dropped.

In his letter, Katju said that Kovan was arrested on October 30 near Trichy for criticising the Tamil Nadu government over sale of liquor and on charges of sedition.


Noting that in a democracy, people have the right to criticise the government, he said that Kovan had not committed any violence or done anything which posed any imminent threat of violence.

If anything therein is defamatory then a case of defamation could have been filed against Kovan, but there was certainly no warrant to slap sedition charges against him, he said, adding Chief Minister Jayalalithaa acted unconstitutionally.

Katju, in his letter, urged the President to excercise his constitutional powers to get the charges against Kovan dropped.

The Indian Express

 Bihar post poll survey: Dalits dump NDA, rural Bihar stays out of its reach


The Lokniti-CSDS post-poll survey examines what went wrong for the NDA in Bihar, especially after a pre-poll survey had found it ahead of the grand alliance.

Written by Nitin Mehta , RAHUL VERMA | Published:Nov 10, 2015, 0:29 

Why did the NDA, which had a substantial lead in our pre-poll survey conducted in the last week of September, lose so badly? A comprehensive analysis of survey data and aggregate results point to three important factors: the unravelling of the social coalition of extremes that the BJP was trying to build, the poor performance of the BJP and an even poorer performance of its allies, and the NDA losing track of its campaign narrative on governance and economic issues.

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To be fair, the NDA entered the election lagging behind the combined vote base of the JD(U), RJD and Congress. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the NDA had secured 38.8% of the vote, whereas the combined total of the grand alliance was over 43%. The BJP leadership was perhaps aware that 2014 was a high point that the party might struggle to reach, as its vote share had declined by 6-8 percentage points in most assembly elections since then. Inducting Jitan Ram Manjhi into the alliance was an attempt to build a coalition of upper castes, lower OBCs and Dalits to counter the Muslim-Yadav-Kurmi consolidation behind the grand alliance.

 However, while there was indeed upper caste polarisation in the NDA’s favour, data indicate that its social arithmetic did not click on the ground, especially in the way that our pre-poll survey reflected.

The pre-poll survey indicated that the NDA would win massive support among Dalits, and make serious inroads among OBCs. Analysis of post-poll data shows that while the NDA managed to largely retain its vote base among the lower OBCs and Kurmi-Koeris, its voteshare among Dalits and Yadavs declined significantly.

This was unexpected, as the BJP had hoped to do well among Dalits with the help of Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitan Ram Manjhi. While the BJP performed poorly in many of the 160 seats it contested, Paswan’s Lok Jan Shakti Party, Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha, and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party fared even worse. There was a 10 percentage point gap in the NDA’s voteshare between BJP-contested and allies-contested seats.

 The NDA failed to penetrate rural Bihar. In urban pockets, it led the grand alliance by 3 percentage points, but in the villages, it trailed by more than 10 percentage points.

The differences in the pre-poll and post-poll data unambiguously suggest that BJP and its allies completely lost their campaign narrative by the first week of October. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on reservations gave new impetus to the maha gathbandhan’s campaign.

From there onward, the NDA made a series of mistakes. A campaign that should have talked about the economy, infrastructure development, job creation, the poor performance of Lalu Prasad as chief minister, etc., instead chose rhetoric on Pakistan over performance, and gai (cow) over governance. Modi and Amit Shah loomed so large in BJP hoardings that its state leadership was completely eclipsed, and provided fodder for the Bihari vs Bahari campaign.

In the battle between Modi-Shah and Nitish-Lalu, the former somehow became the incumbent and the latter the opposition. Nitish-Lalu left no stone unturned to underline the Modi government’s alleged failure to deliver on the promises made during the 2014 campaign. The survey data suggest that although levels of satisfaction with the central government was high (72%), these were higher for the Bihar government (80%).

Contained in the data is the message for the BJP: It needs to deliver on promises made during the Lok Sabha campaign, strengthen commitment to an inclusive model of economic development, and rein in the extremists in its ranks.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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