Youth held for sexual assault on woman – The Hindu
Teacher Jailed for Forcing Dalit Boy to Clean Faeces – The New Indian Express
MP Visits Boycotted Dalit Cook in Kolar – The New Indian Express
Kerala, First off the Blocks to Unveil Trangender Policy – The New Indian Express
Love in the time of intolerance – The Telegraph
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Youth held for sexual assault on woman
A 24-year-old youth, G. Arumugam, was arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a 35-year-old woman under Sedapatti police station limits on Wednesday.
The police said that the woman went to Vaigaikulam tank to collect firewood. Arumugam, who followed her, approached her with bad intention around noon. The woman scolded him and asked him to stay away.
Suddenly, Arumugam pounced on her and repeatedly punched her on the face as she raised an alarm. In the attack, the woman lost a tooth. Arumugam later sexually assaulted her.
Based on a complaint lodged by the victim, a Dalit woman, Sedapatti police arrested G. Arumugam. He was charged with sexual assault, hurting her, and also under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Harassment of Women Act and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The New Indian Express
Teacher Jailed for Forcing Dalit Boy to Clean Faeces
By R Sivakumar Published: 14th November 2015 07:08 AM Last Updated: 14th November 2015 07:08 AM
NAMAKKAL:A 35-year-old teacher was arrested and remanded in judicial custody here on Friday for allegedly forcing a Dalit boy to remove faeces from the classroom at a municipal school at Ramapurampudur here.
R Vijayalakshmi, a teacher at the municipal elementary school in Ramapurampudur, was booked under sections 3 (1) (x) of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, by the Namakkal town police following a complaint from R Veerasamy, father of Sasidharan, a Dalit student.
“We conducted a probe following a complaint lodged by the boy’s father and booked the teacher under SC/ST Act before arresting her”, K Manoharan, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Namakkal, said.
The teacher, incidentally a caste-Hindu, was lodged at the women’s special cell, Salem after being produced in the Judicial magistrate’s court in Nammakal.
The complainant, belonging to Arunthathiar community, alleged that the teacher forced his 7-year-old son studying Class II to remove the faeces after a Class III student Mohammed Sheriff defecated in the class room on Thursday.
“My son could not do anything but to remove the faeces with his hands due to pressure from the teacher”, he alleged.
Sasidharan too had told the police officials during inquiry that he was forced by the teacher to clear the faeces.
Outraged over the incident, parents and relatives of the child, backed by political leaders and social outfits, including Ramasamy, district secretary of Untouchability Eradication Front, and M P Kumanan, district secretary of VCK took up the issue with the authorities, sources said.
Tension prevailed for a while as the irate Dalits laid siege to the school demanding stern action against the teacher. A large contingent of policemen was deployed to avert a flare up.
The Dalits accused the teacher Vijayalakshmi of discrimination against their wards for long. “She deliberately prevented our children from participating in dance events during the annual day last year. Then we took up the issue with the Head Mistress who struck a compromise. Later, our children had to perform separately”, a Dalit woman, rued.
A three-member team of the Elementary Education Department is going into charges against Vijayalakshmi who has been serving in the school for seven years.
The New Indian Express
MP Visits Boycotted Dalit Cook in Kolar
By Express News Service Published: 14th November 2015 06:50 AM Last Updated: 14th November 2015 06:50 AM
BENGALURU: Radhamma, a cook at the higher primary school in Kagganahalli, Kolar district, was surprised and happy to receive her new-found brother in BJP Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay, at her residence on Friday.
Radhamma has been in the news for quite some time now after students of her school, particularly those belonging to the upper castes, reportedly refused to consume the food prepared by her as she belongs to the Scheduled Caste.
After reading about her in a section of the media, Tarun Vijay came all the way from Uttarakhand to meet and see her plight. On coming to know of this, Radhamma was visibly happy and emotional as she called him her brother. She also put tika on his forehead as part of Bhai Dooj and offered him sweets.
“I have no brother. God has gifted me a brother in you today… how lucky I am,” Radhamma told him as tears rolled down her cheeks.
Tarun Vijay visited her school and spoke to her at length. Later, he met headmaster Y V Venkatachalapathi to know what led to the boycot of Radhamma. The headmaster blamed Radhamma’s relatives for the problems. According to him, her relatives had filed cases against the villagers under the prevention of atrocities against SCs Act, which led to Radhamma’s boycott.
Tarun Vijay, later speaking to the media, expressed shock over the inaction of the district administration and police.
“It is shocking to know that no one has spoken to or warned the erring villagers. The complete lack of any administrative support surprises me, as none named by Radhamma has been arrested or questioned,” Tarun Vijay said.
“The complaints of Radhamma were lying with the district administration since September 9. Why has the DC and local SP not been questioned and transferred so far for not attending to her complaints till it was picked up by Indian Express and other media?” he asked.
He also criticised the state government for being insensitive and rude to the plight of a Dalit woman. “I have promised her that I will raise the issue during Parliament’s winter session starting November 26. I will try to get her justice,” he added.
The New Indian Express
Kerala, First off the Blocks to Unveil Trangender Policy
By Express News Service Published: 13th November 2015 04:24 AM Last Updated: 13th November 2015 04:43 AM
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Kerala has become the first state in the country to roll out a Transgender Policy. ‘The State Policy for Transgenders in Kerala 2015’ was released by Chief Secretary(CS) Jiji Thomson at the inaugural session of ‘International Conference on Gender Equality’. Akkai Padmashali, a transgender activist from Karnataka, received the first copy of the policy.
“This is a watershed (moment), a very important event. For a long time, transgenders have not received their due in the state’s developmental framework. I understand from the Gender Park that we may be the first state in the country to have a rights-based policy on transgenders,” the CS said.
The event was inaugurated by Governor P Sathasivam, who said legal empowerment must become one of the stepping stones of women’s empowerment. “Legal literacy is of critical importance if women were to know their rights and obligations and how to use them,” he said.
The insights from the deliberations to be held at the Conference will be compiled as ICGE Statement 2015. Among the many distinguished academicians and gender activists attending ICGE is Naila Kabeer, a Bangladesh-born socio-economist, who is professor of Gender and Development at London School of Economics(LSE).
In her keynote address, Naila analysed the reasons that led up to women’s empowerment in Bangladesh. Borrowing from the studies by fellow socio-economists, she argued that the steady rise in the female labour force participation in Bangladesh had helped to bridge the gender gap.
The participation of Bangladeshi women in the garment industry and microfinance sector had contributed to this, she said. According to Naila, Dhaka had managed to achieve this when it moved away from the capital-intensive male-dominated jute industry, where labour unions were prevalent.
In contrast, India still depended on large- scale establishments with more than 500 workers, which had a dominant male workforce. “India also had small scale establishments with less than 10 workers. What it lacked was a missing middle (segment),“ she said.
The three-day conference is being organised by Gender Park. Social Justice Minister M K Muneer said that after ‘She Taxi’, the next big Gender Park projects are ‘She Buses’ and ‘Night Eatery Street’ as part of the Department’s ‘Food on Wheels’ programme. Industries Minister P K Kunhalikkutty, Director of Social Justice V N Jithendran, renowned dancer Mallika Sarabhai, P K Sreemathi MP and Gender Park CEO PT M Sunish were among those who spoke.
Love in the time of intolerance
– In India 2015, inter-caste married couple seeks police protection
If it had been a village, a khap panchayat may have convicted them to death for falling in love. If it had been a metro, there might have been frowns but the families would have arranged a reception.
But, because it is Bokaro, which falls somewhere in the middle, the marriage of Rahul Ranjan, a Scheduled Caste boy, with Yadav girl Sujata Kumari has resulted in both of them landing up at a Mahila Thana seeking police protection.
Rahul, a 26-year-old Bokaro Steel Limited employee might have been considered a good match for postgraduate student Sujata (24), his neighbour in Sector I-C, had he been born in the so-called right caste approved by her family.
Because he isn’t, her family members have allegedly threatened to kill him, his widowed mother and younger sister.
Cupid-struck Rahul and Sujata, who were well aware of the problems that would crop up if they openly declared their intention to tie the knot, got married in Bokaro court quietly on June 21.
But all hell broke loose recently when Sujata’s family found out about Rahul. They tried every means to get the couple break up and Sujata married to a boy of their caste.
A horrified Sujata on Thursday contacted Rahul and told him of her worst fears of being forcibly married. Rahul shared with her the alleged death threats he received on his cellphone. The couple left their respective homes and, armed with their marriage registration copy, went straight to Bokaro SP Y.S. Ramesh seeking police protection.
The Bokaro SP directed the couple to spend the night at Bokaro Mahila Thana.
Since then, the two have been kept under Mahila Thana protection, but allegedly, Sujata’s family members have on Friday called up Rahul’s mother and sister with dire threats, which Rahul duly informed the Bokaro SP.
Bokaro Mahila police station officer-in-charge Radha Kumari said the families of Rahul and Sujata had been summoned to the thana.
“The girl’s family members are furious as the boy is from Scheduled Caste. But, we must keep in mind that they are a legally adult pair who got married in court back in June. That’s why elders and close kin of Sujata and Rahul have been summoned to police station to settle the matter. We have asked Sujata’s close relatives not to take the law in their hands,” the Mahila Thana OC said.
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