Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 17.11.15

Dalit girl beaten up as her shadow falls on high caste Deccan Chronicle


24 injured, 11 held after clash in Muzaffarnagar village – The Indian express


Maharashtra proposes to scrap special schools for SC, ST children – The Hindu


No Derogatory Remarks Made By MoS V. K. Singh: Police to Court – Out Look


IDH Colony cheers as CM opens 2BHK houses – Hans India


Odisha: Police kill 3 villagers, SP claims Maoist link – The  Indian express


CM Winds Up UK Tour: Devendra Fadnavis praises Ambedkar, the economist – The Indian Express


Karnataka: Shivaraj Tangadagi in BJP sights, CM target? – Deccan Chronicle


Study shows Delhi and NCR homeowners deny renting house to Dalits and Muslims – Deccan Chronicle


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 Deccan Chronicle

Dalit girl beaten up as her shadow falls on high caste


 Chattarpur (MP): In a shocking incident, a minor Dalit girl was allegedly beaten up by higher caste women in Ganeshpura village here after the victim’s shadow fell on a muscleman belonging to their family, police said on Tuesday.

The incident took place on June 13 and the complaint was also filed on the same day at Gadi Malhera police station, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Neeraj Pandey said.

According to the complaint lodged by the girl’s father, the problem began when his daughter was fetching water from a village hand pump and her shadow fell on muscle-man Puran Yadav (belonging to a higher caste) when he happened to pass from there, the ASP said.

The episode enraged the family of the muscle-man to such an extent that the women of the family severely beat the girl and threatened that if she was spotted again at the hand pump, they would kill her, he said.

Yadav’s family also prevented the victim from going to police station, but they somehow managed to reach there.

A case under sections 323, 341, 506 of the IPC has been registered against the accused and further investigation is underway.

In several remote pockets of India, where untouchability is still prevalent, people from the lower caste are forbidden to come in contact with those belonging to the higher rung so much so that they can’t share their food, cook for them or even look them in the eye. It is even forbidden for their shadow to fall on higher caste people, who consider it as defiling or polluting.

The Indian express

24 injured, 11 held after clash in Muzaffarnagar village


Members of Muslim and Dalit communities engaged in an hour-long clash Sunday afternoon in Muzaffarnagar’s Shernagar village — one of the sites of the 2013 communal riots — over a road accident that had taken place earlier in the day.

The clash left 24 people, five of them women, injured while six motorcycles whose owners are Muslims and a shop of a Dalit man were damaged, police said. An officer said a total of 11 persons — from both communities — have been arrested in connection with the violence.

Heavy police force has been deployed in both Shernagar and the adjoining Bilaspur village (from where the attackers came). SSP K B Singh said “life in the village is coming back to normal”.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarnagar, Pradeep Gupta, who confirmed the arrests, said the police were still collecting details about those who instigated people to resort to violence.

The Hindu

 Maharashtra proposes to scrap special schools for SC, ST children



The Maharashtra government, led by the BJP, is proposing to abolish special educational facilities to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in its draft report for the National New Education Policy.

Apart from the SCs and the STs, the State has also recommended abolition of educational facilities to Children with Special Needs (CWSN).

Activists working in the field of education have touted the move as ‘an attempt to remove caste-based reservation from education.’

A draft report prepared by the State government, which is available for scrutiny on the website of the School Education and Sports Department, also recommends scrapping of special schools for the SCs and the STs.

The report on ‘Enabling Inclusive Education – Education of the SCs, the STs, Minorities & Children with Special Needs’ said, “Abolish the SC/ST and CWSN categories for educational facilities. There should be only two categories i.e. financially and educationally weaker section.”

However, the report does not explain the definition of ‘educationally’ weaker section. It also said, “There should not be special schools for SC/ST because it will widen the social discrimination gap. All children should study and play together.”

A letter written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by education activist Kishore Darak, highlighting the recommendation, said, “Why has the government planned to cancel facilities to the weakest section of the society and that too under the name of modernisation of education?” Mr. Darak has urged the Chief Minister to remove the recommendation from the draft and also sought his intervention to prepare a new draft.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat was caught in a controversy last month after he spoke against caste-based reservations.

Out Look

 No Derogatory Remarks Made By MoS V. K. Singh: Police to Court


Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh did not make any “specific derogatory and humilating” statement warranting his prosecution on a criminal complaint for his alleged “dog” remark, Delhi Police told a court here today.

In its action taken report (ATR) filed in the court, the police said no cognizable offence was made out against the former army chief for his alleged remarks on October 21 in the wake of the Faridabad incident where two kids of a Dalit family were allegedly burnt alive.

“In this regard, it is to submit that as per complaint, no specific derogatory and humiliating remarks are found as per law regarding Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes community. No cognizable offence was made out,” the ATR filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg said.

The court fixed the matter for further proceedings on November 24.

The court had on October 29 directed the police to file an ATR on the criminal complaint by advocate Satya Prakash Gautam seeking lodging of FIR against Singh under provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Information Techology Act and the IPC.

“Summon, try, punish and confiscate his entire property which the accused person had collected through unfair means by exploiting the religious feelings of innocent citizens, under appropriate sections SC/ST (POA) Act, IT Act and IPC,” the complaint has said.

During the hearing today, the complainant claimed that the police report was “false and baseless” as Singh, being a minister, was in power. He argued that the minister had “deliberately” used such language to insult the community and his words promoted enmity.

The complaint sought action against SHO of Jafrabad Police Station for not taking action on his complaint and refusing to register FIR in the matter.

Singh had kicked up a storm with his alleged comments that the Centre cannot be blamed if somebody throws a stone at a dog in connection with the Faridabad incident.

In the complaint, the advocate has said that Singh’s alleged remark had hurt the sentiments of his community.

“The statement of General V K Singh has caused immense damage to the entire community with a view to denigrate the prestige and honour of scheduled caste children with deliberate and malicious intention the religious feelings of entire scheduled caste community,” the plea alleged.

Hans India

 IDH Colony cheers as CM opens 2BHK houses


November 17,2015, 02.57 AM  IST | | THE HANS INDIA

Hundreds of beneficiaries get capacious dwelling units with all facilities as part of the government’s flagship housing scheme 

  • Houses spread over 6.10 acres have 33 blocks
  • The modernised houses have best infrastructure
  • Governor awestruck at the marvel of the edifice
  • Govt to build 60,000 such houses across the State this year 

 Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday inaugurated 396 two bedroom houses in IDH Colony at New Bhoiguda in Hyderabad. The double bedroom houses spread over 6.10 acres have 33 blocks (in G+2 pattern) with an estimated cost of Rs 42.80 crore under Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP).


Speaking on the occasion, Chandrashekar Rao said the modernised two bedroom houses had been provided with the best infrastructure and it unveiled a new chapter in the history of Telangana. The Chief Minister said even Governor E S L Narasimhan who had visited these houses was awestruck and said that even he would like to have one such flat. The double bedroom houses in IDH colony would be a role model for all further constructions under welfare schemes in the country, he said.   

Chandrashekar Rao further stated that such houses would be constructed across Telangana in one year.  The government was ready to construct about 60,000 two bedroom houses for poor with an estimated cost of Rs 4, 000 crore this year, he said and added that it would construct 400 two bedroom houses in every Assembly constituency across the State with financial assistance from Housing & Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).  

After distributing the double bedroom houses to the beneficiaries, Chandrashekar Rao later had lunch organised by the colony residents. Hailing the Telangana government regarding IDH colony, Union Minister for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya said that Centre would support the State to make Hyderabad, Warangal, Siddipet and Ramagundam as slum free cities. He added that the Centre had also released about Rs 680 crore for the purpose. He added that the Centre had released Rs 966 crore to the State when it required only Rs 908 crore for initiating the welfare schemes.

Ministers Talasani Srinivas Yadav, T Padma Rao, P Mahender Reddy, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy and others participated in the inauguration programme.

Meanwhile, the State government has spent about Rs 37.54 crore for construction of the houses and Rs 5.25 crore for 

their infrastructure. The unit cost of each double bedroom house was about Rs 9.3 lakh (Rs 7.90 for housing and 1.33 for infrastructure).

The in-situ beneficiaries are provided with title deeds. The majority of beneficiaries are 276 from Scheduled Castes, 31 from Scheduled Tribes, 79 Backward Castes/Other Castes and Minorities. The plinth area of each dwelling unit is about 580 sq ft with a living room, 2 bed rooms, kitchen and a bathroom.

The  Indian express

Odisha: Police kill 3 villagers, SP claims Maoist link


Three tribals of Kalahandi, out in the forest to herd goats, were allegedly shot dead and two minor boys injured by anti-Maoist police force Special Opertion Group in a reserve forest in Kalahandi district yesterday.

On Sunday morning, a group of tribals from Nisanguda village under Jugasaipatna grampanchayat of Bhawanipatna block had gone to look for the missing goats of panchayat wardmember Jay Majhi when they came under fire from the SOG and DVF personnel, who thought them to be Maoists. Within minutes wardmember Majhi and two others — Jaya Shankar Naik and Sukru Majhi — fell to the police bullets.

Two minor boys, Arjun Majhi and Ichhu Majhi, were seriously injured in the firing. The two boys were first admitted to a local hospital in Bhawanipatna and then taken to VSS Medical College and Hospita in Burla town of Sambalpur.

While villagers alleged that the deceased were all innocent and had no links with Maoists, Kalahandi SP Brijesh Rai said the police team were combing the Karlapat forest after receiving specific intelligence inputs about Maoist movement. Rai said the police team came under fire a few hours after the combing operation started. “The villagers died during the crossfire,” he said. Four country-made guns were found from the spot.

The Indian Express

 CM Winds Up UK Tour: Devendra Fadnavis praises Ambedkar, the economist


Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday described Dr B R Ambedkar as one of the best economists in the world. During an interaction with over 150 members representing the Federation of Ambedkarites and Buddhist Organisations (FABO) in London, Fadnavis said, “It was unfortunate that Ambedkar’s scholarly works on economics have remained undiscussed for the last six decades. To common people, Ambedkar is known only for his struggle for social equality and justice. It is a fact that he relentlessly strived for the empowerment of Dalits and all sections of oppressed classes… Yet, some of the best works of Ambedkar on economics and development is not known.” On the concluding day of his three-day tour to London, Fadnavis said, “My government will bring to limelight the scholarly works of Ambedkar, specially in the field of economics and development. The writings of Ambedkar will be placed in the memorial.

“Ambedkar’s vision, which still connects with economic policies, will be pursued with greater zeal for greater socio-economic equality and state welfare,” he said. Ambedkar was among the first Indians to pursue a doctorate in economics abroad. A professional economist, some of his popular thesis that have been published in book form includes: Administration and Finance of East India Company; The Evolution of Provincial Finance in British India; The Problems of the Rupee: Its Origin and Its Solution. “Babasaheb was way ahead of his times. His intellectual writings and policies on economics did not get the due they deserved six decades ago. But what he said is still relevant,” his grandson Prakash said. “Whether it was setting up of the Finance Commission or the Reserve Bank of India, it was based on ideas reflected by Ambedkar,” Prakash, who heads the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh party, said.

Deccan Chronicle

Karnataka: Shivaraj Tangadagi in BJP sights, CM target?


 Koppal: Opposition BJP leaders have demanded the resignation of Minor Irrigation Minister Shivaraj Tangadagi in connection with the murder of Yallalinga Kuruba, a student from Kanakaapura village in Kanakagiri assembly constituency represented by Mr Tangadagi. This is apparently aimed at putting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in a fix and weaken his image among his own community of Kurubas.

BJP leaders have launched a fortnight longcampaign called “Tangadagi hatao, Koppal district bacchao” from June 15 to 29 and senior leaders including state president Mr Pralhad Joshi, former CM B.S. Yeddyurappa, K.S. Eshwarappa and others are arriving to lead the campaign.

Political circles are abuzz with reports that BJP leaders want to dampen the image of Mr Siddaramaiah in his own community by claiming that he failed to protect the interest of his community as the slain youth belongs to Kuruba community and another youth attacked by the assailants belongs to Madiga community.

Reliable sources said Lingayat and Dalit leaders in the Congress who are not on good terms with the CM are indirectly supporting the BJP leaders to defame the Siddaramaiah government.

Sources said a Lingayat Congress legislator from Koppal who was once with Janata Dal is an aspirant for minister’s post in the next cabinet reshuffle and wants to oust Mr Tangadagi. However, Mr Siddaramaiah is said to be reluctant to induct him  as he allegedly worked against him when he contested Koppal Lok Sabha election in 1989.

Yellalinga Kuruba, a PU  student was brutally murdered, because he exposed the large-scale lapses in implementation of NREG works in Hulihyder Gram Panchayat under Kanakagiri. On January 11, his body was found on railway tracks on the outskirts of Koppal. On May 15. The police had arrested Mahantesh Nayak, son of Congress leader Hanumesh Nayak, Manoj and Durugappa, associates of Hanumesh.

Deccan Chronicle

Study shows Delhi and NCR homeowners deny renting house to Dalits and Muslims


 New Delhi: A study published in the Indian Express, on urban homeowners rental preferences, shows high levels of discrimination experienced by Dalits and Muslims in seeking house in Delhi and NCR region which includes of Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad.

The research team included Professor SK Thorat, chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, and other scholars such as Vinod K Mishra and Anuradha Banerjee. The team attempted to get houses on rent in Delhi and NCR region between January and March 2012.

In both methodologies, the home-seekers had the same credentials but it was their names that indicated their caste and religion, which was creating troubles to seek house on rent.

The research methodology included contacting the “homeowners” via telephone or meeting them in personal. The telephonic conversation with the “homeowners” included 1,469 home seekers, 493 belonged to the upper-caste and others were Muslims and Dalits. It was found that the 493 upper-caste home seekers didn’t find it difficult to find houses for them, but it were the home seekers from the Muslim and Dalit community which faced problems in finding house on rent.

The personal meeting with the “homeowners” included 198 home seekers, out of which 66 belonged to upper-caste and rest were Dalits and Muslims. It was found that 97 per cent of upper-caste Hindus got a positive response, 18 per cent of Dalits and 31 per cent of Muslims faced rejection.

“It also means that a significant number of Dalits and Muslims have to spend much more to stay in accommodations in NCR than their upper-caste counterparts. This indicates a clear case of market failure where even prosperity does not allow you to buy your way out of discrimination,” says Thorat.

He further added that the studies do reveal that Muslims are even worse off than Dalits as far as the rental housing market goes. “Non-monetary motive often prevails among landlords renting out houses,” says the study, which chose Delhi for the research as it is often considered amongst the most migrant-friendly and cosmopolitan cities in India.

 News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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