Two dalits shot dead in Chhatarpur – The Times Of India
In this village, dalits being thrashed for entering temple – The Times Of India
Dalits called upon to pursue higher studies – The Hindu
Installation of idol triggers tension – The Hindu
Cops Flayed for Failure in Dalit Woman Case – The New Indian Express
CM Devendra Fadnavis calls for research on Ambedkar – The Indian Express
Our waste, our responsibility – The Hindu
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The Times Of India
Two dalits shot dead in Chhatarpur
Deshdeep Saxena,TNN | Nov 22, 2015, 08.45 AM IST
BHOPAL: Two dalits were shot and another suffered bullet injuries after a gunfight triggered by a running feud between two families.
The incident took place at 6pm on Friday when members of a family tried to stop kidnapping of their kin at Mawaighat village, 120 km from Chhatarpur district of Bundelkhand in Madhya Pradesh. All accused are on the run. Gaurihar police station SHO RS Sen said the incident took place when Kalloo Patel, 48, and his six accomplices were abducting Rakesh Khangar, 30. When other members of Khangar family learnt about it, they rushed and tried to stop Kalloo from doing so.
Kalloo opened fire resulting in death of Ayodhya, 60, father of Rakesh and his brother Daulat, on the spot, police said. Around 10.30 pm, Rakesh recorded his statement to police and was referred to Gwalior.
The Times Of India
In this village, dalits being thrashed for entering temple
Kautilya Singh,TNN | Nov 21, 2015, 08.09 PM IST
DEHRADUN: In a short span of 45 days, the second instance of dalits being allegedly thrashed for entering a temple in Gabela village in the outskirts of Dehradun has been reported. However, this time the victim includes a pregnant woman, who along with her father and husband had gone to the renowned Kukarshi Maharaj temple to seek blessings for the child.
The matter was reported to revenue police and on the complaint a case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC has been registered against the accused.
A resident of Mallawala village Tikam Singh along with his wife Kavita and father-in-law Daultu Ram went to Gabela village to offer prayers in the temple on November 18. While Daultu preferred to remain outside, Kavita and Tikam entered the temple. Some locals identified Daultu and thrashed the trio. As per the allegations, the locals instructed them to give a goat for sacrifice. However, after a payment of Rs 501, which had been slapped as cash penalty on them and a warning to never enter the temple again, the three were given permission to leave the temple.
A similar scenario had been witnessed in the village on October 5, when a group of dalits led by Daulat Kunwar were denied permission to enter the temple. After days of protest and fast, the dalit group was made to offer prayers in the temple in the presence of police and administrative team on October 12.
When contacted SDM Chakrata Prem Lal told TOI, “We have received the complaint and an FIR has been registered. In the next few days, we will record the state of the victim and the probe would be taken to the next level.” He pointed out that the complainants have identified three residents of Gabela village. “Once we question them on the issue, we will proceed further in the matter and if required arrest the accused,” he added.
Kavita told the district authorities that she and her family members had been publicly humiliated. She maintained that the entire family was “terrified” after the instance and was looking forward for justice in the matter.
This is not for the first time when such allegations have been made in Gabela, which is about 130kms from Dehradun and has the temples of two villages gods – Mahasu devta and Kukarshi.
On October 5, Quansi resident Daulat Kumar under the aegis of his organization Aaradhna Gramin Vikas Kendra took out a 10 day procession for “the welfare of dalits.” He first reached Quanu village where he was reportedly denied an opportunity to address a gathering following which he reached Gabela village on Monday evening.
A high voltage drama was witnessed at the village as “a group of locals under the influence of village god” did not permit them to enter the temple. Hundreds of villagers gathered at the spot claiming that the almighty did not want them to enter the “holy place.”
First Kunwar held a protest at Gabela and thereafter shifted it to Dehradun. After much hue and cry, he and his team offered prayers at the temple in presence of police and district officials.
Dalits called upon to pursue higher studies
Parameshwara, Home Minister and president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, has called upon Dalit youths to study well and secure high posts in the administrative set up. “Dalit students should not stop their education at SSLC. They should take up higher studies and become IAS officers so that the Backward Classes got justice,” he said in his address after unveiling a bronze statue of B.R. Ambedkar at Gorur in Hassan taluk on Saturday.
For centuries, Dalits have been denied education. Ambedkar had said that only education could liberate the depressed classes. “Only India has the caste system and this should go. Ambedkar had suffered because of this system and he had said that he would not die as a Hindu in as early as 1935. However, he waited till 1956 to see if changes happened. As he was disappointed, he embraced Buddhism,” he said.
Even today, he said, Dalits were not allowed inside many hotels and temples. Such practices should end. “Younger generations should understand what all troubles Ambedkar had to face during his fight against atrocities. His life should be a model to others,” he said.
Minister for Animal Husbandry, Sericulture and in-charge of Hassan district A. Manju said that Ambedkar was a role model for all communities.
Installation of idol triggers tension
Tension prevailed at Udaippaankulam under Thiruvenkatam police station limits in the district on Friday after an idol was allegedly installed inside a temple even as a case on administering the temple is pending in the court.
As a group of caste Hindus reportedly installed the idol of Lord Krishna in a temple on a poramboke land on Friday, the dalits of the hamlet opposed it saying that they could not do so as a case pertaining to the administration of the temple was pending in the court.
When tension mounted, police removed the idol, saying the caste Hindus, who were once administering the temple, could do so after getting proper permission from the Collector.
The decades-old enmity between the Dalits and the Caste Hindus worsened after three youths, all from the “oppressed community” were murdered on June 1 last year.
An altercation erupted between groups of Dalit and Caste Hindu youths of Udaippaankulam a couple of days prior to the murder in a Tasmac bar over offering prayers in a temple and taking the dead bodies of Dalits to the cremation ground via a common path. A case was subsequently registered against the Cast Hindu youths under the SC/ST Act.
Against this backdrop, an armed gang hacked to death K. Murugan (40), his brother K. Kaliraj (45), and their relative R. Venugopal (42) – all Dalits – when they were going to Sankarankoil on a motorcycle around 8 p.m. on June 1 last year.
Since then, every incident triggers tension in the village.
The decades-old enmity between Dalits and caste Hindus worsened after three youths were murdered on June 1 last year
The New Indian Express
Cops Flayed for Failure in Dalit Woman Case
By Express News Service Published: 21st November 2015 06:13 AM Last Updated: 21st November 2015 06:13 AM
MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has condemned the Madurai police for failing to register an FIR on a complaint filed by a Dalit woman against her in-laws for allegedly separating her caste Hindu husband from her within a few hours after their marriage.
M Sundaravalli (21), who is four-months pregnant, had filed a habeas corpus petition in the court to rescue her husband who, she claimed, was abducted by his family members from the temple soon after their marriage. She also expressed fear that her in-laws might murder her husband P Ramar to protect their caste honour, if he refused to marry a girl from their caste.
Though she had sent a complaint through courier to the Superintendent of Police, Madurai, and the Inspector of Police of Karuppayurani station on Nov 14, they failed to take steps to rescue her husband, Sundaravalli said in her petition.
When the Karuppayurani police produced Ramar before justices Ramasubramanian and N Kirubakaran of the division bench on Friday, Ramar denied marrying Sundaravalli. After recording his statement, justice Ramasubramanian asked the police why they did not register a case on a complaint from the petitioner.
When the police cited the jurisdiction issue, the judge condemned the police for the “irresponsible” reply.
“While the complaints raised by the petitioners are of serious nature, how can the police escape from the responsibility by citing the jurisdiction issue,” he asked.
Stating that it is a well-established fact that the police need not consider jurisdiction for registering an FIR, the judge directed the police to immediately file a case and posted the hearing for Nov 23. Later, when Express spoke to Ramar outside the court hall, he admitted that he was in a relationship with the woman when they studied together in college, but claimed he did not marry her. Ramar said he has not met Sundaravalli for five months.
The Indian Express
CM Devendra Fadnavis calls for research on Ambedkar
Fadnavis said that Dr Ambedkar wasn’t just a politician but an intellectual as well who did some great work as an economist.
By: Express News Service PunePublished:Nov 22, 2015, 0:35
Stressing on the need for research on the writings of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hailed him as a great economist who thought far ahead of his times. Fadnavis was addressing a public function on Saturday to mark the inauguration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Library by the Symbiosis Society on Senapati Bapat Road in the city. The event was presided over by former President, Pratibha Patil, who inaugurated the library, and attended by Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athavale.
Addressing the audience, Fadnavis said that Dr Ambedkar wasn’t just a politician but an intellectual as well who did some great work as an economist. “There was barely any economist who had as much insight as him in that era. Hence, he was able to write many books on subjects like Indian economic system, and his writings are relevant even after several decades,” he said. He also spoke of the Constitution of which Dr Ambedkar is considered to be the architect and said that it plays an important role in the development of a nation.
Patil too spoke of Dr Ambedkar’s role in drafting the Indian Constitution, which, she said, is like a security cover for all citizens and empowers even the weakest link in society. SB Mujumdar, founder president of Symbiosis Society said that besides providing a library to students at affordable rates, the society would soon come up with an Ambedkar Chair for students to pursue research on him.
Meanwhile, speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the event, Athavale said he has demanded at least one ministerial berth at both the central and state cabinets. The announcement comes ahead of the expansion of the state cabinet by this month-end. However, prodded by reporters that his wife Seema Athavale might be inducted as her name has been proposed, he clarified he hasn’t pushed the names of any of his family members.
Our waste, our responsibility
November 19 was World Toilet Day and the country is abuzz with Swachh Bharat slogans, but none of this will make any impact unless we get rid of old, Brahminical notions of purity and pollution
Early in September this year, the legendary Prof. Robert Chambers visited a village in Uttar Pradesh to survey the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission. In one home, he went down on his knees and put his hand in literally to inspect the contents of the twin pit latrine there.