Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 24.11.15


Chargesheet filed in Dalits’ stripping case – The Times Of India


Dalits from Kenjampatti allege discrimination – The Hindu


Dalit attack: Nat’l SC panel orders compensation for affected family – The Times Of India


Attacks on Dalits on the rise since formation of Telangana – The Hans India


Quota has to remain to end social backwardness – Governance Now


Depicting Mahadeva’s words on reel – The Hindu


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The Times Of India

 Chargesheet filed in Dalits’ stripping case


Purusharth Aradhak,TNN | Nov 24, 2015, 01.59 AM IST

GREATER NOIDA: Police on Monday submitted a chargesheet in the case of the alleged stripping of five members of a Dalit family. The case was handed over to the Greater Noida police station SHO, Laxmi Chauhan.

The public ignominy of the Dalits took place on October 7, when a group of three Dalit women and two men alleged that a senior police officer in Drone market, Dankaur, thrashed them and tore their clothes when they were protesting against police inaction.

Sunil Gautam, a resident of Atta Gurjan, said he was going to the village when three men robbed him of his motorcycle and Rs 1,000 and also passed casteist remarks. “We visited the Dankaur police station but police did not register a case. We decided to stage a sit-in to pressure the police,” he said.

Gautam, his brother Sohan Lal, along with their wives and a female relative sat on the road in protest. He said Pravin Kumar Yadav, SHO Dankaur, was angry to see them and “thrashed them and tore the clothes of the women.”

The Hindu

 Dalits from Kenjampatti allege discrimination



The issue started when they demanded equal right of worship during the temple festival around four months back

 Around 12 Dalit families from Kenjampatti village near T. Kallupatti here have alleged discrimination by caste Hindus in the village.

Members from some of the Dalit families, who came to submit a petition at the Collectorate here on Monday, alleged that the issue started when they demanded equal right of worship during a temple festival in the village around four months back.

Though the festival was stopped by the police and revenue officials as the issue could not be resolved amicably between the two communities and a case filed by the Dalits regarding the festival is pending at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, the Dalits alleged that they were now being discriminated.

Cannot buy groceries

“We cannot buy groceries from the shops in the village run by caste Hindus. Some public pathways used by us are also frequently blocked,” said K. Boomiraj, a Dalit from the village.

He added that though police officials visited the village a few times and reprimanded the caste Hindus for practising discrimination, the situation had not improved.

Police sources, however, said that though there were 12 Dalit families belonging to a particular sub-caste in the village, only two families were residing permanently while the rest worked in Kerala as daily wagers.

A police official claimed that though these Dalit families had always worshipped at the temple, the issue started when the two families demanded that they be allowed to worship separately.

“It is true that the caste Hindus are angry as the festival was stopped and therefore some of the shops run by caste Hindus are refusing to do business with them,” the official said.

Collector L. Subramanian said that the allegation was brought to his notice recently and he had ordered that the Dalits should be ensured of all basic amenities.

“There is no discrimination in the village as such. However, I have asked the officials to inquire further,” he said.

The Times Of India

 Dalit attack: Nat’l SC panel orders compensation for affected family


TNN | Nov 24, 2015, 09.19 AM IST

COIMBATORE: P Ramasamy, director (in-charge) and S Lister, investigator, both from the National Commission for Schedule Castes (NCSC) for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry visited Karaiyampalayam village near Sulur on Monday. They conducted an inquiry with R Ganeshan, 43, the dalit who was assaulted by higher caste men a few days ago. 

The NCSC officials ordered the district administration to pay 1.80 lakh as compensation to the attacked man’s family and ordered the police to take action against the accused. 

“Ganeshan’s family was given 1.80 lakh as compensation by the district administration. Police assured us that they would arrest the accused within two days.” said P Ramasamy. 

On Monday morning, Ramasamy, Lister, revenue divisional officer Mathuranthagi and rural police officials visited Karaiyampalayam where they met Ganeshan. He told the NCSC officials that he was severely beaten by a few upper caste men and requested the officials to take appropriate action against the attackers. 

N Panneerselvam, president of Social Justice Movement said that police threaten dalits if they approached the police to lodge complaints against upper castes.

The Hans India

 Attacks on Dalits on the rise since formation of Telangana


November 24,2015, 01.44 AM  IST | | THE HANS INDIA

Hyderabad: Contrary to the fact that Telangana State is striving to achieve golden era, the new state has witnessed attacks on Dalits, which have been increased by four-fold since its formation.

While 688 cases were registered between January 2014 and June 2014, after the formation of the state a total of 2,879 cases were reported under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocity Act. What is more interesting is that Hyderabad, which is considered to be a global city, tops the list with 706 cases followed by Karimnagar district 489, Nalgonda 409, Mahbubnagar 378, Khammam 224, Warangal 205, Adilabad 176, Medak 145, Nizamabad 104 and 92 cases in Rangareddy district.

According to the information obtained under the Right to Information Act by Batthula Ram Prasad, president, Mala Hakkula Sankshema Sangham, a State-Level High Power Vigilance and Monitoring Committee which is chaired by the Chief Minister, has not been formed so far. As per Rule 16(2) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, the committee has to meet in January and July every year.

According to information gathered by RTI plea, while the state-level committee is yet to be formed, the district-level vigilance committees under the chairmanship of District Collectors have been formed. But during the last 15 months, they held only 17 meetings though they should have met once every three months to monitor the cases booked under the Act.

When asked about the government’s reaction to the spurt in number of cases registered under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari refused to react stating that he wanted to first study the statistics before commenting on the issue. Even Balka Suman MP refused to make any comment saying that he was not aware of the facts.

Meanwhile, Ram Prasad, of Mala Hakkula Sankshema Sangham alleged that the TRS government was deliberately ignoring attacks on Dalits. He said according to the act, the government has to organise Civil Rights Day in every village on 30th of every month to create awareness of the Act among Dalits.

But since it was not implementing the Act in true spirit, attacks on Dalits have been increasing, he added. However, a deeper probe is required to ascertain the fact that the increase in number of cases is genuine. Whatever the case might be, the steep increase in the number of registered cases is a matter of concern.

Governance Now

 Quota has to remain to end social backwardness


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Sweta Ranjan | November 24, 2015

National commission for scheduled castes chairman P L Punia is a dalit leader from the Congress. He represented Barabanki constituency in Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014 and is currently a Rajya Sabha member. An IAS officer, Punia was secretary of Mayawati when she was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. In an interview with Sweta Ranjan, he tells why reviewing reservation is not justified.


Despite six decades after independence, we haven’t achieved the target set under reservation benefits. Who do you blame for this?

Schedule Caste people were begging for their rights. People responsible for delivery of these rights had no sympathy. There were prejudices against people belonging to SC/ST and those prejudices still exist. Dr B R Ambedkar, in 1949, had said that we will be giving equal political rights but the country will enter an era of contradiction because on the other hand there will be inequality economic and social rights. This contradiction [as predicted by Ambedkar] still exists. Look at the way people, who are responsible for the implementation of the schemes, are behaving. Also look at the judiciary. It passes all kinds of judgement on environment, animal rights, forests, Taj Mahal etc., but I haven’t seen a single judgement, judicial pronouncement on the schedule caste [rights]. All judgments have been going against the schedule caste. There are prejudices among people. They [SC/ST] are still slaves.

Do you vote for reservation in private sector?

Yes. There is no investment in public sector and is being privatised. There is disinvestment on a large scale. All the work that was being done by the public sector is now being undertaken by the private sector. From where will we get the employment? The term private sector is a misnomer as the equity, shareholding is being contributed by the government agencies like the public sector financial institutions and the loan is provided by all public sector banks and public sector institutions.

Some people are talking about reservation based on economic condition and not on the basis of caste. What do you think about it?

See, it [reservation] is not employment exchange programme for removing poverty. They [SCs/STs] are treated as sub-human and second category citizens. That’s why there is a necessity for special dispensation. They can’t be treated at par. If they are really at par then they should have been holding land, agriculture land like any other forward class. Even now, they cannot take out a marriage procession. They are treated as untouchable and not allowed into the temple. In Gujarat there are separate anganwadis for schedule caste children and women. In Karnataka, if the cook of mid-day meal scheme belongs to SC then students would not eat food or their parents shift the children to other schools. This situation prevails because they are socially backward. That is why there is a provision for reservation.

But if the reservation is based on economic conditions, they can avail dispensation and build their livelihood.

The one who has not seen the plight of this section of the society can say this. It might appear very great that who so ever is backward or poor should get the reservation but what about them [SC/ST]. They are never treated at par. That is why this special dispensation is must. The other forward classes are around 7-8 percent of the total population and 50 per cent seats are reserved for them. Supreme Court says that not more than 50 per cent shall be reserved for SC/ST. In a way 50 per cent posts are being reserved for the 15 per cent people. Why don’t people challenge this fact. About 25 per cent population is SC/ST and according to the Mandal commission about 54 percent people are OBC. So, for 80 percent of the population [SC/ST and OBC] they say don’t cross 50 percent limit. But for the remaining 20 percent [general category] 50 percent seats are reserved. Is it justified?

In that case, why not call off the entire reservation system and grant it on the basis of one’s economic conditions?
But then how will their participation be ensured? They were deprived of education and jobs.

Is it the high time to exclude the creamy layer from the SCs, so that the reservation benefits reach the needy ones?

Creamy layer is for the OBC.

Shouldn’t it be applied on SC/ST?

Why? Supreme court has deliberated this several times. SCs/STs are undoubtedly backward and they deserve separate treatment from the rest.

Mohan Bhagwat expressed a need to review the current reservation policy…

It is their philosophy. They don’t want to give special treatment to SC/ST. The prime minister so far has never mentioned about SC/ST and their rights, except during Bihar election campaign. Everyone is favouring SC/ST except for BJP and RSS. I am not saying to give your life, but at least pass reservation and promotion bill in the parliament.  

Congress leader Jitin Prasada expressed that there is a need for quota for the poor among the upper caste.

He is making his statement at a time when we [UPA] is not in power. They are not in the government for last 26 years in Uttar Pradesh so to whom is he addressing to? He should have raised this issue when he was in power. Congress party stands for no compromise on reservation for SC/ST and OBC. In fact we will promote reservation for economically backward people.

The Hindu

 Depicting Mahadeva’s words on reel



Award winning filmmaker Shivarudraiah is now engrossed in giving final touches to Marikondavaru – a full-length feature film based on three famous short stories of eminent writer Devanur Mahadeva.

Devanur Mahadeva returned the Padma Shree and Kendra Sahitya Akademi awards conferred on him, in protest against the growing intolerance in the country.

Shivarudraiah earlier made Amasa (2001) based on a short story of Mahadeva, which was screened in the Panorama Section of International Film Festival of India and won a State award.

Basavaraj Devanur, brother of Devanur Mahadeva, and Lakshmipathi Kolara have jointly scripted the film. Noted technicians including Shashidhara Adapa (art direction), Pramod Shiggaon (costume), Suresh Urs (editing), Issac Thomas (music), and Murali Krishna (cinematography) lending their support to Shivarudraiah in the project.

Kannada actor Sulile Kumar, who has done over ten Tamil films, is essaying the role of Mahadeva. “We opted for Sulile because he resembles Mahadeva in his youth,” said Shivarudraiah. Marikondavaru is being produced by Gururaj Set and S. Venkatesh.

What made Shivarudraiah want to make films based on Devanuru’s stories, from Amasa toMarikondavaru ?

“Mahadeva is one of the most significant writers of our times, who depicts with pointed irony both the suffering and resilience of Dalits within the caste hierarchy. His stories make one realise that the exploitation of Dalits is not only economic, but social. This is what made me want to translate them to the celluloid medium,” said Mr. Shivarudraiah.

“Some thirty years ago, I along with Dalit poet Siddalingiah approached another Kannada filmmaker Shankarappa to direct the film, but the project could not materialise because of technical reasons. Finally I took up the challenge to translate his story on celluloid,” he said.

When asked about the writer’s response while offering story rights, the director said; “He asked me not to make films keeping awards in mind and advised me against believing that the film is being made for the people.” National award winning actor Sanchari Vijay, Samyukta Hornad Sonu Gowda, and Sardar Satya are part of a huge cast of over 50 actors.

The film is extensively shot in and around Nanjangud, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru.

Mahadeva depicts, with pointed irony, both the suffering and resilience of Dalits.

 News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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