Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 27.11.15

A clear case of ‘honour killing,’ confirm police – The Hindu


14,000 posts lying vacant in civic body – Free Press Journal


SC/ST Act reviewedThe Tribune


Debate on Aryan invasion theory revived – The Hindu


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The Hindu

 A clear case of ‘honour killing,’ confirm police



There was a proof now that the ‘suicide’ of a 17-year-old girl here was actually a cold blooded act of honour killing, said the police and claimed that they had detained four youths.

The youths, who were members of Puthendal Grama Ilaignar Sangam, had beaten the girl to the death for falling in love with M. Saravana Pandian (22), a Dalit youth, the police said.

When the girl, studying Plus Two, invited Pandian to visit her home on November 16, the youths held him in the village and handed him over to the police after thrashing him. After police arrested him based on a complaint lodged by the girl’s mother, the youths beat up the girl violently.

Later, the village committee met on November 21 and threatened to ostracise the family. The girl’s mother too beat her up for bringing disrepute to the family and community. The version that circulated was the girl had attempted to commit suicide by hanging but was saved by her mother. She, however, succumbed to her injuries the next day.

The post-mortem report said her lungs were congested and larynx collapsed and congested. “It is a clear case of murder and she had succumbed to the internal injuries she had suffered when the youths beat her up,” a senior police officer who interrogated the youths told The Hindu on Thursday.

The police also interrogated the girl’s mother and accused her of destroying the evidence. The case was being altered from 174 Cr PC (suspicious death) to 302 IPC (murder), the police officer said.

Pandian, a Class VII drop out, was a native of Vannikudi village and worked as a tractor driver.

The girl was beaten to death by four youths for falling in love with a Dalit youth

Free Press Journal

 14,000 posts lying vacant in civic body


— By FPJ Bureau | Nov 27, 2015 12:02 am 

Mumbai : It has come to light that around 14,000 posts are lying vacant in the BMC of which 9,500 fall in the Grade D category – including peons, office boys and caretakers, while over 4,500 posts are vacant due to delayed inter-departmental promotions in the BMC.

Deepak Shelar, a candidate who has cleared the requisite exams but has not been inducted into service for many months now, has been shuttling from one official to another. He has requested municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta to intervene. An RTI filed by Shelar has revealed that over 7,221 grade ‘D’ posts belonging to the reserved category, which includes SC, ST and OBC categories and 2,462 posts from the open category are lying vacant. Similarly, over 1,837 posts from the reserved category of class IV (workers) and over 2,735 posts from the open category of class IV employees are vacant as due promotions have been stalled.

Also, 700 posts are vacant in the BMC’s security department. Labour union Hindustan Mazdoor Sangh has written to Mehta drawing his attention to the issue.

The Tribune

 SC/ST Act reviewed


 Tribune News Service  Chandigarh, November 26

Additional Chief Secretary (Higher Education) Vijai Vardhan, who is also the nodal officer for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, today directed the officers concerned for the appointment of an officer of the District Attorney Office as nodal officer for dealing with the cases related to the Act.

Vardhan said this while presiding over the quarterly review meeting here today.

He also asked the officers to prepare a list of crime concerning people belonging to SCs such as fire incidents, stone-throwing, murder and rape cases so that efforts could be made for deciding these cases on priority.

He said the DCs and the SPs concerned should take stock of the situation by visiting sites where heinous crime related to SCs took place so that a feeling of security could be created among affected people.

The Hindu

 Debate on Aryan invasion theory revived



A discussion on the Constitution of India and its framer, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, became an unlikely occasion for a debate on the Aryan invasion theory in Indian history, between Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) leader Mallikarjuna Kharge and Dattatreya Hosabele, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Sar Sah Karyavah or joint general secretary on Thursday.

Dr Ambedkar

The trigger for the debate was Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s introductory speech on the Constitution and Dr. Ambedkar, in the Lok Sabha. “However much Dr. Ambedkar may have felt discriminated against by the social system of the country, he never thought of abandoning the country,” he said in an obvious reference to actor Aamir Khan’s apprehensions about rising intolerance in the country. The actor had said his wife, film maker Kiran Rao, had considered leaving the country after such incidents.

As soon as the Home Minister had made this remark, Mr. Kharge was on his feet and said, “The Minister should not speak of this kind of controversial things. Running away? Dr. Ambedkar was a mool niwasi(original inhabitant) of this country. We (Dalits) are the original inhabitants of this country, we are not the ones who will run away; we are the ones who defend this country. For over 5,000 years we have been facing violence and discrimination and have stayed put.”

Not mentioning the word Aryan, the statement by Mr. Kharge, a Dalit, more or less conforms to the Aryan invasion theory, whereby the Aryan race came and settled in India, establishing the Varna system and keeping Dalits and Dravidians at the lowest rung of the caste hierarchy. It was also a reference to the ruling BJP’s perceived dominance by upper castes.

The matter was soothed within the Lok Sabha by the intervention of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Outside, however, it evoked a strong response from Mr. Hosabele, who said, “Mr. Kharge says Aryans came from outside. This is against Dr. Ambedkar’s view. He (Dr. Ambedkar) said Aryans were never a race, were not outsiders. Read his book ‘Who Were the Shudhras’.”

For the Sangh Parivar, and the ruling BJP, the biggest ideological challenge has been to break an image of being an upper caste party. Mr. Kharge’s charge, therefore, was combated by none other than Mr. Hosabele, otherwise a rather taciturn office bearer of the RSS. Dr. Ambedkar and the appropriation of his legacy continues to be fair game.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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