Five booked for molesting Dalit girl Greater Noida – Nyoooz
20 INJURED IN K’PADA DALIT-UPPER CASTE CLASH – The pioneer
Dalit jatha reaches Channarayapatna – The hindu
Recovery for poor will be hardest in Tamil Nadu: NGO – News x
Piyush Goyal’s comment on Dalit issue keeps BJP on backfoot in Parliament – Dna
Standoff over Selja caste row resolved – The free press
Major parties propose phase-wise agreement – Kathmandu post
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Five booked for molesting Dalit girl Greater Noida
Summary: GREATER NOIDA: Five youths of Greater Noida’s Vaidpura village were booked on Thursday on charges of molesting and abusing a Dalit girl, a day after the 18-year-old threatened to commit suicide alleging police inaction. I have asked family members to meet me on Friday. The girl’s family, however, alleged that some cops had visited their house late on Wednesday, barely 10 minutes after female members returned. Male members of the family are still staying at an undisclosed location since the police booked them on charges of thrashing the youths. When contacted, Gautam Budh Nagar SSP Kiran S said that the family has not yet met him.
GREATER NOIDA: Five youths of Greater Noida’s Vaidpura village were booked on Thursday on charges of molesting and abusing a Dalit girl, a day after the 18-year-old threatened to commit suicide alleging police inaction. An FIR was lodged against the accused at Ecotech III police station under Section 354 of the IPC (outgraging modesty) and under relevant sections of the SC/ST Act, a police officer said. The girl’s family, however, alleged that some cops had visited their house late on Wednesday, barely 10 minutes after female members returned. Male members of the family are still staying at an undisclosed location since the police booked them on charges of thrashing the youths. “As soon as we reached home around 11 pm, some policemen arrived at our doorstep and started shooting video of our house, probably to prove a point that we did not abandon our home in fear of cops. They misbehaved with us when we asked them the reason for making video. There was no female cop,” one of the girl’s cousins told TOI. When contacted, Gautam Budh Nagar SSP Kiran S said that the family has not yet met him.
“The matter has come to my knowledge. I have asked family members to meet me on Friday. A fair probe will be conducted into the matter,” he said.
20 INJURED IN K’PADA DALIT-UPPER CASTE CLASH
Tension erupted at Koro panchayat under Nikirai police station following a group clash erupted on Wednesday morning between the Dalits of Gaiduan Jenasahi village and the upper caste villagers of Tanara village over cutting paddy crop on the agriculture fields of Tanara-based Radha Mohan mutt.
As a result, the Dalits and the upper caste people went on assaulting each other. 20 persons were injured, including three critically, informed Pattamundai SDPO Kedarnath Sahu.
According to Sahu, since last 200 years the Dalit people of Gaiduan Jenasahi villagers used to beat drums at the Tanara-based RadhaMohan mutt and eke out their living by farming on the agriculture field of the mutt provided to them by the mutt authority in lieu of their service.
But, since last more than one decade, the Dalit families failed to render their service to the mutt, but they have been farming the mutt land. As a result, the Trustee of the Mutt, Sukant Swain, filed a petition before the Endowment Commissioner to take steps for bringing the mutt land back from the possession of the Dalits. But this year the Dalits raised paddy crops on the mutt land. But, the Endowment Commissioner court in its recent order on last July 14 directed the then Kendrapada tehsildar to take steps to make encroachment free of the mutt land from the Dalits and hand over the land to the trustee.
The Tehsildar of Kendrapada and the RI of the locality also restricted the Dalits from crop cutting. On Wednesday, some Dalits were cutting crop defying the order, when the trustee of the mutt sent some persons to restrict them. Here, the group clash erupted. The injured persons were later rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital for treatment.
SDPO of Pattamundai Kedarnath Sahu, IIC of Nikirai police station Sukadev Das and a police team rushed to the spot in order to take stock of the situation and pacify the people.
On Wednesday evening two FIRs were lodged from both the opponent parties at the Nikirai police station. Forces have been deployed to maintain law and order in the area.
Dalit jatha reaches Channarayapatna
The jatha of Karnataka Rajya Dalit Hakkugala Samiti, condemning the alleged atrocities on Dalits, arrived at Sakleshpur on Thursday. Participants of the jatha raised slogans against religion and caste-based discrimination and atrocities against Dalits.
Varalakshmi, leadere of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), in her address at Sakleshpur, said that the number of atrocity on Dalits was rising across the country. “India has been considered a developing country. The raising discrimination on caste and religion lines is hindering the progress of the country.”
Citing a number of atrocities reported recently in different parts of the State, Ms. Varalakshmi alleged that the governments had failed to check such instances. “A tribal man in Belthangadi was tortured by his landlord. Dalits are not allowed to enter temples,” she charged. Dharmesh, secretary of the district unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said that of late, Hassan district was also witnessing many instances of atrocity on Dalits. “Dalits of Sigaranahalli demanded entry into a temple and some public place. So far, their demand has not been met. On the contrary, their demand is being viewed as unwarranted by senior political leaders of the district,” he alleged.
Later, the jatha went to Channarayapatna, where a public meeting was held. The jatha would arrive here on Friday.
Recovery for poor will be hardest in Tamil Nadu: NGO
Chennai: The marginalized communities in the flood-hit areas of Tamil Nadu will find it hardest to recover, an NGO said here on Thursday.
The urban homeless, slum dwellers and fishing and tribal communities in Cuddalore, Thiruvallur, Tuticorin and Chennai need immediate and long term help, ActionAid India said in a statement.
ActionAid said one of its teams was providing immediate relief to at least 6,000 families.
“The priority is to reach the most vulnerable communities – daily wage workers, fishing communities, tribal and Dalit communities along the coast,” it said.
“In Chennai, our immediate attention will be to help people who were already homeless, people living in slums and the urban poor.”
“These are people who were already vulnerable and surviving on paltry daily wages. They are now without homes and without work. Their recovery will be the hardest,” it said.
The statement added that recovery would be a major challenge.
“But the people of Tamil Nadu had shown incredible resilience when faced with a mammoth tsunami a decade ago. It is that spirit that will keep us all going.”
Piyush Goyal’s comment on Dalit issue keeps BJP on backfoot in Parliament
After facing several adjournments in Rajya Sabha, the deadlock between BJP andCongress ended on Thursday afternoon with power minister Piyush Goyal finally yielding to the pressure and expressing regret for making a controversial statement in the context of Congress MP Kumari Selja.
A day prior, Goyal had described Selja’s personal experience of being asked her caste while visiting a Dwarka temple as “another incident of manufactured problem and manufactured discrimination” against which the “hurt” MP received the sympathy from almost the whole opposition leaving the house in a limbo.
But it did not end BJP woes on Dalit issue as soon after the BSP picked up the baton left by the Congress objecting at the presence of union minister V K Singh in the house. Attacking V K Singh for denigrating Dalits, BSP leader Satish Mishra said he cannot remain present in the house and unless he leaves, the house won’t function.
The Congress that has used the Dalit issue to its advantage in both the houses also joined the chorus asking treasury benches and the deputy chairman P J Kurien to immediate oust V K Singh from the house.
“This house will not function till the time a person who has called Dalits as dogs, who has called journalists presstitutes and who has given a false affidavit in Supreme Court leaves,” said a charged Congress MP, Pramod Tiwari.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of BJP retorted that such a condition is not possible as V K Singh being a minister and an MP would continue to attend the parliament.
Ultimately, the Chennai flood situation came to the rescue of Kurien. Pitching it at an emotional level Kurien requested the members to pay attention to the urgent discussion on grave humanitarian crisis.
The free press
Standoff over Selja caste row resolved
New Delhi : Familiar scenes of disruption of proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were witnessed once again on Thursday. The Modi sarkar’s outreach towards the opposition to ensure the smooth functioning of the winter session seems to be having a limited impact.
Three ministers – leader of the house Arun Jaitley, coal and power minister Piyush Goyal and minister of state for external affairs V K Singh were at the receiving end of the opposition’s ire. Both Jaitley and Goyal were involved because of the statements and comments they had made on Wednesday about Congress leader Kumari Selja’s observations on the Modi model and the questions about her caste while entering a temple in Gujarat state. Goyal had called her comments “manufactured discrimination” and thus clubbed it with the government’s description of the protests over intolerance as ‘manufactured dissent.” The house could not function on Wednesday after this comment.To resolve this impasse, it was decided at a meeting of all leaders with chairman Hamid Ansari that the leader of the House ( Jaitley) would say “a few words and the gentleman ( Goyal) would then withdraw and regret, but in the house, only Goyal expressed regret. He said: “In view of the chair’s decision to review the records, I regret my remarks with respect to my colleague Kumari Selja.”
But the Congress members were not pacified and remained in the well of the house shouting slogans “Mafi maango, mafi maango (express apology),” and “Constitution ka apman bandh karo, bandh karo (stop insulting the Constitution). Besides, the affected member Selja refused to accept the regret. The TMC leader Derek O’Brien who wanted the issue resolved said: “But, there was chapter one in this. That has taken us all by surprise.”
Later, Jaitley issued the necessary clarification as discussed with the chairman and the matter came to an end.
“SINGH, GO BACK”
Union Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh also faced the ire of opposition members especially from the Bahujan Samaj Party as he came into the Rajya Sabha. There was a demand that he be sent out of the house as he had “violated” his oath to the Constitution.
Senior BSP member Satish Misra said: “V.K. Singh is here and he is not entitled to sit in the house because he insulted the Constitution. He does know how to address people… he has used such words for dalits. He has taken oath under the Constitution which says all human beings are equal. He cannot take the name of an animal while talking about a human being. He should leave the house on his own.” Misra also requested deputy chairman P J Kurien who was presiding over the proceedings that as the custodian of the house, he should see that only those entitled sit here. But both government members and the chair said the minister had all rights to sit in the house and this led to an adjournment.
The Congress also joined the BSP members in this protest after the house met again and its member Pramod Tiwari said:” The government does not want to run the house, that is why the person who violated the Constitution is sitting here…”
However, as Home Minister Rajnath Singh came to speak on the Chennai floods, the opposition members settled down, calling it an issue of national importance. The protest is in the context of Singh’s remarks outside the house. Asked to comment on the incident of two Dalit children being burnt to death in Haryana’s Faridabad adjoining Delhi, he had said it was a local incident and as it happens, that even if a stone is thrown on a dog, the Centre is held responsible.
Major parties propose phase-wise agreement
The parties have proposed to expedite the constitution amendment process by bringing changes to the amendment bills already tabled by the erstwhile Sushil Koirala-government in the first phase. However, before tabling the amendment bills, the ruling CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) and the main opposition Nepali Congress will discuss with the agitating Madhes-based parties to clarify ‘ambiguities’ in order to give them a sense of ownership of the proposal.
“Although it has not yet been disclosed, our senior leaders have already made their common position on how to address the demands raised by the them [ Madhes-based parties],” said Prime Minister KP Oli’s Chief Political Advisor Bishnu Rimal. He said that all disputes surrounding the constitution and boundaries would be resolved in phases.
In early October, the Koirala-led government had tabled an amendment proposal ensuring provisions of delineating election constituencies based on population with at least a election constituency in all 75 districts and inclusive representation of the marginalised—Dalit, Janajati and Madhesis—in state mechanism. But the Madhes-based parties seek some clarification on some ‘ambiguities’ in the
The second phase of the agreement, according to leaders, would be to express political commitment on revising the existing seven-province model based on the recommendation of the would be formed Federal Commission or High-level Political Committee. The major parties plan to complete revision of boundaries within next three to six months. However, they have put forth the condition of immediately removing
the obstruction at border points once the amendments bills are passed.
The third phase of the agreement would be to seek consensus over the bordering of provinces either through the high-level political committee, parliamentary committee or other acceptable mechanism.
Major parties look to discuss these issues with the agitating parties before making such agreements. Leaders of agitating parties—Upendra Yadav of Samghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal and Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party Chairman Mahantha Thakur—have returned to Kathmandu as part of their efforts to continue talks with the major parties. Sources from both sides said that the duo arrived in the Capital on Thursday afternoon upon request from interlocutors of major parties.
“We are expecting a meeting with them to give a way out at the earliest. Let’s hope talks will yield positive result,” said Rimal.
Madhesi leaders, however, said ending the current political deadlock will totally depend on the proposal to be floated by the major parties.
“It might be too early to comment as we are yet to receive a concrete proposal. But we will not accept any offer without an advance deal on boundaries,” said Thakur.
In its 11-point demand submitted to major parties, Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha has sought amendment in the provision relating to electoral laws, proportional and inclusive representation besides asking immediate revision of the federal boundaries.
Morcha leaders said there should be at least a framework agreement on two provinces in the Tarai, with details to be worked out later.
Morcha leaders have also proposed to decide the fate of the five disputed districts of the east and west—Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Kailali and Kanchanpur—through a proper mechanism later.
Yadav warned that dialogue with the government is not possible in the shadow of the state-sponsored ‘terror’ in Tarai districts.
“Scores of Morcha cadres have been injured today after security forces open fired at a peaceful protest. Instead of creating a conducive environment, the government is working to disrupt talks,” Yadav claimed.
hakur, however, said that they would attend talks if major parties invite them.
Asked if the Morcha would consider the offer to finalise the boundaries later, TMLP General Secretary Sarbendra Nath Shukla said such agreement would not be acceptable.
News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET