Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 12.12.15

Dalit woman not allowed to file rape complaint against PSI – The times of india


Orbit case: 2 witnesses turn ‘hostile’ – The tribune


Steady growth of women as farmland owners in a decade – The hindustan times


12 Osmania varsity students nabbed for holding ‘beef festival’ – Two cercles. Net


Woman died of illness, not starvation: Govt Pragativadi


Education compulsory for candidates to contest in Haryana Panchayat polls – India today education


‘Dalits have fought against discrimination for ages’ – The hindu


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The times of india

Dalit woman not allowed to file rape complaint against PSI


Nagpur: A Dalit woman is not being allowed to file a rape complaint against a police sub-inspector, who sexually exploited her for nine years before ditching her for a fellow woman officer.

The 23-year-old Dalit woman, a Bachelor of Pharmacy student, was sent back by Hudkeshwar police station on Thursday when she tried to register an offence. The police seem extremely reluctant to help the Dalit woman sexually exploited by the sub-inspector, now with rural cops.

Sunita (name changed) first approached the police with a written complaint on Thursday, and was made to wait for two hours at Hudkeshwar police station before being sent back. The woman, who was helped by social activist Nutan Rewatkar, was even denied an acknowledgement on the complaint by a senior police station officer for reasons best known to him.

Incidentally, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio, has been stressing on lifting the department’s image among the masses with quick action in all cases. Fadnavis, along with guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, had expressed deep anguish over the media’s role last week, while launching the Distress Call Response Management System (DCRMS) in the city, for highlighting negativity in the police department. The CM had also raised doubts whether the media was playing a role in derailing investment plans for the city. However, citizens like Sunita are repeatedly expressing their disappointment with police at the ground level, which the media is reporting.

Sunita said that she had first met a senior woman officer with the rural department earlier this year, who was supportive but did not initiate any legal action. “I want to register an offence against the man for shattering my life and also marrying another police officer without even informing me about the development. It was because of him that I had developed medical complications when I was in standard XI. We have been in a relationship for more than nine years, over which he continued to promise that he would marry me. He also entered into physical relations with me with these promises, but went on to marry another woman,” she said.

Sunita said that she knew the officer from childhood as a neighbour in her village in Bhandara district, where they met and also became friends. Their families too knew about their relationship. He was later recruited in the police department as a constable and subsequently selected as an officer through state commission examination.

Sunita would frequent his official quarters at Raghuji Nagar in Sakkardara. She said that her paramour started avoiding her after returning from a one-year training recently, and stopped taking her calls too. She later discovered that the man had married a fellow officer from the city police. “The woman officer too came to meet me. She too tried to convince me to forget the episode,” said the woman.

Sunita then reached Hudkeshwar police station to lodge a complaint but was sent away.

City police chief SP Yadav seemed to have been told a different version of events by senior officers. “I am told that the woman did not register any complaint at the police station. She should now furnish a written complaint to us,” said the CP. Yadav was not told that the woman had already furnished a written complaint but was sent away by the police station officer.


Retired assistant commissioner of police GM Sakharkar said the cops should have accepted the written complaint and conducted an inquiry into the allegations instead of sending the woman back. “Police could have also registered a complaint under ‘zero’ crime number, as per the procedure laid down in police manuals and sent it to the concerned police station for further investigation. This is also a fit case to charge the culprit under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act, as the man is from a different community,” said Sakharkar. “The girl’s life has been completely devastated after being ditched in this manner. She should get justice,” said the former ACP.

The tribune

Orbit case: 2 witnesses turn ‘hostile’


Kulwinder Sandhu

Tribune News Service

Moga, December 11

Two witnesses of the prosecution have turned “hostile” in the infamous Orbit bus molestation case as the recording of statements of the witnesses began in the court of Additional District and Sessions’ Judge Gurjant Singh at Moga today.

Jagtar Singh Rode and his wife Amarjit Kaur Rode, who had claimed that they were sitting in the bus when the incident of molestation and murder of the minor Dalit girl took place, today said in the court that they were sitting in the third row in the bus; therefore, they did not know what happened in the rear.

Deceased girl’s father Sukhdev Singh also recorded his statement in the court today. He said he was not present in the bus at the time of the incident. He was informed about it by his wife. He said his daughter was first molested and then thrown off the moving bus by the conductor and other staff, as informed by his wife.

The court has now fixed January 15 as the next date of hearing. The recording of the statements of witnesses will continue on that day.

The hindustan times

Steady growth of women as farmland owners in a decade


India witnessed an impressive surge in the number of women owning or managing agricultural land in 2001-11 with landholdings under them registering a faster growth in this period than the ones controlled by men, shows a World Bank-backed study that points to improved gender equity in land rights.

Though the amount of farmland controlled by women in the country is still marginal at 10% of the total, the number of female landholdings swelled by 36% and the area under their control went up by 24% in that decade.

In contrast, the number of male landholding grew only by 13% while the land controlled by them dwindled by 2% in the ten years.

Women have traditionally had little legal rights over land in India. Studies suggest secure land rights for women lead to better socio-economic conditions in the family and society. Establishing female land rights is part of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, to which India is a signatory.

Women currently control 16.5 million hectares of farmland, which is 10.3% of the country’s total agricultural land.

The number of female landholdings doubled in Bihar, Rajasthan and Sikkim in 2001-11 and went up by more than 40% in Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

The results are part of the ongoing “Women’s Land Rights Mapping in India” being conducted by the Natural Resource Management Consultants (NRMC), a Delhi-based development advisory firm, with support from the World Bank.

Two cercles. Net

12 Osmania varsity students nabbed for holding ‘beef festival’


Hyderabad : Twelve students of Osmania University were arrested on Friday for allegedly holding a “beef festival” in violation of court orders, police said.

Police took into custody those students who had consumed beef in theuniversity hostel on Thursday and posted pictures on social networking sites.

The students had claimed that they succeeded in holding the beef festival despite the police crackdown.

Police on Thursday thwarted attempts by 24 leftist and Dalit groups to hold the beef festival on the campus by sealing all entrances and detaining scores of students and activists.

Dozens of workers of right-wing Hindu organisations were also arrested as they had announced plans to hold pork festival and cow worship programme to counter the beef festival.

The university and police had denied permission for any programme. A city civil court had also refused to give permission.

Meanwhile, police on Friday booked a case against BJP legislator Raja Singh for allegedly assaulting policemen when he was being arrested. A case under sections 353 and 506 of Indian Penal Code was registered at Bolarum police station.

Raja Singh was arrested on Thursday when he was planning to reach the university campus to stop beef festival and hold cow worship.


Woman died of illness, not starvation: Govt


Bhubaneswar: The issue of starvation death of a woman in Balangir district was raised once again in the State Assembly on Friday as Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Bijayshree Routray said that she died not due to starvation but because of prolonged illness. On the other hand, the Opposition maintained that she died of hunger.

The minister quoted a report of the Balangir Collector saying the woman was paralytic for years and used to receive BPL benefits under PDS and was looked after by her neighbours.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, however, questioned how could the government confirm that it was not a case of starvation and alleged that postmortem was not done to suppress the cause of her death.

A dalit woman, identified as Suadei Nag (55) of Ghutupali village, had died of starvation on Monday. The woman was living alone in a small hut as her son and daughter-in-law had gone outside Odisha in search of work. A report on the incident was published in ‘Pragativadi’, which had rocked the State Assembly. The Speaker had directed minister Bijayshree Routray to furnish a report on the starvation death within 24 hours.

India today education

Education compulsory for candidates to contest in Haryana Panchayat polls


The Supreme Court, on December 10, has upheld the new law which mandates educational qualification for candidates contesting for Panchayat elections. According to the reports, a law was passed on on September 7 by the state assembly which mandated minimum educational qualification of the candidates.

According to the law, the general candidates are required to have passed class 10 examination. The women and Dalit candidates are required to have passed class 8 in order to contest the Panchayat polls. The law also prohibits candidates of criminal conviction, pending electricity bills or loan payments.

While giving the judgement, the court said that since education gives power to human beings to judge between right and wrong, educational qualification is required for better administration of the Panchayats. A petition was filed earlier in the court against the law stating the it violated the right of a candidate to contest elections.

Haryana Chief Minister, in an interview to a national daily, had supported the law. He said that the if Sarpanch of a village was not literate, how one can expect him to budget worth lakhs of rupees. Meanwhile, he also said that he was planning to bring computer education to the villages for development of the people

The hindu

‘Dalits have fought against discrimination for ages’


The struggle of Dalits against discrimination and untouchability has shown to the world how tolerance can win against intolerance through a sustained movement following the ideals of ‘ahimsa’, Dalit writer Mogalli Ganesh has said.

He was here on Friday to inaugurate a two-day Dalit Yuva Sahitya Sammelana. Mr. Ganesh said that Dalits had tolerated discrimination, atrocities and killings by the upper castes for centuries.

Referring to the debate on tolerance and intolerance, Mr. Ganesh said that there were varying views among thinkers and writers on how intolerance could be tackled. Dalits fought against intolerance of the upper castes silently and bravely without getting involved in such debates.

He said that the Dalit movement and the Bandaya Sahitya had played an important and crucial role in bringing equality in society and creating awareness among Dalits on asserting their rights and fighting against discrimination.

The early Dalit writers espoused the ideals and philosophy of B.R. Ambedkar, Periyar Ramaswamy and Ram Manohar Lohia and followed the path of leftist ideologies to take up the issues of farmers and oppressed sections of society.

However, he said that the budding new writers among Dalits were taking up the cause of beef eating and other basic issues through their writings.

Mr. Ganesh said that Dalits should not get involved in the debate with right-wing groups on who committed atrocities and discrimination against them all these years and spend their energy to bring together the oppressed sections, including backward classes and minorities, under one platform to fight against the caste system.

Literary activities

Chairman of the Kannada Book Authority Banjigere Jayaprakash said that the youth should take interest in literary activities and take up writing of books on the issues concerning the society. He wanted every college to have a book lovers club.

Mr. Jayaprakash said the authority would provide financial help to these clubs to conduct literary meets by in their colleges every year.

In the first phase, the authority would provide financial assistance to 200 colleges in the State, he added.

Writer Channanna Walikar and Shivaganga Rumma of the Central University of Karnataka were present.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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