No Sweaters, No Shoes In Winter, Court Orders Aid For Punjab School Children – NDTV
Land allotted to Dalits ‘sold illegally’ – The Hindu
With 4 Dalit Students Suspended, Is Caste Politics At Play At The University Of Hyderabad? – Youth Ki Awaaz
Cheating case filed against two persons – The Hindu
Liquor vend set on fire during shutdown over dalit’s killing – The Times Of Inda
Cong protest against atrocities on Dalits – The Hindu
Tougher law to tackle atrocities against SCs/STs – Live Mint
Action sought against Prof. Balagangadhar – The Hindu
Panel summons DGP over transfer of dalit IPS officer – The Times Of India
DC, police chief appear before National SC panel – The Tribune
National Convention of Scavenger Community on Education- 02
No Sweaters, No Shoes In Winter, Court Orders Aid For Punjab School Children
All India | Written by Anand Kumar Patel | Updated: December 23, 2015 09:36 IST
CHANDIGARH: School authorities in Punjab have been asked by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to provide warm clothes to students of class 1 and 2 on priority basis.
Children from poor families are entitled to receive winter uniforms as part of a scheme funded by the Central government. But students have not received their winter uniform so far, despite the cold having set in.
This is because schools have received only a quarter of the money budgeted for winter uniforms under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan from the Centre. This translates to a meagre Rs.100 instead of Rs. 400 per student.
It is bitterly cold in Mohali these days, with day temperature hovering around 16 degrees Celsius. But little ones in Masol village government primary school come to study poorly dressed even in these extreme winter conditions. Some don’t have sweaters, many others are without shoes. Almost all belong to the deprived class of the society, worst hit by the shortage of funds for winter uniforms.
The school is barely 12 km from the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister.
“We want to buy sweater, shirt, pant, socks, shoes and cap, but this is not possible at all in Rs.100 budget,” said Naresh Kumar, a teacher at the school.
The scheme is meant for 8.72 lakh girls and boys from SC/ST families and those below the poverty line.
“We get the grant for uniforms from Centre. Whatever grant has come, my department has released it. We have initiated the process, will give more once the rest of the money comes,” said the Education Minister Dr Daljit Cheema.
With the schools already a month into the winter session and the grant for warm clothes delayed, children can only hope for an early winter vacation.
Land allotted to Dalits ‘sold illegally’
Dalit Liberation Movement- Tamil Nadu has alleged that 12 acres of ‘surplus land’ taken away by the State Government from a person at Vellakoil block, and subsequently assigned to five Dalits, had been illegally sold. “We need the matter be inquired by the revenue officials immediately as the earlier owner of the land used illegal means to sell the same. The land was taken away by the government exercising the provisions under the Land Ceiling Act,” said S. Karuppaiah, State joint general secretary of the organisation.
According to him, a criminal case also need to be filed on the matter to punish the people involved in preparing bogus papers to sell ‘surplus land’ once taken away by the State Government.
He said that the five Dalit families, who were the beneficiaries of the land, have been staying in the plot for two decades but only to be realised recently that the land assigned to them was sold. “The Dalit families have paid property tax, and hold ration cards,” he said.
The organisation has forwarded a representation to the district-level revenue officials in which they reiterated the need for a speedy inquiry.
Youth Ki Awaaz
With 4 Dalit Students Suspended, Is Caste Politics At Play At The University Of Hyderabad?
Dec 23, 2015
Four Dalit research scholars of Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) at University of Hyderabad (UoH) have been barred from staying in their hostels by the highest decision making body of the University, the Executive Council. They will also not be allowed to participate in the students’ union elections and cannot enter the hostels, the administration building, and other common places in groups. A former research scholar of the University has also been similarly barred. The decision was taken by the Executive Council, whose Chairman is the Vice-Chancellor, after considering the recommendations of a Sub-Committee.
The Registrar of the University, Shri M. Sudhakar, told YKA that the students have been punished due to “a skirmish” that happened between the students of ASA and an ABVP student. The members of ASA have been contesting this claim since August when the alleged altercation happened. The ASA had organised a protest in UoH denouncing ABVP’s disruption of Nakul Singh Sawhney’s screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai at Delhi University. The ABVP President of the campus, Susheel Kumar, had then called the protesters “goons” in a Facebook post, following which they demanded a written apology, which Kumar provided in the presence of a security official.
The ASA students have claimed in a Facebook post that Kumar along with his brother had then “spread false allegations” against the students that have been suspended. They have also alleged that Kumar’s brother belongs to Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and that BJP MLC Ramachandra Rao had met the VC along with his party cadre after the altercation to urge him to take action against the students. The VC’s office, to which several calls were made, told YKA that he was unavailable for comment due to his engagements. Kumar could not be contacted.
Findings Of The Enquiry
The Proctorial Board, a statutory authority, then made an enquiry into the incident but“could not get any hard evidence of beating of Mr. Susheel Kumar” despite contacting the hospital where he was admitted. The security official who reached the spot also did not witness any beating and saw only “a big gathering of ASA cadres discussing with Sushil Kumar (sic)” according to the Proctorial Board’s findings. Despite this the Proctorial Board decided to suspend the five Dalit students for a semester. However, this decision was revoked pending further enquiry after the students had an open discussion with the VC.
M Sudhakar, who is also the ex officio Secretary of the Executive Council, told YKA that the Sub-Committee of the Executive Council found the students of ASA guilty and upheld the Proctorial Board’s decision although it “diluted” it. The Council “resolved the matter” on its meeting dated 27th of November, of which the students learned on the 18th of this month. However, the ASA has alleged that Council arrived at the decision without conducting any further enquiry. The minutes of this meeting also refer to a communication from the MHRD. However, when contacted, Mr. Sudhakar told YKA that the Ministry asks for a report on “disturbances” as and when they happen in campuses. “This is all we have referred,” he told YKA.
The suspended students have now filed a writ petition in the Hyderabad High Court against the University’s order, where the hearings are yet to begin. A senior member of the Ambedkar Students’ Association told YKA that the students also submitted a memorandum and made a representation to the VC on the 21st of December. He also said that they called for an open meeting between the board, the complainants, and the victims and that “all the (student) organisations (except ABVP) put some questions” to the VC but “he did not have any answers”.
The senior member of ASA told YKA that since the appointment of the new VC there has been “more resistance to Dalits” since they assert themselves more in UoH and “participate in social activities”. The claims of the ASA assume significance in the light of the de-recognition of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle at IIT Madras earlier this year following an anonymous complaint from the campus to the MHRD and the expulsion of 73 students, around 90% of which were from reserved categories, from IIT Roorkee (also this year) by a new merit criteria of the institute. The decisions at both the IITs were later revoked. The decision at UoH seems to have been made in a similarly opaque manner. That the Proctorial Board’s decision was contradictory to its own findings reflects a casteist bias or political pressure on the University. Neither seems constitutionally sound.
Cheating case filed against two persons
The Valandur police have registered a cheating case against two persons S. Indira and M. Nagarathinam on the charge of having prepared fake order cancelling the government’s acquisition of their land which was distributed among 69 Dalit families in 1998.
The police said that the two accused had objected to the government acquiring their land at Kuravakudi and distributing among the Dalits.
Even as a legal battle was under way in the court, they produced an order claiming to have been issued by the Revenue Department that the land need not have been acquired.
No such order
However, when one of the beneficiaries P. Selvam (41) sought details about the order through the Right to Information Act, it was revealed that the Revenue Department had not issued any such order.
Based on the complaint of Selvam, the Valandur police have registered the case for cheating, criminal breach of trust, forgery and forgery.
The Times Of Inda
Liquor vend set on fire during shutdown over
TNN | Dec 23, 2015, 02.04 PM IST
Abohar: Abohar and its surrounding areas remained peaceful and observed a complete shutdown on Tuesday during the Punjab bandh call given by Valmiki Samaj to press for the arrest of liquor contractor and SAD leader Shiv Lal Doda for the murder of Bhim Tank, who was killed at his farmhouse in village Ramsara on December 11.
However, some miscreants reportedly vandalized and set a liquor vend on fire in the village early in the morning. The miscreants took away liquor cases before putting the vend on fire. A fire tender was called to douse the flames. Police have started investigating the matter.
All liquor vends in the Abohar town and its surrounding areas remained shut following the killing of Tank. Heavy police force was deployed near the business premises of Doda to prevent any untoward incident.
Cong protest against atrocities on Dalits
Punjab Congress workers on Wednesday protested against the SAD-BJP State government for “increasing” incidents of alleged atrocities on Dalits, including the gruesome murder of a 27-year-old Dalit at Abohar.
Led by Punjab Congress SC Cell chairman Raj Kumar Chabbewal, Congress workers held the protest outside the Punjab Congress Bhawan here and raised “anti-government” slogans.
Protesters were, however, not allowed to proceed towards the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as police had put up barricades near the Congress Bhawan.
The police used water cannons to stop the protesters from jumping the barricades. Later they were rounded up by the police.
“Through this protest we wanted to ask the State government to stop atrocities on Dalits,” said Mr. Chabbewal.
The protesters cited the recent Abohar murder case in which a Dalit’s limbs were chopped off by the assailants.
“The brutal murder of Bhim Sain in Abohar at the behest of an Akali leader and liquor baron was an example of the atrocities being committed against Dalits in the State,” Mr. Chabbewal said, while questioning the police investigation in this case.
The Congress workers also mentioned the deaths of Dalit girls who were run over by private buses in Tarn Taran and Moga.
“The State government is hell bent upon suppressing the voice of poor and Dalits by committing atrocities on them,” he added. PTI
Tougher law to tackle atrocities against SCs/STs
The Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha in August earlier this year was passed through a voice vote, with no discussion or debate
The principal Act which the legislation has amended is called the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
New Delhi: In sharp contrast to the chaos that prevailed through all of winter session that blocked several economic reform bills, the Rajya Sabha on Monday passed, in just a few minutes, a bill to prevent and punish atrocities against individuals from scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs), and ensure their welfare.
The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015, which was passed by the Lok Sabha in August earlier this year was passed through a voice vote, with no discussion or debate. The principal Act which the legislation has amended is called the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
The amended bill expands the list of atrocities and names specific offences such as garlanding with footwear or parading naked or semi-naked. It outlines the duties of public servants to enhance more accountability—including reading out to an informant the information given orally to protect those who may be illiterate—and proposes to establish exclusive courts and provides for socio-economic rehabilitation during investigation, inquiry and trial as well as relocation if needed to victims, their dependents, informants or witnesses.
Experts said that despite its delay, the legislation is the right step forward but a lot will depend on how well it gets implemented on the ground, given the limited machinery that is accountable for its implementation.
“This was something long overdue but now that it is passed by Parliament, it is one strong step forward. Offences like garlanding of an individual or sexual harassment against women from SC/ST, these are acts of dehumanizing someone and the legislation recognizes it. These offences or atrocities impinge on the basic human rights of a person and hopefully, this bill will provide as a deterrent,” said Sanghamitra Sheel Acharya, director of the New Delhi-based Indian Institute of Dalit Studies.
“It is a fact that bills alone do not really ensure that atrocities will not happen anymore but it at least provides for a tool that if one wants to raise their voice, there is something legal to fall back on. Implementation of something as large-scale as this will always be problematic because our machinery is limited and so a lot will be dependent on that,” Acharya added.
Some of the other offences listed in the legislation includes assaulting or sexually exploiting a woman from an SC or ST community, wrongfully occupying land belonging to SCs or STs, forcing them to dispose or carry human or animal carcasses, or do manual scavenging, imposing or threatening social or economic boycott, forcing them to vote or not to vote for someone particular or abusing them by caste names in public.
“The bill adds garlanding an SC/ST with footwear, socially or economically boycotting an SC/ST to the list of atrocities which are mentioned in the Act. The bill passed by the Upper House also provides for the establishment of exclusive special courts to try offences under the Act. However, good legislative intentions are not enough if they are not backed by implementation of the law on the ground,” said Anviti Chaturvedi, an analyst with PRS Legislative Research, a New Delhi-based non-profit body.
Action sought against Prof. Balagangadhar
The district unit of Karnataka Dalit Sangharsh Samiti has lodged a complaint with Superintendent of Police Ravi Channannanavar here on Wednesday against S.N. Balagangadhar, a professor at Ghent University in Belgium, for his alleged defamatory comments against B.R. Ambedkar at a conference at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) in Hyderabad recently.
In the complaint, M. Gurumurthy, convener of the samiti, alleged that Dr. Balagangadhar had insulted Ambedkar in the convention and has urged the police to book cases under section 124A(sedition), 153A(promoting enimity on grounds of religion, race and caste) of Indian Penal Code and under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes(Prevention of Atrocities) Act against him. Lawyers K.P. Sripal and Vinob B. accompanied Mr. Gurumurthy.Mr. Channannanavar toldThe Hindu that Deputy Superintendent of Police Ram Arasiddi has been directed to conduct a probe into the complaint.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Ram Arasiddi has been directed to probe into the case.
The Times Of India
Panel summons DGP over transfer of dalit IPS officer
Pankaj Chaudhary was shifted to RAC,
Delhi from the post of SP, Bundi
Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Published:December 24, 2015 12:16 am
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has summoned the Director General of Police, seeking an explanation regarding the transfer of IPS officer Pankaj Chaudhary from the post of SP in Bundi to the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary in New Delhi.
Chaudhary was transferred out of Bundi following communal riots in Bundi and Nainwa towns last year. The 2009 batch IPS officer had termed the move politically motivated, alleging he was transferred after his action against members of VHP and Bajrang Dal for inciting riots.
Earlier, on November 30, the NCSC had asked the state government about the officer’s transfer, to which the government had replied saying it was a “routine administrative exercise” conducted in “public interest”. “It is not enough to justify that his transfer is in public interest. In fact, the circumstances (that led) the authority to transfer him (need to be explained)…also the authority has to ensure that there was no bias/discrimination or any political tool in case of the transfer (and that it did not) violate the transfer policy. For which all related official papers are required to be furnished,” reads the NCSC notice dated December 17.
“The case of transfer of Shri Pankaj Kumar may please be explained with supporting papers in the hearing with you, in person on 30-12-2015 at the circuit house in Udaipur with Hon’ble member Shri Raju Parmar of the commission,” it further reads.
On September 14, the Rajasthan government served a chargesheet to Chaudhary, then posted as the chief of the 11th Battalion of the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary in New Delhi, by the Rajasthan government, which accused him of not acting in time to tackle the riots in Bundi’s Nainwa and Khanpur on September 12, 2014.
However, Chaudhary said he was removed from the post for resisting pressure from the administration, including senior IAS and IPS officers, to let the rioters-members of Bajrang Dal and VHP-go and “register false cases” against Muslims instead.
Since then, Chaudhary said he has sent at least four reminders to the government, seeking certain documents he requires to draft his reply to the chargesheet. “But there has been no response from the government at all. Maybe they are scared that my reply might expose certain key people in power,” he said.
DC, police chief appear before National SC panel
Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 23
Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat and Police Commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh today appeared before vice-chairman, National SC Commission, Rajkumar Verka, in connection with the custodial death of a youth inside the Vallah police chowki here a couple of days ago.
They submitted the action taken report in the case so far. In the report, the Police Commissioner revealed that the police had already registered a murder case against the accused cops who were still missing. He said all of them, including SHO Mohkampura police station, have been suspended. Among others who appeared before Verka include Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, city-I, Harvinder Singh and the district welfare officer.
Aulakh informed the commission that a judicial probe had already been initiated in the incident. He said appropriate action would be taken against the culprits once the police received the final report of the judicial probe and the medical examination report in the case.
Verka said the matter was serious and brought forth the ugly face of atrocities against Dalits. He said the Vallah police kept the youth, Rinku, alias Kinka, in illegal detention and even demanded Rs 2,000 as bribe from the family in order to settle the case. He asked the Deputy Commissioner to provide compensation to the family as per rules within a week.
Seeta, mother of the deceased, told Verka that he was the sole bread winner of the family and after his death, it had become very difficult for them to make both ends meet. She urged him to provide a government job to her other son. Verka asked the DC to write to the Punjab government to see whether anything could be done in this regard.
Kinka was held by the Vallah police in connection with a mobile-theft case. However, he allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a wooden piece pierced in the wall of the police lock-up. He tore a piece of cloth from the blanket provided to him by the police.
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