Attack on Dalits: two held, counter-case filed – The Hindu
Devadasi system: Home Ministry asks States to take strong action – The Hindu
Inquiry sought into removal of meat stalls run by Dalits – The Hindu
Changes in SC/ST bill timely – Deccan Herald
Cong ‘paid’ for ignoring Dalits – The Tribune
Dalits call for better deal in flagship schemes – The Hindu
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Attack on Dalits: two held, counter-case filed
Forty-eight hours after the attack by ‘upper caste’ men on Dalits of Turvihal village in Sindhanurtaluk of Raichur district, that left 20 persons, including a pregnant woman, injured, the police arrested two persons, Gurjeppa and Hanumantha, on Sunday evening. Superintendent of Police Chetan Singh Rathor confirmed the arrests.
“Most of the accused are absconding. I have clearly instructed the police officers to nab the persons at the earliest,” Mr. Rathor told The Hindu .
TimmannaChamanur, Sub-Inspector attached to Turvihal police station, said that efforts were on to nab the absconding accused. “Since we are busy with the election duty, we could not concentrate on the case. We will soon nab the absconders,” he said.
Meanwhile, following a counter-complaint lodged by one of the accused, the Turvihal police filed another FIR on Sunday against Dalit victims Shivaputrappa and others under Sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 143 (unlawful assembly), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 504 (intentional insult and provocation for breaking public peace) of Indian Penal Code.
Peer Bhasha, central coordinator, Institute for Study of Social Sciences, alleged that the police were not serious in arresting the accused. “The Turvihal police are bending to the pressure of ‘upper caste’ men,” he said. He took serious exception to the registering of an FIR against the Dalit victims and termed it “blackmail tactics”.
“The attackers have lodged a complaint against the victims to blackmail them and the police entertained it. They will soon offer mutual withdrawal of cases. It is nothing but injustice to the Dalits who were brutally assaulted,” he said.
Devadasi system: Home Ministry asks States to take strong action
Surprised by findings that the ancient Devadasi system continues to exist in some parts of the country, the Home Ministry has asked all States to take strong action against those involved in the heinous practice which is against dignity of women.
In a letter to all States and Union territories, the Home Ministry has said the Devadasi system is inhuman and one of the most heinous practices against women degrading them to the lowest level.
It directed that the laws against it be implemented “in letter and spirit” and steps taken to ensure that the victims are rehabilitated.
The Ministry said it has come to notice through various PILs and media news that the Devadasi system still existed in certain parts of the country, especially in “Beriya” and “Nat” communities in the name of religious practices.
Inquiry sought into removal of meat stalls run by Dalits
Dalit Liberation Movement-Tamil Nadu has forwarded a petition to National Commission for Scheduled Castes seeking an inquiry into the removal of meat stalls run by around 20 Dalits on the weekly market ground owned by Kangayam Municipality. S. Karuppaiah, State joint general secretary of the Movement, said the municipal officials did not give any notice before coming on the Christmas day to remove the stalls.
The people had been running the stalls for many years and now their livelihood was affected, he added. When contacted, Kangayam municipal chairman G. Manimaran told The Hindu that the administration asked them to vacate the place only with the aim of preserving hygiene in the area.
“Slaughtering of animals had started taking place there which was affecting the hygiene on the market ground where vegetables and groceries were also sold. We already told them many times to move from the ground,” he said.
Mr. Manimaran added that the administration had informed them of the willingness to provide an alternative place for the sale of meat. “But, they will not be allowed to slaughter the animals at that place,” he said.
Changes in SC/ST bill timely
December 28, 2015, DHNS
“Any economic, social boycott of SCs/STs is an offence now.”
That otherwise squabbling political parties got together to pass the SC/ST (Prevention of
Atrocities) Amendment Bill last week in the RajyaSabha shows there are certain issues that go beyond petty differences. There was enough justification as atrocities against scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) have jumped, especially since 2009, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). In 2009, there were 33,594 cases (of atrocities against SCs) and 5,425 cases (of atrocity cases against STs). The concomitant figures for 2014 were 47,064 and 11,451. Clearly, the pre-amended law was not working or else it was not being implemented strictly.
The amendments, at least on paper, seem to have made the law far more effective as it has plugged loopholes in the existing law. For instance, the amended bill makes it an offence to garland SCs/STs with footwear, forcing these communities to dispose of or carry human and animal carcasses besides barring manual scavenging. Women belonging to the two communities have to be treated with utmost respect and cannot be pushed into the devadasi practice, still prevalent in several parts of the country. What makes the amendments look promising is that any social or economic boycott of SCs/STs is recognised as an offence. Hopefully, this will stall and discourage abhorrent practices among dominant communities that include shunning of SCs/STs if they are seen to be defiant or raise their voices against injustice. The amendments come at a time when, despite the nation’s overall journey into modernity, the SC/ST communities are still treated in the most terrible manner by sizeable sections of people across the country. Boycotting mid-day meals because they were cooked by dalits, stoning a bridegroom because he dared to ride a horse during his wedding, stripping dalits and beating them figure in recent instances of atrocities against SC/ST communities.