Panna minor raped and set ablaze, dies in hospital – The Times Of India
Woman SI consumes poison in police station, dies –The Hindu
Fighting against untouchability proves costly for three Dalits – The Hindu
PM assures all help to SC/ST biz people – Deccan Herald
relentless march from caste to capital Dalits’– The Times Of India
Dalit’s murder: Police remand of 3 extended – The Times Of India
CPI(M) to turn attention to dalits, adivasis for poll revival – The Hindustan Times
The Times Of India
Panna minor raped and set ablaze, dies in hospital
TNN | Dec 30, 2015, 02.31 AM IST
BHOPAL: A minor girl who was set ablaze after being raped in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh died during treatment at a hospital in Rewa on Tuesday.
The 13-year old survivor suffered 70% burns and was in hospital since December 23. She was sexually assaulted on December 22.
She was alone when accused Pappu alias Chawra Lodhi barged into her house and raped her. Subsequently, Lodhi poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze. Her neighbours rushed for help and later told the police who took her to the district hospital where doctors referred her to Sanjay Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Rewa.
“The accused was arrested the next day. Now he will also be booked for murder,” sub-divisional officer of police, Amarnath Verma, told TOI.
Sources said there were two accused and the minor was gang-raped before she was burnt alive. However, police denied this. “As per the complaint and statements of the survivor, there was only one accused, Pappu alias Chawra. We have not received a complaint about other accused,” Verma said.
Woman SI consumes poison in police station, dies
Hemalatha (44), a Sub-Inspector at the Annur Police Station in the district, consumed poison in police station on Monday night. She died close to midnight in a private hospital.
Inspector S. Lakshmanadass, who found her unwell around 8 p.m. on Monday, rushed her to a hospital, where she died.
It is learnt that Monday was her birthday.
Hemalatha joined the department as SI in 2004. She was married to Ashok Kumar who lives in Muscat.
The couple’s son is pursuing Plus One in a private school at R.S. Puram in the city. She was residing at Barathi Nagar in Annur.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that she was reportedly harassed by a person named Balachander and it was suspected to be the reason behind her decision to take the extreme step.
Based on a complaint lodged by Hemalatha’s mother Indramani (60), Balachander was booked under sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 294B (using abusive language) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of Indian Penal Code and sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act.
Deputy Superintendent of Police of Karumathampatty Sub Division K. Krishnamoorthy was investigating the case.
Police sources said that they had recovered a piece of paper from her notebook, in which she had reportedly written that nobody was responsible for her decision.
Fighting against untouchability proves costly for three Dalits
Holenarsipur taluk administration brands them as troublemakers.
Three residents of the Dalit colony, who raised their voice against untouchability prevailing at Sigaranahalli, a village in Holenarsipur taluk, have been branded by the taluk administration as persons most likely to disturb peace and harmony in the village.
The administration has issued notices to them under Section 107 of the Criminal Procedure Code and asked them to appear before the taluk magistrate.
Thayamma, K.T. Kumar and Umesh — all belonging to Scheduled Castes — have received the notices. Ms. Thayamma is one among the four Dalit women, who attracted penalty from the “upper caste” people for entering the Basaveshwara Temple in the village in September.
Many Dalit residents opposed the penalty imposed on the women and staged protests against untouchability still in vogue in the village. In fact, they had demanded that the district administration allow them to enter the community hall constructed with government funds in the village.
For the last 15 years, Dalits have been barred from entering the community hall.
A notice dated December 18 was issued from the office of Holenarsipur tahsildar, which said that the Holenarsipur Rural police had informed the taluk administration that Ms. Thayamma, Mr. Kumar and Mr. Umesh were likely to disturb peace and order in the village. In order to ensure peace in the village, the three should be summoned and warned. The notice had been issued based on the police report.
However, the Dalits of the village argued that there was no reason for the taluk administration to suspect them to be disturbing peace.
“We have never indulged in any sort of violence. There are no police cases against us. What made the police to brand us as troublemakers?” asked Mr. Umesh.
The Hassan district administration and H.D. Revanna, Holenarsipur MLA, had held meetings in the village to resolve the issue, but in vain. The Dalits are still not allowed to enter the community hall and the temple has been closed ever since the Dalit women entered it.
AT A GLANCE
Notice issued to three under Section 107 of Cr. PC
They have been asked to appear before taluk magistrate
One of the three was among the four women who entered Basaveshwara Temple and got penalized
Notice issued based on police report
Dalits are still not allowed to enter the community hall in Sigaranahalli
PM assures all help to SC/ST biz people
New Delhi: Dec 30, 2015, DHNS
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that his government is committed to empowerment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and assured them of all help in coming up on the ladder of society.
While addressing Dalit entrepreneurs, he invoked his admiration for Baba Saheb Ambedkar and affinity to the downtrodden, and said, “It is your government.
Inaugurating the National Conference of Dalit Entrepreneurs, the prime minister asserted that financial inclusion is at the core of the government’s focus, which is to create job-creators, not job-seekers. The conference was organized by Dalit Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DICCI).
He mentioned the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana and the Venture Capital Fund for First Generation Entrepreneurs which are meant for providing loans to needy entrepreneurs.
“80,000 borrowers have benefited from the scheme under which more than Rs 50,000 crore worth of loans have been given primarily to SC, ST, OBCs and women entrepreneurs who are engaged in small business and provide jobs to about 14 crore persons,” he said.
Expressing his admiration for the great Dalit leader, he said that while Dr Ambedkar is widely hailed as the architect of our Constitution, he was also a great economist. He said that Dr Ambadkar had a vision for industrialization of India. He referred to Ambedkar’s view that Dalits, who had no land of their own, could only progress through industrialization.
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The Times Of India
relentless march from caste to capitalDalits’
Subodh Ghildiyal | TNN | Dec 30, 2015, 04.22 AM IST
NEW DELHI: Ashok Khade, 60, vividly remembers how they did not belong. His cobbler father’s family stayed outside a village in Sangli, could not enter the temple and he had to sit outside the classroom in school. But his outstanding performance in school took care of everything. Today, he stands at the head of his multi-crore offshore engineering company.
Giridhar, 28, cannot recall any instance of caste discrimination. He had a normal childhood as son to a father who moved from being a labourer to a labour contractor. He did his engineering and then MBA from IIM-Kolkata and is a “monopoly manufacturer” of transformers in Visakhapatnam. But while he provides livelihood to people, he says the workers, in some corner of their mind, are conscious that their employer is a Dalit.
It is old hat to chronicle Dalit achievers in industry — names like Kalpana Saroj and Khade are well known and youngsters like Giridhar believe they are set to follow the illustrious elders defying caste. But it is the army of aspirants taking tentative steps towards business which establishes Dalit capitalism as a growing phenomenon.
“I have decided not to work for anyone. I will provide jobs,” says N Sashidhar, having moved from driving an autorickshaw to launching a mineral water plant in Bengaluru. The plant is facing trouble but he is firm in his belief.
Some are building on the gains of their parents. Like Arjun Nayak and wife Shreya, who have launched a brand of bottled water in Bengaluru.