Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 30.12.15

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.

The Hindu

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.

The Hindu

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.

Notice issued

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.


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

Deccan Herald

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.

DH News Service

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.

The idea to be one’s own boss, and of others, is the new refrain among Dalits, rooted in the twin belief that discrimination exists in offices and business can obliterate caste handicap for good.

In 1990s, Bijender Singh was urged by his parents to leave his village in Bulandshahr after his decision to install an Ambedkar statue triggered strong reaction from upper castes. He began as a helper in a printing press in Delhi, moved on to fabricating spares, and now manufactures printing machines in Haryana. “I am the first businessman from my village,” he proudly claims, a massive statement for an SC.

The Times Of India

Dalit’s murder: Police remand of 3 extended


TNN | Dec 30, 2015, 11.10 AM IST

ABOHAR: A court in Abohar on Tuesday extended the police remand of three accused in the Bhim Tank murder case till January 2, while four others arrested in the case were sent to judicial custody.

The court extended the police remand of Sunil Kumar, Ashwini alias Happy, and Ravinder. Palwinder Singh, Harpreet Singh alias Harry, Radhia and Gulabia were remanded in judicial custody.

Bhim, a dalit youth, died after his legs and arms were chopped off in an attack at a farmhouse near Abohar town that is owned by liquor contractor and SAD (Badal) leader Shiv Lal Doda, also an accused in the case.

Bhim’s friend Gurjant Singh alias Janta too was injured in the attack and a leg and an arm each were copped off in the attack in Ramsara village on December 11.

Police had registered a case of murder, attempt to murder, assault, rioting and criminal conspiracy against 19 persons, including Shiv Lal and his nephew Amit Doda, under sections 302, 307, 323, 148, 149 and 120-B of the IPC.

The Hindustan Times

CPI(M) to turn attention to dalits, adivasis for poll revival


Tanmay Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Kolkata

Updated: Dec 30, 2015 00:33 IST

Once a propagator of classless society as the ultimate goal of Marxism, the CPI(M), in the aftermath of its crushing defeat at the hustings, now wants to reach out to Dalits, backward classes and adivasis in the Hindi heartland.

In the draft organisational report, which is being discussed behind closed doors at the Kolkata plenum, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury charted out a course of action for reaching out to the Dalit and backward classes and has also pointed at failures.

In 2002, the central committee of the CPI(M) selected Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh as “priority states to concentrate efforts for expansion.” The plenum document admits that in the last 13 years, the party stagnated in Bihar and declined in UP. “Electoral alliances with the major regional parties have adversely affected the independent growth of the party in these two states,” it says without naming the Samajwadi Party or Rashtriya Janata Dal.

The document says the Uttar Pradesh state unit has singularly failed to undertake any campaigns despite repeated decisions. “In Bihar and Madhya Pradesh some issues of social oppression have been taken up sporadically,” it adds.

Yechury said his party would make strong efforts to increase its presence in the Hindi belt. “Class struggle in India stands on two feet; economic exploitation and social oppression. We have to win the confidence of people facing social oppression,” he said.

“The party has to organise schools for cadres in Hindi-speaking states… There should be a central mechanism for publication and distribution of party literature and campaign material in Hindi. Meetings of secretaries of Hindi states should be held twice a year to monitor the work…” the plenum document says.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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