Dalit youths allege police torture in Bathinda village – The Hindustan Times
Sameer Gaikwad had abused Dalit girlfriend: Chargesheet –The Asian Age
Sameer Gaikwad had abused Dalit girlfriend: Chargesheet – The Asian Age
‘Implementation of SC/ST sub-plan tardy’ –The Hindu
PMO invites Dalit entrepreneurs for brainstorming session – The Times Of India
Transgender people could get reservation status under new Rights Act –Mail Online India
Ravish Kumar speaks about his life in NDTV
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The Hindustan Times
Dalit youths allege police torture in Bathinda village
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
Updated: Dec 30, 2015 23:46 IST
Three Dalit youth set free from illegal police detention of Tuesday following directions of a judicial magistrate have alleged that they were tortured in custody. However, the police have denied the allegations.
Showing their injury marks, the trio from BurjKahan Singh Wala village, who had come for a medical examination at the Bathinda civil hospital, said they were beaten up with sticks in the Bhucho police post.
Father of one of the youths said his son Gurpreet Singh (17), Inderjit Singh (18) and Amritpal Singh (18) were picked by the police on December 27 around 4:30pm after they had a verbal spat with another group during a cricket tournament and were taken to the Bhucho police post. “We kept requesting the cops to register a case against the youths instead of keeping them in illegal custody, but in vain,” he alleged, adding that the youths were tortured at the behest of people of upper caste.
DrUmesh Gupta, who examined the youths on Wednesday at the Bathinda civil hospital, said they had injury marks on their back, stomach and feet. He said the medical report would be sent to the sessions judge.
Denying allegations of torture and illegal detention, Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Swapan Sharma said the youths were brought to the police post after a verbal spat in the village. On being asked that the youths were set free after the judicial magistrate visited the police post following a complaint, the SSP said they were not in illegal detention.
The Asian Age
Sameer Gaikwad had abused Dalit girlfriend: Chargesheet
Dec 31, 2015 – ShrutiGanapatye |
The prime accused in Comrade GovindPansare killing, Sameer Gaikwad had used abusive language against his Dalit girlfriend. This was revealed in a chargesheet filed against him in the local Kolhapur court. Sameer has tried to insult his girlfriend Jyoti because of her lower caste status and had highlighted his higher caste, Maratha.
The mobile conversations between Sameer and Jyoti were intercepted by the police and have been attached with the chargesheet presented before the court. It was also revealed in the conversation that he was angry with his wife and wished to “strangulate” her.
Sameer in his conversation with Jyoti dated August 1, 2015 has called her ‘pig’ for not taking his calls. When Jyoti teases him about his language, Sameer emphasises that he is ‘96 kuli Maratha’ and a descendant of ShivajiMaharaj. He also tells her that he is not ‘Ambedkar’, to indicate her lower caste.
In the conversation, Sameer further tells Jyoti, “You are our sepoy and ShivajiMaharaj’s royal family is ours. … you are sepoy people. … ourlabourers.”
In an attempt to end the conversation, Jyoti says, “You are king and we are sepoy.” But not satisfied with the answer, Sameer goes on insulting her by saying “(you are) not even sepoy but labourers of sepoy.”
Jyoti then agrees with him and says “Go. We are labourers ok.” Sameer then says “Labour union organisationPansare.”
This reply given by Sameer to the statement has made the police suspicious about his involvement in the killing.
During a conversation with Jyoti on June 19, 2015, Sameer calls somebody a “bastard”. The police suspect that he was referring to his estranged wife Harshada, who is also the member of the SanatanSanstha and lives in its Goa ashram. Sameer was married to her in June 2009 but she left him in 2012. He further says “If I would have had a gun, I would have shot all six bullets in her head.”
Jyoti in her statement given to police has agreed to having a conversation with Sameer but tried to downplay it.
Jyoti, who is from Mumbai, came into contact with Sameer in September 2014 while working for Sanatan. She confessed to have been in touch with him later and said that they wanted to marry. She also knew that Sameer was married and her wife was also staying in the Goa ashram.
Jyoti worked as a full timer at the Goa ashram between 2009 and 2010, where Harshada was living. She worked at the ashram in May 2015 doing sound and visual editing.
Harshada in her statement has denied having any contact with Sameer since 2012. She has also refused having any information about his work in SanatanSanstha.
‘Implementation of SC/ST sub-plan tardy’
p.c. of the allocation remained unspent till Nov. by 14 departments’
The statutory backing to SC/ST sub-plans has been projected as a panacea for all ills afflicting the under-privileged sections of people.
But the ground realities showed that the situation has not changed for the better even after enactment of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Sub-Plans, opined speakers at a seminar organised by the People’s Monitoring Committee(PMC), comprising 40 civil society organisations, here on Wednesday.
All India Congress Committee SC Department Convenor S.D.J.M. Prasad, leading the brainstorming discussion, said right-based pieces of legislation were enacted during the previous UPA regime at the Centre and the Congress regime in the State to ensure a fair deal for these sections.
“’Though job cards have been issued under MG-NREGS, no jobs have been shown to all of them by the present government,” he contended after interacting with the landless persons in the Cumbum area.
The implementation of the progressive pieces of legislation, including the SC/ST sub-plans Act by those in power now, was far from satisfactory, he lamented and called for protracted struggle cutting across party-lines to ensure that the funds allocated for these sections were people were fully spent.
PMC national convenor Bose Babu said the State government had earmarked Rs. 5,470.13 crore for 36 departments under the SCP in the Rs 1.13-lakh-crore State budget for 2015-16. But 18.34 per cent of the allocation remained unspent till November by 14 departments.
The Times Of India
PMO invites Dalit entrepreneurs for brainstorming session
TNN | Dec 31, 2015, 06.14 AM IST
NEW DELHI: A day after NarendraModi’s speech at a conference of Dalit entrepreneurs, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has invited the founder of Dalit Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) to discuss issues to fast-track Dalit entrepreneurship.
“I got a call from the PMO inviting me for discussions. They want to know what they can do to help resolve issues linked to other departments and ministries,” MilindKamble, founder of DICCI, told TOI.
“The response from the government has been fast and quick,” he said adding that this would help strengthen the movement to nurture Dalit entrepreneurs.
In his speech at the conference, Modi had recalled BabasahebAmbedkar as saying that industrialization alone could empower Dalits and those at the bottom of the pyramid.
“A Dalit does not own land to till. So Babasaheb had rightly said that it was through industrialization and entrepreneurship that the lives of Dalits could be transformed. We are trying to do that,” Modi had said, adding that he was their representative and they could approach him any time.
Kamble said the government’s plan on ‘Start Up India, Stand-Up India’ will help thousands of Dalit entrepreneurs.
“It was a very motivating speech,” said Kamble. Modi’s speech at the convention on Tuesday was part of the government’s outreach to the Dalit community. The government has drawn up grand plans to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of BabasahebAmbedkar.
The Pune-based Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) was set up in 2005 by MilindKamble, a civil engineer and entrepreneur. The members of the chamber belong to a range of sectors from manufacturing (chemicals, agri-products, frozen foods, plastics, textiles, pest control, metals and metallurgy, marine engineering, solar energy, sugar refining), construction and services (health care, hospitality industries, education and international trade).
The chamber operates with a three-fold mandate of bringing together all Dalit entrepreneurs under one umbrella, become a one-stop resource Centre for existing and aspiring Dalit entrepreneurs and promote entrepreneurship among the community as a solution to its socio-economic problems.
Mail Online India
Transgender people could get reservation status under new Rights Act
PUBLISHED: 23:00 GMT, 30 December 2015 | UPDATED: 22:59 GMT, 30 December 2015
Transgender people could soon enjoy special social and legal rights, like people belonging to reserved caste categories if the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s draft Bill on the Rights of Transgender Persons Act, 2015 is accepted.
According to the draft legislation, transgender people who do not belong to Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes by birth may be declared Backward Class, and would be entitled for reservation under the existing ceiling of the OBC category.
Meanwhile, transgender people who by birth belong to Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes, would be entitled for reservation under their respective categories as per the existing rules.
Transgender people could soon enjoy special social and legal rights, like people belonging to reserved caste categories.
Transgender people would also not be prevented from competing for seats which are not reserved for them, the draft Bill says.
The ministry has sought comments and suggestions on the draft Bill by the stakeholders and expert groups by January 4, 2016, before it takes final shape.
As per the draft Bill, transgender people would also be issued with a proper certificate for their identity by a state-level authority duly designated or constituted by respective the state or UT.
“The certificate issued will have to be acceptable to all authorities for indicating the gender on official documents like ration card, passport, birth certificate, Aadhaar card, etc. All the educational institutions will have to admit transgender students without discrimination and provide them education and also opportunities for sports, recreation and leisure activities on an equal basis with other,” said a senior official with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
“All the educational institutions and universities would be required to establish an anti-discrimination cell to monitor any form of discrimination against the transgender community. Mechanisms would also be instituted for provision of loans at concessional rates to transgender persons for self-employment ventures, and for marketing of their products,” the official said.
Other benefits that transgender people would get include scholarship, entitlements, fee-waiver, free textbooks, free hostel accommodation and other facilities at subsidised rates for students belonging to this group.
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