Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 02.01.16
3 Dalits kept in illegal custody, state SC panel seeks report – Nyoooz
Teacher thrashes Dalit boy for using ‘reserved’ plate – The times of india
Caste no bar: In this part of Punjab, Dalit cooks are family – The Indian express
Dalit youth tortured by police in Sangrur – India today
3 Dalits kept in illegal custody, state SC panel seeks report
Summary: We have not yet received the order from the state SC commission and will give the report if demanded and role of policemen concerned will be probed. Bathinda: The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes asked the Bathinda police on Friday to inquire into the allegations against police officials beating up three Dalit youths while keeping them in illegal custody. “Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Swapan Sharma denied keeping the boys in illegal custody.Bathinda SSP said, “They were called on the complaint of some villagers. The magistrate raided the police post after Malkit Singh, father of one of the accused Gurpreet, had complained to the court. Police registered a case against the three Dalits and others on Thursday following their rescue by the judicial officer.
Bathinda: The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes asked the Bathinda police on Friday to inquire into the allegations against police officials beating up three Dalit youths while keeping them in illegal custody. The victims — Gurpreet Singh, Amritpal and Inderjit Singh, from Burj Kahan Singh Wala village — were rescued by the judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Randeep Singh from Bhucho police post on December 30, 2015.Punjab SC commission chairman Rajesh Bagha told TOI he had sought a report from the district police in 15 days for beating up three boys in illegal custody.They were picked up for fighting with some persons, but the police had not recorded their arrest. The magistrate raided the police post after Malkit Singh, father of one of the accused Gurpreet, had complained to the court.
Police registered a case against the three Dalits and others on Thursday following their rescue by the judicial officer. The three are getting treatment in a hospital.Malkit alleged that, “My son Gurpreet, Amritpal and Inderjit were picked up by Bhucho police on December 30, but kept in illegal custody. When I approached the court, the judicial officer raided the police post and rescued them and got them admitted to the hospital.”Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Swapan Sharma denied keeping the boys in illegal custody.Bathinda SSP said, “They were called on the complaint of some villagers.
The times of india
Teacher thrashes Dalit boy for using ‘reserved’ plate
JAIPUR: At a time when kids learn to appreciate colours, Dalit children in Rajasthan are learning to hate ‘red’.
A day before Gandhi Jayanti on October 1, when seven-year-old Ramesh Meghwal (name changed) picked up a plate coloured green (reserved for the upper caste) for his mid-day meal at a government school in Osian tehsil near Jodhpur, he was thrashed till he started vomiting.
“I picked up a plate reserved for upper caste students mistakenly and started having the rice on it. When the teacher saw this, he started hitting me badly on my head. I started vomiting,” Ramesh, a Dalit, told TOI.
According to Dalit Adhikar Network, “the plates there are coloured red and green for Dalits and upper castes, respectively. The seven-year-old had to be rushed to Umaid Hospital in Jodhpur. His treatment went on for six days.”
The Indian express
Caste no bar: In this part of Punjab, Dalit cooks are family
In a country where children have been told not to eat food from a Dalit cook and people tie “caste strings” on their wrists as identification marks, a few schools in Punjab are trying to bridge the “gap”.
Just 3 kms from the India-Pakistan border in Fazilka district is the government primary school of Pacca Chishti. Here, Paramjeet Kaur, a Dalit woman who cooks the school’s mid-day meals, tied a raakhi on the wrist of head teacher Manoj Kumar.
“I don’t have a brother. My school is my family. Kumar sir is like a brother to me,” said Kaur.
The school has students from the Rai Sikh community studying along with upper caste students including from the Jat Sikh community. Their mid-day meals are all cooked by Dalits.
“There has not been a single instance where our three cooks- Bachno Bai, Gurmeet Kaur and Paramjeet Kaur- faced any problem. Children lovingly call them aunty ji and we teach them how to respect elders who cook food for them,” said Manoj.
It helps that the children of Gurmeet Kaur also study in the same school. “All teachers, cooks and children eat same food in lunch prepared by our cooks. On Diwali and Lohri, we give gifts to them and they have full right to speak in the matters of school if they have any opinion,” said Manoj.
“Being from extremely poor families, we sometimes need money for medicines or clothes. We get only Rs 1,200 as monthly salary. Then teachers give us money from their own pockets. They have never said no,” said Bachno Bai. Less than a kilometre from the Indo-Pak border is Dona Nanaka village. Head teacher Lovejeet Grewal of Government Primary School, Dona Nanaka was honoured by Punjab education minister on Teachers’ Day last year for developing this school. Grewal said that untouchability was never allowed to enter his school premises. Two of the four Dalit cooks in the school are part of the school management committee. Speaking to The Indian Express, Veero Bai and Soma Bai, who are members of the committee as well as mid-day meal cooks said, “Caste or creed has never entered our school. All the students are like our own children. The quality of food is checked by teachers before we serve it to children. Whenever some important decision has to be taken, we are asked for suggestions. There is nothing more that we need than respect.” In Mansa district of Punjab, where literacy is the lowest in the state (Census 2011), Ralli village has set an example in how people from marginalised community should be treated. There are 206 students in this school and an almost equal number of Dalit and upper caste students. The school has a tradition of calling its three Dalit mid-day meal cooks on stage during school functions when students are honoured for academic and co-curricular activities. Amarjeet Singh Chahal, the head teacher of the school, says that it is a way to thank the people who cook food for children. “Our cooks stand with the village sarpanch and other dignitaries when the students are honoured on stage. Also, we have taught children to thank them every day for their service. Neither students nor cooks have ever mentioned what their caste is or from which community they are. They are part of our school family. With pay as low as Rs 1,200, they can easily get better-paying jobs but it is because of the personal relationship that they have developed with the school that they continue here.” “We never heard of any school which calls its cooks or sweepers on stage when kids are honoured. None of the students misbehaved with us ever,” said Melo Kaur, who cooks for the school. The cooks in these schools not only prepare food but also help in new admissions. “They know the villagers well. Whenever they come to know of a child ready for schooling, they inform us and we take them along to convince the parents to send their child to school,” said Grewal.
Dalit youth tortured by police in Sangrur
There seems to be no let-up in crimes against Dalits in Punjab which continues to register heart rendering tales of torture and inhumane treatment.
After the shocking story of a Dalit whose limbs were chopped off in a farmhouse in Abohar last month, now a brutal case of a Dalit in Sangrur police station has come to light.
28-year-old Manga Singh who was picked up by Sangrur Police on Wednesday night on charges of liquor smuggling has revealed a tale of horror and brutality.
The police officials allegedly poured petrol on his private parts and then allegedly inserted a wooden stick inside his body. The victim was given a third degree torture throughout the night.
“Two police officials came to our shop and forcibly took my brother Manga Singh to the police station. He was tortured mercilessly for no fault. He has no criminal background,” Manga’s brother Raju Singh said.
Manga Ram was released from the illegal police custody when local councillor Chanan Ram intervened. He was admitted to Sangrur Civil Hospital on Wednesday night. He was referred to Rajindra Hospital Patiala on Thursday after his condition deteriorated. He is battling for his life in the hospital.
Taking a serious note of the involvement of police officials in the brutal torture, DGP Punjab Suresh Arora has ordered a probe.
“Cases have been registered against the police officials besides the employee of a liquor trader. We are investigating the case,” DIG Patiala range, Balkar Singh said.
Sangrur Police officials are also accused of torturing another person in a similar manner as Manga. The police officials had also extorted Rs 12000 from the complainant.
Limbs of a Dalit Bheem Taak were cut off in Abohar on December 11 when he had refused to work with liquor trader Shiv Lal Doda who is absconding.
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