Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 05.01.16

Penalised because we are Dalit, allege two IAS officers in MP – Catch news


Dalit woman raped in gaushala at Rohtak – The time of india


Rape survivor’s family flees village after ‘threats’ – The times of india


Dalit Gets Right of Way to Bury 100-year-old Grandpa – The new Indian express


Dalit families and college lock horns over claim of land – The hindu


Undecided voters hold key in 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections – Bharat press


Introducing Khabar Lahariya, newspaper run entirely by women from backward communities – India today.in



Catch news

Penalised because we are Dalit, allege two IAS officers in MP


Two Dalit IAS officers have accused the Madhya Pradesh government of discrimination based on caste, reports The Indian Express. The two officers, Ramesh Thete and Shashi Karnavat, said that the state government penalises them for offences that upper caste IAS officers get away with.

This allegation comes just days after a Dalit IAS officer in Rajasthan converted to Islam to escape caste discrimination.

Thete, an officer of the 1993 batch, said on Monday that he would participate in a dharna organised in Bhopal on 11 January by the Dalit Adivasi Forum (DAF) to protest discrimination against members of scheduled castes and tribes.

The Lokayukta had charged Thete with offences linked with the illegal disposal of land when he was posted as an additional commissioner in Ujjain two years ago. The MP government had given permission to prosecute him

The time of india

Dalit woman raped in gaushala at Rohtak


handigarh: A dalit woman, who had gone to pay obeisance in a gaushala (cow shelter) in Rohtak, was allegedly raped by president of the managing committee of the place on Sunday evening.

Acting on the complaint by victim, police have booked Jai Bhagwan Pundit, president of the management operating the gaushala under sections 342, 376 and 506 of the IPC for rape and criminal intimidation and under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act at Rohtak Sadar police station.

The times of india

Rape survivor’s family flees village after ‘threats’


RAJKOT: Family members of an 18-year-old dalit girl who was allegedly raped by a 29-year-old man have fled their native village in Amreli district after being threatened with dire consequences by the accused’s kin.

As many as 22 members of the family of farm labourers, including the survivor’s paralytic father, are camping outside Amreli district collectorate since January 1.

The girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped by Vadli village on December 25. She returned home at around 3am on December 26 and lodged a complaint against two persons Hitesh and Umesh.

“They kidnapped my daughter in front of my eyes and raped her. We searched for her till late night and then lodged a complaint of kidnapping. At 3am on that night, she returned home shaken and told us her trauma. She lodged an FIR and named Hitesh and Umesh but police named only Hitesh in the FIR,” the survivor’s father told TOI.

B G Bharvad, deputy superintendent of police (SC/ST Cell), Amreli, said they arrested the accused Hitesh Kathi on December 31. Bharvad told TOI that the investigation has revealed that there was only one accused.

Rajula police has also lodged a complaint of criminal intimidation against the accused’s relative Raning Jakhda, who was named by the girl’s father for threatening the family with dire consequences.

The new Indian express

Dalit Gets Right of Way to Bury 100-year-old Grandpa


CHENNAI: After waiting in despair with the body of his 100-year-old grandfather who died on Sunday, a Dalit man from Nagapattinam

is finally looking forward to burying the deceased on Tuesday following the intervention by the High Court of Madras.

The court on Monday directed the district administration and police to act swiftly on the plea from M Sankar from Vazhuvur in Nagapattinam, who alleged that the body his grandfather, A Chelladurai, a Dalit, could not be buried after caste Hindus from the locality prevented him from using the path leading to the burial ground.

According to the 27-yearold, the Dalits there have been using a portion of the land near Manimalaiaru for burying their dead in the absence of a proper burial ground. But there was no pathway to the spot, which led to protests in 2002. Following this, the local authorities had allotted a pathway from the village to the burial ground about three kilometres away.

However, caste Hindu community members did not permit the Dalits to use the land, allegedly threatening them with violence if they went against their wishes.

Even as the situation remained thus, Chelladurai passed away on Sunday evening at his native village in Vazhuvur. Desperate to give his grandfather a proper funeral, Sankar approached local authorities for help.

But no help was forthcoming till on Monday, which prompted him to move the court seeking police protection to conduct the funeral.

“It is very unfortunate that equality eludes a person till death starting from his birth,” observed Justice MM Sundresh when the petition came before him on Monday.

The deceased could not be given a decent burial due to malice which is still prevalent in the society, he noted.

“This court expects the respondents to act immediately to do the needful and r epor t the s ame on Tuesday, failing which appropriate orders will be passed,” the judge added and posted the matter for compliance on Tuesday.

The hindu

Dalit families and college lock horns over claim of land


The land reportedly allotted to 40 Dalit families on the west side of Yadava College in Madurai has stirred up an issue with both the beneficiaries and the college administration submitting petitions to Collector L. Subramanian on Monday.

The families said that they had erected sheds in the land after it was measured and allotted to them by the local revenue officials. However, the college administration claimed that they had been using the land for more than four decades and termed the sheds encroachments.

While conceding that they did now own the land, the college administration said that a bore well pump supplying water for the college was functioning in the land, which was also until recently used as a playground by students of the hostel located nearby.

On the other hand, the Dalit families said that they were allotted the land after prolonged struggle for 13 years. “We were evicted from Uchaparambumedu many years ago for carrying out maintenance work in a closely located canal,” said V. Nallathambi from one of the affected families.

“Now, every family was given close to 1.5 cents of land and we had erected sheds by spending Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 3,000. It is unfair to ask us to leave now,” he added.

  1. Jothi from one of the families said that they would vacate the land only if the district administration assured them that they would be provided land elsewhere.

Refuting the claims made by the 40 families, the Collector said that the administration had not allocated the land to them. “It is a government property which does not have an approach pathway.” He said that he had ordered eviction of the sheds and also warned the college administration that the land should not be used by them either. “Depending on the merits of the petition submitted by the 40 families, we will allocate land to them elsewhere,” he added.

Bharat press

Undecided voters hold key in 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections


Tamil Nadu will go to the polls later this yr, in all probability by mid-April 2016. The election battle will probably be primarily between the 2 highly effective Dravidian events – the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK – though smaller events are giving themselves a preventing probability. Interestingly, this time the query earlier than the Tamil Nadu citizens is probably not which of the 2 Dravidian events to vote for however why the opposition DMK or People’s Welfare Front (PWF)- a 3rd entrance floated by Left events – must be given an opportunity.

Although it’s too early to take a position on ballot alliances, three details are already clear firstly of the yr. First, regardless of the dozen social welfare schemes it has launched, the incumbent AIADMK has suffered a serious blow as a consequence of its picture due to its excessive-handed fashion of functioning, allegations of rampant corruption, extravagance and sycophancy.

Second, the DMK, led by M Karunanidhi and his son M U Stalin has been unable to capitalise on the anti-incumbency wave throughout the state. It appears to haven’t any clear election technique.

Three, the PWF, the third entrance floated by CPI(M), continues to fumble with no vibrant management or a concrete imaginative and prescient assertion for its existence.

In Tamil Nadu, politics is essentially managed by the 2 Dravidian events. Others, together with national gamers such because the Congress, the BJP and the Left events play a minor position. That hangover continues into 2016 meeting election however what’s new is the massive variety of undecided voters.

History says will probably be the standard DMK vs AIADMK battle with smaller events becoming a member of the bigger events in the ultimate levels of the election; nevertheless, the election could also be determined by the undecided votes with a two or three proportion of votes maybe deciding the decision.

On the opposite hand, the AIADMK might return to energy as a result of it has all some great benefits of holding energy and the ‘most assets’ to win.

Until three months in the past, Jayalalithaa had the unquestionable higher hand. However, the heavy rains and floods in November and December uncovered the inefficiency of the Jayalalithaa authorities each in phrases of dealing with the catastrophe and its poor aid efforts.

People remained homeless after the floods in Chennai and different northern districts and allegations have been made that the floods occurred because of the mishandling of Chembarambakkam reservoir. Jayalalithaa and her authorities have disputed this. However, observers and prime bureaucrats consider that Jayalalithaa might exploit aid work and direct cash transfers for flood victims to swing the elections her method.

The irony is that these developments which have steadily eroded the picture of the Jayalalithaa authorities haven’t benefited the DMK. There is not any seen wave in favour of the DMK. DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi continues be the peacemaker between his sons M U Stalin, M T Alagiri and daughter Kanimozhi – the party hasn’t been capable of challenge Stalin because the CM candidate. Stalin’s nicely-designed political marketing campaign directed by occasion managers from north India noticed him tour your complete state however that did not energise the general public.

January will witness essential developments in Tamil Nadu politics. Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), a caste-based mostly party representing OBC-Vanniyars and led by R Ramadoss and his son Anbumani may be a part of the DMK alliance. While an alliance with the PMK will profit the DMK with its robust vote banks in a minimum of 10 constituencies in the northern districts, there are two street blocks that would delay the deal: the PMK has a infamous previous of anti-Dalit riots that may make the unconsolidated Dalit votes essential for DMK. Also, PMK’s want to venture Anbumani because the CM candidate makes the alliance troublesome.

Anbumani isn’t the one one eyeing the CM submit – there’s ‘Captain’ Vijayakanth too. His DMDK claims to have at the very least 6 to 7 proportion of the vote share. Interestingly, the DMDK is extra in demand than the PMK and that permits the captain to maintain everybody guessing. He was a part of the NDA alliance in the final Lok Sabha elections however he has been inviting all the highest leaders in the state to his workplace for the previous three weeks – solely to serve them tea and gave them a handshake. Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP state president was excited when she acquired a name from the captain final week. A few days later, his workplace invited the whole PWF management him and promised nothing in return. A supply stated the captain had even questioned the aim of their go to.

Sources in the AIADMK stated they’re now planning on alliances. “There are indications from Amma. We will come to find out about it by January 20,” stated a senior chief. Sources in the PWF, stated this month will probably be essential. “There is not any level in holding a entrance going with out even 15 per cent vote share. If there’s a robust wave towards DMK and AIADMK, our 6 to 10 per cent vote share will nonetheless not double to twenty per cent,” he stated.

AIADMK has already began casual talks with CPI, which is now a part of PWF, whereas M T Vasan’s Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) hopes that they’ll get a good deal in the event that they go together with AIADMK. A party supply in TMC, which is but to contest any election, stated they need to be getting minimal 20 seats from AIADMK, out of a complete of 234. AIADMK sources keep that if there’s an alliance, nonetheless the party will contest in minimal 200 seats whereas sharing the remaining with smaller events together with actor Sarathkumar’s party claiming OBC-Nadar votes base from south and Muslim political party, MMK.

For all of the events, 2016 is essential. A loss for the AIADMK will put a query mark on Jayalalithaa’s political future as her mobility is already restricted. For the DMK too, if they’re defeated once more, turbulent occasions are forward, particularly for Stalin who was principally invisible and inactive for 4 years. All the smaller gamers — CPI, CPI(M), VCK, MDMK, Vijayakanth and the BJP — face a serious disaster if they do not Full Text RSS Feed

India today.in

Introducing Khabar Lahariya, newspaper run entirely by women from backward communities


At a time when women hailing from the backward communities are not even allowed to pursue education, there are a few who are breaking barriers and fighting back prejudices by running their own newspaper.

mmunities of UP and Bihar, made a humble beginning in 2002.

The stories which primarily revolve around feminist and left-wing themes, now spans everything from politics to reporting crimes. Over 8000 copies of this eight-page weekly is widely sold across 600 villages in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The video traces the life of 27-year-old Suneeta, from Banda village, Uttar Pradesh. Born into a Dalit family, she was forced to quit school at the age of 9 and got wedlocked at the age of 12.

She wrote about the delay in highway construction in March 2012, and today, the construction is complete and it has significantly reduced the travel time to the drought-hit village.

Writing and editing as well as design and distribution of the paper is solely done by women who work for this multi-lingual local paper. In the process, they have managed to break stereotypes and deliver news that really matters.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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