Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 07.01.16

Dalit temple pujari suicide case adjourned – The hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/dalit-temple-pujari-suicide-case-adjourned/article8075489.ece?ref=sliderNews

Action against students based on probe: UoH – Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/hyderabad/314672/action-against-students-based-on-probe58-uoh

Woman labourer turns landlord – The hans india

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2016-01-07/Woman-labourer-turns-landlord–198503

Cabinet ‘Stands Up’ for Dalit, Women Entrepreneurship – The new Indian express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Cabinet-Stands-Up-for-Dalit-Women-Entrepreneurship/2016/01/07/article3215655.ece

Samiti protests against failure to pay employees of government hostels – The hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/samiti-protests-against-failure-to-pay-employees-of-government-hostels/article8074892.ece

Schools go empty after rape attempt – The times of india

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/Schools-go-empty-after-rape-attempt/articleshow/50479383.cms

 

The hindu

Dalit temple pujari suicide case adjourned

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/dalit-temple-pujari-suicide-case-adjourned/article8075489.ece?ref=sliderNews

Principal District Judge R. Poornima on Wednesday adjourned the temple pujari suicide case till January 19 on Wednesday as the petitioner’s lawyer informed the court that the petitioner had filed an affidavit in the High Court seeking an advocate instead of public prosecutor to argue the case.

The court was expected to examine witnesses in the morning. Ten out of the 19 witnesses appeared before the court. O. Raja, brother of Finance Minister O. Paneerselvam, and other accused too appeared before the court. But the petitioner, Subburaj, father of the deceased, did not appear.

The petitioner’s advocate told the court that the petitioner feared that the public prosecutor appointed by the government would support only All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionaries. The petitioner had already submitted a petition to Collector T.N. Hariharan demanding change of the public prosecutor. Since his request was turned down, he filed an affidavit in the High Court in this connection, the advocate added.

Defence counsel Kannappan said that the petitioner neither appeared before the court nor produced any court order to stay the proceedings.

The petitioner, who demanded speedy trial, was now dragging the case.

He could have applied for change of prosecutor while seeking High Court direction for change of the court for impartial hearing, Mr. Kannappan said, and sought issue of a warrant against the petitioner to make him appear before the court.

The judge advised the petitioner’s advocate to produce the High Court order in this connection during the next hearing, and adjourned the case.

She also ordered the defence counsel to give a reply to the petitioner’s plea. The petitioner was advised to appear before the court during the next hearing.

Charges in the case were framed against Mr. Raja and the others on December 15. Theni District Court had transferred the case to Dindigul District Court on November 25 on the direction of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.

The case pertains to the suicide of S. Nagamuthu (22) of T. Kallupatti village, a Dalit, who worked as pujari in Sri Kailasanathar Hill Temple in Periyakulam, by hanging on December 8, 2012, after he was allegedly subjected to harassment.

Nyoooz

Action against students based on probe: UoH

http://www.nyoooz.com/hyderabad/314672/action-against-students-based-on-probe58-uoh

Summary: Meanwhile, a joint action committee of 10 student outfits held a public meeting on campus against the action taken against the scholars. The research scholars concerned were informed that they should not be allowed in their courses and programmes on campus, based on the probe into an incident that involved two student outfits. University of Hyderabad authorities on Wednesday said they took action against the five Dalit students based on the findings of the proctorial board and the recommendations of the sub-committee of the Executive Council. They decided to continue the agitation against the management’s decision. The university had also told them that they are “permitted to be seen only in the respective schools, departments and centres, library an academic seminar conferences and workshops.” Out of the five research scholars, two have JRF and the other three have non-Net fellowship, UoH informed in a media statement.

University of Hyderabad authorities on Wednesday said they took action against the five Dalit students based on the findings of the proctorial board and the recommendations of the sub-committee of the Executive Council. The research scholars concerned were informed that they should not be allowed in their courses and programmes on campus, based on the probe into an incident that involved two student outfits. The university had also told them that they are “permitted to be seen only in the respective schools, departments and centres, library an academic seminar conferences and workshops.” Out of the five research scholars, two have JRF and the other three have non-Net fellowship, UoH informed in a media statement. Meanwhile, a joint action committee of 10 student outfits held a public meeting on campus against the action taken against the scholars. They decided to continue the agitation against the management’s decision..

The hans india

Woman labourer turns landlord

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2016-01-07/Woman-labourer-turns-landlord–198503

In a dramatic development, a daily labourer, who used to work for a landlord several years ago, becomes the owner of the ‘Dora Gadi,’ thanks to the State government’s land for poor scheme 

Peddarathupalli (Karimnagar): In a strange turn of events, a Dalit woman, Aarepalli Durgamma, who worked as a labour in ‘Dora Gadi’ (building of a landlord), has become the owner of the building.

She carried stones on her shoulders for the construction of the building for just Re 1 a day years ago, but now Durgamma is the proud owner of the two-storey building at Peddarathupalli village in Karimnagar district.

Thanks to the State government’s prestigious ‘three-acres land to Dalits’ scheme, the daily labourer has got the ownership of the sprawling building. The poor woman is, however, not able to eke a living out of the building.

If she had been given farmland, instead of building, as part of the government’s programme of “land to Dalits,” she would have been able to meet her both ends. She is finding it difficult to demolish the limestone structure and use the land for agriculture purpose.

She is also unable to stay in the building as it is far away from the residential area. The district administration has so far distributed 63 acres land to 21 Dalits belonging to Peddarathipalli and Chinnarathipalli villages under Kalwasrirampur mandal recently.

The land is part of 500 acres owned by a landlord Kalva Pratap Reddy, who used to dictate terms. The State government took over the lands after the death of Pratap Reddy. Known as Gollapalli Dora, Pratap Reddy, who used to have private security, was killed by the then Peoples War Naxatlies on January 18, 1987 by shooting him in front of his house.

Unable to digest the death of her husband, Pratap Reddy’s wife Radamma immediately committed suicide by consuming pesticides. Both of them were buried besides the building where a tomb was constructed.

After the death of Dora, his son Ramana Reddy stayed in the house for some time but he left the village after some time. He was also attacked by naxalites and burnt the house twice, a villager said. Sharing her childhood days with The Hans India,

Durgamma said she, along with her father Kalvala Chandraiah, used to visit the “Gadi” regularly for work. A 60 year-old woman, Durgamma said she used to clean the surroundings of the building and water vegetable orchards when she was 10 or 15- years-old.

The new Indian express

Cabinet ‘Stands Up’ for Dalit, Women Entrepreneurship

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Cabinet-Stands-Up-for-Dalit-Women-Entrepreneurship/2016/01/07/article3215655.ece

NEW DELHI:  The ambitious Stand Up India scheme, which seeks to promote entrepreneurship among SC/ST and women entrepreneurs and turn them into future business leaders, on Wednesday received the Union Cabinet’s approval.

The scheme, along with the ‘Start Up India’ initiative, was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech last year and later during his Mann Ki Baat radio programme in December. It seeks to give a boost to grassroot-level entrepreneurship in the country.

The tentative date for launching the scheme along with Start Up India is January 16 at a mega event here. About 40 prominent venture capitalists from Silicon Valley are expected to be attend the event. The Centre has reached out to the states to promote Stand Up India under which a bank branch would facilitate at least two projects for each category of entrepreneurs. The aim is to benefit at least 2.5 lakh budding women entrepreneurs. The government will handhold the beneficiaries from the time of loan approval till operationalising the venture. Support would be provided to increase familiarity with factoring services, registration on online platforms and e-market places as well as sessions on best practices and problem solving.

According to a release, the scheme aims at leveraging the institutional credit structure and reaching out to under-served sectors of the population by facilitating loans between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 crore with a repayment period of up to 7 years. It would also aid greenfield enterprises in the nonfarm sector set up by Dalit and women borrowers.

The hindu

Samiti protests against failure to pay employees of government hostels

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/samiti-protests-against-failure-to-pay-employees-of-government-hostels/article8074892.ece

Members of the Dalit Samanvaya Samiti burnt the effigy of Social Welfare Minister H. Anjaneya and picketed the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Tuesday for the State governments’ failure to clear the dues amounting to Rs. 60.18 lakh to employees of government hostels in the district.

State convener of the samiti Malleshi Sajjan in a memorandum to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accused the officials of the Social Welfare Department of negligence in addressing the problems of the employees who have staging an indefinite protest for more than two months.

As many as 52 ‘D’ group employees in Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes hostels in the district were not paid their salary in the last nine months.

The employees demanded that the salary be paid and their names be included in the service record.

State government owes nearly

Rs. 60.18 lakh to hostel employees, says samiti

The times of india

Schools go empty after rape attempt

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/Schools-go-empty-after-rape-attempt/articleshow/50479383.cms

KANPUR: Guardians of children going to a school in Ooicha village in Kanpur Dehat district have decided against sending them to school following rape attempt on a Dalit girl on Monday, allegedly by three local goons and in protest against ailure of authorities to nab the accused.

This is the second instance of school boycott reported from Kanpur Dehat over a year. A panchayat in September 2014 had ordered around 150 girls from Tyonga village to stop going to schools and colleges to “save them from harassment”.

In the latest incident, villagers have threatened to take out a rally and hold demonstration at Mati, the district headquarters, if the accused were not nabbed soon by Mangalpur police station where a case was lodged by parents of the 16-year-old girl on Monday.

The villagers threatened they will be forced to launch an agitation in front of Vidhan Bhawan in the state capital if authorities failed to nab the accused.Till then, they have decided not to send their children, mostly girls, to schools to “save them from harassment”. Reports said the villagers took a collective decision after Monday’s incident wherein three local goons–Pradeep, Satyendra and Ashok–tried to rape a class X student 16-year-old Dalit girl on way to her school.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

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