Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 12.01.16

Land distribution: Dalits want Collector’s intervention – The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/land-distribution-dalits-want-collectors-intervention/article8094685.ece

Post poll victory: the rape reward for a Dalit woman in UP – Catch news

http://www.catchnews.com/india-news/chronicle-of-a-tragedy-foretold-up-dalit-dares-to-fight-polls-pays-terrible-price-1452513554.html

Newly-Elected Sarpanch Killed In Haryana Village, Runner-Up Is Suspect – NDTV

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/newly-elected-sarpanch-killed-in-haryana-village-runner-up-is-suspect-1264909

Gender education becomes compulsory in Telangana – News gram

http://www.newsgram.com/gender-education-becomes-compulsory-in-telangana/

Two dalit IAS officers protest Madhya Pradesh govt’s bias – Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/bhopal/319928/two-dalit-ias-officers-protest-madhya-pradesh-govts-bias

Ahead of Maghi Mela, protests against SAD – Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/chandigarh/319725/ahead-of-maghi-mela-protests-against-sad

WIDER IMAGE-Decade-old tattoos tell of devotion, caste and defiance in India – Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3395382/WIDER-IMAGE-Decade-old-tattoos-tell-devotion-caste-defiance-India.html

Action against corrupt officials as per norms not caste, Lok Ayukta Navlekar says – The times of india

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Action-against-corrupt-officials-as-per-norms-not-caste-LokAyukta-Navlekar-says/articleshow/50537005.cms

11th January in Dalit History – Dr. Ambedkar had started the war to spearhead Hindu Code BillDr. Ambedkar Books

http://drambedkarbooks.com/2015/01/11/11th-january-in-dalit-history-dr-ambedkar-had-started-the-war-to-spearhead-hindu-code-bill/

 

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The Hindu

Land distribution: Dalits want Collector’s intervention

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/land-distribution-dalits-want-collectors-intervention/article8094685.ece

STAFF REPORTER

Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front held a protest at the Collectorate.

Over 41 Dalit families led by the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front arrived at the Collectorate here on Monday pleading intervention in a bungled up land acquisition and redistribution of patta lands to Dalits in Sanamavu village.

The Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front-led Dalit families of Sanamavu at the Krishnagiri Collectorate to petition the administration on Monday.— Photo: N. Bashkaran

The protesters led by Irudaya Raj, district secretary of the Front, alleged that the State had bungled up the process, leading to the quashing of acquisition by the Madras High Court. In 1999, over 41 families were issued pattas after 2.5 acres was acquired by the then Dharmapuri administration from a land owner. The owner contested this in Hosur court where the acquisition and redistribution was upheld.

However, the plaintiff moved the Madras High Court with a writ contesting that the Adi Dravidar Welfare Department had not issued show-cause notice or got the Collector’s satisfactory opinion before the acquisition. In November, the High Court quashed the acquisition and ruled in favour of the landlord.

Caught in the crossfire, the Dalit families today own only the pattas, but no land. According to Mr.Irudaya Raj, the State had deliberately bungled up representing its case, and did not substantiate its claims through documentation.

“The Dalits with pattas over the contested land were not even represented in the court,” alleged Mr.Irudaya Raj. The protesters have petitioned Collector T.P.Rajesh to intervene in the litigation.

Catch news

Post poll victory: the rape reward for a Dalit woman in UP

http://www.catchnews.com/india-news/chronicle-of-a-tragedy-foretold-up-dalit-dares-to-fight-polls-pays-terrible-price-1452513554.html

Rajkumari’s could have been an inspiring story for women everywhere. A Dalit widow working the fields and bringing up two children by herself, and earning the village’s respect – – to the extent that they persuaded her to contest polls to the Block Development Council.

Post poll victory: the rape reward for a Dalit woman in UP

But what should have been her crowning glory – winning from Shivgarh village in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, against substantially rich and powerful rivals – turned into a nightmare.

Read: Nirbhaya changed nothing. Delhi continues to be the rape Capital

Soon after Rajkumari won the polls, her 16-year-old daughter was allegedly gang raped by her political rivals. And when the police didn’t take any action and the accused returned to intimidate her, the girl, a class XI student, committed suicide.

The police say the postmortem has not established rape, but further medical analysis is being done to verify the allegations.

Rajkumari is in a state of shock. She has barely stepped out of her house. Her brother Rajkumar fears she may be beginning to lose her mind just “like her son who is mentally challenged”.

“She is going mad. She doesn’t eat or drink, expect what we compel her to eat. Since she isn’t going to work, we now depend on the villagers to help get an odd meal for our invalid mother and her son,” he says.

Made to suffer

The results of the election were announced on 14 December. Rajkumari says throughout the campaign, in which she was supported by most women of her village and eventually one of her rival women candidates, she kept receiving threats from another candidate.

“He kept telling me to withdraw my candidature and if I didn’t, he would do something to shame and scar me forever,” Rajkumari tells Catch at her home in Shivgarh, 25 km from Mirzapur town.

As most other people in the village, Rajkumari lives in a thatched mud house, which is open at one end. Set in the foot of the Vindhya hills, Shivgarh does not show any signs of urban development – working toilets, metalled roads, brick and mortar houses. Most people, including Rajkumari, are Behelias or Kohris, both sub-castes within the Dalit community.

She’s going mad like her son. She doesn’t eat or drink or go to work: Rajkumari’s brother

According to Rajkumari, the day the results were declared, Pappu and Bindu Behelia, brother and friend, respectively, of her poll opponent, threatened her to be ready for the consequences.

Then, on the night of 22 December, her daughter disappeared while the family was asleep. She was later found unconscious and bloodied, and was brought back by her uncle. When she regained consciousness, the girl said Pappu and Bindu had abducted and raped her.

The next morning, they took the girl, who had been bleeding through the night, to Padari police station after a government clinic refused to admit her until its staff received a go-ahead by the police.

The family spent the entire day at the police station, waiting for the SHO to turn up and register the case. The girl had turned so pale from the ordeal that a policeman asked whether she was suffering from jaundice.

Rajkumari says she told him it wasn’t jaundice. “Rape hua hai, sir.

Her brother says the SHO didn’t turn up till late in the evening. “And when he came, he threw us out and told us to return the next morning. We then went to a private clinic where they gave her some injections.” So all medical attention that the alleged victim of a gang rape received in 24 hours was probably some morphine to ease her pain.

NDTV

Newly-Elected Sarpanch Killed In Haryana Village, Runner-Up Is Suspect

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/newly-elected-sarpanch-killed-in-haryana-village-runner-up-is-suspect-1264909

All India | Written by Anand Kumar Patel | Updated: January 12, 2016 14:51 IST

JIND:  A newly elected sarpanch was shot dead in Haryana’s Khedi Taloura village on Sunday evening. The accused, who lost the election to the victim by a small margin, is still absconding, police said.

Haryana Sarpanch Killed Hours After Election, Runner-Up's Son Is Suspect

The 45-year-old Ramesh Yadav, who had sold his two acre land to contest the polls, belongs to the dalit community. Caste rivalry is believed to be the reason behind the killing.

Police have rounded up half a dozen men named as accused by the victim’s family. Accused Vijay, who lost election by 30 votes, belongs to an upper caste community.

Polls were conducted for the first phase in Haryana on Sunday and results were declared the same evening.

News gram

Gender education becomes compulsory in Telangana

http://www.newsgram.com/gender-education-becomes-compulsory-in-telangana/

Hyderabad: Telangana became the first Indian state to make gender education compulsory at the graduate level with the introduction of  a non-stereotype textbook titled, “Towards a World of Equals”.

The book has been introduced on a pilot basis in Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University affiliated colleges.

The book talks about gender in its composite form without limiting itself only to the crimes against women. The book covers women’s work in politics and economics and information about unacknowledged writers of Telangana to problems of sex selection. It also talks covers complex subjects like female-centric history and male-female relationships. It discourses about the different stands of women movements across the world, also introducing students to political movements of Afro-American, Caribbean, African, Dalit and minority women. Notably, a documentary film of visual teaching tools is also attached with the book.

The book will be a part of a semester a would be taught for 14 weeks. The content of the book was prepared by a nine-member committee. Four training workshops had already been conducted and more such events are on the cards.

It would be interesting to see the reactions that the book generates.

For example, in its first chapter of socialization, the book initiates a discussion on “Are boys taught household work while growing up? Discuss your experience at home”.

The editors of the books say they are every optimistic about the results. “We have received a lot of good feedback from teachers, “said one of the editors. (Inputs from agencies)(Picture courtesy:europeanmovement.eu)

Nyoooz

Two dalit IAS officers protest Madhya Pradesh govt’s bias

http://www.nyoooz.com/bhopal/319928/two-dalit-ias-officers-protest-madhya-pradesh-govts-bias

Summary: ”He denied violating service rules by joining the dharna saying he can be a member of the forum. “I wrote several letters to chief minister and the chief secretary saying the permission to prosecute me was illegal as the Madhya Pradesh high court had ordered status quo in the matter,” he said. “But neither chief minister nor CS considered my requests. Two Congress functionaries K K Mishra and Dipti Singh were present at the dalit dharna.Thete said he had conveyed his plan to participate in the dharna to the government. “If government issues a notice to me in the name of violating code of conduct, I will go for fast unto death.

Two dalit IAS officers protest Madhya Pradesh govt’s bias

BHOPAL: Two Madhya Pradesh cadre dalit IAS officers on Monday accused the state government of caste bias besides “oppression and harassment” at the hands of officials close to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.Ramesh Thete and Shashi Karnavat joined a dharna under the banner of Dalit Adivasi Forum here to protest against the alleged discrimination and to demand reservation in postings.The allegations follow the government’s recent move to sanction Thete’s prosecution for allegedly selling a piece of government land two years ago.Thete refuted the charges and called it is a conspiracy of upper caste officers. “I wrote several letters to chief minister and the chief secretary saying the permission to prosecute me was illegal as the Madhya Pradesh high court had ordered status quo in the matter,” he said. “But neither chief minister nor CS considered my requests.”He accused officials close to chief minister of harassing dalits and said the BJP government had intentionally delayed his promotion.Thete claimed Lokayukta was biased in prosecuting bureaucrats and warned he would expose several officials, who were saved in controversial cases.

“I will expose them at the right time.”He denied violating service rules by joining the dharna saying he can be a member of the forum.”If government issues a notice to me in the name of violating code of conduct, I will go for fast unto death.”Karnavat was promoted to IAS in 1999 and has been under suspension since an anti-corruption court sentenced her to five-year imprisonment in 2013.She said the government had exonerated another official in a similar case, but sanctioned her prosecution because she is a dalit.Karnavat asked the forum to be ready to protest against the BJP government’s discrimination and said it has not transferred her to a competent department despite repeated requests.State agriculture minister Gauri Shankar Bisen said officials should not go on strike while BJP state president Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan said government should act against the two for violating the code of conduct.The Congress has supported the two saying the BJP government was oppressing dalit officers. Two Congress functionaries K K Mishra and Dipti Singh were present at the dalit dharna.Thete said he had conveyed his plan to participate in the dharna to the government..

Nyoooz

Ahead of Maghi Mela, protests against SAD

http://www.nyoooz.com/chandigarh/319725/ahead-of-maghi-mela-protests-against-sad

Summary: Gopi Chand, convener of the Bheem Taank struggle committee, said, “SAD used to send buses to ferry Dalits every year to its rally at Maghi Mela. Gurmeet singhSEVERAL unions and committees have begun protests against the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ahead of the party’s conference at Maghi Mela to be held in Muktsar on January 14. Gurmeet singh Members of Bheem Taank Struggle Committee sit on a hunger strike in Abohar on Monday. Their state president, Peermal Singh, started a hunger strike in Patiala outside the office of PSPCL four days ago. Members of Bheem Taank Struggle Committee sit on a hunger strike in Abohar on Monday.

Ahead of Maghi Mela, protests against SAD

Members of Bheem Taank Struggle Committee sit on a hunger strike in Abohar on Monday. Gurmeet singh Members of Bheem Taank Struggle Committee sit on a hunger strike in Abohar on Monday. Gurmeet singh SEVERAL unions and committees have begun protests against the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ahead of the party’s conference at Maghi Mela to be held in Muktsar on January 14. Members of a struggle committee, formed after the brutal murder of a Dalit, Bheem Taank, began a hunger strike in Abohar today.

Dalits have threatened to boycott the conference until all the accused are brought to book. Gopi Chand, convener of the Bheem Taank struggle committee, said, “SAD used to send buses to ferry Dalits every year to its rally at Maghi Mela. This year, we will not take those buses.” He added: “Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal had assured justice but till date SAD leader and liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda, whose anticipatory bail has been rejected, has not been arrested. Even the Chief Minster has not visited Abohar despite promising to do so. We have no choice but to launch a protest again.” The committee has demanded Rs 1 crore financial aid for Bheem Taank’s family as well as a government job for one of his family members. Likewise, unemployed linemen association have threatened to disrupt the SAD conference this year as well over non-fulfilment of their demands. The association has been protesting for the past many years after 4,000 unemployed linesmen were denied jobs even after their names reportedly figured in the merit list brought out by the power corporation. Their state president, Peermal Singh, started a hunger strike in Patiala outside the office of PSPCL four days ago..

Daily Mail

 

WIDER IMAGE-Decade-old tattoos tell of devotion, caste and defiance in India

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3395382/WIDER-IMAGE-Decade-old-tattoos-tell-devotion-caste-defiance-India.html

By REUTERS

PUBLISHED: 10:00 GMT, 12 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:00 GMT, 12 January 2016

By Adnan Abidi

ARJUNI, India, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Mahettar Ram Tandon is still proud of the indelible message he carries almost five decades after he had the name of the Hindu god Ram tattooed over his entire body.

Dressed in a simple white lungi, a traditional Indian garment, and wearing a peacock feather hat called a “mukut”, Tandon is part of the Ramnami Samaj religious movement in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh, one of India’s poorest regions.

“It was my new birth the day I started having the tattoos,” he says. “The old me had died.”

Denied entry to temples and forced to use separate wells, low-caste Hindus in the Chhattisgarh first tattooed their bodies and faces more than 100 years ago as an act of defiance and devotion.

Ramnamis wrote Ram’s name on their bodies as a message to higher-caste Indians that god was everywhere, regardless of a person’s caste or social standing.

Now 76, Tandon’s purple tattoos have faded over decades under the harsh sun of his village of Jamgahan.

In the nearby village of Gorba, Punai Bai, 75, spent more than two weeks aged 18 having her full body tattooed using dye made from mixing soot from a kerosene lamp with water.

“God is for everybody, not just for one community,” says Bai, who lives in a one-room house with her son, daughter-in law and two grandchildren.

Nowadays the tattoos of Ramnamis, who number 100,000 or more and live in dozens of villages spread across at least four districts of Chhattisgarh state, are usually on a smaller scale.

Since the banning of caste-based discrimination in India in 1955, the lives of many lower-caste Indians have improved, villagers said. As young Ramnamis today also travel to other regions to study and look for work, younger generations usually avoid full-body tattoos.

“The young generation just don’t feel good about having tattoos on their whole body,” says Tandon, who has always lived in his village of small mud houses surrounded by fields of grazing cattle, wheat and rice.

“That doesn’t mean they don’t follow the faith.”

Children born in the community are still required to be tattooed somewhere on their body, preferably on their chest, at least once by the age of two. According to their religious practices, Ramnamis do not drink or smoke, must chant the name “Ram” daily and are exhorted to treat everybody with equality and respect.

Almost every Ramnami household owns a copy of the Ramayana epic, a book on Lord Rama’s life and teachings, along with small statues of Indian deities. Most followers’ homes in these villages have “Ram Ram” written in black on the outer and inner walls.

Despite the 1955 legislation, centuries-old feudal attitudes persist in many parts of India and low-caste people, or Dalits, still face prejudice in every sector from education to employment.

Tandon is optimistic about the Ramnamis’ relative change in fortunes since he had his body tattooed all those years ago.

“The world is changing, the times are changing,” he says. “We have all realised that we are all the same.” (Reporting by Adnan Abidi, writing by Brian McGee; Editing by Gareth Jones)

The times of india

Action against corrupt officials as per norms not caste, Lok Ayukta Navlekar says

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Action-against-corrupt-officials-as-per-norms-not-caste-LokAyukta-Navlekar-says/articleshow/50537005.cms?

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta P P Navlekar has said that officials prosecuted under anti-corruption laws were not based on caste or creed but on the violations they have committed during the service. Navlekar was replying to the allegations by Dalit IAS officer Ramesh Thete about discrimination of tribal and Dalit bureaucrats and their harassment by BJP government in connivance with Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh.

“I have nothing to do with Thete, except I met him 20 years ago in Jabalpur when he was municipal commissioner and I was High Court Judge”, Navlekar told TOI over phone. He said inquiry against Thete in selling government land was underway as per norms and a clearance was given by the state government for prosecution. “Thete sold land worth crores in mere eight days while cases were pending since over a decade”.

On violation of civil code of conduct by Thete and contempt of Lok Ayukta by members of Dalit Adivasi Forum, Navlekar said, “It’s up to the state government to decide course of action against those involved”.

Dr. Ambedkar Books

11th January in Dalit History – Dr. Ambedkar had started the war to spearhead Hindu Code Bill

http://drambedkarbooks.com/2015/01/11/11th-january-in-dalit-history-dr-ambedkar-had-started-the-war-to-spearhead-hindu-code-bill/

11 Jan 1950: Dr. Ambedkar addressed the 2nd session of Siddharth College Parliament in Bombay (present Mumbai). At another function which he addressed he was presented with a golden casket containing a copy of India’s constitution by the Bombay SC Federation.

After his great triumph in the Constituent Assembly in spearheading the preparation of Constitution of India, Dr. Ambedkar returned to Bombay but brought with him a new battle cry, the Hindu Code Bill which he had revised & submitted to the Constituent Assembly in October 1948. Work on revising & codifying Hindu Law had been going on for the last ten years. Dr. Ambedkartransformed it & parts of the Code Bill relating to joint family & women’s property became a nightmare to most Members of the Select Committee.

As soon as Dr. Ambedkar touched the Code & became its spokesman intelligentsia all over India was driven into two camps, on one side was Manu & other Dr. Ambedkar. Dr. Ambedkar started the war on 11 January 1950 when he addressed the 2nd session of the Siddharth College Parliament in Bombay. He said that it would be wrong to describe the bill as either radical or revolutionary. He said the Bill do not oppose orthodox practices while according sanction to new ways of progress. He said the govt must endeavor to prepare a Civil Code for the benefit of the country as a whole and the Hindu Code was a step in that direction. He said it was beneficial from the country’s oneness that the same set of laws should govern Hindu social & religious life. He said the modifications were based on Hindu Shastras & Smritis.

On this day he was presented with a golden casket containing a copy of India’s constitution by the Bombay SC Federation. He said he has been branded as a pro-Muslim & pro-British leader. He hoped that this work would help Hindus to understand him better & show how the accusations hurled at him were untrue.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

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