Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 19.01.16


Where Dalits tolerate atrocities for education of children – The hindu


Hyderabad Dalit suicide: It’s not suicide, it’s the murder of democracy, says Kejriwal – India today


There was no social boycott of Dalits: Hisar DC to high court – Hindustan times


354 dalit, adivasi groups suggest overhaul of schemes to finance ministry – The times of india


Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Milia Islamia deny dalits, OBCs quotas, BJP says – The times of india


Caste Clash Keeps Kuruvithurai Tense – The new Indian express



The hindu

Where Dalits tolerate atrocities for education of children


Dalits of Kuruvithurai near here said that they were tolerating atrocities by caste Hindus – from double-tumbler system in tea shops to harassment of girls on buses – to maintain peace and in the interest of education of their children.

On Sunday, 16 Dalits, including women, were injured in a mob attack following a quarrel during Pongal festival. “Often we go to police station with complaints of aggression against us. But, the police threaten to file case against our own youths and force us to withdraw complaints,” said G. Bhoopathi (38), a research scholar in Economics.

  1. Veeraiah (60), a farmhand, claimed that about a dozen tea shops, run by caste Hindus, offerred tea to Dalits only in plastic cups.

  1. Karuppan (44), who was one of the victims of Sunday’s assault by armed caste Hindu youths, said that school and college-going Dalit girls had been advised to put up with the harassment on buses by youths of dominant castes.

“Caste Hindu youths occupy the seats reserved for women and harass the girls by playing indecent songs on their mobile phones,” he complained.

  1. Kasinathan, an engineer, said that the police in Kadupatti were highly influenced by the dominant community people. “Even as some of our youths, who were in the police station, wanted the police to rush to our help in the village when the attack was going on, the police took their own time to come to Kuruvithurai,” he said.

  1. Vignesh Kumar, who was present at the police station to lodge a complaint against three youths for creating ruckus at the Dalit’s Pongal celebration, concurred with Mr. Kasinathan.

Collector L. Subramanian said that he had assured people of adequate police protection.

“Regarding the complaint of Dalits of not being allowed to sit at the bus stop, we will try to stop that. Other issues have to be looked into,” he said. Superintendent of Police Vijayendra Bidari said that there was no such case of double-tumbler system with the police.

Former Kuruvithurai panchayat president Pasumpon Maran said that there was not so much caste trouble in the village, though there were certain issues.

“Some are exaggerated complaints. But, we can settle this through peace talks and bring about changes over time. Some elements were creating trouble on both sides,” he said.

India today

Hyderabad Dalit suicide: It’s not suicide, it’s the murder of democracy, says Kejriwal


The suicide of a Dalit student in Hyderabad has become a political issue with BJP facing flaks from all quarter.

Hyderabad Dalit student

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has tweeted, saying Modi govt is constitutionally duty bound to uplift Dalits. Instead Modi ji’s ministers got five Dalit students ostracised and suspended. It’s not a suicide. It’s a murder. It’s the murder of democracy, social justice and equality. Modi ji should sack ministers and aplogoize to the nation.

Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi along with Digvijaya Singh will be visiting the University campus in Hyderabad to meet protesting students. It is likely that the Congress vice-president will target the NDA government and project Modi sarkar as anti-Dalit.

Rohith, a 26-year-old doctorate student, was found hanging in a hostel room at Hyderabad University on Sunday.

Hindustan times

There was no social boycott of Dalits: Hisar DC to high court


The Hisar deputy commissioner (DC) on Monday claimed before the Punjab and Haryana high court that there was no social boycott of Dalits by the dominant community in Bhagana village of Hisar district.

In his report submitted to the high court (HC), DC Chander Shekhar Khare stated that almost all families reported to have left the village were in fact residing there.

“Allegations leveled by the samiti (petitioner) that there was a social boycott is false and frivolous. Actually, there was no social boycott of the Dalits by the dominant community, which is evident from the fact that around 1,600 Dalits are living in the village in peace and harmony,”Khare claimed in the report, which was sought by the HC after earlier reports of the state government were disputed by the petitioners.

The submissions were made during the hearing of a petition filed by Ambedkar Welfare Samiti, Bhagana, wherein it was alleged that Dalits were unable to go back to their villages owing to threats from dominant castes. The HC was approached in 2014 seeking security and investigation into the criminal cases registered on account of the gangrape of four minor Dalit girls on March 23, 2014. Around 90 families had reportedly left the village on the night of March 25 due to lack of security. In August 2015, nearly 100 Dalit families of the village had embraced Islam at a function held in Delhi. The families cited “injustice” for the conversions.

The DC has told the HC that almost all the families exercised their right to franchise during the recent panchayat elections. Khare has also cited reports of various local officers to substantiate his claims. It has been stated that as per the district food and supply controller (DFSC) report about these 233 families, only 25 were not taking their ration from the local depot holder.

Another report on record is that of the Hisar district programme officer (DPO), who has stated that except 25 families all other are residing in the village.

In his report, the district revenue officer (DRO) has stated that out of these 233 families, 24 were not found to be residing in the village and one family had left the village prior to this incident. The report of electricity department stated that 134 families had regular connections, electric meters of 59 families were out of order and 99 families had no regular connection.

The matter will come up for further hearing in the court on February 25.

The times of india

354 dalit, adivasi groups suggest overhaul of schemes to finance ministry


fed up of the current welfare schemes meant to uplift them, which they see as ill-conceived, 354 dalit and adivasi groups from across India have proposed a new approach towards allocation of resources. They have submitted a detailed document to the finance ministry asking for the emphasis to shift from “survival” and “welfare” to real “economic empowerment”.

Banded together under the National Campaign on SCP TSP Legislation, the groups have proposed 137 new programmes spanning 16 central ministries. Currently, a policy is in place for each ministry or department to spend about 16% of the total Plan spending on dalits and 8% on adivasis. These shares correspond to the population shares of the two communities. These programmes are named Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan (SCSP or SCP) and Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP).

The record of successive governments, including the present one, in implementing this policy has not been very good, says Paul Divakar of the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) which has been spearheading the move for alternate policies.

Analysing budget allocations and actual spending over the past five years, NCDHR has calculated that the average allocation for dalits was 8.6% instead of 16.2% while for tribals it was 5.2% instead of 8.6%. Actual expenditures that directly benefit the communities are even smaller -just 11% of SCSP allocation and 20% of TSP allocation is actually spent on worthwhile schemes like scholarships, loans for entrepreneurs or farmers.

But, despite all these policies, not much has really reached the dalit and adivasi communities. This is confirmed by various studies. A survey by NSSO in 2011-12 had shown that the gap in average monthly expenditures of a dalit family and an upper caste family was 37% in rural areas and 60% in urban areas. Similarly, adivasi families lagged behind by 53% in rural areas and 48% in urban areas.

How are the new suggestions different from the earlier policies? Included in the list are suggestions for providing financial assistance to dalits and adivasis for agricultural machines, irrigation canals, cooperatives, training, market development, livestock enterprises and land redistribution; startup and venture funds for enterprises; free stationery, special schools, scholarships, research grants, coaching centres, hostels for students; health insurance, training of health workers and paramedics from these communities, coaching and financial assistance for medical education. Currently, 75% of funds for dalits and 71% of funds for adivasis are spent on so called “social service” and “welfare” heads, which just “ensures survival of people, not real empowerment”, said Divakar.

The times of india

Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Milia Islamia deny dalits, OBCs quotas, BJP says


NEW DELHI: The BJP on Monday whipped out the “dalit-OBC card” to counter the criticism from Muslim scholars and clergy over denial of “minority status” to Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University.

Amid growing controversy, social justice minister Thaawarchand Gehlot congratulated wrote to HRD minister Smriti Irani on Monday, reacting to for her stand in the case of the two universities seeking minority tag. “I extend my heartfelt congratulation to you for the clarification that Jamia and AMU do not have minority status but are central universities,” Gehlot wrote to Irani on Monday.

The new Indian express

Caste Clash Keeps Kuruvithurai Tense


MADURAI: The mood is sombre and the atmosphere tense at Kuruvithurai village near Samayanallur here, where a communal clash broke out between caste Hindus and Dalits late on Sunday that left nine persons injured and caused damage of about 30 houses.

Now, there are hundreds of police personnel in the village and the neighbourhood, while the people in the Dalit settlement are gathering their belongings to assess the losses in the attack.

On Sunday night, a few caste Hindus entered into a wordy duel with some Dalit youth over playing of songs on loudspeakers while celebrating Pongal. The former were detained at a community hall before handing over to the police. The information about the detention reached other caste Hindus in the neighbourhood who allegedly attacked the Dalit families there, said sources.

There are about 600 caste Hindu families and 150 Dalit households in the village.

“As the attackers came with weapons and logs, we locked ourselves inside a small room in my home, holding even our breaths so as to not make any sound till the police reached,” said P Revathi (42), while recalling the tension-filled moments that she and 10 others, including women and children, endured on Sunday.

Like her, many, including S Deivanai (46), are counting their losses. Deivanai’s house, which she thatched for Rs 20,000 after struggling and saving up money little by little, has endured heavy damage. “We ran away from there when they landed with weapons and returned only hours later, only to find the house damaged after they set it afire. My mother A Nallathangam (60) was attacked as she was running out of the house to escape from them,” said the distraught woman.

While unsettling, the attack is not unusual for the Dalit families here. According to those who spoke to Express about life under the shadow of casteism, oppression is a daily routine in the village.  S Neelakumari (36) said members of her community have to wait for a long time at the fair price shop located in the caste Hindu area. They have to wait till the last of the caste Hindus were served and left. Same is the case with other shops, where other communities are given preference over the Dalits, she alleged.

A college-goer who reportedly scored good marks during her academic career, has not left the village to attend internal exams scheduled on Monday out of shock. There are 50 students like her who have not stepped out.

“The caste Hindu youth pass derogatory comments about our community while we wait at the bus stops and travel on government buses,” said a college student on condition of anonymity.

A senior police personnel told Express that the public never brought these issues to their knowledge. To this, the people from the Dalit settlement pointed out that they all were dependent on the caste Hindus for their livelihood, due to which they are forced to keep mum.

Following the clash, about 400 police personnel have been deployed in the neighbourhood

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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