Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 20.01.16

 

In Tamil Nadu’s Vazhavur, another story of Dalit death and – The Indian express

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/meanwhile-in-tamil-nadu-another-story-of-dalit-death-and-prejudice/

Dalit Scholar Suicide: Kejriwal to Visit Hyderabad University – The new ndian express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Dalit-Scholar-Suicide-Kejriwal-to-Visit-Hyderabad-University/2016/01/20/article3235984.ece

Dalit student’s suicide may cast a shadow on GHMC polls – The news

http://www.nyoooz.com/hyderabad/326600/dalit-students-suicide-may-cast-a-shadow-on-ghmc-polls

Dalit scholar’s suicide: UoH students observe bandh – Business line

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/education/dalit-scholars-suicide-uoh-students-observe-bandh/article8128291.ece

Dalit Family Denied Road Access To Bury Family Members in Tamil Nadu – The huffigton post

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/01/19/dalit-discrimination-_n_9024596.html

Dalit scholar suicide: Trail of six letters puts government in tight spot – Dna

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-dalit-scholar-suicide-trail-of-six-letters-puts-government-in-tight-spot-2167843

 

The Indian express

In Tamil Nadu’s Vazhavur, another story of Dalit death and

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/meanwhile-in-tamil-nadu-another-story-of-dalit-death-and-prejudice/

WITH A straight face, M Karthikeyan says his grandparents, who died recently, received “the distinction of a state burial”. “They were buried by police, only the 21-gun salute was missing,” said the 30-year-old Dalit from Nagapattinam.

Policemen carry the body of Chellamuthu through the forest path for burial at Vazhavur, Nagapattinam.

Behind the dark humour, is a chilling story of how caste divisions in a Tamil Nadu village forced a Dalit family to put the bodies of its near ones on ice for days after being denied access to the burial ground through a public road.

According to Karthikeyan, the influential Vanniyars of Vazhavur, led by an AIADMK leader, prevented the burial procession of his grandparents through the road, saying it was a “bad omen”. Then, police forcibly took away the bodies through a different route and buried them, ignoring even a High Court order in his grandfather’s case, he said.

Karthikeyan, who holds a BA in English Literature and recently completed a teachers training programme, said District Collector S Palanisami, DIG Senthil Kumar, SP Abhinav Kumar, Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) Krishnammal and around 200 police personnel tried to convince the Dalits to avoid the public road after his grandfather Chellamuthu (100) died on January 3.

His grandmother Pichammal (80) passed away last November 26, with her body being buried under similar circumstances, said Karthikeyan.

The new ndian express

Dalit Scholar Suicide: Kejriwal to Visit Hyderabad University

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Dalit-Scholar-Suicide-Kejriwal-to-Visit-Hyderabad-University/2016/01/20/article3235984.ece

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to visit the University of Hyderabad on Thursday to meet the students after the suicide of the Dalit scholar who was expelled from the university following a tussle with students affiliated with the student wing of the BJP, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Rohith, a second-year research scholar of Science, Technology and Society Studies Department, and others were suspended from the hostel last year following allegations that they attacked Sushil Kumar after the screening of a controversial documentary ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai’.

Earlier this month, five students were thrown out of the hostel after they accused the university authorities of denying them access to campus facilities, except their classrooms and workshops.

The 28-year-old victim from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district was found hanging at the hostel room of one of his friends around 7:30p.m. on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the students of the University continued their protest in the varsity premises demanding action against Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and ABVP leader Susheel Kumar.

The students of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) also began a one-day hunger strike here on Tuesday to express solidarity with their colleagues of the Hyderabad University.

The news

Dalit student’s suicide may cast a shadow on GHMC polls

http://www.nyoooz.com/hyderabad/326600/dalit-students-suicide-may-cast-a-shadow-on-ghmc-polls

Summary: Leaders, refusing to be quoted, however maintain the civic polls were being fought on local issues and amenities. “The elections are fought on issues that concern local issues and civic amenities and anyway the facts related to the suicide case will emerge in the next few days,” he said. BJP State president G. Kishan Reddy said that the suicide and case against Mr. Dattatreya would have no impact on the poll campaign of the party. Commercial Taxes Minister T. Srinivas Yadav of TRS, said the reasons behind the suicide by the university student have spread like wildfire on the social media. Inclusion of Union Minister’s name in the case will not affect our prospects: BJP-TDP

The suicide of Rohith Vemula, a research scholar at the University of Hyderabad and subsequent registering of a case of abetment against the Union Minister of State for Labour, Bandaru Dattatreya appears to be heading towards becoming a major issue in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections. The case has come with just a fortnight left for the city’s tryst with the ballot to elect the 150-ward civic body and at a time when the BJP was trying to settle the dust of seat-sharing with its alliance partner TDP and fine-tune the campaign strategy. And Mr. Dattatreya being a leader of long standing from the city and the only Union Minister from the city, he was ranked high among the key party campaigners for the elections.

Commercial Taxes Minister T. Srinivas Yadav of TRS, said the reasons behind the suicide by the university student have spread like wildfire on the social media. “The student community and youngsters are agitated and it is a setback for the alliance,” he said, while adding that his party would not indulge in ‘petty politics with the unfortunate suicide’ case in the elections.

Business line

Dalit scholar’s suicide: UoH students observe bandh

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/education/dalit-scholars-suicide-uoh-students-observe-bandh/article8128291.ece

HYDERABAD, JAN 20:

Academic activity continues to be affected for the fourth consecutive day at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on Wednesday as students are observing a bandh demanding action against those responsible for the suicide of Dalit Ph.D. scholar Vemula Rohit.

Administrative staff could not work as students blocked the entrance and classes were unofficially suspended due to absence of students.

Meanwhile, the two-member fact-finding team sent by the Ministry of Human Resources Development has almost completed its work and is scheduled to leave for Delhi this evening.

Rohit, who was expelled from hostel as part of disciplinary measures along with four other students of Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) a couple of weeks ago, allegedly committed suicide at the campus hostel on Sunday.

The huffigton post

Dalit Family Denied Road Access To Bury Family Members in Tamil Nadu

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/01/19/dalit-discrimination-_n_9024596.html

NEW DELHI — A Dalit family in Tamil Nadu was stopped from using a public road which leads to a burial ground, forcing them to put the dead bodies of their loved ones on ice for several days.

  1. Karthikeyan, a 30-year-old Dalit from Nagapattinam, toldThe Indian Expressthat he could not bury his grandparents because the influential Vanniyars of Vazhavur, led by a leader from the ruling AIADMK party, blocked them from using the road, saying it was a “bad omen.”

Vanniyars belong to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.

Karthikeyan’s grandmother died on November 26 and his grandfather passed away on January 3.

In both instances, the police urged them not to use public roads and buried the bodies, according to IE.

Following his grandfather’s death, the Madras High Court told the District Collector to allow the procession through the public road and submit a compliance report.

District Collector S. Palanisami, who told IE that he belonged to the Vanniyar caste, said that his priority was to prevent caste clashes.

Instead of using another path cutting through a forest and crossing a canal, Karthikeyan, who recently completed a Teacher Training Programme, kept his grandfather’s body on ice until the police came and took him away.

“I still do not know where exactly my grandfather was buried,” he said. “We poured kerosene on ourselves and shouted that we will commit suicide if the police continue to disregard the High Court order.”

Dna

Dalit scholar suicide: Trail of six letters puts government in tight spot

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-dalit-scholar-suicide-trail-of-six-letters-puts-government-in-tight-spot-2167843

RD ministry’s ‘VIP treatment’ to Dattatreya’s letter, has left the government scurring for answers. These letters are being held up as proof of intense political pressure and direct interference in the affairs of the university by the ministry.

A trail of six letters emanating from the offices of Union ministers has put the Modi government in a tight spot. Office of Union HRD minister Smriti Irani shot one letter after another to the University of Hyderabad
allegedly leading to the suicide of 26-year-old research student Rohith Vemula. The suicide has now escalated into a major political row. Of these six letters, five were written from the office of Irani after receiving a complaint from BJP MP from Secunderabad Bandaru Dattatreya.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

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