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Dalit student commits suicide in medical college hostel – The Hindu
13-year-old raped, accused arrested in UP –Zee News
Dalit women paraded nude in Orissa – Asian Age
Crimes Against Dalits, Tribals Up: Home Ministry Tells Parliament – NDTV
Sanitation worker sweeps hurdles on way to MPhil – The Indian Express
‘Court’ actor alleges threat to his life – The Hindu
‘Transgender striving for space in society’ – The Times Of India
EWS admission confusion leads to harassment of parents – The Asian Age
“Intentions of PM are not clear”, counters Mayawati on Rohith Vemula’s suicide case
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Dalit student commits suicide in medical college hostel
A final year MBBS student of Sree Moogambika Institute of Medical Sciences in Kulasekaram in Kanyakumari district is alleged to have committed suicide at his hostel room on Wednesday.
According to police, B. Parithi Semmal, a Dalit student from Tiruchi, committed suicide by hanging from a fan in his hostel room between 5.30 a.m. and 6.30 a.m. Parithi Semmal, who is described as a bright student, was seen moving with other students around 5 a.m.
When his hostel mates knocked at his door around 6.30 a.m., it was locked from inside and there was no response. When they saw him hanging from the ceiling fan, the students broke open the door and brought him down. Their attempts to revive him proved futile. College sources said that the deceased student had already completed three theory examinations and was preparing for a practical examination on Wednesday.
Some of his friends are said to have told the police during investigation that Parithi was taking medicines to overcome depression. The body of the student was shifted to Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital (KGMCH) for post-mortem.
His father, Balakrishnan, an employee of the Department of Agriculture, refused to talk to the press on Wednesday evening at the KGMCH at Asaripallam in Nagercoil. Kulasekaram police have registered a case under Section 174 (unnatural death) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
13-year-old raped, accused arrested in UP
Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2016 – 11:42
Muzaffarnagar: A 13-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by a youth while she was on her way back home after work at Purkazi town in the district, police said today.
According to the complaint filed by the girl’s father, the incident took place last evening when the accused, Khushnasib, kidnapped the victim and took her to a nearby field and raped her, Circle Officer, Akil Ahmad said.
A case has been registered against Kumar under IPC sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation), SC/ST Act and POCSO Act, he said.
The accused have been arrested, police said.PTI
Dalit women paraded nude in Orissa
Feb 25, 2016 |
Arujnagoda village under Pipili block in Orissa’s Puri district, which was in news in 2012 for the alleged gangrape and murder of a dalit girl, has once again hit the headlines for wrong reasons. Two women belonging to the Scheduled Caste community were recently paraded naked and made to walk on the road by upper caste people. According to a belated report received on Wednesday, one Sachikanta Swain of the village on Sunday dug some pits in his land to construct a house. As he encroached a few yards of his neighbour Karna Sethy, the latter wife Nayani opposed it. This ensued in a serious scuffle. When Sachikanta tried to manhandle Nayani by dragging him by her hair, her sister-in-law (wife of husband’s younger brother) came out and protested. However, Sachikanta along with six-seven other anti-socials attached them with lathis and sharp weapons. They were seriously injured and admitted to local hospital. Later, they lodged complaint with the local police. The matter came to light after the women of the village gheraoed the police station on Wednesday protesting the police inaction. As per the complaint, Sachikanta hurled abusive at Nayani during the scuffle.
BJP state unit women chief Bijaylaxmi Mishra who on Tuesday visited Arjungoda village had a tiff with the police inspector Sushil Mishra over non-registration of the FIR.
The situation in Arjungoda improved after case was registered under the instruction from sub-divisional police officer Jayant Mohapatra.
Crimes Against Dalits, Tribals Up: Home Ministry Tells Parliament
All India | Written by Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Updated: February 24, 2016 23:59 IST
NEW DELHI: As the Lok Sabha debated Dalit Student Rohith Vemula’s suicide and the circumstances that led to it on Wednesday, the Home Ministry told Parliament that crimes against members of the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) had shown a “rising trend” between 2013 and 2014.
Quoting recently released data from the National Crime Records Bureau or NCRB – a national register of all criminal cases in the country, the Home Ministry said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that over 47,000 cases of atrocities against the Scheduled Castes were registered in 2014, up from 39,000 cases the previous year.
The latest data released by NCRB dates back to 2014 because it takes more than one year to collate and analyse the data it collects from all states on crimes in India.
Cases of crime against Scheduled Tribes showed a steep rise in 2014. That year, nearly 11,500 such cases were registered compared to less than 7,000 cases in 2013.
The Home Ministry said that maximum number of cases pertaining to crimes against SCs and STs were recorded in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, followed by Rajasthan and Bihar. Together the three states accounted for about half the cases registered in the country in 2013. Uttar Pradesh also topped the charts on convictions in all such cases.
In 2014, Madhya Pradesh was among the worst three states with around 4000 cases registered in the state. The north eastern states of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and registered no crime against SCs and STs in both years. A single case of crime against Dalits was registered in Manipur in 2013 and 2014.
The Indian Express
Sanitation worker sweeps hurdles on way to MPhil
His series of study leave applications for the three-month programme had got no response till his coursemates filed an RTI to find out why.
Written by Sadaf Modak , MumbaiPublished:Feb 25, 2016, 2:09
For R Sunil Yadav, the journey towards education has been one filled with struggles at each step. A first-generation literate from his family belonging to the Valmiki community, Yadav has been working as a safai karmachari in the BMC for over 11 years.
Along with cleaning the streets of the city, Yadav successfully pursued an MA in Globalisation and Labour and is currently pursuing his integrated MPhil-PhD from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
Since he gained admission to the programme in Inclusive Development and Social Justice in 2014, Yadav has been seeking his entitled study leave from the BMC. But over a year later, and with his course nearing completion, Yadav is yet to get a response from his employer.
Without leave, along with work in Mumbai’s D ward, Yadav has so far managed to not only attend his course lectures but also completed the data collection for his thesis on the topic — ‘The lives of Women Scavengers of MCGM: An inquiry into the Journey of Realities and Aspirations’.
“I would work at night and attend morning classes in TISS. With lack of sleep, it would be difficult to manage both but with help from my course-mates and staff, I continued. I wanted my research to also be about the scavenger community, especially the women, who face social exclusion due to their work and caste. Interviewing them only brought out my resolve to change things for the community,” Yadav, 37, told The Indian Express.
As the conservancy workers are predominantly from the Scheduled Castes, Yadav said he expected the BMC to be supportive about his resolve to gain an education despite all odds. But this is not the first time that the BMC has let him down.
When The Indian Express first wrote about him on February 9, 2013, Yadav was pursuing his MA from TISS and had been shortlisted for a student-exchange programme at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
His series of study leave applications for the three-month programme had got no response till his coursemates filed an RTI to find out why.
“It was then made clear that a conservancy worker is not entitled to study leave,” Yadav said. It was the Prime Minister’s Office which had intervened at that point after The Indian Express report and ordered an inquiry. An order by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes followed which directed the BMC to grant unconditional leave to Yadav or face charges under SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
“At that point, I had been granted 24-month leave, of which I availed three months’ leave to attend the student-exchange programme. When I got admission for the MPhil-PhD course, I sought my pending leave but I was not given any response,” he said.
Yadav filed an RTI to seek the progress on his leave in 2014, in response to which, he was told that the application was in process from one department to the other. His second RTI application in January too had not received any reply. When contacted, additional municipal commissioner Pallavi Darade said she does not see leave matters and the chief engineer of the solid waste management department should be contacted. The chief engineer was not available for comment.
With the deadline to submit his thesis on March 1, Yadav has now availed of a one-month leave from his travel leave. “After I completed my MA, I had expected to be promoted as a labour officer in the BMC so that I could work on the issues of workers that I have myself experienced. When I was denied promotion as well, I resolved to pursue further studies. When I had first applied for leave, I was told by authorities that if the BMC begins to grant study leave for safai karmacharis, who will do the work?”
“It has only driven me to seek the rights given to me as a citizen under the Constitution. There are many like me with educational qualifications better than their current jobs as Grade IV employees. I hope this struggle can give them the hope to fight against the caste discrimination by the BMC,” he said.
‘Court’ actor alleges threat to his life
Radical Ambedkarite activist and actor Vira Sathidar has alleged a threat to his life, citing a media campaign against him.
The lead actor in the movie Court — India’s official entry for the Oscars this year — claimed that a photo of him with JNU student Umar Khalid is being circulated in the media and other social media platforms to dent his credibility.
“The media campaign against me started on February 19. Some local newspapers and one national English daily carried reports that my links with terrorists and Maoists stand exposed. The campaign still goes on, but only one reporter called me for my reaction. Even TV channels who recorded my version are not showing it in their reports,” Vira Sathidar told The Hindu.
The actor who rose to prominence after his movie received international acclaim, claimed, “The police and the RSS people seem to be behind it. I was told by a friend that some WhatsApp groups of the RSS and its members had discussed me, terming me a big threat. As far as my connection with Umar Khalid is concerned, I have met him only once in the office of a lawyer in the district court. ”
When asked about his photo with Umar Khalid, a JNU student who has been booked on sedition charges by Delhi police, Mr. Sathidar said the photo was clicked when JNU student Hem Mishra was released from jail.
“I had gone to meet Hem Mishra. Umar and his friends, who were Hem’s batch mates were also present. A lawyer friend clicked our photo and uploaded it on Facebook. That was the first and last time I met Umar,” he claimed.
The Times Of India
‘Transgender striving for space in society’
Rashmi Drolia | TNN | Feb 24, 2016, 06.49 PM IST
RAIPUR: “Life for a transgender (TG) is very lonely when she’s with family and lonelier once she walks out of home, we are assaulted, tortured, mocked at, not easily accepted for jobs at corporate offices and life becomes a battle for us. But those days are gone now, TGs are also humans like you and deserve a place in society,” Vidya Rajput a TG said during a sensitization workshop at Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University.
The University that has initiated support to third gender by adding a third column in its prospectus for them had organized one-day workshop in joint collaboration with Mitwa Samiti on subejct ‘Third Gender- situation and direction.
Vidya in her address to public said, “”as a student, she felt extremely unwanted when people ignored me, never befriended me and said that I was weak. So lonely and opposed, I felt like quitting school and commit suicide, because no one understood me and seniors molested me, locked me in washrooms.””
But, what way we choose for ourselves makes the difference, transgender like Madhu Kinnar is a mayor, Dr Hirak runs an prosperous salon and Veena is a dancer. Vidya too used to wonder while going to college in garb of men’s attire, why people do not want to know and understand them.
Now, working as social worker for TGs she sensitizes others as well as TGs to lead a better life and join mainstream.
“”With legal approval now, we would fearlessly demand space for ourselves in the society, schools, colleges and offices. Though people are changing now, but they still are too hesitant to befriend us.”” Vidya said.
During the workshop, TG Shravani performed Odyssey on Krishna leela and Eli danced on beats of Bharatnatyam.
Chief guest at the event Padmasree Dr AT Dabke also stressed that youths should take initiate to bring TGs to mainstream and they should be trreated equally like men and women.
RSU vice chancellor said that society is slowly changing and while condition of women is improving now, it’s time to bring honour to third gender.
The Asian Age
EWS admission confusion leads to harassment of parents
As admissions for the economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups to private schools under the Right to Education Act get underway in Delhi, there is confusion among the families in these categories as well as in the schools.
Parents are being harassed by schools which demand fees, ignore ration cards as income proof, demand income proof from the disadvantaged groups, refuse admission due to minor errors in address, or charge for books and uniforms, claimed Delhi-based NGO Indus Action. Apart from refusal on seemingly technical grounds, some schools go so far as to bar entry of the families belonging to EWS and DG category, or set up limited and arbitrary timings for their entry into the school, Indus Action added.
When asked why schools are reluctant to admit children according to the RTE provisions, Indus Action’s Anurag Kundu said, “The reimbursement that private schools will get will open their account books to government scrutiny. Second, is a cultural issue — the prejudice and lack of internalisation of diversity.”
Reimbursements to the schools have been delayed, affecting the financial health of a school. “Apart from the cultural issue, the other two can be taken care of by the government, only if it chooses to care,” said Mr Kundu.
Under Section 12(1)(c) of the RTE, a child in the age group of 3-6 years belonging to the economically weaker section or disadvantaged group (SC/ST/OBC, people with disability, orphan or transgender) can get admission in all unaided, non-minority, private schools. Under this section, the child is entitled to free admission, books and uniforms, and does not have to pay tuition fees. The RTE mandates the reservation of 25 per cent seats in entry-level classes (nursery, KG or Class 1) in all unaided, non-minority, private schools for children from socially and economically disadvantaged sections.
Though the Directorate of Education is committed, there is very little that the city government can do against the schools under the Delhi School Education Act, said Mr Kundu. “The only options available are shutting (the schools) down and taking-over their administration. This is an extreme step which no government would like to take. So usually, schools have a free run,” said Mr Kundu.
One parent in Onkar Nagar has made several trips to the school his child has been allocated. “The school is refusing to admit my child because my name is not on the ration card, it only has my wife’s name. They have also asked me to pay Rs 200,” the confused father said. “I don’t know what is happening, I will keep checking,” he added.
When contacted by this newspaper, the school vehemently denied asking for any fees. “Schools like us are helping the government execute its policies. But even after giving the education department data every year for the past three years, no amount has been reimbursed till date,” said the school manager, on condition of anonymity for fear of prosecution by the government. “We take in children under the RTE in the spirit of providing education, but how long can we carry on in this manner?”
In another case of violation of the RTE, a school in East Vinod Nagar initially told parents there would be no admissions in their school through the provisions of the RTE, a relative of a child seeking admission told this newspaper. “When we demanded that they write on our form that they will not conduct RTE admissions, they simply refused,” he said. When the school was contacted by this reporter, it said they had received “lots of forms,” and would hold a draw on March 25.
“It’s ridiculous to conduct a draw on the March 25 when the academic session is supposed to start from April 1. After the lottery, at least one week should be given for the formalities and there should be provision for another round of draw lest some parents back out,” said Indus Action volunteer Robin Keshaw.
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