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 Mentally Challenged Dalit Girl Allegedly Raped in UP – Out look

http://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/mentally-challenged-dalit-girl-allegedly-raped-in-up/932129

Villagers shell-shocked over ‘police apathy’ – The hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-telangana/villagers-shellshocked-over-police-apathy/article8297850.ece

Carry on your fight, Mayatells Rohith Vemula’s mother – Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/lucknow/374118/carry-on-your-fight-mayatells-rohith-vemulas-mother

Stand Up India Fund Needs a Leg-Up – The new Indian express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Stand-Up-India-Fund-Needs-a-Leg-Up/2016/03/01/article3303980.ece

Accused of attempting to derail trains, 5 Dalit activists acquitted after 6 years – The news minut

http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/accused-attempting-derail-trains-5-dalit-activists-acquitted-after-6-years-39609

After Budget, Back To Smriti Irani Vs Opposition In Parliament – NDTV

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/after-budget-back-to-smriti-irani-vs-opposition-in-parliament-1282709

Hamas: Terror wave shows ‘Palestinian culture’ – ARTUZ SHEVA

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208699#.VtUdtj_9V_k

Agra: VHP plans ‘sankalp sabhas’ in every village to pay tribute to killed leader – Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/lucknow/374157/agra58-vhp-plans-sankalp-sabhas-in-every-village-to-pay-tribute-to-killed-leader

This Is The Reason Behind The “Systematic And Planned” Defamation Of JNU – Youth ki awaz

http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2016/02/jnu-protests-rule-of-the-privileged/

 

Out look

Mentally Challenged Dalit Girl Allegedly Raped in UP

http://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/mentally-challenged-dalit-girl-allegedly-raped-in-up/932129

A 12-year-old mentally-challenged dalit girl was allegedly raped by a man in Sahibabad area here, police said today.

Based on a complaint, the accused, identified as Rakesh (21), a street food vendor, was arrested yesterday and sent to jail.

Sahibabad police station SHO Haridayal Singh Yadav said the girl, a resident of Pappu Colony, was returning home from market when the incident took place yesterday. She was lured by the street food vendor to an empty house and allegedly raped.

An FIR under section 376 of IPC and relevant provisions of the POCSO Act has been registered, the police officer said, adding the girl has been sent for medical examination.

The hindu

Villagers shell-shocked over ‘police apathy’

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-telangana/villagers-shellshocked-over-police-apathy/article8297850.ece

An eerie of silence prevails in this tiny Challur village of Veenavanka mandal with the womenfolk in general and girls in particular still traumatised after the heinous gang-rape of a Dalit girl and filming of the crime by the accused.

Challur village of Veenavanka mandal in Karimnagar district wears a deserted look following the gang-rape of a Dalit girl.- Photo .Thakur Ajay Pal Singh

With the media highlighting the plight of the girl, the villagers are a worried lot with the social stigma caused to their village.

With a stream of politicians and mediapersons visiting the village and inquiring about the incident, the villagers, mostly women, are confining themselves to their houses. Villages are yet to come out of the shock and trauma caused to the girl, whose dream was to become a policewoman by undergoing pre-constable recruitment training conducted by the police. The circulation of the video clipping through mobile phones still haunts the villagers.

“People have lost confidence in the police department as they failed to prevent the crime in spite of the victim’s friend making a panic call when the gruesome incident took place on February 10,”complained a close relative of the rape victim. She said that the victim wanted to commit suicide after the incident as the police did not respond to the panic call. “But we instilled confidence in her, and with the support of villagers, we could catch all the three accused, and handed them over to the police after giving them a sound thrashing,” she said, and flayed the police machinery for its lethargy.

The victim’s father wailed saying how can he lead his family with three other girl children after undergoing so much of mental agony. Urging the government to do justice to them, he called upon the police officials to punish the accused so that it can be a lesson to others. “If not, please hand over the culprits to us. Either we will kill them or die in their hands if we are unable to kill them,” he cried.

Nyoooz

Carry on your fight, Mayatells Rohith Vemula’s mother

http://www.nyoooz.com/lucknow/374118/carry-on-your-fight-mayatells-rohith-vemulas-mother

Summary: “She (Radhika), therefore, expressed her apprehensions that BJP had mala fide intentions towards the dalit community,” the BSP boss said. Radhika has lost the confidence of the ruling BJP government in being able to do justice,” Mayawati said.Mayawati also claimed that Vemula’s mother accused Irani of speaking a lie in parliament and bringing the house to disrepute. The demand, Mayawati said, has not been met. Mayawati suggested Radhika of pursuing the case and ensured her of getting justice.Vedmula’s mother meeting Mayawati, political experts said, will give BSP boss a strong chance to project herself a messiah of dalits , besides allowing her to consolidate core dalit vote bank ahead of UP assembly elections. Lucknow: Radhika Vemula, the mother of Hyderabad Univerity Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati at her residence in Delhi on Monday and unfolded the turn of event that led to the death of her son.The BSP chief in a statement claimed that Radhika categorically accused the two Union ministers, Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya, of putting immense pressure on Rohith, who eventually committed suicide.

Lucknow: Radhika Vemula, the mother of Hyderabad Univerity Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati at her residence in Delhi on Monday and unfolded the turn of event that led to the death of her son.The BSP chief in a statement claimed that Radhika categorically accused the two Union ministers, Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya, of putting immense pressure on Rohith, who eventually committed suicide. Radhika has lost the confidence of the ruling BJP government in being able to do justice,” Mayawati said.Mayawati also claimed that Vemula’s mother accused Irani of speaking a lie in parliament and bringing the house to disrepute. Three days ago Irani had engaged in a heated conversation with Mayawati in the Rajya Sabha — even offering her ‘head’ if the latter was not satisfied with the reply on the question of having a dalit member in the judicial committee appointed to probe the death of Rohith.Radhika also reportedly thanked Mayawati for demanding a Dalit to be a member of the judicial committee probing the death of Rohith.

The demand, Mayawati said, has not been met. “She (Radhika), therefore, expressed her apprehensions that BJP had mala fide intentions towards the dalit community,” the BSP boss said. Mayawati suggested Radhika of pursuing the case and ensured her of getting justice.Vedmula’s mother meeting Mayawati, political experts said, will give BSP boss a strong chance to project herself a messiah of dalits , besides allowing her to consolidate core dalit vote bank ahead of UP assembly elections.

The new Indian express

Stand Up India Fund Needs a Leg-Up

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Stand-Up-India-Fund-Needs-a-Leg-Up/2016/03/01/article3303980.ece

CHENNAI: The annual Union budget announced a proposal for setting up a Rs 500 crore fund for the Dalit community to help them with start-up ventures. However, Dalit representatives contend that the ‘Stand up India’ initiative, as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has termed it, needs a more stable footing.

The finance minister, who announced the Rs 500 crore fund for the SC/ST and women entrepreneurs, dovetails with the Prime Minister’s vision of transforming them into becoming ‘job providers rather than job seekers’ on the occasion of of Dr BR Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary. But although well-intentioned, the figures don’t tally, a few Dalit representatives say.

Ashok Bharti, Chairman of National Confederation of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR) says that although this is a definite impetus to help Dalits become part of the mainstream entrepreneurship, there are some pressing concerns that need to be addressed.

The Rs 500 crore fund, he says, needs to be viewed together with the 2.5 lakh beneficiaries, a figure given by the Union government. This works out to a mere Rs 20,000 for each entrepreneur, going by these estimates. “This is grossly inadequate,” he says, adding that NACDOR will be appealing for a substantial hike in this figure at the budget revision.

And to start a business, various costs like incorporation, raw materials, machinery, labour costs etc drive capital investment to a hefty figure especially in today’s business environment.

Hence, the funds, he said must be allocated in lieu of these considerations as SC/ST’s make up nearly 25.2 per cent of the country’s population for which organisations like NACDOR and the DICCI (Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) have been lobbying for, in the past several years.

Major hurdles like market accessibility, lower credit-worthiness and a lack of trust by banks, he explains.  “Even the tender process is riddled with problems,” he says explaining that the process should be more sympathetic towards Dalit communities many of whom are from semi-literate and lower economic backgrounds.

“Capacity building and skill training facilities too have to be improved and be made accessible for Dalits, if these minorities have to compete in light of obstacles like societal bias,” opines Ajatshatru Upadhyay, who trains Dalit entrepreneurs in skills across the country.

He echoes the statement of the Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan who on Sunday urged that Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) in the country to procure 4 per cent of the goods and services of the mandated 20 per cent from Dalit entrepreneurs as per a GO.

The news minut

Accused of attempting to derail trains, 5 Dalit activists acquitted after 6 years

http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/accused-attempting-derail-trains-5-dalit-activists-acquitted-after-6-years-39609

Five Dalit activists who were arrested and detained for allegedly trying to derail trains near Tirupur six years ago, have been acquitted of all charges by a local court in Coimbatore on Monday.

The five activists belong to the Aathi Thamilar Peravai or the Arunthathiyar Viduthalai Iyakkam, groups that have been protesting the Eelam war, according to The New Indian Express.

The police said that the men wanted to derail the train to protest against state government’s inaction during the last phase of the war in Sri Lanka.

First, the government arrested two men on November 26, 2010, for allegedly attempting to damage six trains between June and November of 2010. After a month, police arrested three more men and accused them of attempting to derail a passenger train.

In March 2011, two among them were booked under National Security Act, which was challenged in the Madras High Court.

On Monday, the Coimbatore Judicial Magistrate VI Rajavelu acquitted them of all the charges. The lawyers told The New Indian Express that the police was not able to prove any of the charges against them. They said, “The police had no physical or circumstantial evidence to prove the case.”

The five activists are M Gandhi (38), R Parameswaran (45), R Manickam (57), VC Kathiravan (39) and K Mani (38). They all hail from Uthukuli and Tirupur in Tamil Nadu.

Five Dalit activists who were arrested and detained for allegedly trying to derail trains near Tirupur six years ago, have been acquitted of all charges by a local court in Coimbatore on Monday.

The five activists belong to the Aathi Thamilar Peravai or the Arunthathiyar Viduthalai Iyakkam, groups that have been protesting the Eelam war, according to The New Indian Express.

The police said that the men wanted to derail the train to protest against state government’s inaction during the last phase of the war in Sri Lanka.

First, the government arrested two men on November 26, 2010, for allegedly attempting to damage six trains between June and November of 2010. After a month, police arrested three more men and accused them of attempting to derail a passenger train.

In March 2011, two among them were booked under National Security Act, which was challenged in the Madras High Court.

On Monday, the Coimbatore Judicial Magistrate VI Rajavelu acquitted them of all the charges. The lawyers told The New Indian Express that the police was not able to prove any of the charges against them. They said, “The police had no physical or circumstantial evidence to prove the case.”

The five activists are M Gandhi (38), R Parameswaran (45), R Manickam (57), VC Kathiravan (39) and K Mani (38). They all hail from Uthukuli and Tirupur in Tamil Nadu.

NDTV

After Budget, Back To Smriti Irani Vs Opposition In Parliament

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/after-budget-back-to-smriti-irani-vs-opposition-in-parliament-1282709

NEW DELHI:  Union Budget presented, chaos is expected to return to Parliament today with the opposition parties prepped to target Education Minister Smriti Irani. They have moved privilege motions against the minister in both Houses alleging that her statements on the death of Hyderabad Central University student Rohith Vemula and the JNU controversy misled Parliament.

Ms Irani’s fiery replies to debates on the campus crises in the country had won her much praise from her party with Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating her on Twitter.

But the family of Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide on January 17 days after he was banned from the hostel and other common areas on the campus, had said the minister’s claim that “nobody allowed a doctor near his body” was a set of “absolute lies”.

Supporters of Rohit, a Dalit, and opposition parties allege that he was a victim of caste discrimination.

As opposition parties decided to corner the government and the minister, Rohith’s mother met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi on Saturday.

The privilege motion against Ms Irani in the Lok Sabha is not a big worry for the government, which has a comfortable majority in the lower house to defeat it, though the opposition is expected to follow that up by disrupting the house.

The real worry is in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority. Mayawati, whose Bahujan Samaj Party or BSP draws big support from Dalit voters, is leading the charge against the government in the upper house and a united opposition has the numbers for making the house accept the motion.

“Rohith’s mother is saying that the HRD Minister lied in the house. Still Prime Minister Modi has not acted against her,” said Satish Mishra of the BSP.

But sources in the BJP insist that Ms Irani had not lied. She is believed to have cited a police report submitted in court, which inexplicably did not mention the visit by a doctor who declared Rohith dead after examining him.

The Left parties also want to move privilege motions against Ms Irani for her comments on Goddess Durga in Parliament on Friday.

“I am a practising Hindu and Durga worshipper,” she had said, explaining the context of why she had read out from a pamphlet allegedly circulated on the Jawaharlal Nehru University or JNU campus, which had derogatory references to Goddess Durga. Ms Irani has said the pamphlet showed the “depraved mentality” of a section of JNU students.

 Opposition parties have said they want the minister to apologise and explain if it was authentic.

ARTUZ SHEVA

Hamas: Terror wave shows ‘Palestinian culture’

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208699#.VtUdtj_9V_k

The Hamas terrorist organization held a show of strength with thousands of participants last Friday at Rafah in southern Gaza, in a demonstration of full support for the current Arab terror wave against Israel.

Deputy Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh was the main speaker at the event, where he said the brutal intifada expresses “the culture of the Palestinian people” and the path it has chosen.

He claimed that the “occupying enemy” will not be able to stop the terror wave, and neither will Israeli security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.

Haniyeh said the new generation of Palestinian Arabs doesn’t know fear, and that the intifada shows “the greatest strategic change in recent years.”

“The Al-Quds intifada, despite the distance, is our campaign here in Gaza and our intifada here in Rafah, and the blood there is our blood, and the heroes there are our heroes, and Jerusalem is ours and Al-Aqsa Mosque is ours, and it’s all ours, and Allah is with us with our forces,” said the terror leader.

Hamas has been vigorously involved in inciting terrorism during the current wave of violence, often mimicking Islamic State’s style with propaganda clips staging beheadings and suicide bombings.

Hamas has been also been preparing intensively for its fourth terror war against the Jewish state. The IDF estimates Hamas is focusing its efforts on one major terror tunnel breaching far under the security barrier, with roughly 1,000 terrorists said to be working on the tunnel meant to enable a surprise attack deep inside Israeli territory; the tunnel has yet to be located.

Nyoooz

Agra: VHP plans ‘sankalp sabhas’ in every village to pay tribute to killed leader

http://www.nyoooz.com/lucknow/374157/agra58-vhp-plans-sankalp-sabhas-in-every-village-to-pay-tribute-to-killed-leader

Summary: (Express Photo by Gajendra yadav) Heavy police force deployed in Agra after a VHP Leader shot dead. Heavy police force deployed in Agra after a VHP Leader shot dead. “Gau Rakshak Samitis (cow protection units) will be set up to keep a watch on cow slaughter and smuggling. VHP has alleged that Mahaur was killed because he was running a campaign against cow slaughter in the region. The Agra district general secretary of VHP, Ashok Lavaniya, said from Wednesday, the organisation will start holding condolence meets for Mahaur in every village and ward of Agra.

Heavy police force deployed in Agra after a VHP Leader shot dead. (Express Photo by Gajendra yadav) Heavy police force deployed in Agra after a VHP Leader shot dead. (Express Photo by Gajendra yadav) A DAY after holding an “aggressive” condolence meet for Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Arun Mahaur — a Dalit who was allegedly killed by Muslims in Agra last week — the organisation has decided to hold ‘shradhanjali’ and ‘sankalp sabhas’ in every village and ward of the Braj region from Wednesday to protest against his death. VHP has alleged that Mahaur was killed because he was running a campaign against cow slaughter in the region. The Agra district general secretary of VHP, Ashok Lavaniya, said from Wednesday, the organisation will start holding condolence meets for Mahaur in every village and ward of Agra. The VHP workers would put up posters with Mahaur’s photograph with messages like ‘Amar Shaheed Gau Rakshak Arun Mahaur’ in the backdrop and address gatherings attended by Hindus.

Leaders of pro-Hindutva outfits, particularly leaders from the Dalit community, would be invited to the meetings. “The objective of these meetings will be to create an awareness among Hindus that a person from their community has sacrificed his life to protect the honour of Hindus girls and prevent cow slaughter… The message is clear… the entire Hindu community will have to unite to protect cows,” Lavaniya said. At the meetings, people would be told that while BSP chief Mayawati, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were “silent” on Mahaur’s killing, they had been vocal when a Muslim man was lynched by a Hindu mob in Dadri on suspicion on beef consumption. “The organisation has decided to not hold any violent protest on the roads because such spontaneous reaction draws allegations that VHP is trying to do politics on unfortunate incidents,” Lavaniya said. VHP national joint general secretary Surendra Jain said that at the ‘sankalp sabhas’ held in Braj region, Hanuman Chalisa will be recited and a pledge taken to protect cows. “Gau Rakshak Samitis (cow protection units) will be set up to keep a watch on cow slaughter and smuggling. The samitis will first inform police, but if the administration does not respond, the workers will take action on their own,” he added. On Sunday, Muslims were equated to “demons” and “descendants of Ravana”, and warned of a “final battle”, as the Sangh Parivar held a condolence meeting in Agra for Mahaur.

Youth ki awaz

This Is The Reason Behind The “Systematic And Planned” Defamation Of JNU

http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2016/02/jnu-protests-rule-of-the-privileged/

Discrimination and prejudice have always been a part of our society. Universities in India are hegemonised by dominant-caste student groups. The prejudicial treatment of students from marginalised communities, especially with Dalits, became a serious matter of concern after the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a student of the University of Hyderabad. The ‘rule of the privileged’ has become a norm rather than an exception in our universities.

It seems Jawaharlal Nehru University will not be allowed to be an exception to the ‘rule of the privileged’. The systematic and planned defaming of the university calling the students ‘anti-nationals’ is nothing but an attempt of those whose are desperately trying to impose their ideologies on institutes of higher education. JNU has always provided a pluralistic and an open vision of India to its students that works to render the country’s poorest and the most underprivileged visible in the eye of the state and it has always been the ethos of the university.

The upper-caste middle class in India often does not even recognise the existence of underprivileged citizens. Therefore, it becomes easy for them to swallow Sangh Parivar’s vision of India as a country of the Hindu upper-caste middle class.

While people are critical of the debate on Afzal Guru’s hanging, no one seems worried that insults have been made regularly to our Constitution by the actions of the government. It is also alleged that Ambedkar’s literature, including copies of Constitution, which were displayed outside Bal Bhawan for sale, were allegedly torn by agitating Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha activists in a recent clash in Gwalior. Why does the ‘elite’ class then sit ignorant of this, stay dormant and take no action? The government seems to be muffling the voices of the many in the name of ‘nationalism’.

India has a history of dominant groups being intolerant towards certain sections – women, Dalits, lower castes, and other minorities. These underprivileged sections were never given an opportunity to question the injustice done to them by the dominant groups and always had to muffle their voices for various reasons be it the fact of their belonging to a minority, or being born as a woman, or a Dalit. The reasons are plenty.

A movement only happened after structural changes were introduced in society. Reservation was one such step that provided a new horizon of opportunities to the long lost voices of the ones belonging to the suppressed castes, classes and gender. It is when they read that they began to question societal norms and voice their opinions. It is then that the underprivileged, which had always considered tolerance a virtue by birth, refused to further tolerate the injustice.

Class, caste and gender divisions exist in all sections of society. Today, the need of the hour is for us to be rational and understand what kind of intolerance is acceptable and what kind is not. With an Emergency-like hysteria being created, basic democratic rights being suspended and voices being stifled, whatever has been happening in JNU since the last few days is an act of atrocity. One person raises an opinion and we begin to call that act ‘anti-national’. We must recall that in a democracy, everyone is entitled to hold an independent opinion. That does not mean they are anti-national, does that?

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

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