Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 07.03.16

 

SC/ST Act Slapped on Two Namakkal Schoolboys The new Indian express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/SCST-Act-Slapped-on-Two-Namakkal-Schoolboys/2016/03/07/article3313939.ece

Vemula impact: UGC wakes up to caste-based discrimination on campuses Dna

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-vemula-impact-ugc-wakes-up-to-caste-based-discrimination-on-campuses-2186273

Harassment of Dalit Student: Preliminary Report in 2 Weeks The new Indian express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Harassment-of-Dalit-Student-Preliminary-Report-in-2-Weeks/2016/03/07/article3314486.ece

Didn’t say anything objectionable, stand by remarks: Katheria Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/agra/380157/didnt-say-anything-objectionable-stand-by-remarks58-katheria

Dalits, adivasis get raw deal in Budget The times of india

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dalits-adivasis-get-raw-deal-in-Budget/articleshow/51283450.cms

BJP ex-MLA booked for Dalit atrocities Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/delhi/380907/bjp-exmla-booked-for-dalit-atrocities

Rohith’s suicide, JNU row unites Left and Dalit students all over India – Catch news

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The new Indian express

SC/ST Act Slapped on Two Namakkal Schoolboys

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/SCST-Act-Slapped-on-Two-Namakkal-Schoolboys/2016/03/07/article3313939.ece

NAMAKKAL: With Dalit outfits raising a hue and cry over the death of a Dalit boy after he was allegedly assaulted by two of his schoolmates, the police have registered a case under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act.

The Thiruchengode Rural police initially registered an FIR under sections 323 and 341 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the two accused, following a complaint from the victim’s mother Pappathi on Friday. Subsequently, the case was altered to section 302 (murder) of the IPC on Saturday after the 10-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries.

However, his mother lodged a fresh complaint on Sunday, alleging that he was subject to caste-based verbal abuse by the duo.

“We booked the two children under section 3 (2) (v) (a) of SC/ST (POA) Amendment Act on Sunday after receiving a fresh complaint from the mother of the deceased,” Inspector S Lakshmanakumar told Express.

The victim, a student of the Panchayat Union Middle School in Kozhikkalnatham, was said to have been roughed up by the two accused, both of whom belong to upper caste communities, after he questioned them as to why they had stolen his geometry box.

“My son swooned on the bed that evening. When I asked him what was wrong, he told me that he was assaulted by the two kids at school, Pappathi recalled.

“I took him to the Sankagiri Government Hospital, where he underwent an X-ray. The physician there had assured me that there was nothing to worry about,” she said.

She then took her son to Salem to attend a temple festival, where the boy continued to show signs of weakness and exhaustion.

“After my son vomitted blood, I took him to the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital and the doctors told me there was a blood clot in his brain and that his condition was serious,” said Pappathi, Refusing to accept the child’s body following his death, his mother and her relatives, backed by the Dalit Sena, approached Namakkal Collector V Dakshinamoorthy and implored him to take steps to register a case under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against the assailants.

DNA

Vemula impact: UGC wakes up to caste-based discrimination on campuses

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-vemula-impact-ugc-wakes-up-to-caste-based-discrimination-on-campuses-2186273

The University Grants Commission (UGC), it seems, has finally woken up from slumber and taken note of caste-based discrimination on campuses.

In a circular dated March 1, it has directed all vice-chancellors to ensure that there are no such complaints henceforth. It also said that officials and faculty should desist from any act of discrimination against SC/ST students, on grounds of their social origin.

This is the first ‘acknowledgment’ of the menace, on part of the apex higher education body, ever since the suicide of Dalit researcher Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad Central University rocked the country.

The UGC further directed all higher educational institutions to develop a web page for lodging complaints of caste bias. Also a complaint register should be maintained in the office of the registrar or principal for the purpose. “If any incident comes to the notice of the authorities, action should be taken against the erring official/faculty members promptly,” the circular said.

“Officials/faculty members …should be more sensitive while dealing with such incidents of caste discrimination,” it said, referring to old directives issued in 2011 and 2013 to this effect.

Dalit organisations have welcomed the move. “Better late than never. Hope this initiative will encourage SC/ST students come forward and lodge harassment plaints,” said Sanjay Vairal, head of an Dalit student outfit in Mumbai.

“It remains to be seen whether universities will promptly act on such plaints or, like the anti-harassment cell for women, it would remain on paper only,” he said.

Students, however, are cautious of the move. “Caste-based remarks, direct and indirect humiliation, exclusions.. all still exist in public universities and IITs. However, victims don’t come forward to make formal complaint for fear of their career,” said an IIT Bombay student.

Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide in January, was earlier expelled from the varsity and hostel over allegations of violent attack on an ABVP leader. The ABVP leader had then approached Union labour minister Bandaru Duttatrey who reportedly asked the Ministry of Human Resource Development to take stringent action on Vemula and three other students for “anti-national” activities.

While Vemula’s supporters claim he was punished hard because of his caste, ABVP insists he was part of extreme left groups, and engaged in “anti-national” activities such as supporting Afzal Guru.

As many as 12 scheduled caste students have ended their lives in Hyderabad Central University alone, since it came into existence in the early 1970s, according to the Ambedkar Students’ Association.

The new Indian express

Harassment of Dalit Student: Preliminary Report in 2 Weeks

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Harassment-of-Dalit-Student-Preliminary-Report-in-2-Weeks/2016/03/07/article3314486.ece

THRISSUR:  Kerala Agricultural University(KAU) panel, constituted to look into the complaint filed by Dalit PhD research scholar T Rajesh who alleged caste discrimination, ill-treatment and mental harassment from the part of advisory committee, will submit the preliminary report in two week’s time.

“I am under severe stress and agony over the discrimination and ill-treatment I have faced from the side of advisory committee. I am compelled to follow the footsteps of my brother, the late Rohit Vemula, a victim of casteism at Central University Hyderabad,” his complaint said.

A three-member panel consisting of Academic Director Dr T E George, Dean, College of Forestry, Vidyasagar and Associate Dean of College of Corporation and Banking, Dr A Sukumaran, has been constituted to look into the incident.

“All arrangements have been made to facilitate submission of his thesis in two months time. The probe will be based on the reasons for his delay in thesis submission. But a more serious enquiry will be launched to look into the casteism angle,” said University Registrar P V Balachandran.

In his complaint, a copy of which was accessed by ‘Express’, the scholar noted that he had completed BSc(Ag) and MSc(Ag) from TNAU with two subject gold medals. “I had completed the research work and submitted a draft copy to Dr V V Radhakrishnan, Chairman of Advisory Committee, on 01/05/2014. He returned the draft copy after making the corrections,” he said.

He noted that other members of the advisory committee had done the same, except one, who declined to accept his draft thesis copy.

“After superannuation of Dr V V Radhakrishnan, no one was appointed in his place. Meanwhile, Dr Ambili S Nair, a member of committee, also left the service. The advisory committee had met and reviewed the progress of other research scholars periodically. In my case, the committee had met only three times. The committee should have met at least 10 times. I am qualified for the award of degree. I belong to a poor scheduled caste family. I have completed my academic requirements successfully in the face of greatest pains and heavy monetary expenses beyond capacity of my family,” he noted.

Nyoooz

Didn’t say anything objectionable, stand by remarks: Katheria

http://www.nyoooz.com/agra/380157/didnt-say-anything-objectionable-stand-by-remarks58-katheria

Summary: Mayawati has destroyed the efforts of Kanshi Ram and Ambedkar for creating awareness in the Dalit community. AGRA: Member of Parliament from Agra, Ram Shankar Katheria defended his statement given after the murder of a VHP member from the city. “Katheria also demanded the resignation of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, holding him responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation of the state. “SP has lost the moral right to stay in government,” he added. He denied the alleged hate speech as reported by various newspapers asserting that he never said anything objectionable and was simply demanding justice for the aggrieved family.In his press conference that also appeared like the build up for the upcoming state assembly elections, Katheria attacked the ruling SP government for the deplorable law and order situation in the state.

AGRA: Member of Parliament from Agra, Ram Shankar Katheria defended his statement given after the murder of a VHP member from the city. He denied the alleged hate speech as reported by various newspapers asserting that he never said anything objectionable and was simply demanding justice for the aggrieved family.In his press conference that also appeared like the build up for the upcoming state assembly elections, Katheria attacked the ruling SP government for the deplorable law and order situation in the state. The minister who himself is a Dalit targeted BSP leader Mayawati, calling her a “trader of Dalit votes” who has exploited the community for her personal gains.The minister asserted the fact that murdered Agra University staffer Satyendra Jatav too was from the Dalit community and dared Mayawati to visit his aggrieved family instead of giving statements against his speech.It is to be noted that in the upcoming state elections Mayawati is seen as a strong contender considering the anti-incumbency factors working against the ruling Samajwadi Party.

BJP’s strong performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections have failed to yield similar results in the assembly elections in Delhi and Bihar and hence Uttar Pradesh elections are going to be crucial for the party. Dalit votes could be the key to the party’s performance in the state and this was evident from the minister’s attacks on the BSP supremo.Accusing Mayawati of “indifference” for failing to condole the murders of Arun Mahor and Jatav by meeting the members of both families, the minister said, “The Dalit community understands that she is neither a Dalit any longer, nor are her brother or family members true representatives of the community. Mayawati has destroyed the efforts of Kanshi Ram and Ambedkar for creating awareness in the Dalit community.”Katheria also demanded the resignation of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, holding him responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation of the state.

The times of india

Dalits, adivasis get raw deal in Budget

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dalits-adivasis-get-raw-deal-in-Budget/articleshow/51283450.cms

Dalit and Adivasi groups have expressed disappointment at the continued deficit in earmarking of funds for these two deprived communities in this year’s Union Budget. An analysis of budgetary allocation by the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights showed that, like in past years, instead of earmarking 16.6% funds for Dalits, only 7% has been earmarked. Similarly, only 4.36% has been specifically kept aside for adivasis, instead of the required 8.6%.

These earmarking policies called Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) were started in the late 1970s. They are meant to ensure that spending by various ministries and departments should have a specific component meant for Dalits and adivasis in proportion to their population shares, which are 16.6% and 8.6% respectively. The Budget has separately given Rs 500 cr each for Dalits and adivasis under ‘Start Up India’.

“We need to move beyond the optics. The first step is to allocate the money that is in proportion to the population,” said N Paul Divakar of the NCDHR.

The finance ministry had grouped 292 schemes under SCSP and 303 under TSP. But an analysis done by NCDHR showed that only 26 schemes related to Dalits and 22 related to adivasis have direct relevance to the communities.

An example of schemes with no direct impact on Dalits is the allocation of Rs 897 cr for the UGC, shows the analysis. About 60% of the allocation was for creating capital assets under the two sub plans and 30% was grants in aid for institutions. Only 8% was spent on fellowships, scholarships and hostels.

Divakar said that plans like Indira Awas Yojana for rural housing, matric scholarships or self-employment scheme for manual scavengers are beneficial because the targeted persons are accounted for individually.

While 86% of funds allocated to Dalits and adivasis are for ‘survival’ related schemes only 27% funds flow to real development related measures. The Center for Budget and Governance Accountability says changes in fiscal policies like restructuring of centrally sponsored schemes, finance commission recommendations and the proposal to scrap the Plan/Non-Plan differentiation will have marked impact on these earmarking policies.

Nyoooz

BJP ex-MLA booked for Dalit atrocities

http://www.nyoooz.com/delhi/380907/bjp-exmla-booked-for-dalit-atrocities

Summary: While leaving from the programme, Kumar said, Jha got into an argument, abused him and used derogatory words against his community. According to the complaint, Jha and his supporters had allegedly attacked Kumar during a programme at a school in outer Delhi. NEW DELHI: An FIR under sections of prevention of atrocities against scheduled castes and scheduled tribes has been registered against former BJP MLA Anil Jha on a complaint filed by Sanjay Kumar, who claims to be the personal assistant of BJP MP Udit Raj. Meanwhile, the MP denied any knowledge of the incident and said he did not know Kumar. According to Kumar, the incident took place on February 28.

NEW DELHI: An FIR under sections of prevention of atrocities against scheduled castes and scheduled tribes has been registered against former BJP MLA Anil Jha on a complaint filed by Sanjay Kumar, who claims to be the personal assistant of BJP MP Udit Raj. According to the complaint, Jha and his supporters had allegedly attacked Kumar during a programme at a school in outer Delhi. According to Kumar, the incident took place on February 28. While leaving from the programme, Kumar said, Jha got into an argument, abused him and used derogatory words against his community.

He added he was trying to push Jha out of the way when his associates attacked him. Meanwhile, the MP denied any knowledge of the incident and said he did not know Kumar. Jha also claimed that he was unaware of any such FIR against him.

Catch news

Rohith’s suicide, JNU row unites Left and Dalit students all over India

http://www.catchnews.com/social-sector/rohith-s-suicide-jnu-row-unites-left-and-dalit-students-all-over-india-1457325065.html

University and college campuses in India are seeing more unity between opposing student unions than ever before thanks to the issues of the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula and the nationalism-sedition controversy at JNU. Some colleges that never had a student body before are also now creating them.

In JNU, from where Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was charged with sedition together with seven other students with various political ideologies after an event was organised on campus on 9 February, where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, Leftist student organisations such as the Students Federation of India, All India Students Federation and the All India Students Association are now working together with Dalit group, Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (Bapsa).

The All India Students Association and All India Students Federation members were the first in JNU to protest discrimination against Dalits after Rohith’s suicide on 17 January, and Bapsa members participated in rallies organised by their one-time rivals to protest the government and police crackdown on JNU.

“We still have ideological differences but have decided to join hands on common issues. It’s not a permanent union,” said Manikanta, a Bapsa leader.”.the recent association is aimed at fighting the Right-wing forces, which are on a mission to destroy institutions.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

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