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Shocking video of two naked ‘Dalit women’ being thrashed by ‘upper caste’ women goes viral – Janta ka repoter


One more witness turns hostile in Dalit priest suicide case – The hindu


CB-CID probe sought into Dalit man’s death – The hindu


HCU on the boil: Classes suspended, no outsiders to be allowed – One india news


Left-affiliated AISA to launch national campaign today – Zee news


Protest against remark on dalits – The asian age


Farmers benefit from ICAR-NRC on Yak activities – The arunachal times


Tribals stage protest seeking rehabilitation – The hindu


Technology injection cum farmer-scientist interaction – E .pao


How tribal culture crushes women in Islamic world – The hans india



Janta ka repoter

Shocking video of two naked ‘Dalit women’ being thrashed by ‘upper caste’ women goes viral


A shocking video of two ‘Dalit women’ being subjected to merciless thrashing and public humiliation allegedly women from upper caste has gone viral on social media platforms.

The video is so graphic in nature that we at jantakareporter.com have decided not to broadcast here because of poor taste and decency issue.

In the two naked ‘Dalit women’ can be seen lying in water while two women are constantly thrashing them.

We don’t know where the incident took place and what the reason for their public humiliation was. But nothing will ever justify the humiliation meted out to the victims.

What’s worse is that they are being surrounded by a group of men with most of them busy filming the incident.

The was video titled ‘Dalit women paraded naked by Upper Caste Men and women’ and was posted on YouTube on 21 March. The incident has caused outrage on Facebook.

Here are some messages:

Kas Turi: Please don’t share this graphic video which makes no attempt to conceal the identity of the Dalit women. 

 Nupur Jain: Am Appalled and disgusted.. Can’t stop crying..This is just..plain cruelty.

Jeet Bhattacharya: What’s happening to this country? All seems mad and we are in psychiatric concentration camp named India.

Nina Rao: India shamed

Ashok Kapoor: Disgusting

Om Prkash Singh: Shameful but must be put on social media to see our true face in own mirror. May any one inform the place or state of the place of this horrible incident.

The hindu

One more witness turns hostile in Dalit priest suicide case


Another witness produced by the police in the Dalit priest suicide case also turned hostile here on Tuesday. He is the third witness to turn hostile in the case so far. However, other four witnesses gave their statements.

Examining the second batch of eye witnesses commenced at the Principal District and Sessions Court.

The Thenkarai police produced eight out of 22 witnesses for the trial. All the accused including O. Raja, brother of Finance Minister O. Paneerselvam, were present.

Reacting to a series of questions raised by the Public Prosecutor B. Mohan, Ram Senthil of Periyakulam gave contradictory statements that did not match the statement recorded by the police. After hearing the statement of Ram, the court accepted him as hostile witness.

Later, other witnesses – Chinna Raj, relative of Subbu Raj, former school head master Manoharan of Periyakulam, Siva of Kallipatti and Kathir alias Vincent Raj — were examined by the public prosecutor and cross examined by defence counsel M. Kannappan.

Later, Principal District Judge R. Poornima adjourned the case to Wednesday. She had already informed that that trial would be conducted continuously till March 24. First batch of eye witnesses was completed on Tuesday.

The hindu

CB-CID probe sought into Dalit man’s death


Family members and relatives of Chinnasamy (55), a Dalit man of Nallampatti in Thingalur limits who was found dead in a well a few days ago, demanded a CB-CID inquiry and re-post-mortem on Tuesday.

They had submitted petitions specifying their demand at the District Police Office. The family members, however, did not open any line of communication with the district administration that had invited them for talks to sort out the issue.

Backed by a few organisations, the relatives had demanded that a case of murder be registered against a few upper caste persons.

No injuries on body

The police, however, maintained that the post-mortem had indicated that there was no internal or external injury on the body that is kept at the Mortuary of the Government Hospital in Coimbatore.

One india news

HCU on the boil: Classes suspended, no outsiders to be allowed


Tension mounted in Hyderabad Central University following the resumption of duty by controversial Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile with authorities today barring outsiders from entering the campus and classes being suspended for four days. “In view of the situation, classes are suspended from March 23 to 26. We have taken a decision not to allow any outsider, including mediapersons and political parties, on the campus,” Registrar M Sudhakar told PTI when asked about the proposed visit of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar to the university.

Police said additional forces have been deployed on the campus as a precautionary measure and pickets set up around Podile’s official residence. The move comes after the VC sought protection following Tuesday’s incidents when his residence was vandalised allegedly by a group of students who were opposing his return as the Vice Chancellor after a two-month leave. “The situation is peaceful. Forces have been deployed to maintain law and order,” Joint Commissioner of Cyberabad Police TV Sashidhar Reddy said. Police resorted to lathi-charge on the students who were protesting outside the VC’s official residence.

The students had raised slogans against the Vice Chancellor, barged into his residence, broken window panes, smashed doors and television set among other items. The students demanded that the VC be arrested immediately as he was one of the accused in Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula’s alleged suicide case on January 17. Podile, who is in the eye of a storm over Vemula’s suicide, had proceeded on leave on January 24 as the agitating students demanded his resignation and held vigorous protests seeking “justice” for the Dalit student.

Zee news

Left-affiliated AISA to launch national campaign today


New Delhi: The Left-affiliated All India Students’ Association (AISA) and Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA) will launch a national campaign, ‘Utho Mere Desh-Naye Bharat Ke Wastey, Bhagat Singh – Ambedkar Ke Rastey’ tomorrow.

Dipankar Bhattacharya, general secretary, CPI-ML, Amit Sengupta, journalist, Ram Karan Nirmal and Amarendra Arya (ex-students of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, who protested against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their convocation), and Ashutosh, ex-JNUSU president, were among those present when the campaign was announced.

Left-affiliated AISA to launch national campaign today

Beginning tomorrow, it will continue till April 14, they said.

“After emergency, this is a dangerous period and the nation is facing a battle between fascism and democracy,” poet Gauhar Raza said at the press conference.

Targeting the media, the poet said the most serious danger for a democracy was when the media acts against intellectuals and the common man.

“Democracy was achieved after a prolonged struggle. Elsewhere, democracy came as a commercial break, but it has been sustained in our country. Even today, we don’t see that sort of oppression of intellectuals like in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh, but the difference is that the media there stands with the people and does not act as a tool of the establishment,” he added.

Claiming that Rohith Vemula was driven to commit suicide by a conspiracy against Dalits, Dalit activist Karamsheel Bharti said, “Today humanity is under threat. The media never takes our (Dalits’) issues seriously. This is a conspiracy against Dalits.”

They campaign will be taken across the country and participants will “expose” the present government and its anti-Dalit and anti-student policies, they said.

The activists demanded that the sedition charges against JNU students be dropped and also sought the scrapping of the sedition laws, enactment of a Rohith Act to end caste discrimination in educational institutions and resignation of HRD minister Smriti Irani.

The asian age

Protest against remark on dalits


Amidst the ongoing JNU row, a protest demonstration was held at the JNU administration block on Tuesday against the statements allegedly made by Prof. Amita Singh against Dalits and Muslims. She allegedly made the remarks against students and teachers of JNU, targeting them on the basis of their caste, religion, region when she took a lecture on nationalism.

JNUSU general secretary Rama Naga, while addressing the students, said, “I would like to tell Prof. Amita Singh that she should have at least remembered the name of the vice-president. She could not even get her name properly and then such professors make comments about Dalits and Muslims? She held a press conference in the campus after making those comments where she invited both Dalit and Muslim students to defend her and said whatever comments she made were by mistake and should not be taken seriously. I would like to ask the vice-chancellor why is he silent when everyday JNU students are harassed outside the campus? He must clarify under what compulsion he has not even condemned the statement. The administration must take responsibility and act against such statements.”

The protest soon turned against the series of showcause notices served to the students on different issues. After the notices issued to five students regarding the burning of Manusmriti, the latest is Jitendar Kumar of School of Languages, who has been served a notice for allegedly writing Jai Bhim on administration building. The JNUSU in a letter to the university administration alleged that the recent spate of show-cause notices indicate certain ideological bias and censorship through disciplinary method. The letter stated, “The said notices indicate a certain kind of ideological bias and censorship through administrative and disciplinary methods. We urge you to ensure that the administration does not act in a partisan manner.”

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar echoed his views. “JNU administration has started issuing show-cause notices for everything and anything.

The arunachal times

Farmers benefit from ICAR-NRC on Yak activities


DIRANG, Mar 22: Three different programmes under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) for supporting the local community of West Kameng and Tawang districts of Arunachal Pradesh was conducted by ICAR-National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang recently.

At Nyukmadung on March 21, ICAR-NRC on Yak provided five yak breeding bulls to the farmers of five villages of Zemithang circle of Tawang district to improve the productivity for their livestock. Farmers of Lumpo, Muchut, Kharman, Kyalekteng and Shocktsen villages and Gangri Multipurpose Co-operative Society had requested Director of ICAR – NRC on Yak, Dr. S. M. Deb during the Yak mela organized at Zemithang in Nov 2015 to assist them by providing breeding bulls for enhancing the production performance of their animals that is declining due to inbreeding in field.

In another two programmes organised by ICAR-National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, West Kameng on March 22, the farmers of Salari village were motivated for income generation through household agriculture produce and organic farming. During these programmes the farmers were educated on the benefits of adopting organic farming through vermi-compost technology and preparation of various household agri-products. A total of 60 farmers (10 females and 50 males) participated in these programmes at FTC Salari, West Kameng. During the programme, 20 vermi-compost units, 40 mixer grinders, 40 crates and vegetables were provided to the participants by ICAR-NRC on Yak under TSP for adopting organic farming at their fields. The trainees appreciated the training programme and requested for organising more such kind of programmes for their support.

The hindu

Tribals stage protest seeking rehabilitation


Tribals from different parts of Mysuru district staged a demonstration in the city on Tuesday seeking their rehabilitation besides upgrading tribal ashram schools.

The protesters said the population of adivasis, who were dependent on forest produce, was nearly 3.5 lakh. The tribals said they were victims of forest policies and were uprooted repeatedly from their homes and were denied benefits of economic development.

Though the Centre had promulgated the Forest Rights Act, there are about 6,000 tribal families in the Mysuru district who have been denied those rights. There are 118 tribal hamlets spread across H.D. Kote, and despite assurances by successive governments their living conditions had not changed, the agitators said.

Though the then Chief Minister S.M. Krishna held a mini Cabinet meeting at Hosahalli in 2001 and announced several measures for the rehabilitation of the tribals, including transfer of land, it is yet to be implemented, they said.

Underlining the low standards of education in schools meant for tribal students, the activists said they are not affiliated to the Education Department, and hence the standards had fallen over the years while there was no permanent teachers.

The tribals raised a slew of demands, including shoring up standards of ashram schools, confering forest rights to tribals evicted from Nagarahole and Bandipur, declare forest hamlets as revenue villages, and implementing recommendations of Prof. Muzaffar Assadi on rehabilitation.

E .pao

Technology injection cum farmer-scientist interaction


mphal, March 22 2016: ICAR Research complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre in collaboration with KVK, Chandel organized one day technology injection cum farmer – Scientist interaction programme on “Jhum improvement for food security of tribal farmers through sustainable agriculture” under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) at Lambung village of Chandel district today.

The pro- gramme was organized to incorporate scientific farming system model into traditional jhum farming system for sustaining food and nutritional security of Jhumias in the district of Chandel, accord- ing to a statement.

A total of 40 jhumias including village chief and village elders from Lambung village participated in the programme and interacted with the resource persons.

The hans india

How tribal culture crushes women in Islamic world


Tribal culture has been central to the fabric of the Middle Eastern civilizations for centuries, if not for thousands of years. Although many North African, Arabian and Central Asian societies seem to have adopted modern states, the mentality of tribalism has never been truly abolished and it continues to profoundly affect daily life.

The ruling classes of many Middle Eastern countries today are usually under the control of certain tribal families, kept largely in place with the support of their tribes and clans.

Therefore, it would be a grave mistake to consider tribalism as a thing of the past solely particular to feudalism.

“The highly tribal societies of Yemen, Afghanistan and Libya are clear-cut embodiments of clan rule. In other countries, such as Pakistan, Kenya and South Sudan, clans vie with the central government in nonstop battles of wills,” says Rick Docksai, a writer working for the US Secretary of Defense, pointing out the structure of the ruling groups in today’s Islamic world.

Status, identities, ranks and other concepts relating to individuals in these societies are deeply affected by the values, rules, traditions and principles of the tribes that were built up over course of centuries.

No doubt the grossly distorted values and rules of the tribal culture take its highest toll on women. Women and girls are often subjected to forced genital mutilation by their families under the pretense of protecting their chastity. In forced marriages, they are treated like the slaves of their husbands.

Not even allowed to go out shopping without their husbands’ consent, constant domestic violence becomes almost a routine. They are not allowed to drive, do not have the right to vote or be elected, and are kept away from education and business life.

These rules are nothing but bogus principles and traditions made up to protect and further the interests of the patriarchal mentality dominant in tribal cultures, and to appease the inferiority complex and jealousy so often seen in these settings.

Inevitably, this nonsense in time turns into social and “religious” conventions, and sometimes even become state laws.

Regrettably, the Islamic world is largely dominated by this primitive and backward frame of mind yet the ugly picture created by the mentality in question is unfairly attributed to Islam and the Koran.

This shameful scene in the Islamic world recently came to the forefront of the international agenda once again with the Oscar-winning movie, A Girl in the River.

The documentary highlighted the real life story of Saba Qaiser from Pakistan, where every year more than 1,000 so-called “honor killings” are committed and most of the time the culprits get away with their crimes.

Saba was asked by her family to marry someone she didn’t want; when she refused, she was sweet-talked into her father’s car, after which her father and uncle viciously beat her and shot her in the head. Miraculously, she survived.

Due to this tribal culture prevalent in Islamic countries, an honor killing is committed every 90 minutes: Those who claim to protect their family’s honor in the name of religion do not hesitate to commit murder, one of the biggest sins in Islam.

This clearly demonstrates that the tribal character has nothing to do with the essence of religion and the fear of God.

Stoning people to death in the name of Islam, which is denounced in the Koran as a tradition of the pagans (Hud 91), is another example of cognitive dissonance encountered in the Islamic world.

The Global Gender Gap Report, published annually by the World Economic Forum, quantifies the magnitude of gender-based disparities based on countries. The report seeks to measure the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas; health, education, economics and politics.

In the 2015 report, only a few Muslim countries were able to make it to the first 100 out of a total of 145 countries assessed and most countries at the bottom of the list were Muslims.

Maybe worse, the last 15 countries, save for two, were also Muslim countries. These countries, in ascending order, were as follows: Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Mali, Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Turkey.

Even China, where every year one million baby girls are killed as soon as they are born, and India, where every 20 minutes a woman is raped, ranked higher.

ShahnazWazir Ali, former special assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister and president of The ShaheedZulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, describes the wretched position of women in the Islamic world due to ignorance: “Most women are poor, cast out, malnourished and deprived of their rights.

Thirty to 4 percent of them have to struggle on a daily basis to stay alive. […] They marry at the age of 13 and look 60 when they are only 30. These women cannot read the Koran or any other book. They worship according to what they memorized. Their literacy rate is less than two-third of that of the men.”

Misogyny and isolating women from fully participating in modern-day life is one of the greatest reasons behind the laggard and backward state of the Middle East and the Islamic world as well as accounting for their stagnancy in progress and innovation in general.

The only way for the salvation of the Islamic world — and Muslim women — is in shedding the violent, primitive, bigoted and dark tribal culture, condemned in the Koran as “the religion of the ancestors”, and “the fierce zealotry of tribalism”.

This can be done by going back to the core of the Koran, which “breaks the chains and lifts heavy burdens”.

Unless this profound change in thinking is attained, superficial measures and practices will inevitably fail to provide a real and meaningful solution.

By Harun Yahya

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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