Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 07.04.16


75-Yr-Old Dalit Kills Self in Bundelkhand Due to Starvation – Out look


Dalit farm worker’s death: NCSC team conducts inquiry – The hindu


Girl Alleges Threat to Dalit Husband, Seeks Protection – The new Indian express


Former sarpanch booked for molesting dalit – The times of india


Panel orders probe into DU Dalit student’s complaint – The hindu


SC/STs, Dalits, disabled to get 100% fee waiver at IITs – The times of india


Dalit Outreach: Stand Up India has the potential to reimagine affirmative action – The times of india


Out look

75-Yr-Old Dalit Kills Self in Bundelkhand Due to Starvation


A 75-year-old Dalit man who was surviving on begging allegedly committed suicide after not being able to get food in Darguwa village hear here.

Inspector C L Parihar of Baldeogarh police station said the deceased, Sukhya Vanskar, survived on begging in the village after his son left him some 20 years ago.

Kharagpur MLA and Congress leader Chanda Singh Gaur alleged that Sukhya hanged himself in his hut as he could not get food even after begging.

About Gaur’s allegation that the old man ended his life after failing to get any food, the Inspector said the police were investigating the reason for suicide.

Gaur said the deceased did not get any benefit of the government schemes, and the Centre as well as the BJP Government in the state had turned a blind eye to the Bundelkhand region (which includes Tikamgarh, Sagar and Damoh districts of MP) which is reeling under a severe drought and heading for a famine.

Several farmers in Bundelkhand had committed suicide due to debts and agrarian distress recently, Gaur said.

Instead of forming ‘Happiness Ministry’, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should do some real work for people’s well-being, she said.

The hindu

Dalit farm worker’s death: NCSC team conducts inquiry


A few days after the cremation of the body of a Dalit farm worker Chinnasamy (55) of Nallampatti following a second post-mortem based on a High Court directive, a team from the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Tuesday visited the locality where the victim was found dead in a well and conducted an inquiry.

The three-member team led by NCSC representatives Sathyapraba and consisting of Iniyan and Lister met the victim’s son Balasubramani and other family members.

Some of them had complained that Chinnasamy was murdered by an upper caste group. Apparently, the victim had been assertive over a PCR (Protection of Civil Rights) case.

The Dalit residents of Rice Mill Pudur colony belonging to Arundathiyar sect had complained that the Police Department was supportive of the upper caste group and that they were not allowed to conduct the last rites of the victim at the common graveyard.

The second post-mortem was ordered by the High Court after the victim’s relatives refused to accept the first report which indicated that the death was due to drowning and that there was no external injury.

The report had also stated that there were traces of alcohol in the body.

The new Indian express

Girl Alleges Threat to Dalit Husband, Seeks Protection


TIRUCHY:  A dalit youth and a caste Hindu girl who got married recently approached the Superintendent of Police on Wednesday and sought protection from the bride’s parents. The girl alleged that her parents were threatening to kill her husband if she continued to live with him.

In a complaint handed over to Tiruchy Superintendent of Police E S Uma, the 21 year-old woman, a native of Manachanallur, said she decided to marry M Kannadasan (26) a painting contractor and resident of Manachanallur, after being in love for seven years. When her parents came to know of this, they opposed the relationship and tried several times to change her mind. However, with the support from Kannadasan’s family, the couple got married at a temple in Namakkal on March 23 and got the marriage registered.

“Since the marriage took place without the knowledge of my family, I returned to my home after the marriage and continued stay at my residence,” the girl said.

However, information about the marriage leaked to her parents through friends.

Sensing the danger, she left home and went over to Kannadasan’s house on March 30 after telling her parents that she was going to college.

“From the day I left home, my parents kept threatening me and my husband over phone to separate us. Particularly, they threatened to kill Kannadasan, since he hails off a dalit family”, the girl said and sought police protection for her husband from her family.

Advocate ‘Karate’ Muthukumar, who guided the couple told Express that the Superintendent of Police had directed them to lodge a separate complaint with the police station concerned in Manachanallur.

The times of india

Former sarpanch booked for molesting dalit


Amritsar: A former sarpanch of Tur village, falling in Khadoor Sahib assembly constituency of Tarn Taran district, and with his two sons allegedly abducted a young dalit girl, stripped her and made her video at gunpoint.

Joginder Singh was allegedly angry with his daughter for leaving the house to meet her male friend, a dalit, in the village and followed her along with his two sons –Babbu and Bhinda. On spotting her family members, the girl and her friend fled from the house.

When Joginder and his sons reached the boy’s house, they found a few young children watching TV. He asked his sons to teach them a lesson soon. Later in the day, the infuriated former sarpanch reached the same house where his daughter had gone to meet her friend, and pulled a 14-year-old girl, a relative of the boy, from her hair. They allegedly even tried to strip her and made a video.

Deputy superintendent of police (detective) Satpal Singh said police have registered a case of trespass, illegal confinement, abduction, rape, and rioting under sections 452, 363, 342, 376, 511, 120-B, 148 and 149 of the IPC at Goindwal police station and begun investigations.

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes vice-chairperson Raj Kumar Verka has sought details of the case from Tarn Taran police chief Manmohan Sharma. “I have directed Sharma to appear before the commission on April 15, along with the ‘action taken report’,” he said, adding that he had also directed Sharma to file a case under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, against the accused.

The hindu

Panel orders probe into DU Dalit student’s complaint


The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Wednesday ordered a probe into the allegations of caste abuse by a Dalit student of Delhi University. The panel also sought a detailed report in the matter from the Delhi Police Commissioner.

“Following a complaint by the student, the Commission has decided to probe the matter. You are requested to submit facts, information and action taken on the allegations,” the NCSC said in a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma. The Commission said it may summon Mr. Verma in case he fails to reply within a week.

The student of DU’s School of Open Learning (SOL) had on Monday alleged that a group of Hansraj College students had attacked him and passed casteist remarks while he was pasting protest posters in the institution’s premises. He also alleged that the college principal did not pay heed to his complaint, an allegation denied by principal Rama Sharma.

Ms. Sharma said the student met her on Monday. However, when she asked for his identity card, he said he wasn’t a Hansraj College student. Following this, she informed the police.

The times of india

SC/STs, Dalits, disabled to get 100% fee waiver at IITs


SURAT: Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday promised a fee waiver for all SC/ST, Dalit and physically challenged students of the 23 branches of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). A formal announcement to this effect will be made soon.

“Besides a complete fee waiver for these students, those with a family income of less than Rs 5 lakh will be given a 66% concession in the fees,” Irani told TOI.

Irani said the move will benefit nearly 50% of the 60,471 students enrolled in the country’s premier technology institutes.

The decision follows an IIT panel clearing a proposal for a three-fold fee hike, from Rs 90,000 to Rs 3 lakh per annum from the next academic session. The final decision on this rests with the HRD minister. Irani, however, refused to comment on the hike and only said the fees had not been increased yet.

The minister was in Surat to participate in an event to mark BJP foundation day.

Currently, the IITs have a 15% reservation for SCs, 7.5% for STs and 27% for OBCs. The 66% concession in fee will benefit a much larger number of students from the middle-class and lower middle-class segments.

The times of india

Dalit Outreach: Stand Up India has the potential to reimagine affirmative action


At a time when anomalies in India’s quota-based system of caste reservations have become starkly evident, the ‘Stand Up India’ initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a welcome attempt to re-imagine affirmative action. If implemented properly the scheme, meant to promote entrepreneurship among Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes as well as women, has the potential to provide an alternative to traditional caste-based reservation in the long run. The scheme aims at ensuring that each of the approximately 1.25 lakh branches of Indian banks provides loans from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore to one Dalit or Adivasi member and one woman each for setting up a new enterprise, without demanding collateral.

Reservation, as envisaged by B R Ambedkar, was a temporary device meant to help lower castes acquire education and skills that would give them dignity and bring them into the mainstream of society. According to him, reservations were just a tool to abolish the all-pervading caste system from public life. But the Mandal Commission recommendations vastly expanded the ambit of reservations, institutionalising caste and making “quota” a way of life. The Mandal report is now being used by powerful castes to demand a share of the pie in urban jobs across the country.

Interestingly the launch ceremony for ‘Stand Up India’ was held in Noida, UP, where Modi’s pitch was aimed squarely at Dalits. At 21% UP has the largest proportion of Dalits in any state, and BJP leaders gave a clarion call last month to prepare for UP elections next year, a large part of which comprises reaching out to Dalits. This also includes a great deal of jostling for Ambedkar’s legacy: BJP is not content to leave Mayawati with the rights to it.

But the recent mishandling and crackdown on central universities by NDA, including of the University of Hyderabad where lower caste scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide, has provided ample scope for opposition parties to paint NDA as anti-Dalit. While that – combined with approaching UP elections which are do-or-die for NDA – is the political context in which ‘Stand Up India’ must be located, the scheme nevertheless has potential and must not be seen as a political ploy alone. For that potential to be realised, however, it requires consistent attention after immediate political utility has been exhausted, even as a certain percentage of government contracts can be set aside for Dalit and women entrepreneurs to help the initiative.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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