Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 02.05.16


‘Dalit’ minor girl gang-raped by four goons in Kanpur Dehat district The times of india


Jagraon BJP Dalit leader, woman hacked to death – Hndustan tmes


Police file charge sheet in Udumalpet Dalit murder case The hindu


Dalit sarpanch shares dais with Shivraj, ‘beaten’ The times of india


Rural job workers fire letter jibe at PMO

– May Day rally against Rs 5 wage hike The telegram


Day after, smoke still an irritant Nyoooz


Arrest Bhatkal tahsildars, demands Dalit forum Sahil online



The times of india

‘Dalit’ minor girl gang-raped by four goons in Kanpur Dehat district


Kanpur: A `dalit’ minor girl was allegedly gang-raped by four village goons in Kanpur Dehat district.

The incident, which took place late on Friday night, came to light on Sunday after the girl’s parents lodged a complaint with the local police. “The girl was sleeping on the roof-top of her house when she was allegedly abducted by four village hoodlums, who took her to a nearby water-pump where they raped her,” the police said

The girl has been admitted to district hospital on Sunday and is under observation, a police official said.

Though a case has been lodged at Baraur Police Station, the four gangrape accused are still absconding, a police official said. “A case under various sections including 376 of IPC and POCSO act has been registered. Search is on to trace the four who are absconding right after the incident. We have passed the information about them to neighboring areas,” ASP Rishipal Yadav said.

Hndustan tmes

Jagraon BJP Dalit leader, woman hacked to death


A Bharatiya Janata Party’s SC Morcha leader, Vidhi Chand, and a woman, Manjit Kaur, 40, were hacked to death allegedly by her estranged husband, son and father-in-law at Bhaini Gujran village here on Sunday.

Three people arrested for the double murder have been identified as woman’s estranged husband Jaswant Singh, son Angrez Singh and her father-in-law Dalip Singh.

The crime was committed at the house of Jaswant, who suspected Manjit of having illicit relations with Vidhi.

Manjit was staying at Vidhi’s house as a tanant as she was fighting a legal battle with her husband Jaswant. A court had recently pronounced a judgment in Manjeet’s favour, asking Jaswant to pay her suitable alimony.

On Sunday, Manjit and Vidhi went to Jaswant’s house to sort out differences. As they entered the house, Jaswant, his father Dalip and son Angrez hacked them to death using sharp-edged weapons, police said.

Police were called and the accused were arrested from the spot. A murder case has been registered.

The hindu

Police file charge sheet in Udumalpet Dalit murder case


More than a month after the alleged ‘honour’ killing in which Dalit youth V. Sankar (22) was murdered and his caste Hindu wife S. Kausalya (19) was brutally attacked, the Tirupur police have concluded its investigation and filed the charge sheet against 11 persons, including the girl’s parents and maternal uncle.

The sensational daylight murder in Udumalpet in Tirupur district on March 13, 2016, triggered public outcry after video footage of the crime captured by a surveillance camera was released. Days after the murder, investigators managed to apprehend the assailants, while a few others, including Kausalya’s father, surrendered in different courts.

Police investigation had revealed the circumstances that led to the chilling murder of the engineering student who married Kausalya, his junior at college, against the will of her parents. Though her family and kin attempted to separate her from Sankar on a few occasions, the girl stood firm on her decision.

When efforts to bring Kausalya back home failed, her family members allegedly decided to eliminate the couple.

Accordingly, they got in touch with P. Jagadeesan of Dindigul who arranged mercenaries to murder Sankar and his wife. Kausalya’s father Chinnasamy gave an advance of Rs. 50,000 to Jagadeesan and also gave his motorcycle to commit the offence.

According to sources privy to the charge sheet, the accused planned the conspiracy in a children’s park on the Palani-Kodaikanal Road and then stayed in a lodge in Palani. On the day of the crime, one of the accused went to Komaralingam village to keep track of Sankar’s movements.

When the couple boarded a bus to Udumalpet, he got into the vehicle and informed others about their movement, the sources said referring to details in the charge-sheet.

Five assailants closely followed the couple and attacked them when they were waiting to cross the road. They abused Sankar on caste lines while hacking him with knives.

While Sankar died on the way to hospital, Kausalya was admitted to the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital with grievous injuries. She recovered later.

Besides murder, attempt to murder, unlawful assembly with deadly weapons, the police invoked provisions under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, against some of the accused.

The times of india

Dalit sarpanch shares dais with Shivraj, ‘beaten’


Bhopal: Sharing dais with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan proved costly for a dalit sarpanch who was allegedly beaten by upper caste members in Tikamgarh district of Bundelkhand on Friday.

The incident took place during Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan when sarpanch Alakh Prasad Valmiki was allegedly thrashed along with panchayat secretary Brij Kishore Rai by upper caste men and nodal officer Suresh Ahirwar, who was also attending the function at Poochikarguan village, 100 km from Tikamgarh district headquarter.

A day before this incident, the sarpanch had welcomed the chief minister at the gram sansad programme.

In a written complaint at Sendri police station, Valmiki named six persons of the village for the assault. He alleged they also hurdled castiest remarks at him.

Panchayat secretary alleged, “Anand Nayak, Anurag Nayak, Harishchandra Nayak, Suresh Ahirwar and Anand Nayak were among others who not only assaulted them, but also tore panchayat documents in public view. This was done when gram sabha meeting was on.”

Meanwhile, nodal officer has lodged a separate complaint against the sarpanch and others.

Sendri police station incharge Subodh Mishra said, “We are conducting investigations after receiving the complaints. Action will be initiated depending on outcome of probe.”

The telegram

Rural job workers fire letter jibe at PMO

– May Day rally against Rs 5 wage hike


Ranchi, May 1: Around 300 workers in Latehar shot letters, each envelope containing a Rs 5 note, to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to mark Labour Day, voicing their protest against the measly increase – from Rs 162 to Rs 167 – in MGNREGS wage in Jharkhand announced earlier this year.

Protesting under the banner of Grameen Swaraj Mazdoor Sangh, the daily wage workers took out a rally, shouting slogans like ” panch rupaiye mein kaise ayenge achhe din“, in Manika block, around 25km from the district headquarters, today.

Later, each of them submitted a Rs 5 note, along with a covering letter addressed to the Prime Minister highlighting their plight, to the union members. The individual letters carried details like the names, signatures and job card numbers of the labourers.

James Herenj, a member of the workers’ union, said the central government had increased the MGNREGS wage from Rs 162 per day to Rs 167 per day this year, at a time when prices of essentials had gone through the roof.

“Interest in MGNREGS work is waning in the state due to low wages. The minimum wage has been fixed at Rs 212 per day by the Jharkhand government. However, the rural job scheme gives only Rs 167,” Herenj told The Telegraph over phone from Latehar.

According to members of the union, the wage under the rural job scheme in Jharkhand was raised by just Rs 4 (from Rs 158 to Rs 162) last year and by another Rs 5 this year.

In the letters, all carrying the same message, the Latehar workers said Jharkhand labourers were “feeling very lucky” because the wage hikes in 17 other states were even less.

The letters, a copy of which is in possession of The Telegraph, read: “It seems that MGNREGS workers in Odisha are now considered well-off because their wages have not been increased at all. Actually, we are very concerned. The government must be really short of money as it is unable to raise MGNREGS wages, that too when one third of the rural population are affected by drought.”

Taking a jibe at the Centre, the workers’ letters, which were full of sarcasm, further stated: “We feel that you need the extra five rupees more than we do, since your government has so many expenses. To implement the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, you will have to spend an additional Rs 1 lakh crore at least on salaries and pensions of government employees. Defence expenditure is about Rs 2.5 lakh crore. You must also be spending a lot of money in terms of tax concessions given to big companies, apart from giving them cheap land and other resources.”

“Considering all this, we MGNREGS workers have made a collective decision to give up our extra wages for a day and return the extra five rupees to you. We hope that this will help you keep your corporate friends and government employees happy,” the letters further mentions.

Members of other organisations like Jharkhand Jan Sangram Morcha, Dalit Adhikar Suraksha Manch and CPI(ML), among others, were also present in the rally.


Day after, smoke still an irritant


Summary: Narinder Chaudhary, president of Dalit Raksha Dal and resident of Dadu Majra colony, life had become hell for residents of Dadu Majra. Dadu Majra residents raised slogans against the Administration and the Fire Department. FIRE AT DADU MAJRA GARBAGE DUMPING GROUNDRajinder NagarkotiTribune News ServiceChandigarh, April 30The department of fire and emergency services in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation continued its operation to control the smoke at the garbage dumping ground in Dadu Majra here for the second day today. Mayor Arun Sood said he had directed the officials to use sand to control the smoke, which was a big problem for residents. Though the firemen managed to douse the flames, smoke has been creating problems for residents nearby.

FIRE AT DADU MAJRA GARBAGE DUMPING GROUND Rajinder Nagarkoti Chandigarh, April 30 The department of fire and emergency services in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation continued its operation to control the smoke at the garbage dumping ground in Dadu Majra here for the second day today. A fire had broken out at the dumping ground yesterday afternoon. Though the firemen managed to douse the flames, smoke has been creating problems for residents nearby.

Importantly, this is the third such fire incident at the site in the past six months. Today, apart from exhausting two fire tenders and an equal number of water boozers at the site, the MC staff started spreading sand to control the smoke. Mayor Arun Sood said he had directed the officials to use sand to control the smoke, which was a big problem for residents.

Sahil online

Arrest Bhatkal tahsildars, demands Dalit forum


Mundgod: Dalit united forum has submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner to arrest the grade-I and grade-II tahsildar of Bhatkal who issued fake caste certificates to eleven members, against which a case has also been registered in Bhatkal police station.

In the memorandum submitted to the DC, the forum stated that grade I Tahsildar VN Badkar and grade II tahsildar Hegde were responsible for issuing fake certificates reserved for SC/ST. A committee which was chaired by district deputy commissioner has ordered to reject those certificates two years back. Both the tahsildars has displayed their lack of work ethics and had deprived the Dalits of their facilities

A case has been registered in the Bhatkal police station against the tahsildars by Kiran Kumar Shiroor under the act of oppression against SC/ST . They even demanded that the tahsildars be arrested else the Dalit forum will stage a protest in the whole district.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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