Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 09.05.16

 

Dalit Minor Abducted, Raped in Jind, Haryana – The quint

http://www.thequint.com/hot-wire/2016/05/08/dalit-minor-abducted-raped-in-jind-haryana

Rape clip’ of minor Dalit girl goes viral in Hapur village – The times of india

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/Rape-clip-of-minor-Dalit-girl-goes-viral-in-Hapur-village/articleshow/52177625.cms

No ‘Marriage’ of Ideologies: Kongu Parties Find Raison D’être in Their Differences With Dalits – The new Indian express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/assembly-elections-2016/tamil-nadu-polls/No-Marriage-of-Ideologies-Kongu-Parties-Find-Raison-D%E2%80%99%C3%AAtre-in-Their-Differences-With-Dalits/2016/05/09/article3422739.ece

Dalit Man Does a Manjhi, Digs Well For Wife After Village Denies Her Water – The new Indian express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Dalit-Man-Does-a-Manjhi-Digs-Well-For-Wife-After-Village-Denies-Her-Water/2016/05/09/article3423425.ece

FB collective against assault on women – The hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/fb-collective-against-assault-on-women/article8574743.ece

Aurangabad Municipal Corporation seeks Rs 100cr for roads in Dalit areas – The times of india

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/Aurangabad-Municipal-Corporation-seeks-Rs-100cr-for-roads-in-Dalit-areas/articleshow/52181287.cms

‘KPJS no longer fighting for dalit cause’ – Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/thiruvananthapuram/456702/kpjs-no-longer-fighting-for-dalit-cause

 

The quint

Dalit Minor Abducted, Raped in Jind, Haryana

http://www.thequint.com/hot-wire/2016/05/08/dalit-minor-abducted-raped-in-jind-haryana

A 17-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly abducted and raped before being dumped near her house in Ram Rai Gate area in Jind, Haryana, police said on Sunday.

The victim’s mother alleged in her complaint that her daughter was abducted on the night of 6 May by one Amritpal, a resident of Jain Nagar area near Jind.

The accused then allegedly raped the minor and threatened her against speaking out about the incident.

He left the victim near her home the next morning and fled the scene.

The girl has undergone medical examination and the accused has been booked under sections relating to abduction, rape and the SC/ST Act, the women’s police station in-charge said.

The times of india

‘Rape clip’ of minor Dalit girl goes viral in Hapur village

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/Rape-clip-of-minor-Dalit-girl-goes-viral-in-Hapur-village/articleshow/52177625.cms

MEERUT: A video clip, allegedly showing the rape of a minor girl from a Dalit family, has gone viral in Hapur distritct’s Kharkhari village. The 16-year-old, a resident of the village, was allegedly raped by 19-year-old Anu Sharma on April 29. Sharma’s friend Pramod Kumar, 22, had allegedly filmed the entire episode and threatened to circulate the clip if the girl told anyone about the incident. Kumar, however, circulated the clip anyway. While cops have arrested Sharma, Kumar has not been caught yet.

“The girl, a minor, was raped on April 29. While she was raped by Anu Sharma, his friend Pramod Kumar had been filming the entire act. For two days, the girl, who belongs to a Dalit family, did not report the crime out of fear. The duo had warned her against telling anybody about the incident. They said that they would circulate the video clip if she told anyone what had happened. On May 2, her brother finally registered a case,” said Dixit Kumar Tyagi, station officer at Hapur (rural) police station.

Kumar, however, circulated the clip of the video anyway. The clip went viral in the village and Kumar has still not been apprehended by the police. “On Thursday, we arrested Anu Sharma. While he was the one who had raped her, he denied any hand in circulating the video clip. We are now on the lookout for Kumar, who allegedly made and shared the video clip. We have not yet examined the clip. We are conducting raids at his possible whereabouts. We expect to catch him soon,” Dixit added.

The two accused have been booked under stringent laws. The SO said, “They have been booked under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Since the girl is a minor and belongs to an Scheduled Caste family, we have also booked the accused under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and SC/ST (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act.”

The new Indian express

No ‘Marriage’ of Ideologies: Kongu Parties Find Raison D’être in Their Differences With Dalits

http://www.newindianexpress.com/assembly-elections-2016/tamil-nadu-polls/No-Marriage-of-Ideologies-Kongu-Parties-Find-Raison-D%E2%80%99%C3%AAtre-in-Their-Differences-With-Dalits/2016/05/09/article3422739.ece

ER Easwaran is powerful and influential in the western belt of Tamil Nadu. His political entrepreneurship had once upset the electoral calculations of the major players. He is now the general secretary of the Kongunadu Makkal Desia Katchi, which also runs a marriage bureau to help parents from his community find “the correct grooms for their daughters before it’s too late”.

Why should political parties be involved in what essentially is a family matter? “Who told you we’re a political party? This is a family! We’re tackling a family problem,” he says.

In Kongu Nadu, as the 12 districts from Coimbatore to Karur in west Tamil Nadu is known, the burning issue this election is the potent politicisation of inter-caste marriage, especially those between Dalits and the dominant caste of Kongu Vellala Gounders. Several parties that claim to represent their interests attempt to mobilise votes by building a politics of disadvantage — an enormous task for a community of land-owning, affluent businessmen that reign over the textile, engineering and poultry industries in the State. The parties claim they will protect Gounder pride and develop the region, but underline their “backwardness” by saying they have been shortchanged politically.

“We might be strong academically, financially and socially, but not politically,” says Easwaran.

Gounders, classified as Other Backward Castes (OBCs), were in powerful positions in the Congress party post-independence, and have been backing the AIADMK in the past few decades. “Nearly 50 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s tax revenue comes from us but the government only spends `3,000 crore every year in this region. We need votebank politics — only then will we be taken seriously,” he insists.

To mobilise this vote bank quickly, says analyst Stalin Rajangam, the Kongu parties “are using emotional, cultural issues”. Prior to the 2014 general elections, they rallied for amendment of the Protection of Civil Libert­ies Act, 1955 and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, to stop what Gounder leaders like ‘Best’ S Ramasamy call “blatant misuse” by Dalits. Now, they are rallying against the “polluting” Dalit-Gounder marriages.

As their convoys of insecurity travelled through rural Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Namakkal, Kongu parti­es left behind potent caste grudges among Gounder youth. In Vellakoil in Tirupur, Harish Ramasamy, a 26-year-old textile factory supervisor, sat with his friends outside a small bakery. The previous week, three Kongu parties campaigned in the region. “It’s true what they say, some people need to be put in their place. We can’t sit around and let them overtake us,” thunders Harish. His friends agree vociferously.

In the backdrop of honour killings, Harish’s rage is dangerous. Seven months ago, he says with pride, he “successfully separated” his cousin from a Dalit man she married. “Her father, my maama (uncle) had simply disowned her — that’s too passive. We gave the boy’s family a few slaps, told him to stay away, and brought my cousin back. That was that.”

G K Nagaraj, of Kongunadu Jananayaga Katchi, which has allied with the BJP, says, “We didn’t start caste clashes. But when Dalit parties provok­e their boys and encourage ‘love drama’ with our innocent girls, it disturbs us; we need to protect ourselves.” He says the marriageable age of girls should be raised from 18 to 21 years. “They are too naïve to make decisi­o­ns.” As to their voting when 18, he says, “Voting is not influenced by hormones.”

Harish has taken a leave of absence to volunteer with Easwaran’s party, which is contesting in 72 constituencies, on its own. “It is the first time I see the point of politics,” he says. Like many Gounders in the region, Harish’s father is a traditional AIADMK supporter, but the son believes all the parties have taken them for a ride.

Kongu parties admit modelling their campaign on that of S Ramadoss’ Patali Makkal Katchi, a Vanniyar caste party that pioneered rallies against inter-caste marriage, and won a Parliamentary seat in Dharmapuri in north TN. “The dominant caste anger here arises from sociopolitical changes in the north and south: in these parts, Dalits are not as submissive as before,” says Rajangam. He says the emergence of Dalit parties, VCK of northern Parayars and Puthiya Tamilagam of the southern Pallars, may not have brought empowerment, but “has given Dalits confi­dence”. Due to education and urban migration, rural Dalits are also less dependent on feudal land owners.

The western Gounders, in a sense, have borrowed dominant caste disenchantment for political ends. Sadly here, the neighbourhood Dalits being demonised are largely the Arundatiyars, in some ways left out by Dalit parties too. Economist M Vijayabaskar who has researched Kongu politics says, “Gounders are not a politically sidelined community, but they might grudge having to compete for political attention with the Arundatiyars, a numerically large Dalit community in the region that has traditionally voted for the AIADMK.”

U Thaniyarasu of the Kongu Ilaignar Peravai, whose member Yuvaraj is accused in the honour killing of Dalit boy Gokul Raj, distances himself from any caste talk. “We don’t talk dirty caste politics,” he says, perhaps realising the need to differentiate his party in the region and also play down casteist speeches since his alliance with the AIADMK. This sudden moderation is part of the election time realpolitik; the atmosphere is thick with hate campaigns.

‘We need votebank politics for us to be taken seriously’

Paving a path to power

E R Easwaran, general secretary of Kongunadu Makkal Desia Katchi, seen at a rally with his supporters says, “We might be strong academically, financially and socially, but not politically.”

Affluent businessmen and land-owners

The Kongu Vellala Gounder community of land-owning, affluent businessmen that reign over the textile, engineering and poultry industries in Tamil Nadu are classified as Other Backward Castes (OBC)

Affluent businessmen and land-owners

The Kongu Vellala Gounder community of land-owning, affluent businessmen that reign over the textile, engineering and poultry industries in Tamil Nadu are classified as Other Backward Castes (OBC)

Community has backed AIADMK for decades

The Gounder community has had leaders in powerful positions in the Congress party post-independence, but in the past few decades have been backing the AIADMK led by J Jayalalithaa

Kongu parties rally against Dalit-Gounder weddings

In 2014, they rallied for amendment of Protection of Civil Libert­ies Act, 1955 and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, claiming “blatant misuse” by Dalits. Now, they’re against Dalit-Gounder unions

Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam was formed in 2009, but each of its founders have now split up, creating four smaller parties

As a populous OBC, Gounders are one of the greatest beneficiaries of the 20 per cent OBC quota. Dalit incomes in Tamil Nadu are 24 per cent less than that of OBCs

The new Indian express

Dalit Man Does a Manjhi, Digs Well For Wife After Village Denies Her Water

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Dalit-Man-Does-a-Manjhi-Digs-Well-For-Wife-After-Village-Denies-Her-Water/2016/05/09/article3423425.ece

NAGPUR: Anguished over being denied access to water by upper caste people, a Dalit labourer from Maharashtra’s drought-hit Vidarbha, toiled for hours to dig his own well.

The wife of Bapurao Tajne, a resident of Kolambeshwar village in Malegaon taluka, Washim district, was not allowed to fetch water from a well by villagers.

In a bid to take his revenge on a social milieu which still discriminates large sections of people, Tajne took it upon himself to dig a well in his village, and is quenching the thirst of the entire Dalit population of the area now. He finished the digging in mere 40 days and was pleasantly surprised to find water.

Beaming with confidence, a seemingly content Tajne said that he felt fortunate to have discovered abundantly available ground water after his hard work. “I was ridiculed by my family among others, but I was determined,” Tajne said.

The news soon reached the authorities, following which Washim district administration officiated tahsildar Kranti Dombe to visit the village. Hailing Tajne’s act, the district administration felicitated him for being “a face of determination and strong will power”, the tahsildar said.

When asked if any government aid would be provided to Tajne, Dombe said there was no such proposal as of now.

However, she said the government has taken note of the Dalit man’s extraordinary achievement. On whether action has been initiated against the villagers who did not let the labourer’s wife draw water, in view of the incident attracting punitive provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Dombe said the well in question was not identified yet nor were the villagers who stopped the woman.

The hindu

FB collective against assault on women

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/fb-collective-against-assault-on-women/article8574743.ece

Protest is brewing among the youth in the city against the brutal rape and murder of Dalit law student at Perumbavoor.

An FB collective of college students took out a march to Marine Drive on Sunday against the increasing incidents of sexual assaults and harassment against women and children. More than 200 students took part in the march. The youth demanded a free and fair investigation into the Perumbavoor incident. They also urged the authorities to initiate steps that would check similar incidents in the future. The students placed candles in front of the photograph of the Dalit student at Marine Drive and paid their tributes to her.

They also took a pledge against the growing incidents of attack on women in society.A protest involving three youths was also held near the Edappally traffic signal junction on Sunday. They held placards saying no to assaults against women. The students urged the public to raise their voice against attacks on women and children.

The times of india

Aurangabad Municipal Corporation seeks Rs 100cr for roads in Dalit areas

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/Aurangabad-Municipal-Corporation-seeks-Rs-100cr-for-roads-in-Dalit-areas/articleshow/52181287.cms

Aurangabad: The general body is likely to pass the civic body’s ambitious proposal of demanding special funds worth Rs 100 crore for building civic amenities in localities dominated by the Dalit community.

Bharatnagar-Shivajinagar corporator Kailash Gaikwad has proposed the move seconded by deputy mayor Promod Rathod, Shiv Sena group leader in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation Raju Vaidya, leader of the House Rajendra Janjal and BJP corporator Gajanan Barwal among others.

Gaikwad said in the back drop of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Dr B R Ambedkar, the cash-strapped municipal body should urged the state government’s social justice department to release funds for building roads and other civic amenities in these localities.

“The central government has allocated special funds for the purpose and the civic body should avail of the opportunity. We want the administration to send a proposal to the government and local political leaders to follow it. The city has a sizeable Dalit population and hence, the chances of the municipal body getting funds are quite high,” he said.

Gaikwad said most of the party corporators have supported the move and assured to take up the matter with the state government at various levels.

The corporators said the municipal administration has done unsatisfactory work in the localities despite the fact that there are special schemes of the state and central governments.

The city has Dalit localities in Bharatnagar-Shivajinagar, Vishrantibagar, Sanjaynagar, Mukundwadi, Rajnagar, Harsul and Ektanagar among other places. But in most of the areas, the condition of civic amenities is quite poor. The municipal corporation is upgrading the city’s drainage system, but most of the slums and localities dominated by Dalits are not covered under it.

Gaikwad also said there are no tap connections in 80% of the localities. “The authorities have failed to build internal roads as well as provide streetlights and other facilities in these localities,” he added.

Nyoooz

‘KPJS no longer fighting for dalit cause’

http://www.nyoooz.com/thiruvananthapuram/456702/kpjs-no-longer-fighting-for-dalit-cause

Summary: KANNUR: The Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha (AGMS) has demanded that the dalit welfare organization, Kerala Pattika Jana Samajam (KPJS), should be disbanded because it has become the `recruiting agency’ of the Sangh Parivar. “Though the organization has a great tradition, and has fought for the cause of the dalits and tribespeople, it has sacrificed the common interest of the community,” said AGMS convener and KPJS patron, M Geethanandan on Saturday.Though KPJS stood for the civil rights of the dalits and the tribal community, it has now drifted from the cause, he said.Geethanandan said tribal leader C K Janu became a part of the NDA due to the intervention of KPJS general secretary Thekkan Sunilkumar and that such matters were not discussed in the organization.

KANNUR: The Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha (AGMS) has demanded that the dalit welfare organization, Kerala Pattika Jana Samajam (KPJS), should be disbanded because it has become the `recruiting agency’ of the Sangh Parivar.”Though the organization has a great tradition, and has fought for the cause of the dalits and tribespeople, it has sacrificed the common interest of the community,” said AGMS convener and KPJS patron, M Geethanandan on Saturday.Though KPJS stood for the civil rights of the dalits and the tribal community, it has now drifted from the cause, he said.Geethanandan said tribal leader C K Janu became a part of the NDA due to the intervention of KPJS general secretary Thekkan Sunilkumar and that such matters were not discussed in the organization.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

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