Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 16.05.16

Ahmedabad: At Babarkot, the wait is longer for Dalit women – Nyoooz


Dalit leader held for desecration of Ambedkar photo in Kollegal – The times of india


‘Governor has insulted Dalits’ – The hinduNews Updates 16.05.16


Death of RPI activist sparks violence in Bhiwandi – The free press


Kerala polls: Three-way contest in state begins as solar scam, Dalit woman’s rape loom large – Scroll. in


NGO seeks SC panel’s help to put guilty in dalit rape behind bars – The times of india


Set up common cremation grounds for all castes: SC/ST panel – India Today


Normality returns to Raichur localities – The Hindu


Woman dies of shock during clash in Raichur – Deccan Herald


Dalit manch demands quota in private sector – The Tribune


Jisha’s kin alleges bid to scuttle probe – The New Indian Express



Ahmedabad: At Babarkot,

the wait is longer for Dalit women


Summary: The sarpanch also admits there is an invisible barrier for Dalit women near the well. At Khodali Vav, women continue to arrive from morning till late evening to fetch water. She works as a help at a couple of households and she has to fetch water for them, besides her own family. My daughters-in-law got to Khodali Vav to fetch water for cooking. Khodali Vav is the only alternative, and locals claim that’s because it goddess Khodiyar’s well.


Hamir Vala and his wife Diwaliben with their children. Hamir Vala and his wife Diwaliben with their children. THE EVENING SUN is still flaring as three women approach Khodali Vav, a well near the temple of goddess Khodiyar in this coastal village of Jafrabad taluka in Amreli district, to fetch drinking water. They remove their slippers before approaching the well’s platform to draw water. “There is a tubewell at my home.

But its water is salty. This is the only well in the entire village which provides drinkable water. So, I have no option but to make three trips here to fetch three beda (a pair of pots having cumulative capacity of 15 litre) of water every day,” says Manisha Shiyal (20), who is accompanied by little Bhavu Solanki, her neighbour’s daughter. Tina Sankhat is in a hurry.

The times of india

 Dalit leader held for desecration of

Ambedkar photo in Kollegal


Mysuru: Chamarajanagar police have arrested a dalit leader for allegedly desecrating Dr BR Ambedkar photo at Honganuru village in Kollegal taluk last month, which had led to clash between two communities.

Kemparaju, 42, Honganuru Taluk Ambedkar Sangha president, was produced in a local court which sent him to police custody.

He is the sixth person to be arrested for the desecration of Ambedkar photo near Honganuru bus stand last month. During the violence that followed, miscreants set ablaze over 20 small shops at the circle. Besides, people from both communities and police personnel were injured in stone pelting. They had to be admitted to a hospital in Kagalawadi and Chamarajanagar district hospital. Police resorted to shelling of teargas and can charge to disperse the crowd and the district administration clamped prohibitory orders in the town.

Police arrested three persons immediately after the incident. And based on their statements, police arrested Kemparaju on Friday night.

According to police sources, Kemparaju and a few others did this to remove the petty shops being run by people of Nayaka community near the Honganuru circle. The gram panchayat recently issued notice to them to remove their shops terming them illegal. However, the shop owners approached the court, which stayed the order. This had led to clash between Kemparaju and his men and Nayaka community.

Sources said Kemparaju along with a few others hatched a plan to desecrate Ambedkar photo and blame it on the Nayaka community people. This led to clash between the two communities.

It was a planned act: SP

When contacted Chamarajanagar Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Kumar R Jain said the desecration was a planned act in which Kemparaju had played an important role. A few more persons will be arrested in the coming days, he said.

“Police are investigating the case and will have to find the exact intention for the desecrating the photo. We have information about a few more people involved in the incident and they will be arrested,” Jain said.

The hindu

 ‘Governor has insulted Dalits’


Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC) Chairman D. Basavaraj has alleged that Governor Vajubhai Vala has insulted the Dalits in the State by declining to give assent to the ordinance on reserving a percentage of construction works for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/STs) in various government departments.

Addressing reporters here on Sunday, he stated that the Congress had taken the decision as per its poll manifesto to ensure equal opportunities to each community in the State to grow.

“Since SC/STs are 24 per cent in the total population of the state, the state government had decided to provide them 24 per cent reservation to them for the works below Rs 50 lakhs works,” he said.

By declining to give assent to the ordinance, the Governor has proved his ‘anti-Dalit’ stand.

“Being in a responsible position, the Governor should promote every community in the State equally and try to uphold democratic values,” he added.

Mr. Basavaraj also stated that the Congress would launch a Statewide agitation if the Governor failed to pass the ordinance as early as possible.

 Vala accused

Ballari Special Correspondent reports:

Lakshminarayan Nagwar, convenor of the State Dalit Sangharsha Samiti, has accused Mr. Vala of adopting an anti-Dalit stand by not giving his assent to the ordinance.

Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Nagawar said that the State government had passed an ordinance in this regard to ensure social justice.

The Governor’s action has come as a blow to the concept of social justice.

“The action of Governor Vajubhai Vala has also brought to the fore the double standards of the BJP with Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving pro-Dalit statements while Mr. Vajubhai Vala depriving them (Dalits ) of their rights,” he observed.

He said that his organisation would pressure the State government to send the proposal again and would also meet the Governor to explain the importance of the ordinance and prevail upon him to give his assent. If not an agitation would be launched.

The free press

 Death of RPI activist sparks violence in Bhiwandi


 Thane : RPI activists went on a rampage on Sunday after its Dalit member Vicky Dhepe, who was injured in an attack earlier this week, died today.

More than 30 vehicles, including two-wheelers, cars and police vans, were smashed by an irate mob consisting of activists of Republican Party of India (RPI), sources in the Police Control Room said.

The activists also vandalised two offices of Bhiwandi BJP MLA Mahesh Chougule, whose son Raju Chougule had been booked in an assault case. Banners put by Chougule were also pulled down, they said. The trouble in the power-loom town, about 50 km from here, started when the news came in that Dhepe, who was seriously injured in the May 11 attack, succumbed to his injuries at the St George Hospital in Mumbai, the sources said.

Dhepe and a few others were assaulted by a group of youth armed with iron rods and choppers, police said, adding Chougule’s son was allegedly involved in the attack, reports PTI.

The youth were suspected to be members of BJP.   Police had then filed a case under IPC sections related to attempt to murder (to be changed to murder now), criminal intimidation, breach of peace and also the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against nearly two dozen people, including the MLA’s son.

The attack on Dhepe and the other RPI workers was fallout of political rivalry, according to police. The RPI has given a call for Bhiwandi bandh tomorrow to protest the death of Dhepe.

Scroll. in

 Kerala polls: Three-way contest in state begins as solar scam, Dalit woman’s rape loom large


 The ruling UDF led by the Congress will try to maintain its hold on the state, while the Left tries to make a comeback. The BJP is likely to play spoilsport.

Polling began at 7 am on Monday for the Kerala Assembly elections. More than 3.4 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,203 candidates, who will contest 140 seats. This is the 14th Assembly election in the state, and election officials expect a hight turnout, perhaps beyond 80%, the Deccan Chronicle reported. In 2011, 75.12% of the electorate had voted.

The state faces a three-way contest between the Congress-led United Democratic Fund, the Left Democratic Fund lead by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and relative newcomer the Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP, which will contest 24 seats, is likely to undercut both the UDF and the LDF, which have traditionally traded power in the state.

The ruling UDF, with Oommen Chandy as Chief Minister, faces an uphill battle with anti-incumbency, but could become the first party in the state to retain power for two consecutive terms. The Left, on the other hand, will be keen on regaining lost ground, and bank on the vote of the Muslims in the state. The BJP has also campaigned hard in the state this time around. As polls begin, two major touch-points for voters will be thesolar scam, in which Chandy has been implicated, and the brutal rape and murder of a Dalit woman in the state.

The times of india

 NGO seeks SC panel’s help to

put guilty in dalit rape behind bars


News monitored by AMRESH & AJEETCoimbatore: Vizhuthugal, an NGO fighting for the rights of dalits, has notified the National Commission of Schedule Castes about two recent incidents where minor dalit girls were raped by caste Hindus. The first incident occured on May 2 in Udumalpet, Tirupur district and the second in Kannivadi, Dindigul district. The NGO asked the commission to ensure the state takes action against the guilty in both cases.

A 17-year-old dalit girl from Kallapalayam village near Sular, who was a second year diploma student in a polytechnic college in the city, was in love with Azhagupadmanaban, 22 from Kannivadi in Dindigul. He worked for a private firm in Sulur. He was a Chettiyar and promised to marry the minor soon. Trusting him, she left home discretely on May 2. Her parents approached the Sulur police to file a ‘girl missing’ complaint. Sub-inspector Sivakumar refused to receive the complaint.

“Azhagupadmanaban and his two friends raped and murdered the girl and dumped the body in a hilly area near Kannivadi in Dindigul. He returned to work on May 2 and later pretended to help the girl’s parents search for her. On May 6, the girl”s body was found after which police picked him up for interrogation. Later, he was arrested,” said M Thangavel, director of Vizhuthugal organisation.

Moorthy, one of his accomplices, surrendered before a court, while Jayapandi, the third culprit, is still absconding. “The police failed to register rape case against the trio. They told us that they are waiting for the post-mortem report,” he said, calling for a CBI probe into the case.

On May 2 around 11.30pm, a 16-year-old dalit girl, who was waiting for her SSLC results, was raped by her neighbour in an abandoned building at Vilamarathupatti near Udumalpet. She had gone to attend a temple function in the village and was returning home on foot. M Mahendran, 34, a Gounder from the same village took her to an abandoned building with the help of his friend where he raped her.

“Dalit are oppressed by caste Hindus. They are unable to fight back. Many dalit girls are being raped but not all incidents come to light. It’s time the government did something to protect the safety of dalit girls,” said Thangavel.

India Today

Set up common cremation grounds for all castes

: SC/ST panel


PTI, May 15, 2016 | UPDATED 16:55 IST

Chandigarh, May 15 (PTI) Common cremation grounds for members of all castes will be set up in Punjab as part of efforts to eradicate caste based discrimination, state Scheduled Castes Commission Chairman Rajesh Bagha said today.

He said that the state Rural Development and Panchayat Department has come out with a plan following recommendation by the Comission and also advocated having electric crematoriums.

In a statement here, Bagha said that in most of the villages in Punjab, there are separate cremation grounds for each community and these cremation grounds receive monetary grants from governments at regular intervals.

Calling for ending this trend, he said that only one common cremation ground should be set up in villages and cities if it can suffice keeping in view the population.

He also said that cremation grounds should have facilities for electric cremation as it would reduce environmental pollution and the need for fuel besides saving trees.

Bagha said that senior advocate of Punjab and Haryana High Court H C Arora had brought this matter to the attention of the commission through an application in which he had stated that steps must be initiated for establishing common cremation grounds in order to get rid of the menace of casteism.

He said that the commission had instructed the state Rural Development and Panchayat Department, which prepared a plan for constructing common cremation grounds.

He elaborated that the department had also formulated a plan to disburse a grant of Rs 5 lakh per village to those villages who are willing to build common cremation grounds.

He said that the commission has now directed the department to modify the plans and include the facility of solar and electric cremation facility as well.

Bagha also said that people face difficulty in performing the last rites of their near and dear ones owing to separate cremation grounds which often lack proper infrastructure.

He said that there should be proper arrangement of drinking water, availability of electricity, concretization of approach roads to the cremation grounds, planting of trees in the cremation grounds, construction of permanent sheds and platforms apart from having facility of solar and electric cremation so that people face no problem in cremating their beloved ones. PTI

The Hindu

 Normality returns to Raichur localities



Three cases, including one against seven persons on the charge of attacking Dalit youth, have been booked

 Harijanwada and Timmapurpet localities in Raichur, which witnessed group clashes, lathi-charge and teargas firing on Friday and the imposition of prohibitory orders under on Saturday morning returned to normality by Sunday evening.

However, as a precautionary measure, the deployment of contingents of the Karnataka State Reserve Police and the District Armed Reserve continued in both areas.

“The prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code expired at 5 p.m. today and we felt no need of continuing it as both the areas returned to normality,” Chetan Singh Rathod, Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu .

Cases booked

The Netaji Nagar police have booked a case against seven people from Timmapurpet, including Congress activist Harish Yadav, under various sections of Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 on the charge of attacking a Dalit youth from Harijanwada.

Another case was also booked in the same station against youths from Harijanwada on the charge of setting Mr. Yadav’s office on fire.

The Raichur West police booked a third case against the youths of Harijanwada for ransacking a restaurant belonging to Mr. Yadav. “We have taken two people into our custody and are interrogating them. The remaining people involved in the rioting have fled the district. We have formed separate police to nab them,” Mr. Rathod said.

Deccan Herald

Woman dies of shock during clash in Raichur


Raichur, May 15, 2016, DHNS

A woman fell down due to shock and died as police fired teargas shells, following a group clash in the city on Saturday. The deceased is Bisamma, 26, a resident of Thimmapurpet.


Trouble started when the bike of Harish Yadav collided with the bike on which Ravi and Thimmaiah were riding at Veer Savarkar Circle on Friday afternoon. 

This led to a clash between two groups. Thimmaiah, Ravi and Yankanna were injured in the clash and have been admitted to a hospital for treatment. 

In the evening, a mob belonging to the group of those injured ransacked the Hyderabad Biriyani House hotel, broke furniture and glass. 

The hotel is owned by Harish Yadav’s brother Murali Yadav. 

Later, a finance agency owned by Murali in Amarkhed was set on fire. 

Groups then indulged in stone throwing at Thimmapurpet. The police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the mobs.

When Bisamma, disturbed by the commotion, came out of the house, teargas shells were fired. 

Frightened, she fell down, sustained injuries and died. A labourer, she is survived by her husband Govinda and three young children. 

Police have tightened security at Thimmapurpet and Harijanwada.  

The Tribune

 Dalit manch demands quota in private sector


 Jalandhar, May 15

The Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch today blamed the BJP-led Central government for reducing the funds meant for the development of Dalits in the country.

Sri Niwas Rao, national executive member of Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch said after the Modi government came to power, attacks on Dalits have been on the rise and funds for the uplift of Dalits were getting reduced. In 2014-15, when Narendra Modi became the PM, the budgetary allocation for Dalits ws Rs 50,000 crore, yet in the following year, it declined to Rs 30,000 crore. Then they increased it by Rs 8,000 crore just to show that they have increased it but as compared to 2014-15, it was much less.

“Similarly, in higher education, funds were cut. Meritorious scholarships for Dalits also decreased in higher education from Rs 200 crore which was the figure when the BJP came to power to Rs 10 crore now,” he added.

He said all the parties have been trying cash in on the Dalit votes by idolising Dr BR Ambedkar, which is just an eyewash.

Speaking on the condition of Dalits in Punjab, he said they have been facing oppression, yet there is no untouchability in Punjab, but they have been subjected to economic and social discrimination. Similarly, unemployment among the Dalits is at an all time high.

Rao said they have been demanding reservation in private sector too. “The public sector is being dismantled. Therefore, the opportunities for Dalits are getting limited. On the other hand, the private sector has been enjoying numerous benefits. Beside, we also want reservation in private higher education institutes too. Our ultimate purpose is to annihilate the caste system in India. Dalits and non-Dalits can get associated with this organisation to eradicate the caste system,” he said.

“We are part of the joint action committee formed after the suicide of Rohith Vemula in Central University at Hyderabad. We want the VC arrested and have been struggling for that. Yet he has been enjoying the patronage of the Central government,” he added.

The New Indian Express

 Jisha’s kin alleges bid to scuttle probe


By Express News Service, Published: 15th May 2016 04:13 AM

KOCHI: A relative of Jisha, who was raped and murdered at Perumbavoor last month, on Saturday alleged that the police were trying to divert the course of the ongoing investigation into the case.

Laila Biju, the victim’s aunt, said that police officials deployed at the hospital where Jisha’s mother and sister have been undergoing treatment, were attempting to influence them.

Speaking to reporters at the Ernakulam Press Club here, Laila said the police were not allowing Jisha’s relatives, who have been giving care to her mother Rajeshwari at the hospital, to visit the latter.”When we visited the hospital, the police personnel deployed there stopped us and informed that Rajeshwari and Jisha’s sister Deepa were under their custody. Vibin, a caretaker appointed by the Health Department, is attempting to influence Rajeshwari and Deepa,” she said, and alleged that the police started the investigation only four days after the murder.According to Laila, Rajeshwari still believed that one of their neighbours, who is a painter by profession, was behind the murder. “Several persons visited the residence of the suspect. They claimed they had lured several women into their trap, and were trying to trap Jisha also,” she said, adding that Jisha had once told her that she was receiving threats to her life ever since her mother met with an accident.

No Names Dropped

“However, she did not specify who was behind the threat. Jisha was capable of facing any such attempt alone,” she pointed out. On the police interrogating Deepa, Laila said she did not believe Deepa had any role in the murder.

“Even though Deepa was not in good terms with Rajeshwari, she spoke to Jisha frequently. Considering the gruesome manner in which the murder was committed, I think it was done by someone who had grudge against Jisha,” she said, and alleged that neighbours and the ward member did not help the family in shifting the victim’s body to the medical college. According to Laila, Rajeshwari raised allegations against Saju Paul MLA due to depression.

Vital clue on culprit received: Chennithala

T’Puram: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Saturday said the team probing the Jisha murder case has received vital information and complete picture about the culprit. “The DNA profile of one of the suspects have matched with the evidence collected from Jisha’s body. With this crucial evidence, the culprit will be nabbed soon,” he said. “It is for the first time in the history of Kerala Police, a case was investigated scientifically to trace the culprit. DNA profile was detected with the assistance of Forensic Department and Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. Though there is much pressure on the police, it wouldn’t affect  the probe,” the Home Minister said. 

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET



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