5 dalits go down abandoned well in search of water, killed by ‘poison gas’- The Times Of India
Dalits challenge bar on their entry at new U’khand temple – Nyoooz
DALIT PARENTS SEEK HELP FOR DAUGHTER’S TREATMENT- The Tribune
Minor clashes in Thrissur district – The Hindu
Attack on Dalit youth: police call for peace as protests turn violent – The Hindu
Dalits demand Cong. leader’s arrest – The Hindu
No more interference from caste-hindus – The New Indain Express
Dalits boycott polls for separate polling booth – The New Indian Express
Division Bench upholds order on education grant for SC/STs – The Hindu
Samiti opposes underpass at Kirimanjeshwara – The hindu
Excellent role models for society to emulate – Star.com
The Times Of India
5 dalits go down abandoned well in search of water, killed by ‘poison gas’
Manvir Saini| May 17, 2016, 04.24 AM IST
Chandigarh: Five men, including two teenagers, trying to revive a disused well in a parched Jind village on Monday died after reportedly inhaling a gas released unexpectedly from its depths.
The victims, Mahipal Singh, 35, Dinesh Kumar, 24, Sanjay Kumar, 23, Sukhchain, 18, and Mohan, 17, were all Dalits and residents of Nidana village.
Their bodies were fished out of the well after residents released more water into it from a nearby pond under the supervision of deputy commissioner (DC) Vinay Singh and SP Rakesh Arya.
Nidana residents told TOI they were reeling under a severe water crisis that had forced them, over the past few months, to buy drinking water. The water from the village tubewells is not potable. Things came to a head recently when residents found themselves struggling for water for other uses as well as the tubewells began to dry up, and that’s why some of them decided to attempt reviving a well that had not been used for five years. The well, which had some water at a depth of around 15 feet.
Eyewitnesses said Mohan was the first to go inside. When he stopped responding, Dinesh, his uncle, went inside as well, and after a while stopped replying. The episode recurred three more times as the other victims climbed down, one-by-one, to rescue the two. A probe has been ordered into the deaths.
Jind is among nine Haryana districts facing water shortage. According to government data, Jind needs 115.30 million litres of water daily, but gets just 55.60.
Dalits challenge bar
on their entry at new U’khand temple
Summary: DEHRADUN: Across Jaunsar Bawar region of Dehradun district, there are more than 340 temples where Dalits have been denied entry for generations. Dehradun: Across Jaunsar Bawar region of Dehradun district, there are more than 340 temples where Dalits have been denied entry for generations. Now Dalit leaders as well as members of the community have decided to raise their voice against the practice. On Friday, when a new temple at a village here will be inaugurated, Dalits plan to enter it.Calling it their birthright, the Dalit community of Pokhri village in Punaha Pikhri gram panchayat, Chakrata tehsil, around 110 km from Dehradun has decided to enter the newly-constructed temple in their village as it is public property. The beautiful and large Shiva temple took around three years and Rs 3 crore of public funds to be completed.Along with this, Dalits of the village have decided to commence what they call the second phase of the ‘Jaunsar Bawar Parivartan Yatra’, and start a Dalit rights revolution to protest oppression by upper castes.
DEHRADUN: Across Jaunsar Bawar region of Dehradun district, there are more than 340 temples where Dalits have been denied entry for generations. Now Dalit leaders as well as members of the community have decided to raise their voice against the practice. On Friday, when a new temple at a village here will be inaugurated, Dalits plan to enter it.Calling it their birthright, the Dalit community of Pokhri village in Punaha Pikhri gram panchayat, Chakrata tehsil, around 110 km from Dehradun has decided to enter the newly-constructed temple in their village as it is public property.
The beautiful and large Shiva temple took around three years and Rs 3 crore of public funds to be completed.Along with this, Dalits of the village have decided to commence what they call the second phase of the ‘Jaunsar Bawar Parivartan Yatra’, and start a Dalit rights revolution to protest oppression by upper castes. Dehradun: Across Jaunsar Bawar region of Dehradun district, there are more than 340 temples where Dalits have been denied entry for generations. Now Dalit leaders as well as members of the community have decided to raise their voice against the practice.
DALIT PARENTS SEEK HELP FOR DAUGHTER’S TREATMENT
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 | PNS | JAJPUR | in Bhubaneswar
The poor Dalit parents of one Pravasini Sethi (20) of Routara village under Binjharapur block in Jajpur district have been running from pillar to post for treatment of their daughter, who has got a fleshy mass on her left eye.
As the mass kept growing, the parents had rushed Pravasini to a hospital in Cuttack last year, but the doctors failed to remove the flesh. “The doctors advised us to take my daughter to some reputed eye hospitals in Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad or Mumbai. But we have no money for her treatment in big hospitals,” said Pravasini’s father Rabindra Sethi, a washer man.
Her mother Malati said, “My husband sold our cattle, lands and even our furniture. But we still don’t have enough money to cover the treatment of our daughter.” “My daughter badly needs about Rs 1 lakh for her operation. But we cannot afford it, and people are no longer so generous. I need help from the Government and other sources,” said Rabindra with tears welling up in his eyes.
Minor clashes in Thrissur district
Barring stray incidents of minor clashes reported from a few booths, polling was peaceful in Thrissur district on Monday.
The LDF and the BJP activists engaged in a minor altercation over the setting up of booths at Malakka in Wadakkanchery constituency. The police intervened to settle the problem.
Jayaraj Adiyath, Dalit Karshaka Congress district president, was attacked allegedly by the CPI(M) activists at Nedupuzha booth. He was admitted to the hospital. He alleged that Varghese Kandamkulathy, Deputy Mayor of Thrissur Corporation, had attacked him. They filed complaints against each other.
Attack on Dalit youth: police call for peace as protests turn violent
More than 200 youngsters from Harijanwada locality caught the police by surprise by staging a flash protest near Shettybavi Chowk, and later outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner, here on Monday and demanded the arrest of Congress leader Murali Yadav and his associates. They have been booked under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for attacking three Dalit youths from Harijanwada on Friday evening.
Earlier in the day, Superintendent of Police Chetan Singh Rathod, along with senior police officers, met the agitating people at Harijanwada community hall and tried to assuage them. Initially, it looked like they were satisfied, but all of a sudden, they started marching from Harijanwada through Vivekananda Chowk and Shettybavi Chowk, asking merchants to down the shutters of their shops. Some allegedly pelted stones at business establishments.
The police then intervened and stopped the agitators at Shettybavi Chowk. Enraged, the agitators raised slogans alleging that the police, bending to pressure exerted by Congress leaders, were protecting the accused. The argument soon became heated and when the agitators started becoming violent, the police resorted to a mild lathicharge and dispersed the mob.
Some of the youths, however, managed to join another team and staged a demonstration outside the office of the deputy commissioner.
Deputy Commissioner S. Sasikanth Senthil, along with Superintendent of Police Chetan Singh Rathor, met the agitators and clarified that the accused have already been booked under Section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder). He also said police teams have been dispatched to nab the accused.
‘Justice will prevail’
“[There is] no question of favouring anybody. A case has been booked under relevant sections and the men will be arrested soon. The law will take its course and justice will prevail. I appeal to the people to have trust in the administration and maintain peace,” he said.
He added that an attempt to murder charge has not been framed in the FIR as the victims, in their initial statement, had not said anything indicating this. “Based on the subsequent statements, we have got permission from the jurisdictional magistrate and reframed the charges invoking Section 307,” he said.
Dalits demand Cong. leader’s arrest
The Madiga Reservation Horata Samithi (MRHS) has demanded that the district administration banish Murali Yadav, a Congress leader and one of the accused in the attack on three Dalit youths in the district last week. The attack had triggered a clash in the city, compelling the police to resort to lathicharge and burst tear gas shells, apart from imposing prohibitory orders in Timmapurpet and Harijanwada localities.
Addressing a press conference at Reporters’ Guild here on Monday, Ambanna Aroli, the State secretary of the organisation, accused the district police of “going soft” in the case.
“Murali Yadav, with a group of over 25 people, attacked Ravikumar, Venkanna and Timmayya, Dalit youths from Harijanwada. The police should immediately book them and take measures to banish them from the district,” he said.
Mr. Aroli questioned the sincerity of the police, who have failed to arrest Murali Yadav and his associates, who are absconding.
“I appreciate the police for swiftly swinging into action and taking control of the situation on Friday evening. However, the police are not showing any interest in arresting Murali Yadav and his associates. They know that the accused are hiding in Bengaluru, but they are not arresting them,” he alleged.
The New indainexpress
No more interference from caste-hindus
DHARMAPURI: It was also good news for the Dalit residents of Arunthathiyar Colony in Dharmapuri, who were able to exercise their franchise without interference from caste-Hindus, something that they have long complained about.
Last week, Express carried an article highlighting their plight during past elections, where it was often the case that they were strong-armed by caste-Hindu residents into voting for a candidate of the latter’s choice, and in some cases even denied the right altogether.
Although their names figure in the voting records, the grim reality for many Dalits had been that they were asked to leave the booth soon after getting the indelible ink mark on their finger, while their votes were being cast by caste-hindus.
Acting on the report, the authorities took steps to ensure that Dalits were able exercise their franchise themselves, without any interference. The authorities’ efforts bore fruit as the village recorded 90 per cent turnout during the polls.
The elation was summed up by Mookamma, an elderly Dalit villager. “Now, I have voted for the party of my choice without any interference from caste-Hindus, something for which I have been waiting for decades,” she said.
Superintendent of Police Bandi Gangadhar said, “Taking cognisance of the Express report, the polling booth in Nathamedu village was marked ‘vulnerable’ and a camera installed in the premises. A special police inspector from a neighbouring district was deputed to monitor the village to ensure free and fair polling.t
The new indianexpress
Dalits boycott polls for separate polling booth
MADURAI: Dalits of Kuruvithurai in Sholavandan constituency on Monday boycotted the election till afternoon, demanding a polling station in their locality to cast votes without fear of the dominant castes.
They started voting only after the officials enhanced security and assured to postively consider the demand later.
Sholavandan is a reserved constituency and the village has about 600 caste-Hindu families and 150 dalit families. In January last, there was a violent clash in which dalits suffered huge damage to their properties.
With a 350-strong voters, the dalits of Kaliamman Koil East Street and Indira Colony were demanding a separate polling booth. Since the morning, they gathered in front of the Kaliamman Temple and refused to cast their votes. They also hoisted black flags in their locality to register their protest.
“We already facing harassment from the caste-Hindus in various ways. Hence, we requested the officials to set up a separate polling station for us in our locality as was the case during the civic elections. But now, the separate booth was made at a building in the caste Hindu area,” said M Moorthy, a villager.
Officials were also blamed for unilaterally setting up the booth at a community hall in the caste-Hindu area, said the women during the agitation.
“We fear that we might be attacked and that’s why we didn’t go to vote,” protesting dalit women said. “Neither our demands for a separate ration shop nor public toilet was ever considered. Even the Election officials are indifferent”, they added.
On information, Returning Officer Indiravalli along with police reached the spot and pacified them. “They sought a separate booth. We asked them to cast the votes first so that their demand will be considered later positively. We provided extra security and saw to it that most of them exercised their franchise,” she said.
Division Bench upholds order
on education grant for SC/STs
A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court has upheld a single judge’s ruling that Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students pursuing courses in unaided colleges/institutions controlled by universities and the government were entitled to educational grant of the government or university. The ruling was upheld by the Bench while dismissing an appeal filed by the State government and SC/ST Development Department against the verdict of the single judge.
The single judge issued the verdict while quashing a part of a government order which stipulated that education grant could not be allotted to SC/ST students pursuing unaided courses in unaided colleges. The judgment came on a writ petition filed by Saranyamol of Kothamangalam challenging the government order. The single judge had declared that the government and SC/ST Development Department were legally bound to disburse the educational grant to SC/ST students studying in recognised affiliated private unaided colleges in the State on a par with the SC/ST students of recognised affiliated private aided colleges. The Bench observed that no ground had been made out to interfere with the single judge’s verdict.
Samiti opposes underpass at Kirimanjeshwara
The Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) has urged the Union government and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to drop the proposal to construct an underpass on National Highway 66 at Kirimanjeshwara village, near Kundapur, saying it would render at least 20 Dalit families homeless.
Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Jayan Malpe, convener of the Samiti, said NHAI was constructing an underpass near Agasteshwara Colony at Kirimanjeshwara though no roads were crisscrossing here. There is no movement of cattle either there. “Hence, the construction of the underpass is illogical,” he said.
The NHAI move would make 20 Dalit families and nine families belonging to other castes homeless. Only 10 per cent of the work on the underpass has been completed. Instead of an underpass, NHAI should build road dividers, Mr. Malpe said.
The Samiti had earlier brought its opposition to the underpass to the notice of NHAI, Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, leaders Shobha Karandlaje, B.S. Yeddyurappa and others. Though they promised to take up the matter with NHAI, the construction has not stopped, he added.
He said a few vested interests in the area were misleading the Dalit families by saying that the underpass would be constructed there. “If NHAI does not respond to our demand, we will be left with no other alternative but to launch a struggle,” Mr. Malpe said.
Manjunath Giliyar, Shyamraj Birti, Raju Bettinamane, Uday Nagur and Narasimha H., all DSS leaders, were present at the press meet.
Excellent role models for society to emulate
THE victory of Sadiq Khan in the election for Mayor of London is very encouraging and sends an important message to the world that everyone, irrespective of his/her social, political or religious background, has the potential to serve mankind and the world.
Sadiq’s success also reminded me of Dr B. R. Ambedkar who was born a Dalit (Untouchables) but he overcame the disadvantages of his birth to become a statesman in his country.
I am sure many Malaysians know about Mahatma Gandhi but very few would be familiar with Dr Ambedkar who was also a key figure in fighting for India’s independence through peaceful means.
He played an instrumental part in drafting the Indian Constitution as well.
Through his great wisdom, bravery and hard work, Dr Ambedkar not only achieved success by becoming the first from a low caste to obtain a university education in India but, through the drafting of the country’s constitution, he also succeeded in abolishing the caste system.
This opened the door for millions from the lower castes to enter school, be absorbed in the mainstream of Indian society and contribute towards the development of their nation.
In fact, many academics from top universities in India have attributed their country’s achievements in science and technology to the wisdom and courage of Dr Ambedkar.
The success of both Sadiq Khan and Dr Ambedkar sends a very important message to the whole world – that everyone is born with unlimited potential and if we are kindhearted and willing to work hard, we will be able to improve ourselves and also the world.
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