Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 25.05.16

Panchayat land row: Police, Dalits clash at Sangrur villageThe Tribune


Three Dalits hacked following clash over flag hoisting – The Hindu


K’taka: Dalits in this village face humiliation from upper castes for drawing water – The news Minutes


Candle-light protest against probe delay- The Hindu


Police security at nine places near Tiruchi – The Hindu


Yashica Dutt’s book ‘Coming Out as Dalit’ to be released in 2017 – Two Circle Net


Clashes in Khurja after Rajput men ‘eve-tease’ Dalit girl – The Times Of India


Transgenders want to be recognised as a ‘class minority’ – The Hindu




 ‘Honour killing’: parents not allowed to attend girl’s last rites – The Hindu


Attack on Dalit sarpanch: Police urged to actThe Tribune


The Tribune

 Panchayat land row: Police, Dalits clash at Sangrur village


 Tribune News Service Sangrur, May 24

A clash took place on Tuesday at Balad Kalan village near Bhawanigarh between police and Dalits, who were opposing the auction of panchayat land (reserved for Scheduled Castes) terming it as “dummy” and seeking the land on lease at low rates for joint farming.

A few people, including policemen, suffered injuries in the clash. The police resorted to lathicharge on the protesting Dalits as they blocked the Sangrur-Patiala road outside the village while the Dalits pelted the police with bricks and stones. A leader of Zamin Prapati Sanghrash Committee claimed that the police also opened fire in the air, but the police refuted the charge.

Earlier, Dalits gheraoed the BDPO office at Bhawanigarh, where the auction of the land took place. Terming it as a “dummy” auction, they demanded its cancellation and raised slogans in support of their demand. Later, the protesting Dalits moved towards Balad Kalan village where the clash took place.

The Hindu

 Three Dalits hacked following clash over flag hoisting



Even as the district police restored normalcy at Madhagupatti after villagers attacked the police and indulged in violence, tension broke out here on Tuesday evening after three Dalits were hacked following a clash between two communities over flag hoisting for a temple festival.

The police said that tension prevailed between two communities after people from a particular community tried to hoist ‘Velu Nachiyar flag’ at the local temple ahead of kumbabhishekam recently.

As this was objected by one Dubai Gandhi, a group of people waylaid and assaulted him on May 20.

The police filed a first information report against one Nagumuthu and others, but did not arrest the accused.

Meanwhile, Pandi, a friend of Gandhi, organised annadhanam when Nagamuthu and his associates hacked three people protesting against Gandhi lodging a police complaint against them.

The victims were admitted to Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai. A special team headed by local Deputy Superintendent of Police P. Purushothaman launched a dragnet for the accused. Superintendent of Police Ziaul Haque visited the area and reviewed the situation. ADSP S. Vellaidurai, who was deputed to the trouble-torn area, told The Hindu that the situation was under control.

The news Minutes

K’taka: Dalits in this village face humiliation from upper castes for drawing water


In addition to water woes, Dalits at Kadoli village, 9km from Belagavi city, face ill treatment at the hands of the upper caste community.

As borewells in the Dalit colony have dried up and tap water for 2 hours supplied by the gram panchayat has failed to suffice, over 70 Dalit families on Ambedkar lane are forced to get water from public taps, reported The Times of India.

However, as the public taps are fitted in areas where upper castes reside, the Dalits who come to fetch water are allegedly made to wait for hours until others fill their pots. They are also humiliated and sometimes their pots are thrown out.

It all began after the two borewells in their colony dried up and tap water supplied by the local gram panchayat for two hours failed to meet their basic requirements.

Borewells in agricultural farms belonging to upper caste people have enough water, but they refuse to give water to Dalits.

According to Nanda Chandrakant Kamble, a resident of Ambedkar Galli, about 70 Dalit families depend on a single tap.

Demanna Kallappa Metri, a Dalit, said: “Borewells in the colony have dried up and water flow to public taps has become less after a diversion valve was fixed. It’s common that upper class people deny water because our leaders are not raising their voice against the practice.”

According to local panchayat development officer Ashwini Kundal, there has been no such discrimination that has come to her notice.

“Had the community complained to the gram panchayat or the ward member, the problem would have been solved,” she said.

Gram panchayat president Raju Mayanna attributed the issue to severe water shortage but they are ready to provide tanker water to the Dalit colony in addition to two hours of tap water.

The Hindu

 Candle-light protest against probe delay


A candle-light protest will be held at Marine Drive here on Thursday in protest against the alleged delay in finding those responsible for the rape and murder of the Dalit law student in Perumbavoor. About 3,000 candles will be lit on the occasion against what the organisers termed as the laxity on the part of the police in cracking the case. A release issued by the action council for justice for the Dalit student urged society to wake up against the attacks on women.

Representatives of the council accused the police of not conducting a proper investigation. Those responsible for the lapses in the initial round of investigation should be punished, they said.

The Hindu

 Police security at nine places near Tiruchi



Even as the situation at L. Abishekapuram village which witnessed violent incidents involving Mutherayars and Dalits on Monday evening is said to be under control, police presence at the village and its nearby areas close to Lalgudi continued on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.

Split into different teams, police personnel were deployed in nine villages to check any fresh outbreak of clash between the two groups.

The untoward incident broke out at L. Abishekapuram on Monday evening during the Perumpidugu Mutherayar birth anniversary celebrations on Monday.

Police sources said personnel from the Armed Reserve, Tamil Nadu Special Police and those from the Striking Force have also been deployed to beef up security measures. Strength has been deployed at L.Abishekapuram, Nannimangalam, Thaneerpandal, Lalgudi four –road, Kookur, Thirumanamedu and Pokkatakudi villages.

The heavy posse of police personnel is being headed by a senior police officer in the rank of Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police to keep a constant tab round-the-clock.

Pickets have been posted in those villages.

The strength includes two Deputy Superintendents of Police, three Inspectors, 31 Armed Reserve personnel, 21 Tamil Nadu Special Police personnel and 10 Striking Force personnel.

Superintendent of Police, Tiruchi Nisha Parthiban said the situation was under control and cases had been booked on separate complaints lodged by both groups.

Few persons from both sides have been detained in the wake of the untoward incidents.

The Lalgudi police booked a case against eight persons on a complaint lodged by R. Rajiv Gandhi (36) – the state secretary of Perarasar Mutherayar Peravai residing at Vasanth Nagar near L.Abhishekapuram.

According to police, a group trespassed into the house of Rajiv Gandhi and assaulted him besides damaging his car and a couple of two-wheelers.

The case has been booked under various IPC sections including 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons and 448 (house trespass).

Police sources said all the eight persons have been detained. The police detained four persons on a complaint lodged by the other group.

Two Circle Net

 Yashica Dutt’s book ‘Coming Out as Dalit’ to be released in 2017


Submitted by TwoCircles.net on 24 May 2016 – 8:03pm

By TCN News,

A book written by Yashica Dutt, a journalist living in New York, who concealed her identity of being a dalit for a decade and came out openly after the dalit student Rohith Vemula’s tragic suicide on January 18, 2016, is set to be released next year.

This was announced recently by Aleph Book Company, an independent Indian publishing firm. It is presently entitled as ‘Coming Out as Dalit’.

Dutt is a New York-based journalist who writes on gender, identity and culture. She was previously a principal correspondent with Brunch and Hindustan Times and is the founder of dalitdiscrimination.tumblr.com Death of Vemula was the moment for Dutt to stop living a lie, and admit something that she had hidden from friends and colleagues for over a decade—that she was Dalit.

“I was born in a Dalit family in Ajmer, Rajasthan. And I grew up learning to hide it…”, she wrote at  alitdiscrimination.tumblr.com soon after Vemula’s death at Hyderabad Central University.

In Coming Out as Dalit, Dutt recounts the exhausting burden of living with the secret, terrified of being found out, and dealing with the crushing guilt of denying her history. In this personal memoir that is at the same time a history of the Dalit people, she writes about the journey of coming to terms with her identity and chronicles the Dalit movement.

She writes about the consequences of the lack of access to education and culture; the paucity of Dalit voices in mainstream media; and attempts to answer crucial questions about caste and privilege. Woven from personal narratives from her life as well as that of other Dalits, this book forces us to confront the injustices of caste and also serves as a call to action.

The Times Of India

 Clashes in Khurja after Rajput men ‘eve-tease’ Dalit girl


Uday Rana| TNN | May 23, 2016, 10.53 PM IST

MEERUT: Clashes broke out between Dalits and Rajputs near Bulandshahr district’s Khurja city after a Dalit teen was eve-teased and a statue of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar was vandalized on late on Sunday night. Trouble began after a group of drunk Rajput men visited a fair organized by Dalits of Sultanpur village and indulged in rowdy behaviour. Incidents of violence were also reported on Monday morning. Meanwhile, police and provincial armed constabulary (PAC) personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order situation in the area. Police said 12 people have been arrested.

The incident was reminiscent of the Kawal eve-teasing incident of 2013, which sparked the Muzaffarnagar riots.

“The incident took place on Sunday evening during a fair organized by the Dalit community. Around 10-15 drunk Rajput men arrived at the fair on their motorcycles and started abusing the Dalits. They also indulged in eve-teasing. Soon, an altercation took place between the Dalits and the Rajput men, which snowballed into a major fight. Men of both the castes came to blows with each other. About six people were injured in the scuffle. We have arrested 12 people from both the sides,” said R K Sharma, station officer at Khurja (city) police station.

Sharma said, “Local police and PAC personnel have been deployed in the village, and the situation is under control. We have booked the accused under various sections, including sections 147 (rioting) and 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) of the Indian Penal Code.”

Anil (name changed), a local resident, told TOI, “Drunk Rajput men teased a 16-year-old Dalit girl. When the Dalits objected, the Rajput men became violent and even vandalized a statue of B R Ambedkar nearby, prompting the Dalits to fight back.”

Incidents of violence were also reported on Monday morning. A Dalit youth from the village was attacked by a group of Rajputs when he was on his way to work. Later in the day, protesting Dalits blocked railway tracks in Khurja.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers also protested against what they called “police inaction”.

The Hindu

 Transgenders want to be recognised as a ‘class minority’



 Refuse to be divided along religion or caste to avail govt. benefits

 In a major decision, the transgender community in the State has resolved to demand that government recognise them as a ‘class minority’ and refused to allow caste or religious identity to creep into the community while accessing benefits from the government.



The decision was taken on Monday at a consultative meet that saw participation from various transgender organisations and over 100 members of the community.

“The government officials were confused as to under which scheme to provide us benefits. In the housing scheme, they suggested that only SC/ST transgenders could be given benefits, which triggered the debate,” explained Akkai Padmashali, co-founder of Ondede, one of the organisations working for sexual minorities. The transgenders have decided to call themselves a class minority and wish to be recognised as a backward class instead of being divided on religious or caste lines.

 Fundamental identity

“The community of transgenders has been fighting for a more fundamental gender identity and there has never been any place for caste or religion. We don’t wish to be divided on community lines now,” Akkai said, adding that with the community being socio-economically backward, it was apt to be recognised as a class minority.

Karnataka Transgender Samithi and other organisations working in the space will now meet the chief minister and governor to place their demand.

 Welfare board

However, the community does not wish to be brought under the umbrella of the Karnataka Backward Classes Commission.

They want the State government to form a Transgender Commission and a Transgender Welfare Board to work for the betterment of the community.

Bangalore Mirror



Bangalore Mirror Bureau | May 25, 2016, 04.00 AM IST

Social welfare minister H Anjaneya has come under fire from fellow legislators for failing to utilise funds meant for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Heated arguments broke out between the minister and the legislators at a meeting convened here on Tueaday to discuss the roadmap for development of these communities. The 40-plus legislators from these communities alleged that the minister was ineffective and the bureaucrats working in his department were highly corrupt. Though the department has funds to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore, no work is happening on the ground. Files pertaining to different schemes and projects are gathering dust for want of bribes, the legislators alleged. What is the point in keeping so much money when nothing is being done for the welfare of the SCs and STs, they asked. 

MLA PM Narendraswamy slammed the minister for failing to launch development programmes and for being complacent. The legislator and the minister had a heated exchange of words, sources said, and added that the situation was diffused following the intervention of Kolar MP KH Muniyappa. 

Speaking to reporters later, the minister maintained that there was no major verbal duel at the meeting and said he will implement the suggestions given by the legislators.

The Hindu

 ‘Honour killing’: parents not allowed to attend girl’s last rites



Priya Reddy, who was allegedly killed by her father for falling in love with a boy from Bhovi community (Dalit), was buried at her native village Tamatamapalli in Srinivaspur taluk on Monday.

The relatives of the girl performed the last rites. Though her parents, Byra Reddy and Padmamma, and their minor son — all of whom have been arrested — had expressed their wish to attend the last rites, the police did not allow them taking into account the gravity of the crime. Priya was strangled on Sunday night by her father. The minor, who reportedly helped his father in committing the crime, will be sent to the juvenile home in Kolar Gold Fields, Circle Inspector of Police H.N. Chandrappa told The Hindu on Tuesday. The police are yet to approach Harish (20), Priya’s friend. “Though Harish is a major, summoning him now might cause him further stress,” sources said.

Priya was killed on Sunday allegedly by her father for falling in love with a boy from a ‘lower’ caste

The Tribune

 Attack on Dalit sarpanch: Police urged to act


Even after 37 days of the attack on the house of Mothada Kalan’s Dalit sarpanch Kanti Mohan, the Phillaur Police could not nab the accused involved in the midnight firing. The sarpanch managed to escape unhurt but over 12 armed miscreants fled away after firing on the intervening night of April18-19, Now, after knocking the doors of various officers and SC Commission National Commission For Scheduled Castes, Punjab, the complaint of the victim Sarpanch Kanti Mohan written Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar and SSP (Rural) Jalandhar have shown results as they have been asked to send detailed report and action taken against the accused. Notably, the victim has alleged that these armed accused were being patronised by the senior Akali leaders, including former minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Avinash Chander and their family members. Sarpanch alleged that the police was working under pressure of ruling politicians as only two out of total 23 accused could be nabbed in 37 days and one accused NRI succeeded to fly abroad. He even demanded security cover for his family.

Sampla visits Phagwara

Vijay Sampla arrived in Phagwara for the first time after taking charge as Punjab BJP president and the supporters of the party were seen welcoming him. He paid obeisance at Gurdwara Sukhchain Sahib,  ishwkarma Mandir, Balmiki Mandir, Hanuman Garrhi and Guru Ravi Dass Mandir after passing through Banga Road, Bazar Bansan Wala, Mahabir Bazar, Mandi Road, Hargobind Nagar and GT road. —OC

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET



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