Dalit girl kidnapped, raped for two days in Chikkaballapur – The Times Of India
Muzaffarnagar: 9 injured in clash between two communities over land dispute – The Hindustan Times
Chargesheet filed against 11 in dalit murder case – The Times Of India
ADGP Sandhya to head Dalit student murder probe – The Hindu
Students harassed as institutes ask to renew caste certificates annually – The Tribune
SC/ST Colony languishes in darkness – The Hans India
Centre not releasing grants for SC, ST scholarships: Badal – The Hindustan Times
PU exam results: Girls share all top ranks in Dharwad district – The Times Of India
The Times Of India
Dalit girl kidnapped, raped for two days in Chikkaballapur
TNN | May 26, 2016, 06.10 AM IST
Chikkaballapur: A 21-year-old dalit girl was kidnapped and gang-raped by three autorickshaw drivers for two days at Dinne Hosahalli in Chikkaballapur Rural police limits.
According to police, the final-year degree student was kidnapped from a bus stand at Dinne Hosahalli on May 20 when she was waiting for a bus to return home after meeting Girish, whom she had befriended recently.
Three autorickshaw drivers approached the girl and offered to take her to her village, Kornahalli of Dodderi Hobli in Madhugiri taluk of Tumakuru district. However, they allegedly took her to a desolate house and raped her for two days.
The incident came to light on Tuesday when police found her roaming in the area and took her to Santhvana Kendra, an NGO working for the welfare of women.
Police have arrested three autorickshaw drivers, Shivu, Shashidhar and Ramesh Babu, and Girish for the rape. Police suspect Girish’s involvement also in the crime. According to police, the girl and Girish, a casual labourer at Bengaluru airport, became friends recently after she inadvertently called his mobile number from an abandoned SIM card.
The four suspects were produced before a court on Wednesday, police sources said. Narayanappa of Santhvana Kendra said when police brought her to the kendra, the girl was little hesitant in the beginning, but narrated the entire incident later.
She was sent to the government hospital for medical examination.
The Hindustan Times
Muzaffarnagar: 9 injured in clash between two communities over land dispute
Updated: May 26, 2016 12:22 IST
Nine persons were injured in a clash between Dalit groups and another community over a land-related dispute at Mataali village in Shamli district in Muzaffarnagar, police said .
The groups clashed on Wednesday when members of one community tried to prevent another from taking possession of a disputed piece of land, circle inspector Nishank Sharma said.
Both the groups used sharp-edged weapons and firearms during the clash in which nine persons were injured, he said.
On receiving information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, Sharma said.
Six persons were arrested in connection with the case, the CO added.
The Times Of India
Chargesheet filed against 11 in dalit murder case
TNN | May 26, 2016, 07.24 AM IST
Coimbatore: More than two months after dalit youth Shankar was murdered by a three member gang for marrying a Hindu girl, 11 people have been charge-sheeted in the case. The case has been transferred from the Udumalpet district court to the Tirupur district court. The next hearing has been scheduled on June 8.
The names of people included in the chargesheet are M Manikandan, 25, a construction worker from Ramar Kovil Street in Palani, P Jagadeeshan, 31, a car driver, M Michael alias Madhan, a load man, P Selvakumar, 25, a load man, all hailing from Dindigul and M Manikandan, 39, from Anna Nagar in Pattiveeranpatti, Dindigul district. Manikandan was arrested for harbouring the accused in his house.The above people were arrested by the police under charges of murder.
Kousalya’s maternal uncle, Pandidhurai, and a student who was the family’s informer, Prasanna have also been named. Kowsalya’s father, Chinnasamy, 39, hailing from Palini in Dindigul district, mother, Annalakshmi, their friends Dhanraj and Tamil Kalaivanan, who were among the planners, have been named as well. Police officials said the accused met at several temple functions to plot the murder.
ADGP Sandhya to head Dalit student murder probe
At its maiden meeting after being sworn in, the newly formed Left Democratic Front (LDF) Cabinet has decided to constitute a new investigation team headed by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) B. Sandhya to investigate the gruesome rape and murder of a Dalit law student at Perumbavoor last month.
Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the decision has been taken in the light of widespread complaints that the ongoing investigation into the sensational murder case has been faulty from the beginning. The Government would pay a monthly pension of Rs. 5,000 to the mother of the deceased girl. Construction of the girl’s house would be completed in 45 days, he said.
The Cabinet, he said, has asked all heads of departments to immediately submit list of vacancies in their departments. The lists would be reviewed at the level of Chief Secretary on a weekly basis to address the complaint of youth organisations that there is an unannounced recruitment freeze in the State.
He also announced that the government would double the allocation for the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) from the present Rs. 75 crore. Steps would also be taken to clear all the social welfare pension arrears, Mr. Vijayan said.
Students harassed as institutes ask to renew caste certificates annually
Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 25
Even as there are guidelines that there is no need to renew caste certificates issued to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Castes, many institutes in the region have been asking the students to furnish fresh certificates annually at the time of applying for SC scholarships and even while applying for jobs.
As a result, almost every tehsil in the SC-dominated Doaba region issues nearly 10,000 caste certificates with the peak season being this time of the year. The Suwidha Centre in Jalandhar is getting as many as 600 applications each day since the past nearly a month and the number of counters for the work have been increased from two to five today to clear the backlog and expedite the work.
The timings of the Suwidha Centre have been increased from 8 to 12 hours and Saturdays and Sundays too have been kept open, primarily keeping their demand in view.
BSP leader Balwinder Kumar termed it a sheer harassment of the SC students and parents by the institutes as their two days get wasted in the process.
Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar KK Yadav said, “It is completely wrong to ask for caste certificates every year as its validity is life-long.”
“The caste of a person does not change in his lifetime and certificate once issued need not be renewed at all. Last year, we took up the case with the Deputy Commissioner in the matter and urged him to get directions issued to the schools and colleges. But the problem continues to persist and we recently got a complaint from Adampur-based institute.” Balwinder Kumar, BSP leader
“We recently took up the matter against a Nakodar-based institute with the District Welfare Office. Demand for a fresh income certificate for SC Post Matric Scholarship is fine but we fail to understand the need for a fresh Scheduled Caste certificate.” Mangaljit Singh, representative of Punjab Student Union
“It is a completely wrong practice to ask for a new caste certificate annually, especially since it is issued after due verification by patwari, kanungu, tehsildar and SDM. The institutes have to do away with this demand.” Jagdish Samrai, Dalit activist
The Hans India
SC/ST Colony languishes in darkness
THE HANS INDIA | May 26,2016 , 05:35 AM IST
Gannavaram (Krishna): The SC/ST Colony located within the vicinity of airport reflects the apathy of the district administration in provision of basic amenities to people. It does not have electricity and drinking water supply. The colony situated adjacent to Gannavaram – Manikonda road near Buddhavaram is not a newly-developed one to cite a lame excuse for non-provision of basic amenities.
It has been there for the past three-and-a-half decades. Initially, 10 SC and ST families started living in the colony by erecting huts. The number of huts in the colony increased to 35 with the passage of time. About 50 families are living in the colony now.
Most of them are agricultural workers and daily wagers. Though the residents got voter ID, ration, job and Aadhaar cards, they are deprived of basic amenities. Political leaders and contestants used to visit the colony only during elections. Its poor state of affairs highlights the fact that no people’s representative fulfilled his election promise of providing basic amenities there. The colony continues to languish without electricity and drinking water. The residents fetch drinking water from nearby irrigation canals. Though they are somehow meeting their drinking water needs, lack of electricity has left them in the ‘dark age’.
Speaking to ‘The Hans India’, some residents of the colony said, “Despite several representations to the officials concerned, no steps have been taken to provide us basic amenities. The election promises of people’s representatives remain unfulfilled. The schemes initiated by the successive governments to develop basic amenities in SC, ST colonies do not reach us.”
The Hindustan Times
Centre not releasing grants for SC, ST scholarships: Badal
Ravinder Vasudeva and Dilbag Singh, Hindustan Times, Uggi (Jalandhar)
Updated: May 26, 2016 11:46 IST
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday accused the Centre of not releasing the funds for scholarships to students who belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
“We have released our share of funds. But the Centre has not issued grants from the past two years due to which the students are suffering,” said Badal, who was here for a sangat darshan.
When asked was the Centre discriminating against Punjab, he said: “You can’t call it a discrimination. I have taken up the issue with the Centre and I hope it will release funds soon.”
According to allegations of Congress leader Sunil Jakhar, the Centre has withheld the money for scholarship schemes as the state government has failed to submit the utilisation certificates for the same. “The government has used the scholarship grant for some other work,” Jakhar had alleged in a press conference in Jalandhar on May 9 while showing the letters to the state in this regard by Union social justice and empowerment ministry officials.
Ducks queries on Dhumma
The chief minister ducked all queries on the alleged involvement of Damdami Takshal head Harnam Singh Dhumma in murderous attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadarianwale.
Water war: CM says be ready for struggle
On the SYL Canal issue, Badal reiterated his party would never ever allow water to flow through it (the SYL canal) as “we don’t have a single drop of spare water to share with anyone”. He said he is ready to sacrifice even his government ten times in defence of the “state’s legitimate rights over its share of river waters”. He also asked the people to be ready for struggle to safeguard “our river waters”.
Sampla defends his ministry
State BJP chief Vijay Sampla, who is a minister of state in the Union social justice and empowerment ministry said his department has released `106 crore for scholarships to students. “There were some issues related to the submission of utilisation certificates by the Punjab government. Dues of many other states are also pending for the same reason. We are releasing the money as we are getting the certificates,” Sampla told HT.
The Times Of India
PU exam results: Girls share all top ranks in Dharwad district
TNN | May 26, 2016, 05.57 AM IST
Dharwad: Keeping with the trend at the state level, girls have bagged all the top ranks in the II PU results in the district. Neha Hubballi of Vidyaniketan PU College and Krupa Jain of KLE Prerana PU College, Hubballi stood first in the district in the science stream.
Both have scored 587 marks out of 600. R Bhagyashree of Oxford PU College, Hubballi, and Prateek Barge of Aryabhata PU College, Dharwad, shared the second rank with 585 marks. Jyothi Managundi of PC Jabin PU College and Ahish of Budarsingi PU College got the third rank with 579 marks each.
The first three ranks in the Arts stream have been bagged by Gouramma Haliyal (568) of Government PU College, Deverahubballi, Akshata (563) of JSS PU College, Dharwad, and Sarvan Sheikh (556) of SJMV Women’s PU College, Hubballi, respectively. In Commerce, Akanksha Janaki (583) of JSS College, Dharwad, Tejas Bode (582) of J G Commerce College, Hubballi and Veena Solanki (577) of SJMV PU College, Hubballi have got the first three places respectively.
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