Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 30.05.16

OBC, gen students clash with Dalits on BBAU campus again – The Times Of India


Oppressive caste system snuffs out a helpless teenager’s life – The Indian Express


Family of upper caste man forces dalit wife out of home, goes into hiding – The Times Of India


JAC members stitching tent with Rohith’s clothes – The New Indian Express


Include Dalit Christians, fishermen in SC/ST list: Karunanidhi – Deccan Chronicle


Land row: Civil rights activists meet agitating Dalits in Sangrur – The Tribune


Parents approach SC Commission, say state government violating PSEB ActThe Tribune


Persecuted by caste, Kaliappafoundenpudur village helps lovers unite – The New Indian Express




The Times Of India

 OBC, gen students clash with Dalits on

BBAU campus again


TNN | May 30, 2016, 01.33 AM IST

Lucknow: There seems to be no end to caste-based politics at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU).

Ambedkar University Dalit Student Union (AUDSU) and Ambedkar Vishwavidyalaya Chhatra Sangathan (AVCS), which have been at loggerheads over the reservation issue, clashed again on Sunday. This time, over university registrar Sunita Chandra, who tendered her resignation late on Friday. Her resignation is, however, yet to be accepted by the vice-chancellor.

In retaliation to the sit-in being staged by the Dalit students against Chandra’s resignation since Saturday, OBC and general students took out a march, raised slogans and burnt an effigy of Chandra on Sunday. While the Dalit students’ alleged misbehavior and passing of ‘derogatory’ remarks by OBC and general students, the latter alleged that Dalit students, who are instigated by Chandra, are staging protests and vitiating the academic atmosphere of the campus.

The clash intensified when the general and OBC students started shouting ‘Bharat mata ki jai‘. They were countered with ‘Jai Bhim, Jai Bhim’, raised by the Dalit students. Later, AUDSU members burnt an effigy of the vice-chancellor RC Sobti and Kamal Jaiswal, who was nominated as the member of varsity’s board of management (BoM). Police was called to disperse the crowd.

“Chandra has been favouring students from Dalit community since the day she took charge. During convocation, two Dalit students created unruly scenes by shouting anti-Modi slogans in front of the Prime Minister. Is this a way to behave with guests?” said AVCS president Ratnesh Chaudhary.

Another AVCS member Gaurav Tiwari said, “Dalits didn’t even spare our vice-chancellor. On May 3, they staged day-long protest where they held him (VC) captive.”

Leading the Dalit protest, Shreyat Bouddh from AUDSU alleged that the general and OBC students burnt an effigy of honest and an innocent office-bearer on the provocation of Jaiswal and dean, student welfare, Ripu Sudan Singh. “We were protesting peacefully and were burning copies of Manu Smriti, when they (OBC, general students) came and passed ‘casteist’ remarks,” said Bouddh, AUDSU’s spokesperson.

Anil Kumar , AUDSU member said, “OBC and general students even misbehaved with girl students. Even police is hand in gloves with them because they picked two AVCS students and freed them as soon as they stepped outside the campus.”

Station officer of Ashiana police station, Santosh Tiwari, said, “Some students assembled at the university compound to burn effigy of the registrar Two students’ group have remained at loggerheads and have clashed in the past as well. We are called when situation turns violent. We have not received any complaint from university administration so far and have not made any arrests.”

The Indian Express

 Oppressive caste system snuffs out a

helpless teenager’s life


By Ratan K Pani Published: 30th May 2016 03:33 AM Last Updated: 30th May 2016 06:52 AM

SAMBALPUR: The killing of pregnant minor girl, Gita Tanla, by her father Kailash for eloping with a boy outside their caste in Balangir reflects the oppressive caste system still prevalent in rural Western Odisha.

In fact, both Gita and Naresh Tandi, with whom she had eloped, are Dalits but belong to different professions. Discrimination among same caste exists in terms of ‘Jatis’ – derived from occupations.


Gita hailed from a traditional cobbler family and Naresh was not from their ‘Jati’. Gita fell in love with Naresh while working in a brick kiln in Vijayawada. Later, they left the brick kiln and worked in a poultry farm. Things took a turn after Gita became pregnant and came back home with Naresh.

But Naresh’s family members did not accept their relationship. Gita was driven out of Naresh’s house which further fuelled Kailash’s anger.

Such is the hierarchy within the Dalits that most villages are characterised by a multiplicity of economic, caste, kinship, occupational and even religious groups linked vertically within each settlement.

Fellow villagers include representatives of various service and artisan castes to supply the needs of the villagers __ priests, carpenters, blacksmiths, barbers, weavers, potters, cobblers, sweepers, water bearers and so on and there is a thin line which acts as a barrier to their entry and exit to various rural institutions.

In Jatla Sirgida village of Bargarh district, Dalits rue that though they carried sand and mortar for construction of Jagannath temple in the village, they are denied entry after idols were installed. This is not a solitary instance. In several villages across western Odisha, Dalits continue to be deprived of entry to religious places.

The discrimination has been noticed at water bodies as well. There are  separate bathing ghats for Dalits in villages. They are given raw items to cook their own food and eat at their place during marriages and other community feasts.

Even to this day, in Brahmin-dominated villages, they are not expected wear slippers and cross a Brahmin. They have to hold it in their hands.

The fact remains that silence of police and administration in caste related matters and social insecurity of those who dare to protest has strengthened the feudal mindset.

The Times Of India

Family of upper caste man forces dalit wife out of home, goes into hiding


TNN | May 30, 2016, 07.41 AM IST

Coimbatore: A family residing in Palapatty in Mettupalayam has thrown out the newly-wedded wife of the son from their home after they found out that she was a dalit. The woman, identified as Revathy, 23, was to leave for Jaipur with her husband P Rajiv, 25, on Sunday when her in-laws became aware of her caste identity.

Revathy lodged a complaint with the Thudiyalur all-women police station, stating that her husband’s entire family has gone into hiding. 

Police on the case said Revathy and Rajiv worked together in a private company at Kalapatty, where they fell in love. Rajiv was aware that Revathy was a dalit and had met her family too. The duo got married with the help of their cousins and friends on March 11, following which Rajiv’s parents accepted the couple into their home. Rajiv had not told his parents that Revathy was a dalit.

The couple was to leave for Jaipur on Sunday as Rajiv had secured a job with a private company there. But on Monday (May 23), when the couple had gone out shopping, Rajiv’s mother, P Malathy, 43, father, Palanichamy, 60, and sister, Vidhya, 27, came across Revathy’s certificates. “When we returned home, they abused and harassed me using my caste name, and asked me to get out of the house. I was taken aback because I had repeatedly told Rajiv to inform his parents that I was a dalit,” said Revathy. “They took my mobile phone and there was no way I could communicate with Rajiv. So, I approached the police,” she added.

Investigating officer Inspector Amutha said Rajiv’s family was summoned to the police station on Thursday (May 26).

Police have registered a case under various Sections of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and also under Sections of IPC. “We will arrest her husband’s family soon,” the investigating officer said.

The New Indian Express

 JAC members stitching tent with Rohith’s clothes


By Express News Service Published: 30th May 2016 05:18 AM Last Updated: 30th May 2016 05:19 AM

HYDERABAD: While tents have been removed from the protest site at University of Hyderabad, the students are not yet ready to give up the cause. In a fresh turn of events, the JAC for social justice has made an appeal to the students and faculty on campus to donate clothes. A new tent will be stitched this time and it would include the clothes of the deceased Rohith Vemula as well.

“As the administration has stolen our tents and Babasaheb Ambedkar’s banners, we have decided to stitch our own tent with old clothes that will also include Rohith’s clothes,” said a message being reportedly circulated by the JAC members. JAC called for a meeting on Monday evening at the shopcom (protest site) to rebuild the Velivada.

To prevent the tents from being removed again, the members have decided to stay put at the site.

“It was an unauthorised structure and no permission was taken. We are not denying students their rights, we gave them prior notice and asked them to remove the tents within 48 hours. However, they did not comply. We waited for a week before taking it down.

We directed the security to remove the tent, and they might have selected the night time to avoid tension,” varsity spokesperson Vipin Srivastava said.

Deccan Chronicle

 Include Dalit Christians, fishermen in SC/ST list: Karunanidhi



PublishedMay 30, 2016, 6:18 am IST

DMK chief also said the fishermen community should be included in the ST category as marine tribes.

Chennai: DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to provide Schedule Caste status to Dalit Christians and to include the fishing community in Scheduled Tribes list as it would benefit several lakh downtrodden people.

Thanking Modi for the Cabinet decision to include Narikuravars in the list of Scheduled Tribes, he said it was a demand made by DMK for a very long time and expressed satisfaction that it had been fulfilled.

On his demand for including Dalit Christians in the SC/ST category, Mr Karunanidhi said, “when SC/STs convert themselves to Christianity, they are deprived of all the privileges and concessions hitherto enjoyed by them.

DMK has been demanding that the SC/STs after conversion to Christianity should be treated as SC/STs and allowed all concessions and privileges,” he said, adding there were precedents such as recognition of Sikh Christians and Buddhist Christians.

DMK chief also said the fishermen community should be included in the ST category as marine tribes.

“The fishermen community, by their very geographical nature, is socially and educationally akin to the Scheduled Tribes.” Their inclusion in ST list, which they “deserve in all respects”, would enable them to climb up the ladder of life, he said.

Karunanidhi requested Modi to “consider the two demands and sought an early action by the government.”

Last week, the Union Cabinet gave its nod for inclusion of three communities, including Narikuravar, from the state under the ST category.

The Tribune

 Land row: Civil rights activists meet agitating Dalits in Sangrur


 Sushil Goyal Tribune News Service Sangrur, May 29

A large number of agitating Dalits, seeking one-third share of panchayat land (reserved for SCs) at low rates for joint farming in villages, have termed their fight for panchayat land as a struggle for self-respect than for economic prosperity.

This came to the notice of a four-member team of a Delhi-based civil rights organisation “Janhastakshep” when it visited 2-3 villages, including Balad Kalan (near Bhawanigarh), yesterday to take stock of the sufferings being faced by the Dalits agitating to get panchayat land.


The team members were: Dr Vikas Bajpai from JNU, Delhi; Prof Ish Mishra from Hindu College, Delhi University, Delhi; Anil Dubey and Rajesh Kumar, both senior journalists from Delhi.

Disclosing some parts of their inquiry report here today, Dr Vikas Bajpai said that agitating Dalits from the villages had told the team that after getting reserved land for joint farming in the past 1-2 years, their dependence on landlords had reduced from cent per cent to nil.

Dr Bajpai said that initially, the Dalit farmers were united by the Zamin Prapti Sangharsh Committee (ZPSC), but now, the farmers were playing the role of leaders.

The team members said that in Kherri village (near Sangrur), Dalits had been putting up a united face these days by occupying panchayat land allotted to them 40 years ago for constructing houses.

The team members also lashed out at the role of all major political parties, especially the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). They said the AAP supremo recently visited a saint in Patiala district, bordering Sangrur district, but he did not visit the Dalits.

Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann had also not bothered about the Dalits of Balad Kalan village who had sustained injuries during police lathicharge, the team added.

The team demanded release of Dalits lodged in jails, allotment of panchayat land to Dalits at nominal rates, possession of land to Kherri village’s Dalits for constructing houses and action against “erring policemen” who resorted to lathicharge at Balad Kalan on Dalits on May 24.

The Tribune

 Parents approach SC Commission,

say state government violating PSEB Act


 Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 29

A section of parents of children studying in different private schools in the city has alleged that the state government failed to comply with the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Act, 1969, known as the Punjab School Education Board regulation for affiliation of Institution, 1988. As per its regulations, the fee charged from students should be approved by the board from time to time. However, an institution providing extra facilities which augments the cause of education may charge extra fee with the permission of the board.


The regulation further provides that the institution must have sufficient resources to run itself efficiently. The entire income from the institution shall be utilised only for the welfare of the students, teachers and the institution. The board can inspect the account of the institution from time to time.

The major areas where private schools are allegedly doing illegal practices include, charging admission fee from students every year at the time of admission to the higher class even though the student is of the same school, charging various funds twice over, like building fund and dilapidated funds are collected even though the building is already complete whereas only fund for maintenance could be charged. Advance fee is charged invariably for three months whereas fee should be collected every month. Further, either the schools are having their own shops or tie ups with shops for the sale of schoolbooks, stationary, school bags and uniforms. The parents are coerced to purchase these items from these shops whereas schools are earning huge profits either by direct sale or by getting commission.

A section of parents has requested in writing to National SC Commission vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka to issue directions to Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam to implement his orders issued to the schools on April 28 and May 16.

A parent, Dharambir Singh Mahiya, said they were filing this petition on behalf of aggrieved parents against the private schools of Punjab, especially of Amritsar district, for their illegal practices and intentional disobedience of various important decisions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Supreme Court of India.

They brought to his notice that the students belonging to Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes from rural areas were harassed and humiliated by private schools of the district as their parents were involved in the agitation. They said the schools had become vindictive towards children and threatening them by targeting them individually in front of other students.

They stated that laws were not being implemented by private schools and through the petition, they request the commission to take action and give directions to the administration for the implementation of its orders so that the private schools be restrained from harassing students. They said private schools did not comply with the various orders and directions of the courts, the Deputy Commissioner and the District Education Officer.

The New Indian Express

 Persecuted by caste, Kaliappafoundenpudur village helps lovers unite


By Express News Service Published: 30th May 2016 05:09 AM Last Updated: 30th May 2016 06:07 AM

 COIMBATORE: Members of an organisation inspired by the ideals of EVR Periyar, conducted the marriage of an young inter-caste couple in Kaliappafoundenpudur in Pollachi on Sunday.

According to locals and founder of the Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, K S Nagarajan, the village has become a bulwark in the fight against caste discrimination. “Currently, 20 of the 300 families residing in the village got married outside their caste groups. Even now, couples sometimes flee and seek refuge in our village because of its pluralistic nature,” he said.

The Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, along with 400 other guests were in attendance as the couple Stalin and Krithika got married on Saturday. The parents of the couple had been approached by Nagarajan and his fellow social workers with a request, urging them to marry outside their caste.

“Krithika and Stalin’s parents were looking for a prospective bride and groom when we approached them, and asked them to consider allowing their son and daughter to marry outside their caste,” said Nagarajan.

Nagarajan and his fellow workers have been conducting awareness campaigns promoting inter-caste marriages and advocating against caste discrimination for the last 15 years. “We run a social welfare organisation called ‘Pooncholai’ which promotes education among girls and impoverished youth, which has resulted in a more inclusive atmosphere among people belonging to all castes in the village,” he said.

Breaking barriers

According to locals and founder of the Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, K S Nagarajan, the village has become a bulwark in the fight against caste discrimination. “Currently, 20 of the 300 families residing in the village got married outside their caste groups,” he said.

The Pioneer



Monday, 30 May 2016 | PNS | New Delhi

The Union Government has included welfare of transgender persons in charter of work to be handled by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, following demands from civil society and transgenders to check incidents of social harassment and crime against them.

Besides, the Social Justice Ministry is finalising a Bill for formulation and implementation of a comprehensive national policy for ensuring overall development of the transgender persons.

President Pranab Mukherjee has approved changes in Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961, which describe the functioning of Central Government departments, in this regard.

The amended rules were notified recently by the Cabinet Secretariat.

There are about 4.88 lakh transgenders in India, as per 2011 census, officials said.

“Transgender should be declared as the third gender, and a transgender person should have the option to identify as ‘man’, ‘woman’ or ‘transgender’ as well as have the right to choose any of the options independent of surgery/hormones. “Only the nomenclature ‘transgender’ should be used and nomenclatures like ‘other’ or ‘others’ should not be used,” as per the draft ‘The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015’.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET



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