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JUSTICE NEWS: Breaking News ! हिंदी & English 26.11.16

JUSTICE NEWS: Breaking News ! हिंदी & English 26.11.16

 Justice News English 26.11.16

Ø  Currency withdrawal: 50% tax, 4-year lock-in for unaccounted deposits

http://justicenews.co.in/currency-withdrawal-50-tax-4-year-lock-unaccounted-deposits/17242

Ø  22.5 p.c. of industrial land reserved for SCs, STs

http://justicenews.co.in/22-5-p-c-of-industrial-land-reserved-for-scs-sts/17258

Ø  Dalit marries Patel girl, his family driven out

http://justicenews.co.in/dalit-marries-patel-girl-his-family-driven-out/17248

Ø  JNU notice to 20, including Kanhaiya Kumar, for ‘confining officials’

http://justicenews.co.in/jnu-notice-to-20-including-kanhaiya-kumar-for-confining-officials/17246

Ø  Probe into Ilavarasan’s mysterious death handed over to CB-CID

http://justicenews.co.in/probe-into-ilavarasans-mysterious-death-handed-over-to-cb-cid/17252

Ø  Forgotten land feels cash sting

http://justicenews.co.in/forgotten-land-feels-cash-sting/17254

Ø  Magsaysay awardee Sandip Pandey ended Indefinite Fast after action from BSA !

http://justicenews.co.in/magsaysay-awardee-sandip-pandey-ended-indefinite-fast-after-action-from-bsa/17239

जस्टिस न्यूज़ : हिंदी 26.11.16

  • GOPALGANJ: फुलवरिया में एक ही परिवार के आधा दर्जन दलितों को पीटा

http://justicenews.co.in/Hindi/dalits-were-beaten-half-a-dozen-of-the-same-family/11402

  • दबंगों ने किया शादी रोकने का प्रयास, युवती ने लगाई न्याय की गुहार

http://justicenews.co.in/Hindi/tried-to-prevent-the-marriage-the-woman-plead-for-  justice/11405

  • सहरिया व दलितों की जमीन पर किया दबंगों ने कब्जा, ग्रामीणों का प्रदर्शन

http://justicenews.co.in/Hindi/land-of-dalits-occupied-by-dominants/11407

  • नालंदा विश्वविद्यालय के कुलपति जॉर्ज यो ने अपने पद से दिया इस्तीफा

http://justicenews.co.in/Hindi/nalanda-university-chancellor-george-yeo-resignation-from-his-post/11413

  • पर्दे के पीछे भी है दलितों का दमदार रोल

http://justicenews.co.in/Hindi/dalits-also-powerful-role-behind-the-scenes/11415

 
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ARUN KHOTE

Editor

JUSTICE NEWS

Dalits Media Watch – News Updates18.10.16

Three booked in gangrape of woman in Basna – The Hitavada

http://thehitavada.com/Encyc/2016/10/17/Three-booked-in-gangrape-of-woman-in-Basna.aspx

‘Forced to get treatment away from home by cops’ – The Times Of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Forced-to-get-treatment-away-from-home-by-cops/articleshow/54908658.cms

CBI gets nod to arrest 34 for killing 6 Dalits in Dangawas- The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ajmer/CBI-gets-nod-to-arrest-34-for-killing-6-Dalits-in-Dangawas/articleshow/54908306.cms

School bullies expelled, arrested- The Telegraph India

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1161018/jsp/bihar/story_114006.jsp#.WAZoP-aaXhk

‘Forced to get treatment away from home by cops’- The Times of India

http://.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Forced-to-get-treatment-away-from-home-by-cops/articleshow/54908658.cms

Jailed Dalit activist’s wife organizes protest- The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Jailed-Dalit-activists-wife-organizes-protest/articleshow/54906696.cms

Grant for overseas-bound SC students likely to be doubled- The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/grant-for-overseasbound-sc-students-likely-to-be-doubled/article9232717.ece

Phailin victims yet to get houses- The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/phailin-victims-yet-to-get-houses/article9232647.ece

Dalits renew stir for land, block highways in Surendranagar The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Dalits-renew-stir-for-land-block-highways-in-Surendranagar/articleshow/54908365.cms

Udupi: BJP Yuva Morcha challenges siege of Sri Krishna Math – Srisha Nayak- Daijiworld

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=419170

The Hitavada

Three booked in gangrape of woman in Basna

http://thehitavada.com/Encyc/2016/10/17/Three-booked-in-gangrape-of-woman-in-Basna.aspx

The Hitavada      Date: 17 Oct 2016 17:20:29

Out of the three accused, one is son of Jaswant Singh Saluja presently a Member of Minorities Cell in a Mandal unit of BJP

Prince Saluja, the main accused of the gangrape against a dalit married woman, which had taken place in the jungles of Pirda in Basna under Mahasamund district, is still on the run. However, the other two accused in this heinous case has been apprehended by the police. Prince Saluja is the son of Jaswant Singh Saluja (Jassi) presently a Member of Minorities Cell in a Mandal unit of Bharatiya Janata Party in Mahasamund. It may be recollected that Jaswant Singh Saluja, who was earlier General Secretary of the said Mandal, was stripped from the post due to anti-party activities and bad conduct in 2015.

Police sources informed that the married woman who had come to her parents’ home, was forcefully kidnapped by three persons during midnight of October 11 from her house, who took her to a nearby jungle. All the three accused not only raped her simultaneously but they shot video of the heinous crime and later brutally hit the woman in her private parts with iron rod and fled from the area after leaving her severely injured in the jungle. In the morning  when  the  villagers saw the injured woman  who was  unconscious,  they  informed  the

police and shifted her to hospital.

After regaining her consciousness, the woman narrated her anguish to the police. On her instigation, the police arrested Farid Ahmed Khan, a resident of Pirda and Devendra Chowdhary, a resident of Brahamanpuri. Meanwhile, during interrogation, both the accused informed police that the main accused was Prince Saluja. Police has virtually launched a man-hunt to apprehend the main accused throughout the state and neighboring

states as well.

In her statement, the victim informed police that she had visited her parents’ home. She was sleeping in her house on the fateful day, when all three accused somehow managed to enter her house and forcefully took her to a nearby jungle in a car. She tried to resist and save herself but the accused thrashed her. Later in the jungle all three of them raped her simultaneously and also filmed video of the incident, she informed.

During interrogation both the accused arrested Farid Ahmed Khan and Devendra Chowdhary informed that Prince was the mastermind of the incident and that it was he who had instigated them for committing this heinous crime. The mobile through which the video was shot and the car on which the victim was transported has been taken by the main accused, they informed the police.

Meanwhile, hearing that the heinous crime has been committed by a relative of BJP leader, people gheraod the police station leveling allegation that police is trying to save the accused. In his statement Basna Police Station SHO Narendra Yadav informed that the incident had taken place during the intervening night of October 11 and 12. On morning of October 12, the victim was admitted in hospital and in the evening her statement was taken after she regained consciousness. On October 13, the complaint of gang-rape was registered against the three accused and two accused have been arrested.

Taking serious cognizance of the heinous crime where a dalit married woman was brutally gangraped by three accused, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has assured that strong legal action will be taken against the accused and justice will be prevailed. Severely denouncing the act the Chief Minister said none of the accused will be spared and said such accused should be given such punishment that others take lesson from the punishment.
Bharatiya Janata Party severely criticizes the incident and whether the accused is related to someone in Bharatiya Janata Party or in any other party, he will not be spared. Necessary directives have been issued in this direction.

Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra said the accused will not be spared. The police is investigating the matter and once the investigation is completed whosever are accused will not be spared and strong action will be taken against him.

The Times Of India

‘Forced to get treatment away from home by cops’

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Forced-to-get-treatment-away-from-home-by-cops/articleshow/54908658.cms

TNN | Updated: Oct 18, 2016, 07:19 IST

Bathinda: Two Dalit women of Jhaloor village in Sangrur, who were injured in a clash with the upper caste farmers, have accused the police of not allowing them to get treatment in the government hospital in their area. The women Amarjit Kaur (65) and Balbir Kaur (50) have been admitted to the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, nearly 130 km from their homes

Both alleged they were being maltreated for being Dalits, and if they went for treatment in their area, police prevented them and threatened to arrest them. A doctor at Faridkot medical college said both women had internal injuries and it might take a few days to recover.

They are accompanied by Gian Kaur (67) who is attending to them. Gian alleged, “We were badly beaten on October 7, by the men from upper castes. The authorities claim that the two groups of Dalits had clashed but reality is that upper caste men assaulted us when we demanded a part of the common village land meant for Dalits. We were first badly thrashed and now we are not being allowed to get treatment near our homes.”

Amarjit and Balbir said the men from upper caste even forced the farmers of Jhaloor village to announce their social boycott and the Dalits were not getting any government facility. “We don’t even have the facility of toilets in our homes as unknown persons have demolished them. Some of our community members didn’t even have toilets even, though the Union and state governments are spending a lot on the providing toilets for everyone. We have to defecate in the open due to lack of toilets,” they said.

Punjab Students Union president Rajinder Singh said it was shameful that such discrimination was happening in the Independent India. “We will protest against this injustice. The government should provide justice to the poor and help them in getting treatment near their homes,” he said.

When contacted, Sangrur SSP Pritpal Singh Thind denied the charges levelled against cops by the Dalit women. He said, “Teams of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes had visited Jhaloor and are looking into the matter. Police never stopped anyone from getting treatment anywhere. It is a false allegation. We will check into the matter why women have been admitted in faraway at Faridkot hospitaL.”

The Times of India

CBI gets nod to arrest 34 for killing 6 Dalits in Dangawas

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ajmer/CBI-gets-nod-to-arrest-34-for-killing-6-Dalits-in-Dangawas/articleshow/54908306.cms

TNN | Updated: Oct 18, 2016, 06:23 IST

Ajmer: The special SC/ST court of Merta on Monday issued arrest warrants against 34 accused in the sensational case in which six Dalits were brutally beaten to death in Dangawas, Nagaur, in May 2015.

This follows a request from CBI which is investigating the incident. Six of the accused are in judicial custody.

The court also directed to present all the accused by November 4.

Though the CBI had filed an additional chargesheet in the court in September this year, the court had directed the agency to complete the legal formalities before filing the chargesheet.

“The CBI team today filed an application and demanded arrest warrants against 34 accused in the matter,” said Ramesh Bansal, advocate for victims. All the 34 are influential Jat leaders from the region. Sources said that there were 200 names in the FIR in the Dangawas incident and the CBI had arrested six accused and filed

a chargesheet against them in August 2015.

The agency is hoping to nab the accused with the help of local police in the next couple of days.

Ajmer: The upper caste culprits had tied Dalits behind tractors and thrashed them brutally, leading to the death of four on the spot and two later in the hospital.

 The investigation was first done by state CID and later transferred to CBI on May 30, 2015.

The agency arrested six people, including Premaram alias Premsukh Khadawa, Pancharam Jhajhar and four others, in this case.

 It was also alleged that the Nagaur police had not responded in a timely fashion even after receiving information about the clash and deaths of Dalits.

The Telegraph India

School bullies expelled, arrested

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1161018/jsp/bihar/story_114006.jsp#.WAZoP-aaXhk

Tuesday , October 18 , 2016

Two minor Kendriya Vidyalaya students in Muzaffarpur were arrested on Monday after a case was instituted against five students for allegedly assaulting a fellow student in a classroom in August.

The arrested students, brothers, were produced before a juvenile justice board, which sent them to a state-run juvenile reforms centre in Sikandarpur area of Muzaffarpur. The two were studying in Class XI and XII, respectively.

Action against the students was taken after the assaulted boy’s father lodged a fresh case against them at the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) police station on the basis of the statement of the boy’s grandfather with whom he stayed at Gannipur.

The two brothers apart, three other students have been named as accused in the case. The assaulted boy’s grandfather told police that five students had thrashed the boy inside a classroom on August 25 for lodging a complaint with the school authority against the two brothers.

The boy, a Class XI student, kept apologising for having complained against them, but the accused paid no heed and continued to thrash him.

Their aides even made a video of the assault and later shared it on WhatsApp to terrorise other students, the complaint said. The video went viral and soon television channels picked it up leading to outrage against the incident.

The two brothers, sons of a jailed gangster, had threatened the victim with dire consequences.

“This is why we didn’t report the matter to the police earlier,” his grandfather told the police. “The boy was so terrorised after the incident that he left Muzaffarpur forever.”

Earlier, an FIR was lodged against the five students at the Kazimohammadpur police station on the basis of school principal Rajiv Ranjan’s statement. The school is located at Gannipur in the heart of the district headquarters town, around 80km north of Patna.

The principal swung into action and reported the matter to the police on October 13 when the video showing the students brutally assaulting the boy went viral on social media.

Baban Baitha, station house officer of the SC/ST police station, said the two students had been booked under different sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989. “Efforts are on to nab the three other accused who are absconding,” he told The Telegraph over phone on Monday.

In more action against the brothers, the school authorities have rusticated the brothers, allegedly under pressure from guardians of other students who had threatened to withdraw their wards if action was not taken against the accused students.

The action was taken after a meeting with parents of the students on Sunday. K.S. Yadav, deputy commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Patna, confirmed the action. “The two students have been rusticated with immediate effect,” Yadav told The Telegraph.

On Monday, the four-member probe team led by Sangathan assistant commissioner M.L. Mishra submitted its report to its headquarters in Delhi. The team has recommended stern action against the principal and other school staff for negligence, a source said.

Principal Rajiv Ranjan was found guilty of keeping the matter under wraps for several weeks and not informing his seniors. Ranjan, however, defended himself saying he had referred the matter to the disciplinary committee, which had suspended the two students for 10 days

“The report has been sent to KVS, which will subsequently submit the same to the office of the human resource ministry. We are not supposed to share anything with the media.” Sanghatan deputy commissioner Yadav said.

The Sangathan is an autonomous body under the Union human resource development ministry. Union minister of state for human resources Upendra Kushwaha had ordered a high-level enquiry after he came to know of the assault video that went viral.

The Times of India

‘Forced to get treatment away from home by cops’

http://.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Forced-to-get-treatment-away-from-home-by-cops/articleshow/54908658.cms

TNN | Updated: Oct 18, 2016, 07:19 IST

Bathinda: Two Dalit women of Jhaloor village in Sangrur, who were injured in a clash with the upper caste farmers, have accused the police of not allowing them to get treatment in the government hospital in their area. The women Amarjit Kaur (65) and  Balbir Kaur  (50)  have been  admitted to the  Guru  Gobind  Singh  Medical

College and Hospital, Faridkot, nearly 130 km from their homes.

Both alleged they were being maltreated for being Dalits, and if they went for treatment in their area, police prevented them and threatened to arrest them. A doctor at Faridkot medical college said both women had internal injuries and it might take a few days to recover.

They are accompanied by Gian Kaur (67) who is attending to them. Gian alleged, “We were badly beaten on October 7, by the men from upper castes. The authorities claim that the two groups of Dalits had clashed but reality is that upper caste men assaulted us when we demanded a part of the common village land meant for Dalits. We were first badly thrashed and now we are not being allowed to get treatment near our homes.”

Amarjit and Balbir said the men from upper caste even forced the farmers of Jhaloor village to announce their social boycott and the Dalits were not getting any government facility. “We don’t even have the facility of toilets in our homes as unknown persons have demolished them. Some of our community members didn’t even have toilets even, though the Union and state governments are spending a lot on the providing toilets for everyone. We have to defecate in the open due to lack of toilets,” they said.

Punjab Students Union president Rajinder Singh said it was shameful that such discrimination was happening in the Independent India. “We will protest against this injustice. The government should provide justice to the poor and help them in getting treatment near their homes,” he said.

When contacted, Sangrur SSP Pritpal Singh Thind denied the charges levelled against cops by the Dalit women. He said, “Teams of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes had visited Jhaloor and are looking into the matter. Police never stopped anyone from getting treatment anywhere. It is a false allegation. We will check into the matter why women have been admitted in faraway at Faridkot hospitaL.”

The Times of India

Jailed Dalit activist’s wife organizes protest

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Jailed-Dalit-activists-wife-organizes-protest/articleshow/54906696.cms

Nivedhita Venkatesh | TNN | Updated: Oct 18, 2016, 07:07 IST

 

Mumbai: Sheetal Sathe, wife of jailed Dalit activist Sachin Mali, has been organizing several campaigns and protests  across the  state  for three  years now. On Monday, it was the turn of  Azad Maidan  to  play  host to a

series of cultural performances and strongly worded speeches.

Sathe has received the support of people from all walks of life, from college students to retired government officers.

At Azad Maidan, the Yalgar Samskrutik Manch, a theatre group of graduate students from Mumbai University,held sway.

An activist,  Dhammrakshit  Randive, said their aim was to give a voice  to  the  voiceless, and  a system  that

stifles voices such as theirs was driven by a society that believed in silencing freedom of speech.

“The law that subjugates us, calling itself protecting nationalism, is actually the Brahminic law code that once deprived Dalits to freely express. We have all reason to believe that from all past occurences,” another activist, Rohit Tambe, said.

So far, Sathe has received support from almost 150 organizations, officials and groups. These groups consist of people from the underdeveloped rural parts, Dalits, Buddhists, poets and  theatre  enthusiasts  who  travel to

different parts of the state.

Mali and Sathe, who are a part of the Kabir Kala Manch, surrendered on April 3, 2013, after two years of remaining underground following charges pressed against them by the Anti-Terrorism Squad under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

They were charged with being directly involved with Naxals and funding the activities of the left-wing rebels. Sathe was granted bail by the Bombay high court on June 28, 2013, on humanitarian grounds as she was pregnant.

The Hindu

Grant for overseas-bound SC students likely to be doubled

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/grant-for-overseasbound-sc-students-likely-to-be-doubled/article9232717.ece

VIJAYAWADA, October 18, 2016

The State government is examining the proposal to raise the grant given to students belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) under the Ambedkar Overseas Vidya Nidhi (AOVN) from Rs.10 lakh to Rs.20 lakh.

It has enhanced the annual family income ceiling from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs.6 lakh to make a larger number of them eligible for financial assistance.

“We are implementing the scheme on a saturation basis, and chances are there will be no cap on the number of students in the near future,” said Social Welfare Minister R. Kishore Babu.

Addressing the media on the sidelines of an interaction here on Monday with a batch of 21 students leaving abroad shortly to pursue higher studies, Mr. Kishore said the government had so far sponsored 190 students to Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Of them, 112 were from Guntur, Krishna and Prakasam districts.

In the current batch, 12 are going to the U.S., three to Australia, two to the U.K., and one each to Canada, France, Germany and New Zealand.

The government is at present extending a grant of Rs.10 lakh and facilitating a bank loan of Rs.5 lakh to each student, and the request to double the grant is under consideration.

The Minister said the department would stand guarantee for the institutional credit availed of by the students, some of whom complained that banks had insisted on collateral security.

A sum of Rs.33 crore was allocated to the scheme for the financial year 2016-17, he added.

Role model

Interacting with the students earlier, Mr. Kishore Babu said they were fortunate to get the government’s support and recalled the days when SC/ST youths had to struggle a lot to get educated.

“You should draw inspiration from the life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, who waged a lonely battle against the inhuman treatment of the downtrodden sections while excelling in his personal endeavours,” Mr. Kishore Babu exhorted.

The Hindu

Phailin victims yet to get houses

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/phailin-victims-yet-to-get-houses/article9232647.ece

BERHAMPUR, October 18, 2016

The T Fifteen poor families of Panibandha village in Ganjam district of Odisha, whose houses were completely destroyed by the Phailin cyclone of 2012, are still living in extreme low cost, cyclone resistant houses built with traditional technology.

It has proved that the same traditional technology can be used to make houses for the tribals and Dalits in the cyclone-prone areas of south Odisha. These 15 families are yet to get houses under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) under Phailin restoration project. Houses of 22 Dalit families were completely destroyed in the cyclone that hit Ganjam coast on October 13, 2012. They had lived under polythene sheets for one-and-half years. In 2014, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office (ECHO) had financed construction of cyclone-resistant houses using traditional technology through ‘Actionaid’.

Till now only seven of these families have received IAY houses and the rest are living in those houses built with traditional technology.

Each of these cyclone resistant houses was constructed at a cost of only Rs.37,000. According to Mangaraj Panda, convener of Ganjam district Disaster Response Forum (GDRF), this was a makeshift arrangement. “The houses were expected to serve the purpose for at the most two years. But these families are regularly maintaining the houses to increase their longevity,” he said.

Traditional building material, bamboo, had been extensively used in these houses as it is more flexible than other conventional building materials. These houses do not have any concrete pillars. Instead, empty 15 litre oil cans filled with concrete were buried in the ground to serve as foundation pillars. Strong bamboo poles inside these cans form the pillar . The plinth is two-and-a-half feet high to save them from flooding during rain. The walls are made of nettings of bamboo strips covered by a mixture of cow dung and clay. Tin roofs were used to minimise the damage in case of collapse during cyclones. “The plinth, the roof as well as the four walls were tied by long bamboo poles. Flexibility of bamboo was the greatest strength of these houses,” said Mini Mohapatra, a social activist of Panibandha area.

The Times of India

Dalits renew stir for land, block highways in Surendranagar

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Dalits-renew-stir-for-land-block-highways-in-Surendranagar/articleshow/54908365.cms

TNN | Oct 18, 2016, 06:30 IST

rajkoT: At least 60 dalits were detained from three different locations in Surendranagar town and nearby places on Monday after they blocked the roads while pressing for their demand for land. The protest was led by dalit activist Jignesh Mewani and Subodh Parmar. They also raised other issues like discrimination faced by the community in Surendranagar district.

According to police, even women from the community were part of the blockade on Surendranagar bypass, Ambedkar Chowk and near the collector’s office.

Under the banner of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, the dalits demanded justice for victims of police atrocities in Thangadh and sought immediate possession of land allotted to dalits. They claimed that though the government had announced allotment of land to dalits long time back they were yet to get its physical possession. They further alleged that the land in question was in possession of upper caste members of Surendranagar villages.

“Housing plots to dalits were announced during the Garib Kalyan Mela in 2006. The poor and needy are being ex cluded from the below poverty line list,” said dalit rights activist Subodh Parmar.

“Government has betrayed us after we called off the Rail Roko protest. They have not move to fulfil our demands as promised. So, from today (Monday) we have begun the road rook protests and it is likely to intensify in the coming days,” said Mevani.

Daijiworld

Udupi: BJP Yuva Morcha challenges siege of Sri Krishna Math – Srisha Nayak

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=419170

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (EP)

Udupi, Oct 17: “Dalit organizations have threatened to lay siege to Sri Krishna Math alleging distinction against backward class while serving meals. The allegation is far from the truth. There is a separate arrangement for meals for traditional Brahmins here like in other temples. It cannot hurt the sentiments of any particular community. However police should take suitable legal action against Dwarakanath and Dinesh Ameen Mattu who have given a speech in ‘Udupi Chalo’ programme insulting Shree,” said Udupi district BJP morcha president Srisha Nayak in a news conference.

“Congress party which is disappointed with anti-government wave in the state and the popularity of the union government has indulged in dirty politics using Dalits as the bait. The fact that the sketch of Udupi Chalo programme is prepared by chief minister Siddaramaiah’s media advisor Dinesh Ameen Mattu has not remained a secret. Congress should give up highlighting Dalits against Hindu community,” he urged.

“There may be many who come to Krishna Math to protest. Youth morcha activists are ready for all types of campaigns. Ten times the number of protesters will be waiting for you. Let the entire country see the hospitality of Udupi local people,” he warned

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

Ten Point demands to Ensure Representation & space for Dalits in the mainstream Media

Ten Point demands to Ensure Representation & space for Dalits in the mainstream Media

 Sri Narender Modi Ji

 Hon’ble Prime Minister

Govt Of India

New Delhi

Shri Arun  Jaitley ji ,

Hon’ble Union Minister of Finance,

Ministry of Finance,

Government of India,

Subject: Ten Point demands for Dalits Media : Ensure Representation & space for Dalits in the mainstream media

 

Respected Sir,

The debate & discussion on the role of mainstream media is highly under criticism and it is general feeling that mainstream media has been drastically shifted from its role from social obligation to commercial market profit making industry. This situation has alienated major section of the society from the developmental process. 

Participation, representation and proper space in the mainstream media for vulnerable sections of the society is very much important for the democracy based on value of equality. 17 million people of the country known as Dalits are suffering inhuman practice of untouchability due to the Hindu caste mind set. Now the time has come that we need to debate, discuss on such discriminative attitude and mind set where mainstream media may play a vital role.

Therefore we demand you to please consider some important suggestion from our side for your consideration for Budget 2014:

Every Dalit Have to support and demand for inclusive Media

  1. Affirmative policy for media industries to ensure Dalits representation and space of Dalit issues in the mainstream media.

  1. 10,000 Media fellowships per year for Dalits.

  1. An independent channel and news paper (Similar like Loksabha/ Rajyasabha  TV channel) on national level to address / focus the issues and concerns of Dalits particular untouchability practice.

  1. Minimum 25% government advertisement / sponsorship to the Dalit Media.

  1. Special subsidy and low interest long term loan fromnationalize

    Bank for setting up a newspaper/ magazine ofnews

    channel.

  1. Special provision from Special Component Plan – SCP for Dalit entrepreneur to   setting up media institute, newspaper/ magazine, news channel and to make documentary films on Dalit issues.

  1.  “100 Excellency Award On Dalit Stories / Reporting”for media houses and journalists/ reporters.

  1. Sensitization & orientation course on Dalit issues tobe introduce and it shell be essential for every journalists and reporters of the mainstream media.

  2. Every channel/ newspaper/ magazine must reserve 20% space on social issue.

  1. A media center in each state capital to facilitate mainstream media on Dalit issues and to the journalist/ reporters from Dalit background.

Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 24.05.16

Brothers hold Dalit girl captive, rape her – The Times Of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Kanpur/Brothers-hold-Dalit-girl-captive-rape-her/articleshow/52409332.cms

 ‘Caste riots’ in Bulandshahr after Dalit teen harassed, Ambedkar statue vandalized- The Times Of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Meerut/Caste-riots-in-Bulandshahr-after-Dalit-teen-harassed-Ambedkar-statue-vandalized/articleshow/52402098.cms

Dalit autodriver alleges more harrying by CPM workers – The Times Of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Kochi/Dalit-autodriver-alleges-more-harrying-by-CPM-workers/articleshow/52407278.cms

Drought hurts women, low-caste Dalits more – The Nation

http://nation.com.pk/international/24-May-2016/drought-hurts-women-low-caste-dalits-more

An SC or ST ceases to be so after conversion to other religion: Hyderabad HC – The New Indian Express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/An-SC-or-ST-ceases-to-be-so-after-conversion-to-other-religion-Hyderabad-HC/2016/05/23/article3446806.ece

Tension over attempt to ‘purify’ Uttarakhand temple after Dalit entry – The Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/tension-over-attempt-to-purify-uttarakhand-temple-after-dalit-entry/story-5ltJgbJrxG8d4taExvljFI.html

Dalit couple visits temples under police protectionThe Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/community/dalit-couple-visits-temples-under-police-protection/241125.html

NCSC team meets dalit groom stopped from riding mare – India Today

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/karnataka-cm-security-staff-in-soup-for-harassing-dalit-woman/1/675879.html

Dalits protest outside Doon Hospital – The Times Of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Dehradun/Dalits-protest-outside-Doon-Hospital/articleshow/52405583.cms

Revenue adalats to address land issues of SC/ST communities, says tahsildar – Deccan Herald

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/548080/revenue-adalats-address-land-issues.html

The Times Of India

 Brothers hold Dalit girl captive, rape her

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Kanpur/Brothers-hold-Dalit-girl-captive-rape-her/articleshow/52409332.cms

TNN | May 24, 2016, 06.11 AM IST

Kanpur: A minor Dalit girl was allegedly held captive and raped for three days by two brothers at an animal pound in Fatehpur district. The brothers, who are absconding, have been booked under POCSO Act and other sections of Indian Penal Code.

The police have launched an investigation after the parents of the 16-year-old girl approached on Monday and lodged a complaint against Sonu Yadav and his brother Juggi Lal.

“The two lured the girl to a deserted animal pound on the outskirts of the village. They held her captive and allegedly sexually assaulted her for three days,” police officer Arvind Singh Gaur said.

The police said that the girl went missing while she had gone to collect fodder from the nearby jungles on May 20. On Sunday evening, the villagers saw the girl crying for help at the animal pound. They informed her parents. The girl had injury marks on her body. She was sent for medical examination. The police have questioned the family members of the accused for clues.

The Times Of India

 ‘Caste riots’ in Bulandshahr after Dalit teen harassed, Ambedkar statue vandalized

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Meerut/Caste-riots-in-Bulandshahr-after-Dalit-teen-harassed-Ambedkar-statue-vandalized/articleshow/52402098.cms

Uday Rana| TNN | May 23, 2016, 06.17 PM IST

MEERUT: Riots broke out between Dalits and Rajputs near Bulandshahr district’s Khurja city after a Dalit teen was harassed and a statue of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar was vandalized on late Sunday night. A group of Rajput men visited a fair organized by Dalits of Sultanpur village. Incidents of violence were also reported on Monday morning. Meanwhile, police and provincial armed constabulary (PAC) have been deployed to avert tension. Cops have also arrested 12 people in connection with the case. 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 Rajput men came drunk to the fair on their motorcycles. There was an altercation which snowballed into a major fight. Men of both castes came to blows with each other. Over half a dozen people were injured and we sent them all to the hospital. We also arrested 12 people in connection with the clashes. People from both sides have been arrested,” said RK Sharma, station officer at Khurja (city) police station.

He added saying, “Local police, along with one and a half section of the PAC, has been deployed in the village and the situation is under control. We have booked the accused under serious sections, including sections 147 (rioting) and 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”

Anil (name changed), a local resident, told TOI, “The drunk Rajput men sexually harassed the 16-year-old Dalit girl. When the Dalits objected, they became violent. They even vandalized a statue of BR Ambedkar nearby, which prompted 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, Dalits protested by blocking railway tracks in Khurja. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers protested against what they called “police inaction”.

The Times Of India

 Dalit autodriver alleges more harrying by CPM workers

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Kochi/Dalit-autodriver-alleges-more-harrying-by-CPM-workers/articleshow/52407278.cms

May 23, 2016, 11.46 PM IST

Kannur: Eramangalath Chitralekha, a dalit autorickshaw driver from Edat near Payyannur, who had to relocate from her native place reportedly following constant harassment by CPM workers after she started plying an autorickshaw for a living, has alleged that the party is not allowing her to live in her new locality.

“It was with great difficulty that I got the title deed of the new plot near Kattambally, where I now live in a rented house with government support. The other day, when I went there to clean the plot, local CPM leaders threatened me saying that I wouldn’t be allowed to build a house at the spot,” she said.

Though the UDF government had promised her aid to build the house, the fund is yet to be released.

With the LDF now in power, she has lost all hope of getting it.

“I doubt if I’d be able to survive here. Every morning I wake up with the fear that something untoward might happen,” said Chitralekha, adding that she would approach local MLA K M Shaji and the new chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan once he assumes office. She has filed a police complaint, besides submitting a complaint to the district collector. “Though the fund hasn’t been released, I was planning to somehow begin work to build the house and thought of clearing the undergrowth, but I’m facing the same situation here as in my native place and I don’t know how to survive,” said Chitralekha, whose autorickshaws were set ablaze and attacked several times, allegedly by CPM workers.

In 2014, she had resorted to a sit-in agitation at the collectorate seeking government protection, and was given a new autorickshaw and rented accommodation till her new house is built on government-allotted land.

Meanwhile, district collector P Balakiran said he received her complaint on Monday and said he would take steps to ensure her safety.

The Nation

 Drought hurts women, low-caste Dalits more

http://nation.com.pk/international/24-May-2016/drought-hurts-women-low-caste-dalits-more

May 24, 2016

Rina Chandran – India’s worst drought in decades is hurting women and lower-caste Dalits disproportionately, with impacts ranging from malnutrition to early marriage to prostitution, activists say.

The government estimates the drought has affected more than 330 million people – almost a quarter of India’s population – across 13 of the country’s 29 states.

“Women are the most vulnerable during drought because it is their duty to fetch water and provide food for the family,” said Varsha Deshpande, a lawyer and women’s rights activist in Maharashtra state, one of the worst hit by the drought.

“She is the first to wake up, she walks the farthest to fetch water, she eats last – and probably the least, and she sleeps last.

This takes a toll on her health, her menstrual cycle, and affects her reproductive cycle,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

As crops wither and livestock perish, tens of thousands of people are migrating in search of food, water and jobs, leaving behind women, children and older family members who are vulnerable to human traffickers.

Girls are being pulled from school to help fetch water or to take care of younger siblings while the mother gets water.

Men are abandoning their families to search for jobs, and some men are marrying multiple times just so there is someone can fetch water.

Polygamy is illegal in India, and these “water wives” – or ‘paaniwaali bai’ in the local language – have few rights.

“Abuses against women increase during drought – women forced to become prostitutes, men demanding more dowry to compensate for lower farm incomes, and more dowry deaths if the women cannot conceive because they are malnourished,” said Deshpande.

“We are also seeing an increase in child marriage, as parents try to ensure the safety of girls.

And a big increase in child labour because they need the extra money,” she said.

MARGINAL SPACES

Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the drought a national emergency, saying that the lives of more than 160 million children are at stake.

India’s top court recently criticised authorities for delays in responding to the drought, saying that some states had an “ostrich-like attitude” towards the calamity.

State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has urged banks to lend to small farmers, and asked state officials to step up relief measures to ensure no one is left out.

However, relief measures are not reaching some of the most marginalised people in the country: landless low-caste Dalits.

Dalits are more vulnerable to disasters because of their marginal social standing and discrimination.

They also tend to live in settlements segregated from mainstream society, according to National Dalit Watch.

“Most Dalits are sharecroppers whose names are not in the records of the landowners, so they miss out on government relief,” said Rajesh Singh of National Dalit Watch.

The lobby group has tracked discrimination against low-caste villagers after disasters since the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, and including the December floods in Chennai.

“They are neglected by default and by design, as they are not countted in the census and they are denied coping mechanisms such as government jobs and subsidised rations by high-caste villagers and local officials,” Singh said. –Reuters

The New Indian Express

 An SC or ST ceases to be so after conversion to other religion: Hyderabad HC

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/An-SC-or-ST-ceases-to-be-so-after-conversion-to-other-religion-Hyderabad-HC/2016/05/23/article3446806.ece

By R Rajashekar Rao | Express News Service Published: 23rd May 2016 06:37 AM Last Updated: 23rd May 2016 06:37 AM

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad High Court has made it clear that once a member of Schedule Caste or Scheduled Tribe converts to Christianity or some other religion, such a person ceases to be a member of SC or ST and is no longer covered under the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Rao, his wife and their son moved the High Court seeking quashing of proceedings against them in a case before the second additional judicial first class magistrate, Anakapalli, Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.

The case was registered against them for offences punishable under various sections of IPC and Section 3(1)(x) of SC/ST (POA) Act, basing on a complaint lodged by their neighbour (de facto complainant) Srinivas who claimed that he had been abused in the name of his caste.

He said he belonged to the SC Mala community and was pastor at a church. Police said in their report after investigation that his wife and others categorically deposed that Srinivas was professing Christianity. It is clear that they converted to Christianity and were running a church and Srinivas was serving as pastor by professing Christianity though he was basically a Hindu SC by caste.

Further, the caste certificate issued in favour of Srinivas as ‘SC Mala’ had been cancelled, the police said.

Rao and his family urged the High Court to quash the case against them pending before the lower court, saying that Srinivas had made false allegations to implicate them by abusing the SC/ST Act.

They contended that there were no worthy ingredients of the case to attract other sections of IPC either against them. They relied upon a judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Chatturbhuj Vithaladas Jasani vs Moreshwar Parashram and others to buttress their argument.

On the other hand, Srinivas submitted that mere conversion to Christianity or professing Christianity in no way nullified his original caste by birth and the proceedings against Rao and his family were therefore not liable to be quashed.

After hearing both sides and perusing the material on record and various court judgments, justice B Siva Sankara Rao  said, “The disabilities and handicaps do not continue after conversion. Thus, if a  Scheduled Caste Hindu converts to another religion, except Sikh and Buddhist, that person ceases to be a member of the Scheduled Caste and cannot invoke the provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.”

The Hindustan Times

Tension over attempt to ‘purify’ Uttarakhand temple after Dalit entry

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/tension-over-attempt-to-purify-uttarakhand-temple-after-dalit-entry/story-5ltJgbJrxG8d4taExvljFI.html

 Anupam Trivedi, Dehradun

Updated: May 24, 2016 12:53 ISTUttarakhand’s Chakrata region bristled with tension on Tuesday amid fears of a possible attempt by upper caste villagers to purify a temple visited by Dalit activists and a BJP parliamentarian leading to violence in the Himalayan state last week.

Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay and Dalit activist Daulat Kunwar were injured in stone pelting, allegedly by upper caste villagers outside the Silgur Devta temple in Punah village, around 180 km from state capital Dehradun on May 20.

Dalit activists said the entry into the Silgur Devta temple was the start of a campaign against a centuries-old caste bias that forbids them from entering and worshipping at 349 temples of the hill state’s Jaunsar-Bhabar region.

Revered as the holiest land for Hindus, the Himalayan state is home to thousands of temples but most of them are off-limits for people from the lower strata of the social order.

Sources said that upper caste villagers were planning to carry out a ritual “cleansing” of the Silgur Devta temple which they say have become impure after the entry of the Dalit activists.

Police, however, said they were determined to foil any such move.

“Police personnel are deployed in the village where the temple is located. We will not allow anyone to add poison to the air,” said Sadanand Date, Dehradun senior superintendent of police (SSP).

The state government has already ordered two probes — one by CB-CID (state’s investigation wing) and other under the commissioner of Garhwal region.

On Monday, home minister Pritam Singh and forest minister Dinesh Agarwal visited the village on Monday. Singh represents the Chakrata area.

People’s representatives and locals are divided over the issue of Dalit entry into the temple with some questioning Tarun Vijay for not taking locals into the confidence before leading the Dalits into temple.

The injured MP is admitted in a hospital in Dehradun. After chief minister Harish Rawat and governor KK Paul, two Congress rebel leaders — now in BJP – Vijay Bahuguna and Harak Singh also called on parliamentarian.

The Tribune

 Dalit couple visits temples under police protection

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/community/dalit-couple-visits-temples-under-police-protection/241125.html

 Vishal Joshi Tribune News Service

Bhushtla (K’shetra), May 23

Amid threats by a dominant caste, a newlywed Dalit couple today paid obeisance at village temples under police protection. Sandeep (24) and his wife Meena visited shrines with family without any reaction from the Rajput community. It is alleged some Rajput youths had made public announcements on their wedding on Saturday night from village temples to gather in large numbers to oppose the Balmiki family’s plan to take out ‘barat’ on a horse.

Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Ishwar Singh summoned the district authorities here today and directed them to initiate legal action against the culprits. He asked the SP to establish a police post at the village on temporary basis.

Sandeep and his relatives were allegedly stopped by members of the Rajput community from carrying out a marriage ritual of ‘ghurchari’ at Bhushtla village here.

As per the ritual, the groom pays obeisance at religious places riding a horse. About 20 Rajput youths from Busthala and adjoining villages allegedly threatened the Dalits from against riding a horse on Sandeep’s marriage.

Ishwar Singh said it was unfortunate that caste biases were still prevalent in society.

Meanwhile, Sandeep told The Tribune that the Rajput youths had threatened to eliminate him over the issue. Kurukshetra SP Simardeep Singh said efforts were on arrest the accused.

India Today

 NCSC team meets dalit groom stopped from riding mare

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/karnataka-cm-security-staff-in-soup-for-harassing-dalit-woman/1/675879.html

TNN | May 23, 2016, 11.42 PM IST

Chandigarh: A team of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) visited Bhusthala village in Kurukshetra district on Monday to meet the family of a dalit bridegroom who was stopped from riding a mare as part of his wedding procession by the upper caste men of the village.

The team, accompanied by Kurukshetra superintendent of police (SP) Simardeep Singh, held a closed-door meeting with the aggrieved groom and his family. The family told the visiting team that the upper caste men of the village had warned the groom against riding the mare by making an announcement in the village temple. Scared, the family has not taken the newly-wed couple to the temple to complete the rituals performed during marriage, they said.

Slamming the local administration and police over the incident, NCSC member Ishwar directed the SP to ensure the arrest of 20 accused named in the FIR at the earliest. “We are living in a free country. Those who are violating the fundamental rights of downtrodden are nothing less than a bunch of mentally sick persons. Law enforcement agency needs to take stringent action against them,” said Ishwar.

“The SP has been told to arrest the accused and the deputy commissioner asked to submit a detailed action taken report, including compensation given to the victim family in the next three working days,” he said.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have also flayed the administration and police for delayed action in the case. “This is the third such incident related to atrocity on dalits,” said Congress spokesperson Ran Singh Mann. Rajiv Godara, secretary of Swaraj Abhiyan, termed the incident as an outcome of BJP’s agenda of divisive politics.

The Times Of India

 Dalits protest outside Doon Hospital

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Dehradun/Dalits-protest-outside-Doon-Hospital/articleshow/52405583.cms

Yeshika Budhwar| TNN | May 23, 2016, 10.12 PM IST

DEHRADUN: Sealing their mouths with duct tape, Dalits from Jaunsar Bawar region on Monday sat on a silent protest outside the intensive care unit (ICU) of Doon Hospital, where their leader Daulat Kunwar is admitted after he was attacked for leading a group of Dalits into the Silgur Devta temple premises last week.

On Sunday, a number of Dalits from Pokhri village — where Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay, Kunwar and his wife were attacked — had reached Doon Hospital and burnt an effigy of state home minister Pritam Singh, who hails from the region. The protesting Dalits claimed that the home minister was apathetic to their plight, and said that they will not return to their village unless an assurance in writing was given by the minister that they would be given protection. The protesters feared that upper caste men in the village would attack them if they returned.

Saraswati Kunwar, wife of Daulat Kunwar, told TOI, “It is a conspiracy and a planned attack. Those responsible should be punished. Officials posted in the village should be suspended for letting such an attack happen in front of their eyes.” Saraswati Kunwar is also the secretary of Aradhana Gramin Vikas Kendra Samiti, an organization that works for Dalits’ rights.

A temple official had told TOI earlier that they would now conduct a “nine-day-long purification ritual” after Dalits entered the temple premises.

The protesting Dalits also demanded that the culprits should be prosecuted under the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Act. “We want the regular police to handle this case and the culprits be tried under the SC/ST Act. We don’t trust the revenue police in our area as upper caste men are among the ranks. Political leaders are also ignoring the situation. We will keep protesting until we get justice,” said Anand Singh, a protester from Chakrata.

Deccan Herald

 Revenue adalats to address land issues of SC/ST communities, says tahsildar

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/548080/revenue-adalats-address-land-issues.html

UDUPI, May 23, 2016, DHNS:

The issue of illegal encroachment of DC Manna land dominated the taluk-level SC/ST grievances meet held here under the chairmanship of Tahsildar Guruprasad.

Raising the issue, dalit leaders Vishwanath Petri and Ramesh Kotian demanded clarifications over actions taken by the administration to clear the encroached DC Manna land in the taluk. Stating that there is massive encroachment of DC Manna land, Petri said the administration has been mum over the developments while real beneficiaries have been suffering. He said DC Manna land is the right of the scheduled caste beneficiaries. The land is sold by people who are not the owners, added Kotian.

The tahsildar said the district administration is authorised to take the land back. The transfer of land to any third party is an offence and action would be initiated. He said nearly 60% of DC Manna land has been encroached for government-owned structures like schools and anganawadis. He said the other beneficiaries who have encroached the land have applied under 50/53 to legalise their hold on the land. However, the applications of the beneficiaries belonging to other castes are withheld against clearing. The already legalised four cases would be called off as there is no such provision, he said.

He said that five acres of land in Havanje and six acres in Bommarabettu has been reserved for housing sites to be given to SC/ST beneficiaries. Around 1,824 people have been offered land for cultivation since 1970 to till date, of which 824 are utilising the land for the said purpose. Around 4.5 acres of land in Kota and Kutyaru have been left barren and there is no trace of the possessors. He said that Revenue Adalats would be held exclusively to sort out the land issues of SC/ST community people in the months of June and July. The DC Manna land has been identified in four villages and the land will be used to offer housing sites to SC/ST beneficiaries in future.

He said nine cents of land has been ensured for SC/ST beneficiaries under 94 C and 94 CC programme and the applicants should approach Nada Kacheri immediately to register their names.

The tahsildar said that 82 houses were partially damaged and five houses were completely damaged in the taluk due to rains that hit the district in the past few days. There are also cases reported over the loss of horticultural growths. He said there are 12 houses belonging to SC/ST communities have been partially damaged. They are given Rs 5,200 as temporary compensation package. The victim whose house which was completely damaged will  be given Rs one lakh and a house by the government. 

Guruparsad assured to survey the land in Nadsalu, Padubidri, where many SC/ST families are struggling without proper connective stretch and Rs 50 lakh has been released for the purpose.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

 

Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 17.05.16

5 dalits go down abandoned well in search of water, killed by ‘poison gas’- The Times Of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/5-dalits-go-down-abandoned-well-in-search-of-water-killed-by-poison-gas/articleshow/52301666.cms

Dalits challenge bar on their entry at new U’khand temple – Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/dehradun/468153/dalits-challenge-bar-on-their-entry-at-new-ukhand-temple

DALIT PARENTS SEEK HELP FOR DAUGHTER’S TREATMENT- The Tribune

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/dalit-parents-seek-help-for-daughters-treatment.html

Minor clashes in Thrissur district – The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/minor-clashes-in-thrissur-district/article8609477.ece

Attack on Dalit youth: police call for peace as protests turn violent – The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/attack-on-dalit-youth-police-call-for-peace-as-protests-turn-violent/article8609322.ece

Dalits demand Cong. leader’s arrest – The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/dalits-demand-cong-leaders-arrest/article8609310.ece

No more interference from caste-hindus – The New Indain Express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/assembly-elections-2016/tamil-nadu-polls/No-more-interference-from-caste-hindus/2016/05/17/article3436478.ece

Dalits boycott polls for separate polling booth – The New Indian Express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Dalits-boycott-polls-for-separate-polling-booth/2016/05/17/article3436458.ece

Division Bench upholds order on education grant for SC/STs – The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/division-bench-upholds-order-on-education-grant-for-scsts/article8609523.ece

Samiti opposes underpass at Kirimanjeshwara – The hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/samiti-opposes-underpass-at-kirimanjeshwara/article8609674.ece

Excellent role models for society to emulate – Star.com

http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2016/05/17/excellent-role-models-for-society-to-emulate/

The Times Of India

 5 dalits go down abandoned well in search of water, killed by ‘poison gas’

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/5-dalits-go-down-abandoned-well-in-search-of-water-killed-by-poison-gas/articleshow/52301666.cms

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.

well

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.

 Nyoooz

 Dalits challenge bar

on their entry at new U’khand temple

http://www.nyoooz.com/dehradun/468153/dalits-challenge-bar-on-their-entry-at-new-ukhand-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.

The Tribune

 DALIT PARENTS SEEK HELP FOR DAUGHTER’S TREATMENT

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/dalit-parents-seek-help-for-daughters-treatment.html

 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.

The Hindu

 Minor clashes in Thrissur district

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/minor-clashes-in-thrissur-district/article8609477.ece

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.

The Hindu

 Attack on Dalit youth: police call for peace as protests turn violent

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/attack-on-dalit-youth-police-call-for-peace-as-protests-turn-violent/article8609322.ece

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

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.

The Hindu

 Dalits demand Cong. leader’s arrest

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/dalits-demand-cong-leaders-arrest/article8609310.ece

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

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

http://www.newindianexpress.com/assembly-elections-2016/tamil-nadu-polls/No-more-interference-from-caste-hindus/2016/05/17/article3436478.ece

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

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Dalits-boycott-polls-for-separate-polling-booth/2016/05/17/article3436458.ece

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.

The Hindu

 Division Bench upholds order

on education grant for SC/STs

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/division-bench-upholds-order-on-education-grant-for-scsts/article8609523.ece

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

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.

The hindu

 Samiti opposes underpass at Kirimanjeshwara

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/samiti-opposes-underpass-at-kirimanjeshwara/article8609674.ece

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.

‘Build dividers’

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.

Star.com

 Excellent role models for society to emulate

http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2016/05/17/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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दलित मीडिया वाच – हिंदी न्यूज़ अपडेट 15.05.16

नाबालिग से दुष्कर्म, भाजपा जिला उपाध्यक्ष को करो गिरफ्तार – राजेस्थान पत्रिका

http://rajasthanpatrika.patrika.com/story/sri-ganganagar/rape-with-minor-girl-2240000.html

दलित नाबालिग लड़की का यौन उत्पीड़न – वेब दुनिया

http://hindi.webdunia.com/regional-hindi-news/dalit-minor-girl-sexual-harassment-rape-rape-of-minor-116051400073_1.html

तमिलनाडु: ऑनर किलिंग की भेंट चढ़ी दलित महिला समाचार जगत

http://www.samacharjagat.com/news/national/Tamil-Nadu-Dalit-woman-owner-killing-57005

बुआ के घर से अनजान ले गया था मृत बालक को – नई दुनिया

http://naidunia.jagran.com/chhattisgarh/boys-murder-740414

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http://www.amarujala.com/delhi-ncr/sc-st-commission-expressed-displeasure

25 पंचायतें 15 मई को घोषित होगी शौच मुक्त – पल पल इंडिया

http://www.palpalindia.com/2016/05/14/sidhi-mp-25-panchayats-announced-on-May-15-defecation-free-news-in-hindi-141439.html

घोर कलयुग आ गया प्रभु , हर जगह शुद्र पढ़ाई में आगे जा रहे है , हर साल लाखो अंगूठे काटने का फार्मूला भी फ्लॉप पाप को मिटाने कब आयोगे प्रभु – दैनिक जन उदय

http://www.januday.com/NewsDetail.aspx?Article=7972

राजेस्थान पत्रिका

 नाबालिग से दुष्कर्म, भाजपा जिला उपाध्यक्ष को करो गिरफ्तार

http://rajasthanpatrika.patrika.com/story/sri-ganganagar/rape-with-minor-girl-2240000.html

श्रीगंगानगर. 17 वर्षीय किशोरी ने लाजिंद्रसिंह बराड़ पर दुष्कर्म के आरोप लगाए हैं। आरोपित नौ मई की शाम को निजी ट्रेवल एजेंसी की डबल स्लीपर में सीकर ले गया था। उसने रास्ते में बस में और सीकर के एक होटल में जबरदस्ती शारीरिक सबंध बनाए।

दलित समाज की नाबालिग से दुष्कर्म के आरोप में फरार हुए भाजपा के किसान मोर्चा के जिला उपाध्यक्ष को गिरफ्तार करने की मांग को लेकर पीडि़ता के परिजन पुलिस अधीक्षक से मिले। पीडि़त पक्ष ने शनिवार शाम तक आरोपित को पकडऩे का अल्टीमेटम दिया। गिरफ्तारी नहीं होने पर धरने की चेतावनी दी गई।

चार जैड ग्राम पंचायत के लोग शनिवार सुबह पुलिस अधीक्षक कार्यालय पहुंचे। पुलिस अधीक्षक राहुल कोटोकी से मिलकर दलित समाज की नाबालिग से दुष्कर्म के आरोपित भाजपा किसान मोर्चा के जिला उपाध्यक्ष और गंगानगर पंचायत समिति की उप प्रधान के पति लाजिंद्रसिंह बराड़ को तत्काल गिरफ्तार करने की मांग की गई। पुलिस अधीक्षक राहुल कोटोकी से मांग की गई कि आरोपित प्रभावशाली व्यक्ति है। वह भाजपा का किसान मोर्चा का जिला उपाध्यक्ष है और भाजपा के पूर्व विधायक राधेश्याम गंगानगर से पारिवारिक सबंध हैं। आरोपित सदर थाना पुलिस से सांठगांठकर फरार हो गया। उसे शनिवार शाम तक गिरफ्तार किया जाए। एेसा नहीं करने पर एसपी कार्यालय के सामने धरना दिया जाएगा। उल्लेखनीय है कि 17 वर्षीय किशोरी ने लाजिंद्रसिंह बराड़ पर दुष्कर्म के आरोप लगाए हैं। आरोपित नौ मई की शाम को निजी ट्रेवल एजेंसी की डबल स्लीपर में सीकर ले गया था। उसने रास्ते में बस में और सीकर के एक होटल में जबरदस्ती शारीरिक सबंध बनाए। पीडि़ता 12वीं की छात्रा है। वह वापस घर आई तब अपने परिजनों को इस सबंध में बताया। महिला थाना पुलिस ने पीडि़ता की मां की रिपोर्ट पर दुष्कर्म के आरोप में मामला दर्ज किया है।

वेब दुनिया

 दलित नाबालिग लड़की का यौन उत्पीड़न

http://hindi.webdunia.com/regional-hindi-news/dalit-minor-girl-sexual-harassment-rape-rape-of-minor-116051400073_1.html

पुलिस ने बताया कि पीड़िता के परिवार द्वारा दर्ज कराई गई शिकायत के मुताबिक लड़की जब स्कूल से लौट रही थी उस वक्त आरोपी ने उसके साथ यौन दुराचार किया।

इस बीच एक अन्य घटना में कथित तौर पर एक स्कूल शिक्षिका के साथ छेड़छाड़ के मामले में युवक की पिटाई कर दी गई। मामला न्यू मंडी इलाके का है।

पुलिस ने बताया कि शिक्षिका के परिवार वालों ने युवक की पिटाई की। उन्होंने बताया कि दोनों आरोपियों राजीव और राहुल को गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया है।

समाचार जगत

तमिलनाडु: ऑनर किलिंग की भेंट चढ़ी दलित महिला

http://www.samacharjagat.com/news/national/Tamil-Nadu-Dalit-woman-owner-killing-57005

 तिरूनेलवेली। तमिलनाडु में तिरूनेलवेली के वेन्नारपेट इलाके में ऑनर कीलिंग की सनसनीखेज घटना में एक ऊंची जाति की हिंदू लडक़ी से शादी रचाने वाले दलित युवक की बहन की हत्या कर दी गई। पुलिस सूत्रों ने बताया कि 29 वर्षीय युवक एस विश्वनाथन ने एस कावेरी (23) से उसके घरवालों के विरोध के बावजूद विवाह कर लिया और गत तीन मई को अदालत में विवाह का पंजीयन भी करा लिया था।

Tamil-Nadu-Dalit-woman-owner-killing

युवती के पिता शंकर ने थचनाल्लुर थाना में युवक के विरूद्ध अपहरण की शिकायत दर्ज कराई। हालांकि विश्वनाथन के परिवार के सदस्यों ने भी शंकर के खिलाफ धमकी देने की शिकायत दर्ज कराई थी। दोनों परिवारों के विवाह के बीच अनिष्ट की आशंका से युगल दूसरी जगह चले गए। 

इस बीच शंकर को उसकी पुत्री और विश्वनाथन के अपने (विश्वनाथन के) घर आने की योजना के बारे में पता चला। कल दोपहर वह विश्वनाथन के घर पहुंचा लेकिन युगल के वहां नहीं मिलने पर घर के अन्य सदस्यों से तीखा विवाद हो गया और उसने विश्वनाथन की छोटी बहन एस कल्पना पर हमला कर दिया तथा मौके से फरार हो गया।

रक्तरंजित कल्पना ने घटनास्थल पर ही दम तोड़ दिया। 

घटना के बाद इलाके में तनाव उत्पन्न हो गया। हालांकि शव को हटाकर पलायमकोट्टी के सरकारी मेडिकल कॉलेज अस्पताल ले जाया गया लेकिन मृतकों के परिजनों के विरोध और सहमति नहीं देने के कारण शव का पोस्टमार्टम नहीं किया जा सका। वे अभियुक्त की गिरफ्तारी की मांग कर रहे हैं। 

सूत्रों के मुताबिक वेन्नारपेट और सरकारी अस्पताल में एहतियात के तौर पर बड़ी संख्या में पुलिसकर्मियों को तैनात कर दिया गया है। आरोपी की गिरफ्तारी के लिए छापेमारी की जा रही है।

नई दुनिया

बुआ के घर से अनजान ले गया था मृत बालक को

http://naidunia.jagran.com/chhattisgarh/boys-murder-740414

लखनपुर। थाना क्षेत्र के ग्राम तुनगा में शुक्रवार को बालक की सिर व एक हाथ कटी मिली लाश की शिनाख्त कोरबा जिले के लेमरू थानांतर्गत ग्राम कुदरीचिगार निवासी सूरज पिता चमरू धनुहार 12 वर्ष के रूप में की गई है। बीते बुधवार को बालक अपने बुआ के गांव से रहस्यमय ढंग से लापता हो गया था। किसी अनजान व्यक्ति द्वारा उसे बहला-फुसला कर भगा ले जाने की जानकारी परिजनों द्वारा दी जा रही है। हत्या की वजह और हत्यारों का सुराग नहीं लग सका है। शनिवार को पुलिस अधीक्षक आरएस नायक ने लखनपुर थाने पहुंचकर मृत बालक के परिजनों से पूछताछ की।

लखनपुर थानांतर्गत ग्राम तुनगा में शुक्रवार की सुबह रेण नदी तट पर अज्ञात बालक का शव मिला था। बालक का गला रेता गया था,एवं बाएं हाथ के हथेली का काट दिया गया था। मौके पर पहुंची पुलिस ने पंचनामा के बाद शव को पोस्टमार्टम करा सुरक्षित रखा था। पुलिस अधीक्षक आरएस नायक के मार्गदर्शन में लखनपुर पुलिस मृतक की शिनाख्त करने के प्रयास में जुटी हुई थी। घटना स्थल के आसपास स्थित गांवों में पूछताछ के बाद भी कुछ पता नहीं चल पा रहा था। आखिरकार शनिवार को पुलिस को मृतक की पहचान करने में सफलता मिली। बताया गया कि कोरबा जिले के लेमरू थानांतर्गत ग्राम कुदरीचिगार निवासी ईश्वरलाल तिर्की पिता धमसी तिर्की 35 वर्ष उदयपुर आया हुआ था। शनिवार को अखबारों में बालक का शव मिलने की खबर उसने पढ़ी,उसे पता था कि उसके गांव का एक बालक लापता है। बिना समय गवांए संबंधित व्यक्ति ने लखनपुर थाने पहुंचकर इसकी जानकारी दी। एसपी श्री नायक के मार्गदर्शन में लखनपुर थाने के एएसआई विनोद खांडे के नेतृत्व में टीम कुदरीचिगार पहुंच गई। यहां बालक के शव का फोटो दिखाने पर चमरू पिता दखलसाय ने उसकी पहचान अपने छोटे पुत्र सूरज धनुहार 12 वर्ष के रूप में शिनाख्त कर ली। पुलिस पूछताछ में मृतक के पिता ने बताया कि बीते मंगलवार को मृतक सूरज अपने दोस्त के साथ लगभग तीन किमी दूर स्थित ग्राम धमकी में अपने बुआ के यहां गया था। बुधवार देर शाम खाखी रंग का कपड़े पहना कोई अज्ञात व्यक्ति मुुर्गा खिलाने के नाम पर उसे वहां से ले गया था। बुधवार व गुरूवार को सूरज के वापस नहीं लौटने पर परिजनों ने नजदीकी थाना में गुम इंसान का मामला भी कायम कराया था। मृतक के पिता ने बेटे की बली दिए जाने की आशंका जताई है। घटना की गंभीरता को देखते हुए पुलिस अधीक्षक आरएस नायक शनिवार को लखनपुर थाने पहुंचे। उन्होंने मृतक के परिजनों से पूछताछ भी की।

एसपी श्री नायक ने बताया कि संभवतः बालक की हत्या कहीं और की गई है और उसके शव को ग्राम तुनगा में रेण नदी के तट पर लाकर फेंक दिया गया है। इसे नरबलि नहीं कहा जा सकता।

किसी से नहीं है दुश्मनी-

पुलिस पूछताछ में मृतक के परिजनों ने किसी से भी कोई विवाद होने की जानकारी नहीं दी है। आदिवासी परिवार के 12 वर्षीय बालक की हत्या क्यों की गई? इसकी वजह तलाशने पुलिस परिजनों से पूछताछ कर रही है। अब तक की जांच में हत्या की वजह और हत्यारों के संबंध में किसी प्रकार की कोई जानकारी पुलिस के हाथ नहीं लग सकी है। मृतक की शिनाख्त हो जाने से पुलिस की जांच तेज हो गई है। संभावना जताई जा रही है कि शीघ्र ही आरोपियों को गिरफ्तार कर पुलिस मामले का खुलासा करने में सफल होगी।

अमर उजाला

 सुनारी कांड : एससी-एसटी आयोग ने जताई नाराजगी, पुलिस-प्रशासन को लगाई फटकार

http://www.amarujala.com/delhi-ncr/sc-st-commission-expressed-displeasure

गुड़गांव के तावड़ू के गांव सुनारी में दलित परिवार की शादी में दबंगों द्वारा की गई छेड़छाड़ और मारपीट के मामले में  एससी, एसटी आयोग के सदस्य और पूर्व राज्यसभा सदस्य ईश्वर सिंह शनिवार को सुनारी पहुंच गए। उन्होंने पीड़ितों को न्याय का भरोसा दिलाया। ईश्वर सिंह ने प्रशासन के अधिकारियों के साथ इस मुद्दे पर बातचीत कर जानकारी भी ली।

sonari

 इस अवसर पर पत्रकारों से वार्ता करते हुए उन्होंने कहा कि पीड़ित न्याय के लिए भटकते रहे और पुलिस ने उनकी नहीं सुनी। पीड़ित परिवारों में भय का माहौल अभी बना हुआ है। घटना के तीन दिन बाद मामला दर्ज किया गया है। ईश्वर सिंह ने कहा कि अगर समय पर पुलिस मामले को लेकर संजीदगी दिखाती तो यह पीड़ा दलित लोगों को नहीं उठानी पड़ती। दबंग लोगों ने जो अत्याचार दलितों पर किया है, वह निदंनीय है।

उन्होंने कहा कि दबंगों द्वारा दलित परिवार की बारात में महिलाओं के साथ छेड़खानी करने व विरोध करने पर उनके साथ बेरहमी से मारपीट कर उन्हें बेइज्जत करना, इससे बड़ा अत्याचार नहीं हो सकता है। ऐसी दबंगई अंग्रेजों के समय भी देखने को नहीं मिली होगी। ऐसा पहली बार देखने में आया है कि दो फेरे होने के बाद बाकी फेरे नहीं पड़े हों।

आयोग के सदस्य ने पुलिस प्रशासन को फटकार लगाते हुए पुलिस कप्तान से दलितों की सुरक्षा के लिए गांव में पीसीआर लगाने व पीड़ित परिवार अधिक दहशत में है तो गांव में ही चौकी स्थापित करने को कहा। साथ ही खोरी चौकी प्रभारी का तबादला करने को भी कहा। उन्होंने कहा कि मीडिया के माध्यम से ही इस घटना की जानकारी उन्हें मिली है।

जिसकी वजह से वह स्वयं मामले की जानकारी लेने गांव में दलित परिवार के पास पहुंचे हैं। उन्होंने सरपंच को भी फटकारते हुए कहा कि दलितों परिवारों पर हमला होता रहा और आप सोते रहे। उन्होंने कहा कि सेक्शन चार के अंतर्गत ऐसी घटनाओं के दौरान यदि किसी अधिकारी या कर्मचारी की भूमिका संदेहजनक मिलती है, तो आयोग उस के विरुद्ध मामला दर्ज करा सकता है।

उपायुक्त मनीराम शर्मा ने पीड़ित परिवार को नियमानुसार मदद करने का भरोसा दिलाया। पुलिस कप्तान दीपक गहलावत ने आयोग के सदस्य को जानकारी देते हुए बताया कि 11 व्यक्तियों के विरुद्ध मामला दर्ज किया गया है और शुक्रवार की रात्रि चार हमलावरों को गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया। बाकी दोषियों को पकड़ने के लिए दबिश दी जा रही है। इस अवसर पर उपायुक्त मनीराम शर्मा भी मौजूद थे।

पीड़ितों को आयोग के सदस्य के बारे में कोई जानकारी नहीं थी। इसकी वजह से पीड़ित परिवार के अधिकतर लोग घर पर नहीं मिले। पीड़ित परिवार की महिला संतोष ने आयोग के सदस्य को अपनी पीड़ा  सुनाई। जब संतोष ने बताया कि उन्हें किसी ने आयोग की टीम के बारे में सूचना नहीं दी तो आयोग के सदस्य चकित रह गए।

पल पल इंडिया

 25 पंचायतें 15 मई को घोषित होगी शौच मुक्त

http://www.palpalindia.com/2016/05/14/sidhi-mp-25-panchayats-announced-on-May-15-defecation-free-news-in-hindi-141439.html

जिले की जनपद मझौली कि 17 व कुषमी कि आठ कुल 25 ग्राम पंचायतें 15 मई 2016 को विशेष ग्रामसभा कर खुले में शौच मुक्त का निर्णय पारित करने जा रही है. शतप्रतिशत शौचालय निर्माण और उपयोग सुनिश्चित करने के बाद ग्रामीणो के सामूहिक निर्णय को ग्रामसभा द्वारा ग्राम पंचायत को खुले में शौच मुक्त घोषित किया जावेगा. उक्त विशेष ग्रामसभा में खुले में शौच मुक्त ग्राम पंचायत बनाये जाने के लिए ग्रामसभा विशेष निर्णय पारित कर अपनी ग्राम पंचायत को खुले में शौच मुक्त घोषित करेगे. विशेष ग्रामसभा अपरान्ह 4 बजे से 5 बजे तक, गौरव यात्रा से 5 से 6 तथा मशाल जुलूस शाम 6 से 7 बजे तक निकाला जावेगा.

खुले में शौच मुक्त होने वाली पंचायतों में आदिवासी बाहुल जनपद कुशमी की 08 ग्राम पंचायतों में ग्राम पंचायत  गोतरा, चिनगवाह, केषलार, गुडुवाधार, रामपुर, मझिगवा, गाजर, मेड़रा तथा जनपद मझौली की 17 पंचायतों मे नौढिया, परिसिली, डागा, सिरोला, बनियाटोला, देवई, दादर, पनिहा, छुही, तिलवारी, धनौली, पाड़, गजरी नम्बर-1, नेबूह, खन्तरा तथा जोबा षामिल है. उक्त पंचायतों के सरपंच, सचिव, रोजगार सहायको ने खुले में शौच मुक्त की घोषणा हेतु आयोजित विशेष ग्रामसभा में जिला/क्षेत्रीय समस्त माननीय जनप्रतिनिधियो, अधिकारी कर्मचारियो, बुद्धिजीवियो, पत्रकार बंधुओ, समाजसेवियों तथा ग्रामीणजन से ग्राम सभा में शामिल होकर सबंल प्रदान करने की अपील की है.

उल्लेखनीय है कि स्वच्छ भारत अभियान अंतर्गत खुले में शौच मुक्त का अभियान लगातार जारी है. इसी क्रम में मिशन 90 के तहत 30 जून 2016 तक जिले को खुले में शौच मुक्त किया जाना हैं. अभियान के तहत जारी शौचालय निर्माण तथा खुले में शौच मुक्त हेतु उत्पे्ररीकरण का कार्य लगातार जारी है. इसी तारतम्य में जिले की 25 पंचायते शतप्रतिशत शौचालय निर्माण व उत्पे्ररीकरण कार्य के बाद ग्रामीणों के सामूहिक निर्णय के उपरांन्त विशेष ग्रामसभा द्वारा ग्राम पंचायत को खुले में शौच मुक्त की घोषणा करने जा रही है.

खुले मंे शौच मुक्त की घोषणा का यह क्रम क्रमशः 20 मई 2016 को शौचालय निर्माण तथा उत्पे्ररीकरण कार्य पूर्ण कर चुकी ग्राम पंचायतो में एक साथ खुले में शौच मुक्त की  विशेष ग्रामसभा की घोषणा से पूर्ण किया जावेगा. जिले की अभी तक 60 पंचायते खुले में शौच मुक्त घोषित की जा चुकी है. मिशन 90 के पश्चात लगातार जारी शौचालय निर्माण तथा खुले में शौच मुक्त हेतु उत्पे्ररीकरण कार्य से जिले में खुले में शौच मुक्त पंचायतों की संख्या में उत्तरोत्तर वृद्धि दर्ज की जा रही है. सामूहिक प्रयास और ग्रामीणों की सीधी सहभागिता से खुले में शौच मुक्त बनाने हेतु मिशन 90 लगातार तीव्रगति से जारी है.

दैनिक जन उदय

घोर कलयुग आ गया प्रभु , हर जगह शुद्र पढ़ाई में आगे जा रहे है , हर साल लाखो अंगूठे काटने का फार्मूला भी फ्लॉप पाप को मिटाने कब आयोगे प्रभु

http://www.januday.com/NewsDetail.aspx?Article=7972

जन उदय : देख लीजिये कितना कलयुग घोर कलयुग आ गया है जहा देखो लाखो उत्पीडन के बाद भी ये शुद्र आगे बढ़ते जा रहे है , येही हाल रहा तो बहुत जल्दी हर जगह सिर्फ ये ही छा जाएंगे 

ये हैं बिहार के भागलपुर की श्रुति प्रिया, ICSE 12वीं में 97 परसेंट नंबर लाकर स्टेट टॉपर बनी है। श्रुति माउंट असीसी की स्टूडेंट है और बहुजन समाज से हैं । इनके पिताजी एक फोटो जनर्लिष्ट थे और हार्ट अटैक से मौत हो चुकी है । इनकी माँ ने एक स्वयं सहायता समूह के जरिये अपने दोनों बच्चों को पढा रहीं हैं वे स्वयं भी संस्कृत में परास्नातक हैं । 

घोर कायुग आ गया प्रभु , हर जगह शुद्र पढ़ाई में आगे जा रहे है , हर साल लाखो अंगूठे काटने का फार्मूला भी फ्लॉप 
पाप को मिटाने कब आयोगे प्रभु !

News Monitored by Kuldeep Chandan & Kalpana Bhadra

Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 13.05.16

Dalit gets ration after dying of hunger, pradhan finds water for village – Catch news

http://www.catchnews.com/india-news/dalit-gets-ration-after-dying-of-hunger-pradhan-finds-water-for-village-1463064171.html

India: Dalit Christians Beaten For Refusing To Convert To Hinduism – Eurasirea review

http://www.eurasiareview.com/13052016-india-dalit-christians-beaten-for-refusing-to-convert-to-hinduism/

Caste-based parties lose ground in Tamil Nadu – Deccan herald

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/546099/caste-based-parties-lose-ground.html

Slain Dalit youth’s wife attempts suicide – The hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/slain-dalit-youths-wife-attempts-suicide/article8592571.ece

Former NCP MLA, sons booked for attacking dalit – The times of india

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Former-NCP-MLA-sons-booked-for-attacking-dalit/articleshow/52247873.cms

Dalit women take dip with Brahmin priests at Kumbh mela – Dna

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-dalit-women-take-dip-with-brahmin-priests-at-kumbh-mela-2211767

Dispute over ‘no passage’ for funeral procession – Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/jaipur/463205/dispute-over-no-passage-for-funeral-procession

Jisha rape-murder: Protest outside Kerala House – The new Indian express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Jisha-rape-murder-Protest-outside-Kerala-House/2016/05/13/article3429512.ece

Voice demanding justice for Jisha grows stronger in city – Nyoooz

http://www.nyoooz.com/mumbai/463038/voice-demanding-justice-for-jisha-grows-stronger-in-city

Scams and shortcomings – Deccan Herald

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/546170/scams-shortcomings.html

 ‘Gerrymandering’ to keep Dalits away – The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/gerrymandering-to-keep-dalits-away/article8592182.ece

Between the lines of Tina Dabi’s IAS success story: Individual excellence and social change – The Indian Express

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/tina-dabi-upsc-topper-upsc-civil-services-examination-2797804/

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Introduction of the book “Who Killed Karkare ?” : SM Mushrif

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Catch news

 Dalit gets ration after dying of hunger, pradhan finds water for village

http://www.catchnews.com/india-news/dalit-gets-ration-after-dying-of-hunger-pradhan-finds-water-for-village-1463064171.html

After going hungry for four days, Nathu Prasad, 40, a landless Dalit farm labourer from Mungus Purva village in Banda, Uttar Pradesh, learned that officials were distributing food packets in the neighbouring Ela village. He rushed, but died on the way. Of hunger.

It was only after his death that officials scurried to deliver a few packets of food to his house. Nathu is survived by his wife and six children, who live in a tin shack donated by relatives.

After drought struck Banda, Nathu and his wife couldn’t find any farm work. Nor was there work under MGNREGA scheme. The family’s situation was so dire that Nathu’s juvenile sons – Dilip, 17, and Sandeep, 14 – were forced to leave home in search of work; they are now in Nashik selling ice cream. For four days before Nathu died, the family had no food to cook.

Ela is about a kilometre and a half from Mungus Purva. Nathu set out in scorching heat despite being too weak from hunger. According to witnesses, he stopped at a hand pump on the way to drink water. He had barely taken a few sips that he collapsed.

As news of Nathu’s death spread and mediapersons started arriving in the village, the local officials were awoken from their slumber. Naraini deputy collector hurriedly sent 35 kg of wheat and rice to his family.

Nathu had an Antyodaya ration card, which enables poor families to receive subsidised ration, but Munni said the ration they got wasn’t enough to feed a family of eight. It would last them barely a fortnight, after which they mostly went hungry, but for the little food offered by neighbours.

Yet, local officials, apparently to save their skin, refused to declare Nathu’s a “starvation death” even though they didn’t do a postmortem. After visiting the grieving family, the SDM of Naraini declared Nathu’s death was “not caused by hunger but by heart attack”. Banda district magistrate Yogesh Kumar held up the SDM’s report to insist that “there are no facts pointing towards death from hunger”.

 THINKING HEAD: HOW A UP PRADHAN SOLVED HIS VILLAGE’S WATER CRISIS

Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district is reeling from an acute water crisis. Wells and hand pumps are running dry, while submersible pumps are defunct for want of electricity. To aggravate the crisis, power cables have been stolen from many places.

Now, the gram pradhan of Ruhal in Sasni Tehsil has come up with a solution. He has installed an alternator on a tractor to draw water from the submersible pumps in the village. The water is collected in tanks and then supplied to the residents of the village. “Strict watch is kept to ensure that nobody wastes our water,” says a resident.

 DAREDEVILS: YOUNG WOMEN FROM HOLLAND TAKE LESSONS IN SNAKE CATCHING

Most people are frightened by the very sight of a snake. But not this group of 20 young women from Netherlands who recently landed in Udaipur in Rajasthan to take lessons in catching and rescuing snakes. It helps, of course, that they are university students on a “wildlife study trip”.

Their teacher in Udaipur is Chaman Singh, Director of Wild Animal Rescue Centre. The centre boasts of having rescued more than 50,000 snakes so far.

“Fascinated by his experience and knowledge”, said a person who works at the centre, “the students asked to learn the “tricks of catching and handling snakes”. They take their lessons in the field, accompanying the rescue centre’s teams when they are called to catch or rescue snakes in the city.

“Chaman Singh is giving them lessons in everything from the identification of different snakes to complicated tricks in handling them,” the person said. “By the time their training finishes on 22 May, the girls would have learnt to handle pythons, rat snakes, red sand boa, trinkets etc.” Snakes abound in the Netherlands, though most of them are non-poisonous.

Eurasirea review

 India: Dalit Christians Beaten For Refusing

To Convert To Hinduism

http://www.eurasiareview.com/13052016-india-dalit-christians-beaten-for-refusing-to-convert-to-hinduism/

In the second such incident in a fortnight, 16 Christians, including women and children, fled a village in eastern India after neighbors allegedly beat them for refusing to accept Hinduism.

Naresh Bhuiya, one of those who fled their village in Jharkhand state’s Palamu district, said they were from the oppressed Dailt caste but have been Christians for the past nine years.

The trouble started May 8, said Bhuiya, when they were summoned to a village meeting and were asked to explain why they couldn’t practice Hinduism.

“They wanted us to shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’ to hail the Hindu god Ram,” Bhuiya said. “When we refused, they tied our legs and hands and beat us mercilessly,” he said.

This incident follows another episode in neighboring Chhattisgarh state on April 29 where six Christian families from the Gond tribal group fled their village after neighbors allegedly threatened to kill them if they didn’t convert to Hinduism.

Deccan herald

Caste-based parties lose ground in Tamil Nadu

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/546099/caste-based-parties-lose-ground.html

The result of the battle is decided on the outcome of these northern regions especially in Villupuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Dharmapuri, Salem and Krishnagiri districts, which comprise more than 50 Assembly constituencies.

Unlike the southern districts of Tamil Nadu where the AIADMK front appears to have an edge, or the central region and coastal constituencies (where the results could be mixed and area-specific), the Vanniyar belt and Dalit dominated areas provide a confusing electoral picture for the May 16 Assembly elections after it was surveyed.

Vanniyars and Dalits, who constitute about 40% of the total Tamil Nadu population, still select only the candidates from their community.

Till 2001, Vanniyar-based Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and Vidhuthalai Chiruthagal Katchi (VCK), a pro-Dalit party, played determining roles. It was quite evident that the AIADMK swept the Vanniyar belt in alliance with the PMK in 1998 and then the caste-based party teamed up with the DMK for a similar result in 1999.

However, observers feel the PMK and the VCK this time, are unlikely to get a comfortable majority projected by several opinion polls since both the parties were not allied with Dravidian majors — the AIADMK and the DMK.

“Except for PMK chief minister candidate Anbumani Ramados and VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan, both the parties did a big mistake of not aligning with either DMK or AIADMK,” S Venkatesan, a noted political analyst told DH.

Echoing similar views of Venkatesan, Tamil Nadu Vanniyar Sangam member K Shankar said: “We expect only a few seats this time. The AIADMK and the DMK have nominated Vanniyar caste candidates in western region that has made very difficult for the PMK to make it inroads. The votes will be scattered, which is a huge disadvantage for the PMK.”

On the other hand, a VCK senior party functionary, Murugesan, felt that his party “wrongly” allied with Vijayakanth’s DMDK-People Welfare Front (PWF), which is unlikely to perform well.

In addition, all the opinion polls conducted by several groups in Tamil Nadu give the edge either to the AIADMK or the DMK.

All the surveys also suggest that the DMDK-PWF combine will get only between 10 and 15 seats out of the total 234. The findings further said that the PMK is expected to win only 3 or 4 seats.

“How long are we going to ally with the PMK and the VCK to bank on caste votes. We have fielded prospective candidates, who not only belong to dominant castes but also hail from the constituencies they are contesting,” K Murugesan, a senior DMK functionary said.

“The AIADMK candidate in Dharmapuri belongs to my Vanniyar caste and therefore I will give a chance to him this time,” Kamakshi, a flower vendor in Dharmapuri said.

Interestingly, the first time voters in the caste-dominated western belt said that they are not looking at the caste of the candidates but want them to fulfil their promises, especially in the education sector.

“We want a candidate who visits the constituency frequently and look after the people’s issues,” S Shankar, a final year B.Com student from Krishnagiri area said.

The electoral situation in 2016, especially in the western region of Tamil Nadu is complicated with the PMK and the VCK losing their ground and the AIADMK and the DMK also defining themselves in juxtaposition with Vanniyars and Dalits.

The hindu

 Slain Dalit youth’s wife attempts suicide

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/slain-dalit-youths-wife-attempts-suicide/article8592571.ece

  1. Kausalya, whose Dalit husband Sankar was a victim of honour killing, attempted suicide by consuming malachite powder, a chemical substitute for cow dung, at her husband’s house at Komaralingam, near Udumalpet in Tirupur district on Thursday.Page 8

The times of india

 Former NCP MLA, sons booked for attacking dalit

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Former-NCP-MLA-sons-booked-for-attacking-dalit/articleshow/52247873.cms

Rajkot: Seven persons including Chandu Vaghashiya, the former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA from Gondal constituency and his two sons were booked for allegedly thrashing a dalit man, on Wednesday.

The victim, Girdhar alias Bhayalu Parmar, a resident of Manekvada village, lodged a complaint against Vaghashiya, his two sons – Jatin and Shailesh, Natha Chawala – Rajubhai and two unidentified persons.

Parmar alleged that on Wednesday afternoon they waylaid him on Shapar-Veraval Road and thrashed him with hockey sticks, swords and sticks.

“They asked me the reason for supporting Kshatriya community in the Kotda-Sangani taluka panchayat polls held in December. They also made abusive references to my caste,” Girdhar told the police.

Parmar was rushed to the civil hospital in Rajkot after the attack.

Police booked the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe Act.

Vaghashiya, a Leuva Patel, was the NCP MLA from Gondal from 2007 to 2012. He was elected against the anti-Kshatriya wave after murder of one of the Leuva Patel leaders of Gondal in which the accused were from the Kshatriya community.

Earlier, in 2012, Vaghashiya was arrested by the CID (crime) for his alleged involvement in the 2008 water sector reforms project scam in Kotda-Sangani village. The scam of Rs 50 lakh had taken place when Vaghashiya was sarpanch of Kotda-Sangani village.

DNA

 Dalit women take dip with Brahmin priests

at Kumbh mela

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-dalit-women-take-dip-with-brahmin-priests-at-kumbh-mela-2211767

Scores of dalit women on Thursday took a holy dip along with Brahmin priests and Sanskrit scholars at ongoing Kumbh fair in Ujjain on an initiative by an NGO to dismantle caste barriers and propagate equality.

Around 200 women from Alwar and Tonk districts of Rajasthan took bath at famous Ramghat on the banks of Kshipra river. The women belonged to the caste whose members traditionally worked as manual scavengers, considered at the bottom of the caste hierarchy.

The event is viewed as an occasion that washed off their “untouchability”. The initiative was conceived by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh Sanitation movement. “It’s the biggest sign of changing attitude about India’s outdated caste system,” a release quoted Pathak as saying.

“This Kumbh ceremony should be viewed as a bold and successful step towards the egalitarian inclusion of the downtrodden in the religio-social world of the Hindus,” the release quoted Pathak as saying.

Nyoooz

Dispute over ‘no passage’ for funeral procession

http://www.nyoooz.com/jaipur/463205/dispute-over-no-passage-for-funeral-procession

Summary: JAIPUR: Ugly scenes were witnessed at Jotarwada village on Jaipur’s outskirts on Thursday following an old dispute over a passage to the village’s cremation ground. “We were told that some members of dalit community were disallowed to let a funeral procession of the deceased Chandrapal Charak (70) pass.

When we reached the spot, it was found that the villagers were making a passage to the cremation ground from some private land to which people opposed. The local police had to intervene when funeral procession of a man was stopped from passing through an agricultural land.Initially, there were reports that the procession was disallowed since the deceased was a Dalit and the agricultural field belonged to an upper caste farmer. “The case has nothing to do with caste discrimination,” he added.However, Praveen Charak, nephew of the deceased, claimed, “We were disallowed as we are dalits.”

JAIPUR: Ugly scenes were witnessed at Jotarwada village on Jaipur’s outskirts on Thursday following an old dispute over a passage to the village’s cremation ground. The local police had to intervene when funeral procession of a man was stopped from passing through an agricultural land.Initially, there were reports that the procession was disallowed since the deceased was a Dalit and the agricultural field belonged to an upper caste farmer. The police, however, denied that it was a caste conflict.After the police intervention, the procession was allowed to pass through the same field but the revenue officials were directed to resolve the old dispute by finding another passage to the cremation ground, which is shared by all communities in the village.According to the police, some people of the village called up the police station in the morning and claimed that members of Chaudhary caste are not allowing the funeral procession to pass.

A team of police was immediately rushed to the spot for intervention. “We were told that some members of dalit community were disallowed to let a funeral procession of the deceased Chandrapal Charak (70) pass. When we reached the spot, it was found that the villagers were making a passage to the cremation ground from some private land to which people opposed.

The new Indian express

 Jisha rape-murder: Protest outside Kerala House

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Jisha-rape-murder-Protest-outside-Kerala-House/2016/05/13/article3429512.ece

NEW DELHI: Several women’s rights, feminist and progressive human rights groups today protested outside Kerala House here demanding justice for a Dalit law student who was raped and murdered in Kerala recently.

“The way the investigation in the rape and murder case has unfolded from the beginning clearly highlights criminal negligence and police’s callousness,” a joint statement by the NGOs said.

“Violence faced by women and girls in India has led to stronger constitutional provisions like an even stronger anti-rape law that was legislated post Nirbhaya’s case in 2012. But it seems like these laws have an ill fate if the factor of caste further comes into play and in remote parts of the country,” it said.

The protesters demanded that the state machinery must take responsibility for the rape and murder of the Dalit girl and ensures immediate and swift investigation of the case.

Nyoooz

 Voice demanding justice for Jisha grows stronger in city

http://www.nyoooz.com/mumbai/463038/voice-demanding-justice-for-jisha-grows-stronger-in-city

Summary: Nearly 150 people belonging to various organisations took to the streets in Dadar’s Kotwal Garden on Wednesday, to demand justice for Jisha, the law student who was raped and murdered in Kerala on April 29. Jisha, an Ernakulam Law College student, was found lying in a pool of blood at her home by her mother. Kunda Kamila Nilkant of the Sathyashodhak Study Circle said, “The purpose was to spread awareness about the stigma around rape. The protesters, with banners and placards, raised slogans against atrocities on women, especially those belonging to the Dalit community. The protesters spoke strongly about the stigma that surrounded rape, among other things.

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Nearly 150 people belonging to various organisations took to the streets in Dadar’s Kotwal Garden on Wednesday, to demand justice for Jisha, the law student who was raped and murdered in Kerala on April 29. The protesters included members of the Akshara foundation, Sathyashodhak Study Circle, Women Special Cell, Sacred Heart Church, Point of View, faculty and students of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and women rights activists. The protesters, with banners and placards, raised slogans against atrocities on women, especially those belonging to the Dalit community. Jisha, an Ernakulam Law College student, was found lying in a pool of blood at her home by her mother. Reportedly, when her mother went to the police station to lodge a complaint, she was asked to wait for the post-mortem, making the police lose on crucial evidence against the perpetrator. The protesters spoke strongly about the stigma that surrounded rape, among other things. 

Akshara founder Nandita Shah said, “We are demanding immediate arrest of the accused, along with a speedy trial under the Criminal Law Amendment Act. We are also demanding the state to provide adequate compensation to the family of the deceased, and strict action against the police officials who refused to file an FIR on the day of the incident.” Kunda Kamila Nilkant of the Sathyashodhak Study Circle said, “The purpose was to spread awareness about the stigma around rape. We want people to stop neglecting issues like these. 

Deccan Herald

 Scams and shortcomings

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/546170/scams-shortcomings.html

Bengaluru, May 13, 2016, DHNS

Siddaramaiah flouts foreign exchange regulations and income tax rules by using a diamond-studded Hublot watch gifted to him. He later declares the watch a state asset.

Siddaramaiah’s son Yatindra sets up a diagnostic laboratory in the state-run Victoria Hospital against norms. Subsequently, Yatindra moves out of the company, Matrix Imaging Solutions.

The RD&PR department’s illegal parking of funds and setting up of illegal water-testing laboratories referred to CID for investigation.

The Minor Irrigation department’s canal desilting works illegally awarded to contractors; CID probe ordered.

The Social Welfare department comes under scanner for diverting funds meant for the purchase of pillows and bedding meant for SC/ST students.

Names of ministers R V Deshpande and D K Shivakumar surface in land-related controversies.

Siddaramaiah attracts severe criticism for weakening the Lokayukta and by creating a parallel body – ACB. Has failed to appoint Lokayukta till date.

Siddaramaiah’s son Rakesh’s name keeps surfacing in illegal sand mining.

The chief minister has failed to assess the performance of his ministerial colleagues and come out with a report card.

Fails to pacify agitators and find a solution to the Kalasi-Banduri drinking water issue.

Introduces Anna Bhagya (free ration) scheme for the poor without weeding out bogus BPL card holders. Later, he prunes the programme owing to financial burden.

The Hindu

 ‘Gerrymandering’ to keep Dalits away

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/gerrymandering-to-keep-dalits-away/article8592182.ece

  1. SENTHALIR

The election in the former French colony is not only about candidates, their grandiose rituals and the freebies on offer. Underlying all the politicking is a numbers game fixed in favour of the dominant castes.

The policies of successive governments have altered the caste dynamics in this coastal town in favour of certain communities.

While Scheduled Caste migrants — who moved into Puducherry after 1964 — have been denied reservation and the status of being a native, thereby stemming their in-bound migration, members of other communities can benefit from State schemes and reservation after staying here for five years.

This has led to a virtual stagnation in the SC populationwhile groups such as Vanniyars continues to swell in numbers.

Systematic effort

Political observers see a strategic and systematic effort — using government schemes and employment programmes — to encourage Vanniyars to migrate here so that they become an influential vote bank. This increase is recorded not only in villages on the Tamil Nadu border but also in urban Puducherry.

By the 2011 census data, Puducherry’s total population is 12.48 lakh, with the SCs constituting a mere 15.7 per cent of the figure.

The delimitation of constituencies, which was based on the 2001 census, has not empowered them to elect a representative who can voice their concerns in the Assembly.

In clear violation of the Delimitation Act, 2002, all the four reserved constituencies in Puducherry are in rural areas, with urban Puducherry remaining exclusionist.

Section 9(1)(c) of the Act says that “constituencies in which seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes shall be distributed in different parts of the State and located, as far as practicable, in those areas where the proportion of their population to the total is comparatively large”.

Delimitation

Madras High Court lawyer I. Robert Chandrakumar concurs that reserved constituencies have to be spread across a State.

“People can send a petition to the Delimitation Commission seeking a reserved constituency in the urban Puducherry region. However, any change can take place only after 2026,” he says.

Even in rural areas, where the SC population constitutes not more than one-third of the population, powerful non-Dalit castes determine the candidates who get to represent the reserved constituencies.

A senior official in the Election Commission says constituencies with a large SC population were listed in descending order, with the first five constituencies in the Union Territory region being declared reserved.

  1. Ramachandran of the Puducherry Progressive Writers and Artists’ Association says it is unfortunate that non-Dalits are dominant even in the reserved constituencies. While SC candidates rarely contest in general constituencies, their candidacy and success in reserved constituencies is determined by the dominant communities.

The Indian Express

Between the lines of Tina Dabi’s IAS success story:

 Individual excellence and social change

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/tina-dabi-upsc-topper-upsc-civil-services-examination-2797804/

The story of Tina Dabi is also one of deep and complex social change in India that has made her the first ever Dalit girl to top the UPSC examination.

Written by Seema Chishti | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2016 7:58 am

Tina Dabi, the IAS Topper this year, is gracious and calm despite the pressures of the moment. She has read Roald Dahl as a child, is most struck by Jane Austen now and watches The Big Bang Theory regularly. She topped Lady Shri Ram College, among Delhi University’s most prestigious, and earned the title ‘Student of the Year’. And this, after she scored 100 per cent in Political Science and History in the Class XII ICSE board exams from Convent of Jesus and Mary.

A story of “patience and consistency”, as the newest IAS officer puts it herself.

But then, this story is also about her mother Himali Kamble’s decision, despite being a qualified electrical engineer, to put her own career on the side and give her daughters the benefit of her “education and time… like a tapasya”.

The story of Tina Dabi is also one of deep and complex social change in India that has made her the first ever Dalit girl to top the UPSC examination. As Lok Sabha MP and ex-civil servant Udit Raj tweeted, this “would not have been possible 40-50 years ago”.

Tina’s parents, both from the Engineering Services, do not speak much about this but are not in denial of the enormity of the achievement, either. They are clear that it is the enabling environment created over years, through generations of struggle and grit, that made a Tina Dabi possible.

 “I realise what a big and prestigious examination the IAS is. We have had a string of engineers in the family but she will be the first IAS,” said Jaswant Dabi, Tina’s father.

Jaswant’s roots lie in Rajasthan’s Dabi village and he recalls how his grandfather struggled to make a life for his children. Today, Tina’s father is one among several engineers in the family — his father is one, his brother, too. His “sister is an educationist and a younger brother in the Merchant Navy.” Based in Jaipur now, his father Nand Kishore Dabi worked with the CSIR in Pilani.

“The real struggle was waged by my father and grandfather who was in the military and left it soon. My father taught in order to be able to study and make money to fund my education. We have never forgotten all that,” said Jaswant.

Tina’s parents met through common friends and got married in 1989, with the rituals involving their home states of Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Tina was born in Bhopal, where her parents were posted then, and studied there till Class 7 before moving to Delhi with the family in 2005.

Is Tina aware of how this is a moment of phenomenal achievement for others in her community? Her passion, she replies, is gender. She argues how “the world over, it is gender which is the glass ceiling, and therefore I decided I would work in Haryana”.

At their home in New Delhi, Tina’s paintings done in Madhubani style stand as a tribute to their time in Bhopal, when her mother would take her to exhibitions. Himali would insist that her daughters Tina and the younger Ria buy craftwork worth “at least Rs 10-15” to help craftspersons and connect with them.

So was there any pressure from Himali for Tina to be like that character from the movie ‘3 Idiots’ and choose medicine or engineering? Tina laughs and talks of how her mother “recognised that I would be able to do much more in Humanities”.

“After two months of science in class XI, she urged that I move. Many people thought it was a strange thing to do, but I could do so much more and I think Humanities has made me a much more wholesome person,” said Tina.

Himali has no contact with her family’s ancestral village Pulgaon, near Nagpur, but says Tina is not the first topper in the family — her father Purshottam Madhavrao Kamble, too, had topped school.

Both her father and grandfather, “found the story of Babasaheb (Ambedkar) deeply inspiring”, says Himali.

“My father was thankful that we did not have to face any exacting circumstances, as my grandfather was a station master and my grandmother did everything to push all our siblings to work, study and defy our circumstances. I always remember their struggle and remember to be humble despite the success over generations,” said Himali.

Other senior Dalit officers, too, are conscious of the “history of the moment” even if it is being celebrated only in hushed tones on WhatsApp groups — no one sure of how openly it should be marked.

P S Krishnan, an ex-IAS officer and an activist on issues of discrimination and exclusion, says the message about brilliant people from discriminated backgrounds shining on pure “merit” is “not anti-quota”.

“It makes clear what removing obstacles and taking away roadblocks and difficulties can do. Cases like these inspire a lot as they are a testament to how meritorious deprived communities can be, and their innate talent shines and cuts through all issues… a sign of great success and possibility for Dalits struggling to break free of their circumstances,” he said.

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