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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 05.11.16

Dalits Media Watch 05.11.16

English News :

http://justicenews.co.in/dalits-media-watch-news-updates-05-11-16/16865

Hindi :News  

http://justicenews.co.in/Hindi/dalits-media-watch-hindi-news-updates-05-11-16/11166

Ashes to ashes: Matang women sift through funeral pyres to earn their livelihood; it’s killing them

Firstpost

Ashes to ashes: Matang women sift through funeral pyres to earn their livelihood; it’s killing them

http://www.firstpost.com/living/ashes-to-ashes-matang-women-sift-through-funeral-pyres-to-earn-their-livelihood-its-killing-them-3015210.html

Updated: Sep 25, 2016 08:43 IST

The mourners gather around the dead body. One of them sets the pyre on fire. The rituals of the funeral conclude, and one by one, people head out of the graveyard. But Lata Sathe, 52, stays put. She waits for the pyre to cool down. She inspects the ash accumulated under the pyre, and with the help of a few other women, starts the search for a saleable item in it.

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Sathe hails from the Matang community, a subsection within Dalits, but the most deprived one. While Dalits aim to break away from the work assigned to them by tradition, Matang women are still making their ends meet by segregating ashes in the graveyard. There are close to 300 of them in Nasik city, 150 kilometers from Mumbai; they have divided the 20 graveyards here among themselves.

Sathe frequents one of them. A pile of bamboos stacked near the gate, Sathe, along with 10 other women, arrives here at eight in the morning. A smoky rectangular concrete structure with a peculiar smell — space enough for 10 pyres — has been her life, she says. “I do not remember doing anything else,” says Sathe, draped in a worn out sari. “My mother and mother-in-law would do it. Now my daughter and daughter-in law have joined in.”

Matang women earn their livelihood by segregating the ashes after a cremation

Hindus generally keep a metal or a bit of gold in the dead body’s mouth. The challenge is to find that in the ash. In case of a woman, Sathe is on the lookout for earrings or bangles as well.

A couple of women fill up a few buckets of water and pour it in the pit under the pyre. Hunched over, Sathe crawls under the pyre, ankles dipped into the water full of the burnt body’s ash. She cleans up the pit, fills her buckets and vessels with the ash water and then strains the water out before proceeding to the Godavari River just across the graveyard to clean up the ash, in which she hopes to find something worth selling. Whatever they find, is split among the women. “I end up making 80-100 rupees a day,” says Sathe, who has two unemployed sons, and a paralysed husband. Her daughter is married. “If nothing else, we pick up wood for the stove or clothes left at the graveyard. The sari I am wearing is from this very place.”

Sathe’s friend Sangeeta Ranshinge says when her eight-year old boy cries for a chocolate, she gives him the offering of the funeral. “What else can I do?” she asks. “That is the only way I can get something sweet for him.”

Generally, people tend to have a bath after visiting a graveyard, which is why Sathe, who spends most of her day there, is treated like an untouchable by the society. “I feel the humiliation at every juncture,” she says. “Even some of my relatives do not accept water from my hands.”

Cast away from the society, they even have their separate colonies, Matangwada. A kilometer’s distance from the graveyard, Sathe’s Matangwada is densely populated with 500 people. Cramped, poorly lit one-room houses clutter the society, as kids optimise the gaps running between the houses to play hide and seek. One has to bend the head to enter a house, where clothes hang at eye level. The house is damp, for there has been a sustained drizzle in the morning and the roof is leaking.

The men in Matang community are engaged in casual labour or make money by washing cars. The average educational level is no higher than Class Four. “I do not think I have ever purchased rations sufficient for even a week (at a time),” Sathe says. “With the money we make, education for our kids is a long shot.”

Activists have been demanding rehabilitation and alternative employment for Matang women. Vishwas Kamble of the Maharashtra Matang Social Organisation has conducted protest marches in Nasik and elsewhere. “It is a tragedy people have to earn a living like this in the 21st century,” he says. “All the talks of development are cosmetic. Real development cannot happen if we keep neglecting the deprived.”

In February 2014, the previous Maharashtra State Government had assured in a letter that a meeting had been held regarding the rehabilitation of Matangs — whose numbers are just under 30 lakhs as per the 2011 census — and the decision to employ them as sweepers or cleaners at government offices, gardens and so on had been taken. The expected time of enforcement was estimated at one month.

Just before that, through Annabhau Sathe Economic Development Corporation, the state had provided 30 Matang women with a loan of 50,000 rupees each. It was a pilot project. But due to miscommunication, the women thought it was financial aid, not a loan. They only realised they were expected to repay the money after receiving notices for defaulting on payments.

When Kamble briefly met the current chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, he was assured that the matter of the Matangs’ rehabilitation would be looked into. Rajkumar Badole, cabinet minister for Social Justice and Special Assistance, said he has chaired a few meetings regarding this issue and the GR for the same would be released soon.

In the meantime, Sathe is waiting for the night of the new moon. One of the other modes of income for Matang women: They beg once a month, on the night of the new moon, a superstition prevalent in rural Maharashtra.

According to the superstition, family members of any person who is sick, not doing well in life, or supposedly possessed by negative powers, give away food, oil, cereals, grains etc by mixing it with the person’s nails, hair and so on, to Matang women. The belief is that the supposedly cursed person would be rid of it and the negative forces would be transferred to the Matangs, through the nails or hair, along with the food.

Sathe says she segregates the food material and washes it before the family consumes it. But there is a huge hygiene issue here, for the food mixed with body hair or nails can only be cleaned to an extent. Many a time, the food given away by villagers is rotten.

A doctor advised Sathe to avoid it when she was down with stomach upset, and asked her to stay away from the graveyard as well. Constantly inhaling the smoke is dangerous, she was told.

But, Sathe says, she would not even make the paltry sum of money that she now does, if she renounces her “job”. “If I continue, I will die of a disease,” she says. “But if I do not, I will die of hunger.”

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

Media’s Disconnect with Dalits

The Mainstream

Media’s Disconnect with Dalits

http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article6754.html

Sunday 16 October 2016

MEDIA

 

by Santosh Kumar Biswal

The recent attack of cow vigilantes on Dalits in Gujarat’s Una and East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh has again shaken the entire nation and the amount of media coverage it has attracted is being questioned as usual. Atrocities after atrocities on Dalits are occurring at regular intervals. Hence, the debates on the modus operandi of the functioning of the media continue unabated.

Una, which has the highest the number of villages of all the talukas in Gujarat State, has been witnessing atrocities against Dalits. According to the Census of India, 2011, 6.74 per cent of the State’s population belongs to the Scheduled Castes. Nevertheless, the provisions allocated for these disadvantaged sections of the State have been blatantly flouted.

Owing to the current social unrest and fanatic activities, so far one Dalit family has already shifted from the Una village to ensure protection to its family. It is also revealed that there have been restrictions for the Dalits’ entry into various temples and use of common crematoriums. All these inhuman acts show the violation of Section 26 of the Constitution of India which ensures all State governments to take special care for the welfare of these communities. Earlier in the month of July, their sordid stories were shared at a Dalit Maha Sammelan in Ahmedabad. Moreover, needless to say, the State has the infamous history of atrocities and discriminations against Dalits.

To understand the nuances of media coverage of such issues, the unfortunate suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit research scholar from the University of Hyderabad, which triggered varied debates from numerous quarters, is worth introspecting.

The Rohith’s issue deservedly received coverage in the Indian news media, resulting in the spread of the caste cauldron among the wider public and its repercussions on the society as well. Thanks to the news media outlets which intensified the coverage, it even led to bringing respite to one Dalit IIT-BHU student, Mahesh Balmiki, who failed to sell one of his kidneys to pay off his debt meant for pursuing his studies. Mahesh had faced the brunt of carrying the tag of ‘untouchability’. However, after the media coverage, he has been inundated with funds from across the country. But, at the same time it has opened up a Pandora’s box regarding the modus operandi of functioning of the mainstream news media in particular.

In a bid to cover the suicide case of Rohith, national and regional media were pressed into action and with this unusual warm up the Indian media come forward with observations and examinations. Some of the knee-jerk coverage apparently had spilled the beans and the styles of coverage exposed the perennial problems of the media.

The media, the fourth pillar of a democratic nation, has the responsibility to safeguard the rights of the socially-economically deprived sections including the Dalits. The media should resort to judicious coverage and advocacy programmes on Dalits since they constitute a staggering 201.4 million as per the 2011 Census of India. Even though they are guaranteed certain rights under the Constitution of India, discrimination is at the pinnacle. In addition, the United Nation’s human rights bodies have already cautioned the Indian Government regarding the rampant Dalit atrocities. In this case, the role of the media is of utmost importance. However, the Indian news media outlets are found callous and pay not even minimum attention to this issue. Certain coverages glorify the social ills emanating from caste discrimi-nations. In this context, the former Press Council of India Chairman, Markandey Katju, rightly points out that the media can entertain the people, not providing 90 per cent of its total coverage. The sense of proportion in the Indian media has been distorted.

But suffice it to say, Rohith’s case garnered judicious media coverage. Rohith’s is not the lone tragedy in India. However, this has germinated an array of questions. Is each and every Dalit atrocity case getting fair coverage like Rohith’s one? Were the coverage of the cases of Dalit atrocities in Gujarat’s Una and East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh similar to Rohith’s case? Do they find follow-up stories in newspapers and television channels? Is a Dalit from the rural regions getting equal coverage from her/his urban counterparts, indicating the geographical dichotomies? What is the discourse of news presentation on Dalit issues? These are the larger questions that have to be answered even though there has been lately some appro-priate media coverage on Dalit issues.

Slowly Rohith’s case has cooled down and has been taken off the media and people’s mind as well. However, there are umpteen numbers of Rohiths who have sacrificed their lives and many are waiting for the same. Mostly we find stories relating to raping and openly parading of Dalit women or lynching them to death. Overall, the coverage of such issues are ceremonial and event-based and hence half-hearted. The media’s coverage of Rohith’s suicide alone with the claim of ensuring social justice deserves to be attacked. It can cover issues pertaining to the Dalits’ socio-economic participation, employment status in the NREGA, space in politics and the like. However, the media has dealt with a cold hand the recent attacks of cow vigilantes on Dalits in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. There are astounding figures of the Dalit population, discrimination is common and infamous here. Moreover, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reports a 44 per cent increase in violence against Dalits from 2010 to 2014. However, playing an intervening role, the media is not doing precious enough to bring awareness in strengthening the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 which empowers the Dalits. Even after long years of independence, political rhetoric and constitutional protection have failed to end atrocities against Dalits and the Indian media has failed to cover these in a nuanced manner.

The critical discourse of coverage in the Indian media of Dalit issues deserves to be debated for a cause. The deeper question comes to the fore: why was Rohith specially treated unlike the atrocities in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh? If that is not so, then what ails the Indian media?

The flaws in the media can be attributed to various factors. First, the media is not treating the Dalit issues as ‘newsworthy’. Hence, there is no sustained coverage of such issues signalling the social blight of the Indian society. Secondly, social activists blame the media houses being corporate houses forgetting their social agenda. The perils of the political economy of the media are being cultivated and applied in terms of coverage. Thirdly, at the same time, mediapersons point to the low level of activism on the part of the Dalit communities and human rights activists, inviting a blame-game. Mediapersons also point to the low level of visibility of atrocities on Dalits. The situation shall remain unchanged if both keep on passing the buck. Fourthly, there has been commodification of the media—labour, content and audience—that selectively determines the nature and amount of media coverage on any issue or event. When it comes to the issues of Dalits, reporters are not allowed to report, and if reported the content is not deliberately sent for the people’s consumption. This results in a kind of commodification of the audience where they are artificially made not to show willingness or demand for such contents.

Fifthly, the media should understand the changing social paradigm which is quite pertinent on Dailit issues. In the light of comprehending such issues, mediapersons should take stock of various Dalit classes which can facilitate ethno-graphic studies on these communities.

Lastly, there has been very low representation of Dalit journalists in media houses. Again casteism also takes the toll on Dalit journalists. Koppula Nagaraju, a Dalit journalist working with one of the media houses in Hyderabad, died of cancer, but many alleged of issues of casteism and non-cooperation from the media being the cause of his death. Dalits should have minimum representation in terms of employment in newspapers and television channels as filmmaker Shyam Benegal rightly mentioned that non-Dalits don’t compre-hend the Dalit experience.

To some, the Indian media covers compara-tively less of downtrodden sections like what the Western media does in the case of Black people. Occasional coverages like on Rohith Vemula’s suicide case cannot root out the evils of discrimination in India. The coverage should be sustained and farsighted. All these missing from the Indian newsroom have to be adequately projected if our media in a democratic country like ours wants to perform for the societal well-being in the public interest without any prejudiced yardsticks.

Dr Santosh Kumar Biswal is an Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Symbiosis International University, Pune and holds a doctorate in Communication and Journalism on media coverage and disability issues.

 

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Our daily new update program is essentially a cooperative effort. It is only your contribution that has sustained the program for past decade.

There indeed have been bottlenecks throughout the journey. But we kept moving ahead in pursuit of shared goals with sheer regularity and steadfastness of purpose.

Now, again on our collective strength, we are all set to launch a 24×7 news portal with the basic idea of generating and disseminating information on topical issues being emanated from the political dispensation, besides those of human rights violations involving Dalits, minorities and other marginalized communities. This is an area where PMARC is playing a key role by informing the struggling groups/organizations and catalyzing their efforts by mobilizing support from all quarters.

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Reminder-2 ! Urgent Appeal for contribution to PMARC !

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Urgent Appeal for contribution to PMARC !

Dear Friends,

Greetings from PMARC!

Our daily new update program is essentially a cooperative effort. It is only your contribution that has sustained the program for past decade.

There indeed have been bottlenecks throughout the journey. But we kept moving ahead in pursuit of shared goals with sheer regularity and steadfastness of purpose.

Now, again on our collective strength, we are all set to launch a 24×7 news portal with the basic idea of generating and disseminating information on topical issues being emanated from the political dispensation, besides those of human rights violations involving Dalits, minorities and other marginalized communities. This is an area where PMARC is playing a key role by informing the struggling groups/organizations and catalyzing their efforts by mobilizing support from all quarters.

Till now we were carrying all our activities from the professionally earned resources which are drastically reduces and we are compelled to bridge the gaps from the contributions from all of you.

Friends, we are, therefore, once again before you and soliciting your financial support. Please contribute generously to carry forward the unfinished agenda of making our contribution to the process of social justice and democracy.

Our bank details are:

PEOPLES MEDIA ADVOCACY &RESOURCES CENTRE-PMARC

 

A/C NO. 0302010179713

United Bank of India

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HAZRATGANJ, Lucknow (UP) INDIA

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State Bank Of India,

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