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News Updates 19.09.15

SC panel raps Hisar SSP for 'falsely' booking Dalit girls - The Tribune

Police action draws widespread protest - The Hindu


Case Filed against School Teachers - The New Indian Express

Minor's gang rape: Anuppur judge directs fresh probe - The Times Of India

 'Form panel to probe land allotment to dalits, tribals' - The Times Of India

Dalit Muslims of India - OBSERVER

Parents lock school over 'casteist' slur by teacher- The Tribune

Police finally come to help of UP's woman-only news network - Zee News


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The Tribune


SC panel raps Hisar SSP for 'falsely' booking Dalit girls


Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, September 18


Ishwar Singh, a member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), today rapped the district police for booking minor Dalit siblings who had visited the Senior Superintendent of Police's office.


One of the girls, 12, complained to Singh she and her sisters had gone to meet the SSP, Satyender Gupta, on June 19 to demand action against "negligent" policemen who failed to locate her mother who went missing in May. She claimed her father, Sukhbir Kumar, had committed suicide due because of the police "failure".


She alleged the SSP rebuked them, policewomen thrashed them and later a case was slapped against her, her sisters and other members of the family. They were booked under Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 160 (punishment for committing affray), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC on the complaint of a policewoman posted at the SP's office.


Dalit activists Rajat Kalsan and Bajrang Intal alleged the police had tried to muzzle the voice of Dalits by slapping cases against them.


Pulling up the SSP, who was present in the meeting, Singh said how could minor girls and other members of their family attack policewoman at the SSP's office in the presence of police force.

The Hindu


Police action draws widespread protest





Rally taken out condemning lathi-charge on agitating students


Leaders and party workers from CPI (M), CPI, YSRC, Lok Satta and students from various colleges and members of SFI and DYFI took out a rally on Fridaycondemning the police action against the agitating students and SFI and DYFI members, near the District Collector's office on September 15.


Speaking at the Gandhi statue near GVMC, CPI (M) State secretariat member Ch. Narasinga Rao demanded that the authorities concerned immediately suspend the SHO of Three Town and Two Town Police stations for their highhandedness.


The students from 19 SC/ST and BC hostels were protesting against the bad quality of food being served and lack of basic amenities in the hostel and wanted to give a representation to the District Collector on September 15, when they were lathi-charged and taken into custody by the police present there. About 20 students, including girls, suffered injuries in the incident.


Mr. Narasinga Rao also pointed out that two SFI leaders -- Jagan and Kumar -- were beaten up by the police at Three Town police station which is against the law. "When we tried to bring the incident to the notice of the higher-ups in the Police Department they showed no remorse," he lamented.


Former YSRC MLA Babu Rao said that the TDP government was patronising corporate colleges, while neglecting the government-run colleges and hostels.


YSRC party's district and city president G. Amarnath said that the TDP was trying to stifle the voice of the opposition.

Quoting the recent incident at Koyyuru, when the police cut the public address system during a public meeting wherein the bauxite mining issue was being highlighted, he said: "They also do not want the students to protest in a democratic fashion."


Stir to be intensified

Mr. Narasinga Rao threatened that the agitation would be intensified if the authorities concerned did not take action against the police officers and bring in a positive change at the hostels at the earliest.


Over 500 members from different parties and students from various colleges and hostels participated in the rally which was taken out from Saraswati Park to GVMC Gandhi Statue.


The New Indian Express


Case Filed against School Teachers


By Express News Service  Published: 19th September 2015 05:49 AM Last Updated: 19th September 2015 05:49 AM


KENDRAPARA:  Police on Friday registered a case against four teachers including the headmaster of a Government-run high school in the district following a complaint that a group of Dalit students was prevented from offering prayer to Lord Ganesh on the school premises.


The case has been registered against teachers Rabindra Biswal, Jayanta Biswal, Pyari Mohan Dash and headmaster Ramesh Chandra Rout under various sections of IPC and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.


Sources said around 30 Dalit students of Bande Mataram High School in Andara village under Chaudakulat police limits were not allowed to offer puja to Lord Ganesh by the school authorities on Thursday. The school has student strength of 250.


On Friday, 24 Dalit students including 10 girls filed an FIR at Chaudakulat outpost alleging that teachers of the school abused and locked them in a room. Collector Debraj Senapati said District Education Officer (DEO) Sangram Sahoo has been directed to probe into the matter. 


The Times Of India


Minor's gang rape: Anuppur judge directs fresh probe


TNN | Sep 19, 2015, 10.30 AM IST


BHOPAL: Taking a serious view of slackness in a minor's gang rape case probe by police and doctors, a court of district and session's judge in Anuppur, directed state government for conducting a fresh probe in the case and action against officials who conducted the probe in the case. Accused in the case were acquitted over lack of evidence. 

Court of Anand Mohan Khare observed if after going through evidences government feels the need for probe by a higher agency, government can recommend such a probe through CBI for justice to the kin of the girl. 

Earlier also, the court through its order dated August 5 rapped local police for its inaction and poor investigation that resulted in acquittal of the accused. 

Recent order came in a case of gang rape and murder of a tribal girl in 2012. Two people Rajkumar Singh and Pramod Shukla were made accused by police and a case was registered at Karanpathar police station of the district. 

Judge observed it appeared investigating police officers and doctors who conducted the medical tests and probe have done a formality. At the same time, prime witnesses in the case turned hostile. In its order the judge also observed that state government, 'If after going through the order, evidences and police diaries finds there has been dereliction of duty by Dr Fulsai Marabi, Dr Shaili Jain, Dr Anil Yadav, the investigation officer of case, G P Mishra, who was then deputy superintendent of police, and other officials, then strict action should be taken against them so that courts established by rule of law, do not find any difficulty in punishing the accused in cases of crime against women of ST and SC community." 


The Times Of India      


"Form panel to probe land allotment to dalits, tribals'


TNN | Sep 19, 2015, 02.54 AM IST


AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court on Friday suggested the state government to form a committee to look into complaints by dalits and tribals that they were allotted agriculture land as part of land reforms, but the allotments have remained only on paper. 

A bench of acting Chief Justice Jayant Patel and Justice N V Anjaria also sought the government's opinion within 15 days on whether such an exercise could fulfil the purpose of extending benefits of reforms to the suppressed class of people. 

The judges opined for such investigation committee because it would be difficult for the court to adjudicate the complaints of non-allotment of land by beneficiaries as such type of complaints would be thousands in number. 

The court asked the authorities to undertake this exercise in response to a PIL filed three years ago by one Jignesh Mevani, who has sought directions to officials to furnish information on allotment of wasteland to the poor and landless farmers in Ahmedabad and Surendranagar districts. 

The PIL also demanded that due procedure for allotment of land for agriculture purpose should be followed and the benefits should reach SCs and STs. 

Mevani stated that the Centre declared that 56,873 acre government land was allotted to members of SCs and STs between 2007 and 2010. However, when inquired, government offices did not furnish the names of beneficiaries. 

Mevani argued that in many cases, land was allotted to those people who were not eligible for the benefit. He submitted that due to negligence and lethargic approach on the part of the authorities, the poor cannot reap the benefits of government schemes and each beneficiary suffers an approximate loss of Rs 1.75 lakh every year.




Dalit Muslims of India


By Observer Staff on September 18, 2015


For hundreds of years India's social construction was constructed round a inflexible Hindu caste system. Whereas the caste system was constitutionally abolished in 1950, its legacy nonetheless deeply impacts modern Indian society.


The Hindu inhabitants, round 84 % of the 1.2 billion people who reside within the nation, continues to be influenced by the 4 most important conventional castes, which even have their very own sub-sects: Brahmins, the priestly and educational class; Kshatriya, the warrior caste; Vaishya, which includes the enterprise group; and Shudra, the working class.


Outdoors these 4 teams are others, together with the Dalits, who're on the backside of the hierarchy.


Dalits have historically accomplished jobs thought-about ritually impure, like rubbish assortment, road sweeping, the cremation of lifeless our bodies and the disposal of human waste.

With Dalits persevering with to face prejudice and discrimination inside their very own communities, some attempt to discover social acceptance by changing to Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism or Islam.


"It bothers me each time I introduce myself. Individuals ask about my surname," says Rakesh, who's a dhobi, the washerman caste.


Rakesh has transformed to Islam and altered his identify to Ali Kanojia.


"I inform them my identify is Rakesh. They ask, 'Rakesh what?' They usually ask you this at a Hindu's home," he says.


However conversion isn't merely a approach out – prejudices nonetheless carry over into different religions. Many converts face resistance and even violence from their households or the communities they have been born into and the brand new chosen religion can pose a special set of challenges – like these confronted by Ali Kanojia from his circle of relatives.


"It isn't straightforward to transform to Islam," he says. "They [the family] say it isn't proper. I ask, Why? They are saying it is as a result of Muslims have a nasty popularity."


Abdulrahman Bharti's conversion to Islam virtually value him his life.      


"I acquired shot by Hindu individuals from the Sawar clan … . When an individual converts, the brand new faith welcomes them, however individuals from the previous faith attempt to cease them. If they can not, they will attempt to kill them. This occurred to me," says Bharti who was shot within the chest and leg.


After independence in 1947, the Indian authorities launched constructive discrimination in favour of low caste teams, however not everybody enjoys the identical advantages.


It's a extremely complicated profit construction with sure jobs, schooling alternatives and political illustration reserved for various social and non secular teams.


The Reservation Act covers a variety of eventualities, however for Dalits the disadvantages of conversion might arguably outweigh the benefits, particularly with regards to jobs.


"The safety consists of Sikhs and Jains, and Buddhists, however it does not embrace Christians and Muslims, so what occurs is that they get excluded from these – the quotas for SCs [Scheduled Castes]," says Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director for Human Rights Watch.


Kanojia, for example, has not been capable of get a authorities job.


"If you do not have a decrease caste certificates you will not get a reserved job. I haven't got the decrease caste certificates. My mother and father have been illiterate and had little understanding of issues… I can not get a job anyplace," says Kanojia.


Set primarily in Mumbai and within the Madhya Pradesh countryside, this movie offers an perception into conversion to different religions – the social reformer and principal architect of the Indian structure, BR Ambedkar, was born a Dalit and transformed to Buddhism and lots of adopted in his footsteps – and the processes for finalising conversions.


We hear the private tales of various Dalit Muslims and the marketing campaign of 1 man, descended from Muslim converts, to finish rubbish choosing and discrimination towards Dalits in Madhya Pradesh.


That is a part of a broader wrestle the place castes, clans and religions decide the course of hundreds of thousands of lives.


The Tribune


Parents lock school over 'casteist' slur by teacher


Tribune News Service Muktsar, September 17


The residents of Khudia Maha Singh village in Lambi today locked the entrance of the village's government primary school demanding the transfer of a teacher who, they alleged, passed casteist remarks against their children.


The situation turned tense when another group of villagers turned up in support of the teacher. It was only after the police intervened that the situation was brought under control.


District Education Officer Devinder Kumar Rajoria has marked an inquiry to Block Primary Education Officer Krishna Rani to look into the incident.


In another incident, 19 students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Warringkhera village yesterday fled from the school alleging their principal had assaulted them the previous day. The principal has dubbed the charges as "baseless".


Though the students or their parents have not filed any complaint, the Deputy Commissioner has directed the Malout Sub-Divisional Magistrate to investigate the matter.

A team of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya officials from Chandigarh also reached the school today.

Zee News


Police finally come to help of UP's woman-only news network


Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 22:51


Lucknow: After reporters of women-run news network "Khabar Lahariya" in Uttar Pradesh's Banda faced months of stalking and harassment by a serial caller, police have finally come to their aid - after orders from higher-ups - and the accused has been arrested.


In a press conference here, "Khabar Lahariya" editor Kavita said after orders from senior officials, police in Banda in the state's Bundelkhand region took action to trace and capture the accused.


Kavita said the action was delayed, yet appreciated police's prompt and sensitive action.


Meera, the chief of operations, said there was a need for systems of security, like the 1090 helpline, to be more efficient and accountable, as well the environment to report cases of harassment to be more enabling.


Since January this year, five members of the publication were repeatedly harassed by an unknown caller, who identified himself as Nishu.


Despite a complaint, the matter, according to Kavita, was not taken seriously and brushed off as an "ordinary" case until orders from higher officials.


The accused, Saddam alias Nishu, was arrested on Tuesday, shortly after orders from the state government.

Uttar Pradesh Police chief Jagan Mohan Yadav said changing mindsets in local police stations was the "challenge".


"Many efforts are being done for women's safety, such as the 1090 helpline. The challenge is in changing mindsets in police stations in the districts," the director general of police said in a statement.



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