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Rape survivors battle for justice

Rape survivors battle for justice

The rape and murder of the two teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district last Wednesday sent shockwaves across the country, and also threw into focus four rape survivors from Bhagana village in Hisar, Haryana, who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in the national capital since April 16. Bhagana is some 170km from New Delhi. The survivors, aged between 13 and 18 years, belong to the landless Dhanuk sub-caste, and worked for upper caste landowners. Villagers say the khap panchayat had imposed a social boycott against the caste group, forcing about 250 families to leave their homes and flee ... Read More »

Modi government’s assault on democratic rights: Bhagana rape survivors & protestors evicted from Jantar Mantar by Delhi Police

Modi government’s assault on democratic rights: Bhagana rape survivors & protestors evicted from Jantar Mantar by Delhi Police

The RSS/BJP/ Modi government has shown its teeth soon, and that also to women. Does it wish to announce that it is sympathetic to hooligans and rapists and corrupt policemen? That it will crush all democratic protest, even of rape survivors? Women will be in the forefront of the defence of Indian democracy. All those who care for human freedom and the right to protest should resist this tyranny Dear friends from Press and Public , At morning 6 am today (Wednesday, 4th June 2014), nearly one thousand policemen came to Jantar Mantar and forcibly removed the Bhagana survivors’ and ... Read More »

Dalit groom beaten for riding buggy

Dalit groom beaten for riding buggy

In a shocking instance of caste discrimination in the capital, a dalit groom was dragged down from his buggy by two upper caste men barely 200 metres from the wedding venue in Maidangarhi, south Delhi, on Thursday night. The two upper caste men – brothers who were drunk at the time – have been arrested under the SC/ST Act. The two are alleged to have made derogatory remarks against dalits and said that the groom, Sumit Singh, was not qualified to sit on a buggy. Maidangarhi, close to the plush Sainik Farms locality, is an urban village dominated by the ... Read More »

Protest at Jantar Mantar for SC, ST Bill Today

Protest at Jantar Mantar for SC, ST Bill Today

The National Coalition on SCP/TSP Legislation (NCSTL) will stage a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Thursday to mount pressure on the Central government to introduce the Special Component Plan (SCP) and Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) Bill in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. Paul Divakar, convenor of NCSTL said, “The UPA should make visible its commitment towards SCs and STs by passing this legislation.” Union minister Jairam Ramesh has assured them that the Centre will table the bill in winter session, according to Dalit and Adivasi leaders. Representatives of the NCSTL met the minister and urged him to introduce ... Read More »

Four of Dalit family laid to rest, main accused found injured

Four of Dalit family laid to rest, main accused found injured

The four slain members of a Dalit family, including two toddlers, were today laid to rest amid heart-wrenching scenes near Kotrani village here, while the main accused in the gruesome murders was found injured and in an unconscious condition. Baljinder Kumar alias Kala allegedly butchered his 28-year-old wife Seema, daughter Sumni(3), son Harsh (2) and his sister-in-law Reena (32) yesterday at his home in Kotrani village. Kala, along with some of his associates, also attacked his son Tari (26) and Reena’s son Harry (5). They were left seriously injured and are recuperating in DMC hospital Ludhiana. The children, Harsh and ... Read More »

Dalit student gangrape: Gujarat High Court upholds life term for five teachers

Dalit student gangrape: Gujarat High Court upholds life term for five teachers

The Gujarat High Court today upheld life imprisonment of five out of six teachers for repeatedly raping a 19-year-old Dalit girl student of their college in Patan. The high court reduced punishment of the sixth teacher from life term to ten years’ imprisonment. A two-judge Bench of Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice Z K Saiyed confirmed the life imprisonment for Manish Parmar, Mahendra Prajapati, Ashwin Parmar, Kiran Patel and Suresh Patel–all teachers of Patan’s government-run Primary Teachers’ Training College (PTC)–but reduced the term of the sixth convict, Atul Patel. A fast track court in Patan in 2009 had sentenced all ... Read More »

Venkatesh’s suicide a clear case of Dalit discrimination, says NGO

Venkatesh’s suicide a clear case of Dalit discrimination, says NGO

A team from the Centre for Dalit Studies says authorities at the University of Hyderabad are to blame for the research student ending his life earlier this week Four days after the suicide of M. Venkatesh, a Ph.D student at the University of Hyderabad (UoH), a team from Centre for Dalit Studies, an NGO, has said the suicide was a clear case of discrimination against Dalit students in the campus. It has also accused varsity authorities of being indifferent to the needs of Dalit students, and also of putting in little effort towards consoling the family of the deceased. “There ... Read More »

SC, ST sub-plan Bill expected to make departures from AP law

SC, ST sub-plan Bill expected to make departures from AP law

The proposed legislation in Karnataka to accord statutory status to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes sub-plan, expected to make some significant departures from the law in Andhra Pradesh, is unlikely to be tabled in the current session of the legislature. Among the significant departures in the proposed Karnataka draft Bill from the Andhra Pradesh legislation is that any public servant will be liable for imprisonment up to six months for failure to implement the provisions under it. Also, while the Andhra Pradesh Act is to lapse after 10 years, no timeframe has been fixed in the draft legislation ... Read More »

Dalit Woman Insulted by Hubby Attempts Suicide

Dalit Woman Insulted by Hubby Attempts Suicide

A Dalit woman upset over the humiliation meted out to her by her caste Hindu husband attempted self-immolation here on Thursday. Muruganathan (27), a native of Thanjavur moved to Tirupur some time back and settled as a daily wage worker. Later, Muruganathan, a caste Hindu, married a Dalit woman Vidya (25), who also hailed from his native place, with whom he had an affair. Recently, a girl child was born to the couple. However, there disputes between the couple over some issue. During such verbal quarrels, the man used to insult his wife by calling her with caste name. This ... Read More »

Fearing threat to life, Dalit woman seeks gun licence

Fearing threat to life, Dalit woman seeks gun licence

Apprehending threat to life and property, a Dalit woman on Thursday petitioned to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes here seeking its help to obtain a gun licence. S. Sudha of Veppamarathur village in Dharmapuri district has alleged harassment and repeated threats to her life even as the police have provided her with a round-the-clock security cover. The woman claimed in her petition that three years ago she got married to Suresh, who belongs to the Vanniyar community. After Dalit villages in the district were allegedly attacked by Caste Hindus, following the sensational Ilavarasan-Divya marriage in 2012, her family was ... Read More »

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