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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 »

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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