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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 »

A trailblazer in Dalit literature

A trailblazer in Dalit literature

Om Prakash Valmiki lost his battle for life to liver cancer on Sunday, aged 63, leaving behind a literary legacy that is iconic not just for his words, but also because of what it tells us about our times. Born at the lowest rung of the scheduled castes as an untouchable chuhda in Muzaffarnagar district of western Uttar Pradesh, he rose to occupy the highest place in the world of Dalit literature because of his powerful writings. While Dalit literature had gained wide acceptability in other Indian languages like Marathi, Hindi came to recognise it much later. This meant that ... Read More »

irst Telangana Chief Minister should be a Dalit, demands Sarve Satyanarayana

irst Telangana Chief Minister should be a Dalit, demands Sarve Satyanarayana

Union Minister Sarve Satyanarayana on Tuesday demanded that the first Chief Minister of Telangana State should be a Dalit. Speaking to media persons at Gandhi Bhavan here, Sarve Satyanarayana said that the Congress High Command should consider elevating a Dalit to the Chief Minister’s post after the formation of Telangana state. While the Telangana formation itself would be historical, the State having a Dalit as its first Chief Minister would set a good precedent for the country. When asked whether he was in the race for Chief Minister’s post, he said he could not deny the post if Congress President ... Read More »

Three arrested for Banki gang rape

Three arrested for Banki gang rape

Three persons were arrested for allegedly raping a tribal woman in Kuamada village near Banki, police said on Monday. The 27-year-old woman was rescued from a forest in a critical condition on Sunday evening. The accused, Gundicha Samal, 30, Abhay Pradhan, 26, and Krupasindhu Jena, 30, are liquor sellers from Athagarh. The youths used to procure liquor from a trader in Banki and sold it in villages of Athagarh. On Sunday, when the three were returning to Athagarh after buying the liquor, they saw the woman working in the field alone. The drunk youth forcibly took her to the nearby ... Read More »

Suspension of sub-inspector sought

Suspension of sub-inspector sought

The Dalit Sangharsh Samiti has demanded suspension of police sub-inspector Hussaini Pasha attached to Gulbarga University police station for allegedly misbehaving with and using abusive language against senior Dalit leader Arjun Bhadre, without any provocation . District convener of the samiti Ravi Madankar and others, including Bheemsha Kanna, on Monday submitted a memorandum in this regard to Superintendent of Police Amit Singh here. Mr. Pasha had used abusive language and pushed Mr. Bhadre out of the police station, when the latter had gone there on October 5. Mr. Madankar said that the samiti had taken this incident as an affront ... Read More »

Doctor in Udupi booked for humiliating ST staff

Doctor in Udupi booked for humiliating ST staff

The police registered a case against a medical officer, a dentist and a lab technician on the charge of humiliating a woman contract worker belonging to Scheduled Tribe at the Community Health Centre at Shirva in Udupi district. The Shirva police said that Baby, a Group D staff at the CHC, had lodged a complaint accusing the medical officer Vasudeva Rao of making her wash utensils at his house on holidays and asking her to clean toilets at the CHC. Dentist Santosh Kumar has been accused of humiliating her by calling her a sweeper. Ms. Baby, in her complaint, also ... Read More »

13 lakh Dalits still engaged in manual scavenging: Thorat

13 lakh Dalits still engaged in manual scavenging: Thorat

In spite of manual scavenging being made illegal in the country, 13 lakh Dalits continue to engage in it to earn their daily bread and butter. And Delhi, the national capital, has 10,000 dry latrines even today. ‘’Even though the chief minister of Delhi denies it, you will find them in various places in the capital,” Prof Vimal Thorat of the Indira Gandhi National Open University said while delivering the third SR Sankaran memorial lecture organised by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Centre for Dalit Studies (CDS) at the Osmania University here on Monday. Praising Sankaran, ... Read More »

3 arrested for gang-raping Dalit woman in Odisha

3 arrested for gang-raping Dalit woman in Odisha

The police on Monday arrested three persons for allegedly gangraping a Dalit woman a day earlier in Odisha’s Cuttack district. The incident triggered outrage in the area with locals blocking a state highway demanding action against the culprits and free medical care and compensation for the victim. The three accused accosted the 28-year-old divorcee on Sunday afternoon when she was working alone at the small vegetable farm owned by her parents on the outskirt of their village, about 30 km east of Bhubaneswar. They dragged her to a secluded place and raped her, the police said. Villagers found the unconscious ... Read More »

Calcutta University flouts norms on SC, ST & OBC recruitment

Calcutta University flouts norms on SC, ST & OBC recruitment

Despite being told by the state education department on June 30, 2011, to follow the central government’s reservation policy strictly while recruiting teaching staff in the scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe (ST) and other backward classes ( OBC) categories, Calcutta University (CU) is yet to heed to the order. Authorities of CU did not follow instructions of the education department while recruiting teachers under the three categories, and this could lead to recruitment freeze even in the general category. Raju Par mar, member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes ( NCSC), visited Calcutta University on Thursday and found gross ... Read More »

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