Dalit Media Watch 17th July, 2016

Two Minor sisters raped in Haryana

Two minor sisters, aged 15 and 16 years respectively, were allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by a group of four boys in Sirsa.

  • Both victims as well as the accused belong to the dalit community.
  • Police book Devender Singh, Sonu Singh, Gurlal Singh alias Laali and Pooran Singh.


CHANDIGARH: In yet another shocking incident, two minor sisters, aged 15 and 16 years respectively, were allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by a group of four boys at a village in the Sirsa district of Haryana.
Both victims as well as the accused belong to the dalit community. Acting on the complaint of the victim’s father, police on Friday booked the accused, namely Devender Singh, Sonu Singh, Gurlal Singh alias Laali and Pooran Singh, all residents of Kariwala village of Sirsa at Rania police station.
All the accused are in the age group of 18 to 20 years and have gone missing after the registration of case.


According to information, the incident dates back to July 10 when the girls had gone missing from their house. On July 11, their father had informed the police and a case of wrongful confinement was registered .
The girls had returned home on July 12 and were produced before the district child welfare council. In their initial statement before the judicial magistrate, the girls had said that they had gone to Dera Sacha Sauda for satsang. But on 14 July, their father had moved an application seeking medical examination of the victims.


Police said that father of the victims had alleged the kidnapping and sexual abuse and he had named the four boys booked in the case. “Medical examinations have confirmed that the victims were abused. Now we are in the process of re-recording of their statements. Meanwhile, our police parties are conducting raids to round up the boys,” said Sub Inspector Tara Chand, the investigating officer of the case.


The girls have informed the family that the boys had kidnapped them from village and had taken them to a village near near Rania where they abused them for the night. The victims reportedly said that the accused had threatened them of dire consequences if they revealed anything about them.
SI Tara Chand said that police have now requested the magistrate about re-recording of the statements of the victims.


The Times Of India


Dalit woman denied prasad, 3 booked



TNN | Jul 17, 2016, 05.39 AM IST


Ghaziabad: Three persons, including two women, were booked on Saturday for allegedly stopping a Dalit woman from receiving prasad (a religious offering) at a temple.
They also allegedly intimidated the woman, Santosh Bharti, by making caste-sensitive remarks at her.


The alleged harassment took place in Govindpuram, which is in the Kavi Nagar police station area, around 5pm on Friday. In her police complaint, Santosh, a local social worker, claimed she was also manhandled by the three persons.


An FIR has been lodged at the Kavi Nagar police station under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (criminal intimidation) and relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.


The three accused have been identified in the FIR as Mansi Kaushik, her brother and another woman, wife of Harbans Malik. The complainant did not reveal the names of the two others apart from Mansi.


“All the three accused as well as the complainant are residents of the same neighbourhood. A quarrel broke out after the woman was refused prasad,” said Kavi Nagar SHO Ashok Sisodiya.


The Times Of India


NCSC member to meet Dalit victims in Una



TNN | Jul 17, 2016, 08.01 AM IST


Rajkot: The member of National Commission of Scheduled Caste (NCSC), Raju Parmar, will meet the four Dalits youths who were thrashed in public view for skinning dead cows by local Shiv Sena workers on Sunday. They are recuperating at the Junagadh civil hospital.
Parmar is also scheduled to visit Mota Samadhiya village in Una, where the youths were thrashed, on Sunday. There, he will meet family members of the victims. The NCSC members will hold meeting with the Gir-Somnath police chief and collector over the incident and will take stock of the situation in Una town.


On Saturday, Una town police lodged complaint against a mob of over 200 people who were part of a protest rally held on Friday in Una town over the incident. The complaint was lodged as the protesters did not take police permission.


Earlier, two policemen were suspended for negligence over the thrashing of Dalit youths in public on Friday.


Local Shiv Sena members stripped four Dalit men, tied them to an SUV and publicly thrashed them in a village of Gir-Somnath district on July 11. The victims, from Mota Samadhiyala village near Una town, had brought dead cows for skinning. While they were skinning the cows, six persons in an SUV approached them and accused them of cow slaughter. The victims tried convincing them that they had brought the carcass for skinning.


However, the assailants did not heed to their pleading and started beating them with iron pipes and sticks. After stripping and thrashing them, they were tied behind the SUV and taken to the village. After beating them in the village, the four Dalits were packed into the SUV and taken to Una town, 24km away. Here, they were again tied to the vehicle and thrashed in full public view and taken to the police station.


The Hindu


Special court posts Lakshmipet Dalits murder case to July 29





The Special court established in Lakshmipet of Vangara mandal, Srikakuam district heard the arguments of both the parties in the case related to the murder of five Dalits in June, 2012.


Special judge and fifth additional district sessions court judge Gopalakrishna Rao posted the case to July 29. Palakonda Deputy Superintendent of Police Adinarayana and Public Prosecutor Nagamalleswara Rao provided the details of the ghastly incident in which many Dalits received injuries five persons were murdered while trying to protect the lands near Madduvalasa reservoir.


Defence lawyer Vana Krishnachand told the court that a few innocent persons had also been charge-sheeted in the case.


He said that a few employees A. Srinivasa Rao and three others were not present at the scene of offence but their names were including in the First Information Report.


He submitted the evidence saying that they were on the official duty and not involved in the case.

Heavy security has been arranged at the court premises and several Dalit families attended the court seeking justice.


Deccan Herald


Dalit students take flight of hope, thanks to govt largesse



Bengaluru: July 17, 2016, DHNS


Having lost both her parents two years ago, Akshata Nagaraj had more or less given up hopes of pursuing her higher studies, given the financial difficulties.
On Saturday, after receiving a certificate from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah which states that she has been sanctioned 100% financial assistance, a beaming Akshata shared that she could now fulfil her father’s dream.
Akshata was one among the 60 students who have been selected under the SC/ST Foreign Scholarship programme this year.


The students received certificates of confirmation from Siddaramaiah, on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Dr B R Ambedkar.


Akshata will fly to New Zealand shortly, where she will be pursuing a one-year course in Construction Management in Auckland University of Technology. The Social Welfare department will bear her entire course fee (Rs 25 lakh), including her flight charges, accommodation and food.


Speaking to Deccan Herald, Akshata, who is from Hubballi, said that she was at crossroads till she learnt about the scholarship programme.
Having completed her BE in civil engineering from KLE Institute of Technology, she was keen on pursuing her masters.

“But I almost gave up on my dream when I realised that I could not afford the course fee. If I had known about this programme last year, I wouldn’t have missed a year. However, this programme has given a new direction to my life,” she said.
Rajini Nagaraj, 22, too felt that she would have to forsake her dreams of studying abroad.
After completing a course in Biotechnology from SJCE in Mysuru, this youngster was denied a loan amount of Rs 45 lakh, dashing her hopes of taking up masters in medical biotechnology.
“As my parents have no property, we couldn’t pledge anything as collateral. As a result, the bank refused the loan. But now, I am grateful to the government that I can actually pursue this course,” she added. She will be starting her course this August at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Siddaramaiah said the government was giving financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore per student.



Business Standard


Man gets life term for raping Dalit girl



Press Trust of India  |  Muzaffarnagar July 15, 2016 Last Updated at 23:32 IST


A special court trying cases under the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act today sentenced a 22-year-old man to life imprisonment for raping a 16-year-old Dalit girl here.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Mehtab Ahmad also imposed a fine of Rs 36,000 on Matin Ansari after holding him guilty under sections 3(2), 5 of the Act and sections 376, 506, IPC. Of the amount, Rs 25,000 would be paid to the victim.
According to Public Prosecutor D C Shrivastava, on April 7, 2014, as the girl was on her way to the market, she was picked up, forcefully taken to a vacant house and gangraped by three men, including Ansari.
Medical tests were conducted on the girl which proved rape.
Subsequently, police filed a charge sheet against Ansari whilethe other two accused were given a clean chit.


The Times Of India


Boycott of dalits undoing ‘Beti Padhao’



Ashish Chauhan| TNN | Jul 15, 2016, 08.28 AM IST



  • ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, is being undone by caste in a village 3 km away from Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel’s native village of Kharod in Mehsana district
  • A dalit girl student can’t go to her school in Mansa because no vehicles will ferry her, because of the boycott call given by dominant caste Patels
  • On June 7, a clash between Patels and dalits is cited as the reason for the social boycott of the 13 dalit families of Abhrampura


Ahmedabad: One of the government’s crucial initiatives, ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, is being undone by caste in a village 3 km away from Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel’s native village of Kharod in Mehsana district.


dalit girl student of class XII, Rita Senma (17), can’t go to her school in Mansa, some 7 km away from Abhrampura village in Vijapur taluka, because no vehicles — rickshaw or chakda — will ferry her, because of the boycott call given by dominant caste Patels.
On June 7, a clash between Patels and dalits is cited as the reason for the social boycott of the 13 dalit families of Abhrampura. While the dalits manage to get basic items from Mehsana once a week, Rita, whose family depends on their daily wages, are grounded at home.
Her poor father Kanu Senma can’t afford to buy a bicycle for her, so Rita hasn’t been able to attend school for more than a month.
This boycott doesn’t only affect Rita — the only dalit girl in the school who has reached class XII — but also her two younger sisters, Ranja and Nayna, who are in class VII and VIII respectively. They can’t go to school for fear of the ‘upper caste community’.
The state government authorities concede that there is indeed a boycott of dalits in the village, but officials say the situation was aggravated because “the suppressed class is using the Atrocity Act excessively”. The sarpanch’s husband, the de facto sarpanch, said everything was normal in the village.
S C Rathwa, deputy superintendent of police (DySP) of the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe cell in Mehsana, confirmed that Rita couldn’t go to school because no vehicle would ferry her the 7 km to her school in Mansa town.


“The villagers must have threatened the rickshaw owners, so they are not ferrying this dalit girl to her school,” Rathwa said.


“The situation in the village is tense because dalits have filed nine atrocity cases against members of the dominant caste community, due to which there is a feeling of hatred among the upper caste people, who have boycotted the dalits,” Rathwa added.


Ashwin Patel, whose wife Ramila is sarpanch of the village, said, “The situation in the village is quite normal.” He added that he looks after work in the village on behalf of his wife.


Rita says, “I can’t walk 7 km every day. No vehicles will ferry me, so how can I study further.”


The Indian Express


Attacks on dalit women highlight persistent prejudices of society



By Archana Dalmia  Published: 17th July 2016 04:00 AM


After the the savage murder of an underprivileged law student, Jishamol Kuttikkattuparmbil Pappu (known as Jisha K.P) in Kerala, the news of the ragging incident, where a 19-year-old Dalit girl from Kerala was forced to swallow bathroom cleaner, has saddened us all.


While 29-year-old Jisha was raped, stabbed, strangled and bludgeoned to death, Aswathi, who was studying  to be a nurse in Al Qamar College of Nursing, Kalaburagi, Tamil Nadu, is still fighting for her life. What is notable about these incidents is that both have occurred in South India and both the girls, who came from lesser privileged class and caste, were trying to better their lives. Society and its various prejudices, however, appear to be hell bent on curbing the growth of certain marginalised sections of society.


Jisha was the second daughter of a single mother and the hovel where they lived did not offer any protection—the door was a flimsy wooden plank and the neighbours were hostile towards them.


Despite being a state with a rising literacy rate,  the incident has once again brought to light that Kerala is not safe for women, especially those belonging to marginal groups. Echoing the words of J Devika, “This is not a society that offers any kind of dignity to a woman who is alone”,  there needs to be greater sensitivity towards women trapped in a circle of deprivation, of caste, class and gender.


The Kalaburagi incident was a case of bullying gone too far, but it might be notable that the bullies were five upper-caste students. This brings to the fore again that the attitude towards Dalit students at universities is not changing, even while the police are treating the case as an attempt to murder to send out a strong message to the students and society.


As the National Commission for Women has said, “in the commission of offences against… scheduled caste (Dalit) women, the offenders try to establish their authority and humiliate the community by subjecting their women to indecent and inhuman treatment, including sexual assault, parading naked, using filthy language, etc.”

In these instances and many such in the past, violence, shaming and unequal treatment are used as social mechanisms to maintain Dalit women’s subordinate position in society. “It is the core outcome of gender-based inequalities shaped and intensified by the caste system,” says a study by Aloysius Irudayam, Jayshree P Mangubhai and Joel G Lee.


Be it a matter of land acquisition or caste war like the 2006 Khairlanji massacre in Maharashtra, where the women of the Bhotmange family belonging to a Dalit caste were murdered after they were paraded naked in front of the village, women of caste are always the soft targets.


According to a survey conducted by India Resists campaign on the selective outrage against rape and murder of women, there are over 101 cases of sexual violence against Dalit women that have failed to generate any outrage in the news after the Nirbhaya rape case.


The mysterious death of an Ola woman taxi driver, which is currently being dubbed as ‘suicide’, also throws a shadow of doubt on the justice process. Veerath Bharathi was one of the first few women cab drivers in Delhi who had started her career by joining Angel cabs and later moved to Uber in 2013.


While it is wonderful that women pilots are taking to the skies and women are entering all fields of industry and commerce, it is disheartening to see the women belonging to marginalised castes continue to lag behind.

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