Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 14.12.11
Mirchpur killing:SC seeks response on rehabilitation package - IBN Live
SC-ST Commission summons college dean again - Daily Bhaskar
In this village, untouchability is passé - The Times Of India
BPO training for SC/ST girls - The Hindu
Dalit killed for intruding kitchen fireplace in hotel - Republica
Mirchpur killing:SC seeks response on rehabilitation package
PTI | 07:12 PM,Dec 14,2011
New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) The Supreme Court today sought a response from Haryana government on giving a rehabilitation package to 125 Dalits who were forced to leave their village after the killing of a 70-year-old Dalit man and his physically-challenged daughter were killed last year. A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi asked the state government to respond by Friday on the package. The court was hearing a PIL seeking monetary assistance for the Dalits who fled from Mirchpur village after they were attacked by pre-dominant Jat community there. Advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioner, pleaded with the court that the state government should relocate them and provide Rs ten thousand to each per month for a reasonable period. The incident took place on April 21 last year when the accused resorted to rioting and attacked the houses of people of Dalit community as a pet dog of a Dalit had barked at a group of Jats two days before when they were passing through the colony. They got enraged when a Dalit boy objected to hurling of stones by Jat youths at the dog, it said, adding later it led to the killings of Tara Chand and his physically- challenged teenaged daughter. The trial court has convicted 15 people in the case, out of which three persons were sentenced to life imprisonment on October 31. The 15 convicts, belonging to the Jat community, were held guilty for setting ablaze Tara Chand's house, which caused the deaths of two persons.
SC-ST Commission summons college dean again
Source: Amanesh Dubey, Bhaskar News | Last Updated 16:57(14/12/11)
Raipur: Chhattisgarh Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Commission (SC-ST Commission) had summoned the college dean by December 13.
Dean of Kushabhau Thakre Patrakarita Evam Jan Sanchar University Dr DN Verma had been summoned to appear before the commission by December 13 with a response on the complaint of a student. The dean, however, failed to appear before the commission. He has now been given the time of a week to appear with his explanations.
The commission has reprimanded the dean for the delay and said it will be bound to take strict actions if he fails to meet the deadline again.
PhED student Kamal Jyoti Jahire had complained that he was mistreated and assaulted in the college.
The Times Of India
In this village, untouchability is passe
Padmini Sivarajah, TNN | Dec 14, 2011, 06.48AM IST
MADURAI: The Sivaganga district administration has awarded the Tamarakki south panchayat for successfully overcoming the social evil of untouchability. The Rs 2 lakh award will be used for the infrastructure development of the village.
There are 527 families as of today in this village in the Sivaganga union. Out of these, 124 families belong to adi-dravidar community while the rest are non-dalits and living in perfect harmony, according to a survey. Unlike many villages in this vicinity whereuntouchability is still very prevalent, all communities enjoy equal rights here.
For the award, the district administration carries out inspections to ensure if adi-dravidars are treated equally in hotels and teashops, where untouchability can be very prevalent through the 'double tumbler' system, if any. Equal worshipping rights at village temples, collection of water in taps and water bodies and renting of houses to different castes without discrimination are the major points taken into consideration to see if a village qualifies for the award.
A Ayyanar, the panchayat president, who is into his successful fourth term after administering the village for the past 20 years said that untouchability had never existed in their village to the best of his knowledge. "We see all people as equals before god and all communities participate in the village festival and offer prayers simultaneously," he said. Also, on any family occasion invitations are extended to the entire village where everyone participates in the preparations.
"If at all someone is not invited, it may be due to a family feud or simple quarrel and never a caste-based issue," said Rajathi, a villager.
N Elappan, a villager says that it is heartening to see the harmony among the dalits and non-dalits in their village. "We call each other 'mama' and 'machan', something that you will never see adi-dravidar's addressing the other communities' in many villages," he said. He adds that teashops are places where they have daily gatherings and that their relationships have also helped to strengthen the ties among school children.
Subbramani, another villager says that he is confident that their village is an example for others. "When a need arises, the non-dalits are always ready to extend a helping hand and even rent their homes to us," he said. The panchayat president days that their strong ties within the village go with them to the grave because they have only one cemetery to bury or cremate their dead, beyond caste and creed.
Ayyanar received the cash award from the Sivaganga district collector V Rajaraman on Tuesday. This cash award would be utilised for providing infrastructure facilities like drinking water taps, streetlights and renovation of school buildings.
BPO training for SC/ST girls
Shyam P V, TNN | Dec 14, 2011, 05.24AM IST
THRISSUR: To give girls belonging to backward classes an edge in the competitive job market, the Kerala SC/ST Women's Welfare Association has decided to introduce BPO training programme for them in the district headquarters.
The association's legal advisor advocate Sunil M Karani said on Tuesday that the short-term courses were aimed at equipping tribal students with the nitty-gritty of the BPO industry.
"The free course will be held with the support of BPO training centres and placement cells in every district. Our aim is to improve the professional standard of these girls and help them to be on a par with their urban colleagues," he said.
Minister for the welfare of backward communities P K Jayalakshmi had promised financial aid for the training programme, especially designed for SC/ST girls who had passed plus-two or an equivalent course.
"The association will soon invite call centre institutes to train the girls. A few call centre institutes based in the southern districts have already shown interest to train them and the response from the girls for the programme has also been encouraging.
We have already received 100 applications. Though we do not assure them jobs, we are sure the BPO companies will approach us for the same," Marani said.
To give the SC/ST girls an edge in competitive job market, the Kerala SC/ST Women's Welfare Association has decided to introduce BPO training programme for them in district headquarters.
Talking to TOI the legal advisor of the association Adv Sunil M Karani said the short-term courses are aimed at equipping tribal students with the nitty-gritty of the BPO industry. "The free course for SC/ST girls would be held with the support of BPO training centres and placement cells in every district. Our aim is to improve the life standards of the girls and develop them to be on a par with their urban colleagues," he said.
Minister for Welfare of Backward Communities PK Jayalakshmi has assured financial aid to the training programme specially designed SC/ST girls who have passed plus two or equivalent course, said Adv Sunil.
The association would invite call centre institute to trains the girls soon. "A few call centre institutes based in Southern districts have already shown interest to train the girls and the response from the SC/ST girls for the programme is also encouraging. We have already received 100 applications. Though we are not assuring any job guarantee, we are sure of BPO companies approaching us for the same," added Adv Sunil.
Dalit killed for intruding kitchen fireplace in hotel
JUMLA, Dec 14: A dalit has been thrashed to death in Jubitha-4, Kalikot for intruding into the kitchen fireplace of an "upper-caste" hotelier.
Manbir Sunar, 31, had gone to Jas Bahadur Shahi´s Dhara Hotel next door to buy cigarettes after dinner Saturday evening.
He went to the burning stove to light a cigarette but two Thakuris drinking alcohol on a table nearby felt offended. The inebriated duo pounced upon him and thrashed him mercilessly. "He breathed his last while being taken to District Hospital Sunday morning," his heart-broken father Bir Bahadur said.
The assailants Min Bahadur of Jubitha-8 and Dip Bahadur of Jubitha-9 were old acquaintances. But the duo didn´t need any other reason to mortally thrash Sunar.
"Preliminary investigations show there was no previous animosity among them and Sunar was beaten due as Dalits are deemed untouchables," Chief District Officer (CDO) of Kalikot Durga Dutta Dhakal said.
Doctor at the District Hospital Rabindra Khadka said the deceased had wounds all over his body with dysfunctional kidneys. He said report from the Central Laboratory in Kathmandu will provide the details but the hospital stated that he died after being unable to discharge urine following injury on his genitals.
Khallagad Police Post has arrested the duo and CDO Dhakal said the Shahis would be tried for murder. Meanwhile, various dalit right organizations and activists have condemned the incident.