Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 10.10.15
Video of Dalit family allegedly stripped by police creates storm on social media - The Hindu
In a Rajasthan Village, Dalit Children Are Afraid To Go To School - NDTV
Dalits demand pathway to graveyard - The Hindu
Forum stages demonstration, wants law to curb 'honour killing' - The Hindu
Poor conviction rate in SC/ST atrocity cases in Prakasam district - The Hindu
The Times Of India
Padmanabhaswamy temple official castigated - Deccan Herald
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The Times Of India
Land dispute, police 'inaction' for six years forced Greater Noida family to strip
Video of Dalit family allegedly stripped by police creates storm on social media
A video of a Dalit man and his wife allegedly stripped by the police in Greater Noida in Gautam Buddh Nagar has created a storm on social media. The authorities are yet to act on it.
Sunil Gautam and his wife were reportedly stripped naked publicly by the local police after they insisted on filing a police complaint. The Dankaur police had allegedly refused to file their complaint. The couple were later arrested and jailed by the police.
Other versions of the video shows the couple stripping themselves apparently as a mark of protest after the police refused to file their complaint.
The local police have termed Gautam a habitual "blackmailer." He "misuses the provisions of SC/ST Atrocities act to blackmail people and settle personal scores," a senior police officer told The Hindu.
"We received several complaints against Sunil Gautam by Dankaur's business community that he has been blackmailing them for a long time," a senior Greater Noida official said.
The Twitter handle of Government of Uttar Pradesh clarified and accused the dalit victims of orchestrating the incident.
"Noida police is in possession of the video of the alleged stripping; it is clearly seen the accused disrobes/others," the State government's Twitter handle said, quoting the Superintendent of Police of Noida.
"The witnesses present at the incident also corroborate the same; the video is circulated to undermine the efforts of the police," it further added.
In a Rajasthan Village, Dalit Children Are Afraid To Go To School
JODHPUR: Dozens of Dalit children from a government school in Rajasthan's Berdo Ka Baas village say they are now too scared to go to school.
Their classmate, 12-year-old Dinesh Meghwal, was beaten up last week by a teacher allegedly for touching a non-Dalit's food plate.
"I touched their plate by mistake so they beat me up. They beat me very badly," Dinesh Meghwal said.
The students from the Meghwal community say they are now being threatened by the upper caste Jats in their village - the community to which teacher belongs.
The teacher Hema Ram Jat, who was arrested after the incident last Friday, is now out on bail.
Calling for action over the incident, around 50 Dalit children from the senior secondary school from the village sat in protest outside the collector's office in Jodhpur with a memorandum.
They say discrimination is rampant in their village school where upper caste Jats are in majority. "They treat us very badly. Our plates are kept separately and that is also the reason our friend was beaten," said a classmate of Dinesh.
Dinesh's father Malaram said that after his son was beaten up, he went to the school to protest, but he too was beaten by the school teacher.
"There is pressure now on the students and the parents. The Dalit children are not going to the school. This is a matter of concern," Kishan Meghwal, a Dalit activist from the area, said.
The education department has asked for a report into the case. The police have registered a first information report and said they are investigating the matter.
"Strict action would be taken. There is no question that caste-based discrimination will be allowed," Jodhpur Superintendent of Police Pradeep Mohan Sharma said.
Rajasthan has the fifth highest number of crimes against Dalits in the country according to the National Crime Records Bureau. There has been an increase of 22 per cent in the number of crimes like these registered under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act in the last one year.
Dalits demand pathway to graveyard
Tension prevailed here on Friday after Dalits at Aadhagapatty in Pennagaram blocked a road carrying a body demanding pathway to a graveyard.The residents of Scheduled Castes colony that houses over 100 households took to the street carrying the corpse of a man, who died on Thursday. The local residents have been burying the dead on a piece of poramboke land. The Scheduled Castes have long been demanding that an exclusive graveyard be provided for them. Revenue officials held talks with the protesters. They promised to lay a pathway immediately, and another site for a graveyard too.
Forum stages demonstration, wants law to curb 'honour killing'
Members of the district unit of Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradiation Front (TNUEF) staged a demonstration, demanding separate law to curb 'honour killing' in the State and courted arrest after they attempted to take out a walkathon.
Police arrested TNUEF members, including its district secretary N. Kalaiarasan and State committee member S Balasubramanian, when they attempted to take out a walkathon violating the police orders here on Friday.
Tempers ran high when police prevented Mr Kalaiarasan from talking to the television media, while being arrested and a section of television journalists staging a protest against the police.
Assistant Superintendent of Police S Sarvesh Raj, who was presented at the spot, intervened and resolved the issue. Superintendent of Police N. M. Mylvahanan promised to look into the issue when journalists brought it to his notice.
Those arrested were detained at a marriage hall and released in the evening. They were prevented from taking out the walkathon as prohibitory order under section 144 of Cr PC was in vogue in the district, police pointed out.
Addressing the agitation, Mr Kalaiarasan said the State had witnessed as many as 72 'honour killings' as people were averse to inter-caste marriage, especially when dalits were involved in the marriages. The killings went unabated in the absence of a separate stringent law to deal with the offenders, he said.
At least five such murders have taken place in the district in the past few years, he claimed.
Poor conviction rate in SC/ST atrocity cases in Prakasam district
Worried over poor conviction in atrocity cases, National Commission for Scheduled Castes member P.M. Kamalamma on Friday exhorted the district administration to double up efforts to ensure early disposal of the cases.
Reviewing the cases and relief provided under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, she said the NCSC would hold a special review meeting in Vijayawada in the second week of November to render justice to the victims of atrocities.
She asked revenue and police officials to work "wholeheartedly" to improve the conviction rate and ensure justice to the downtrodden sections of people.
It was submitted by District Revenue Officer Noor Basha Qasim that no case ended in conviction in the last four years when as many as 598 atrocity cases were registered.
Only three cases ended in conviction in the previous three years when 436 SC/ST cases were reported. Much to her chagrin, 441 cases were closed as "false cases". As many as 137 cases were pending trial in different courts in the district with a maximum of 46 cases in 2014, followed by 42 cases in 2013 and 16 in 2015, 11 cases in 2012, 10 cases in 2011, 4 cases in 2009, 2 in 2007 and one case each in 1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Superintendent of Police Ch. Srikanth explained that the victims inability to provide evidence was responsible for a large number of cases getting closed as "false cases".
In many cases it was difficult to prove that a person had abused the victims by his/her caste name for want of witnesses. Most of the complaints related to land disputes, she told reporters later. She wanted the district administration to be liberal in providing general funds for improvement of the lot of SCs and STs, while strictly spending the allocation under SC/ST sub-plans only for them.
The Times Of India
Padmanabhaswamy temple official castigated
New Delhi, Oct 10, 2015, DHNS
The Supreme Court on Friday castigated K N Satheesh, the executive officer (EO) for Kerala's Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, for making "wild" allegations against the Travancore royal family.
A bench of Justices T S Thakur and Anil R Dave told Satheesh, a senior IAS officer, not to get "carried away by ideologies, revolutionaries and politics" while acting as the temple's executive officer.
Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the royal family members, pointed out K N Satheesh's "wild" allegations in an affidavit to the court.
K K Venugopal said the executiive officer (EO) questioned the half-hour slot given to the royal family every morning to exclusively enter the temple to offer prayers.
Counsel complained that the officer had described practice, allowed by the Supreme Court , as "reminiscent of the social evil of untouchability of the past era".
After reprimanding K N Satheesh for making these allegations, the Supreme Court asked him to withdraw his affidavit.
The court also directed him to file a fresh afadavit.
Direction of the court
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court directed former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai to complete the audit of the trust for the period between 2004 and 2014.
The court directed him to submit his report.
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