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Dalits In News, Feb.5,2008

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Condition of SCs deteriorated in UP: Buta Singh,Dalit murder case: Cop suspended....

Zee News

Condition of SCs deteriorated in UP: Buta Singh



Varanasi, Feb 05: The condition of Scheduled Castes in Uttar Pradesh has deteriorated ever since Mayawati assumed Chief Ministership, National SC Commission chairman Buta Singh said.

Singh said he was completely dissatisfied with the performance of Mayawati government for improving the condition of SCs in the fields of health, education and security.

"The condition of scheduled castes has been deteriorated during the Mayawati's tenure in UP," he told reporters here yesterday.

Singh said he was against any alteration in the SC/ST Act in UP, where the state government has issued a government order to entertain cases under SC/ST Act only in the cases of rape and murder.

"The government order issued by the chief minister for minimising the limit of SC/ST Act was totally unconstitutional. No government has the right to issue such an order. If it has been issued to check the misuse of the Act, it is like admission of weakness of the machinery responsible for maintaining law and order. Mayawati will have to withdraw the order," he said.


The Times Of India


Dalit murder case: Cop suspended


5 Feb 2008, 1410 hrs IST,PTI


KANPUR: A police officer was suspended on Tuesday in connection with the murder of a Dalit youth in Uttar Pradesh's Etawah district last week even as administration announced a compensation of Rs two lakhs to the victim's family.

Taukeer Hasan, in-charge of Bharthanaa police station in Etawah has been suspended for dereliction of duty, DIG (Kanpur range) Brijbhushan said.

On February one, Satvir Dohare (28) died after he was pushed into a cauldron full of boiling oil by his employer at a confectionery in the district, the DIG said.

He added that the victim's relatives had complained to the police officer about Dohare being threatened by his employer.

But no action was taken in this regard by the officer, he said, adding the administration has announced a compensation of Rs two lakhs to Dohare's family.


Sahara Samay


Dalit boy found hanging, murder suspected

Posted at Tuesday, 05 February 2008 10:02 IST

Muzaffarnagar, Feb 5: The body of a Dalit boy has been recovered from a cold storage in Shamli town, the police said.

Pravin's body was found hanging from the ceiling of the coldstorage where he worked as a watchman.

It is suspected that Pravin was murdered by the family of a girl with whom he was having an affair.

His body has been sent for postmortem and the investigation is on.

In another case a couple sustained severe burn injuries in a fire they had lit to fight the cold.

Jagat Singh is battling for life and his wife Sapna was declared dead when brought to the hospital.

New Indpress


Dalit teenagers stripped


Tuesday February 5 2008 08:11 IST


MADURAI: Two persons, who allegedly stripped three Dalit teenage boys and paraded them, have been arrested under the SC, ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and remanded in custody of Jeyamangalam police station in Theni.

The action was taken on instructions from the Superintendent of Police of Theni.

As per the reports, three Dalit boys- Perumalsamy (10), Nagalingam (15) and Rikki Kevin (14) of Bomminayakkanpatti in Jeyamangalam police limits, had been to the garden of Kader Batcha after school to wash their face on January 28.

Suspecting that the boys intended to steal tomatoes, Kader Batcha and his son Naushad Hussein caned and assaulted them with chappals.

According to their parents, the boys were kicked, tortured, stripped, tied with ropes and abused with their caste names. Later, they were made to run naked from the farm.

Then they were dragged to the village and their parents abused. A Kadir of Evidence, a Madurai-based NGO, which sent a team to the village on a fact-finding mission, said that the Jeyamangalam police had refused to register a case against Kader Batcha and his son.

Representations were made by the parents of the boys to the District SP and he instructed the Jeyamangalam police to register cases against the two men, subsequently arrested.


The Hindu


Dalit thrown into boiling oil cauldron


Etawah (UTTAR PRADESH): A Dalit youth working at a confectionary here died after he was allegedly pushed into a cauldron full of boiling oil by his employer sparking protests by his family and others.

The incident occurred on Saturday in Bharthana area in the district when the youth refused to work for the confectionary owner Anoop Porwal due to ill health, according to family members of the victim.

District Police Chief S.S. Aditya said a case of murder would be registered against the accused after a thorough investigation of the matter. — PTI

The Hindu


Caste-related violence



S. Viswanathan

THAMIZHAGATHIL SAATHI VANMURAIGAL: V. Kannu Pillai; Valarum Samudaya Pathippagam, E.V.R. Saalai, K.K. Nagar, Tiruchi-21. Rs. 100.

EVERY DAY two Dalits are killed, 12 seriously injured, three women raped and 92 cases of violence against Dalits registered in India (National Crime Records Bureau). Tamil Nadu is bracketed with Bihar as States in which caste-related violence is reported most frequently.

From Sivakasi riots to Tirunelveli massacre , Tamil Nadu has seen many incidents of calculated violence against Dalits. Ironically this has happened in a state in which determined social reform initiatives have been taken since the early 20th Century.

Kannu Pillai's book (the Tamil version of his Caste Violence in Tamilnadu) delves deep into the causes of this situation.

What results is a thought-provoking analysis of the problem from sociological, political and, to a certain extent, economic angles, as also from the police perspective. The author agrees with most others that the oppression of Dalits is rooted in the very nature of the birth-based caste system that divides people, grades them into hierarchical social groups and causes hatred against each other. However, he faults the recent spurt in violence against Dalits on ruling Dravidian parties' wishy-washy approach to the problem and the post-Mandal upsurge among "Backward Class" social groups, a section of which saw in Dalits, unjustly though, a "hurdle" to their progress.

The commendable book also details steps to contain caste-related violence and ensure speedy justice to the victims.


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