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Dalits In News,Jan.28, 2008

by udaya — last modified 2008-01-28 20:09

Rahul visits dalit village ,NSC to take up HRD's 'non-compliance' with PM, President....

 

The Hindu

 

Rahul visits dalit village

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200801271652.htm

Amethi (PTI): In an apparent bid to garner support of dalits, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited a village of dalits and spent the night in the house of a community member.

The MP, who is on a three-day visit to his constituency visited Jawaharpur village in Sangarampur block to hold meeting with 20 groups associated with Rajiv Gandhi Women Development Project on Saturday evening. Immediately after the meeting, Gandhi visited the house of one Sunita, a dalit in the village, and took some eatables offered by her and spent the entire night on a cot in her house.

During his stay in the village, Rahul also discussed problems being faced by dalits, party sources said. SPG men and security personnel were on their toes due to Gandhi's unscheduled night stay in the hut of the dalit. Rahul spent the entire night in the village and reached Sanjay Gandhi Hosptial Guest House, where he stayed during his visit at about 7 am on Sunday to hold a meeting with people of his constituency.

District panchayat representatives and Congressmen registered their complaint regarding discrepancies and corruption in implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and "non-effective implementation" of Central schemes with Gandhi and sought his intervention. During the meeting Gandhi told partymen that while youth were being given responsibility in the party, old partymen would also be given due respect.

The Pioneer

 

NSC to take up HRD's 'non-compliance' with PM, President

http://www.indiapress.org/gen/news.php/The_Pioneer/400x60/0

 

Santanu Banerjee | New Delhi


Unhappy over the HRD Minister ignoring its recommendations about appointment and postings of Dalit officers, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NSC), now plans to approach the Prime Minister and the President of India.


Sources said the Commission Chairman Buta Singh had directed the HRD Ministry to take up the issue of "casteist abuse" of a Dalit officer in the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and inquired why no action was taken against his tormentors.

But HRD Minister Arjun Singh not only ignored the complaints but did not even bother to answer his letters.

Instead, both HRD Minister and a Joint Secretary of the Ministry informed the Commission that they did not see any reason why the Ministry should interfere in the affairs of autonomous body.

HRD sources said that on Thursday the Commission chairman Buta Singh had expressed despair and bluntly told HRD officials that "we are not convinced by the argument".

He also informed them that the Commission, which was set up under Article 338 to safeguard the interest of Dalits, found that the Ministry had made a mockery of its  directives.

Incidentally, in his letter dated September 10, Arjun Singh had promised the panel that though he could not interfere in the affairs of autonomous body) but "hope to be able to respond to them shortly on the issue".

However, HRD sources confirmed that neither Arjun Singh responded to the Commission, nor he intervened in the matter.

According to sources, Arjun Singh also did not bother to respond to the NCSC when Bhuta Singh wrote to him seeking clarification on the issue why there should be a "bias against Dalit".

The Times Of India

 

Punjab father kills daughter to save family 'honour'
http://www.indiapress.org/gen/news.php/The_Times_of_India/400x60/0

 

28 Jan 2008, 0047 hrs IST,Shivani Mehra,TNN

 

MAHAL: In a chilling reminder to Punjab's feudal ethos, a farmer strangulated his 23-year-old daughter on Saturday for daring to fall in love with and wanting to marry a man belonging to a lower caste. 

Though the killer father has been arrested, he is bereft of remorse for having eliminated his own daughter — all in the name of saving his family's honour. 

Swaran Singh, a Jat farmer of Mahal village near Amritsar, killed Babbu, who was in love with Manveer Singh, a resident of the same village who belonged to lower caste. 

Though the young lovers had eloped to an Uttar Pradesh village, the girl's father traced them down and persuaded his daughter to return. However, when she insisted on marrying Manveer, the angry father murdered her

 

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