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Dalits In News,Jan.29,2008.

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Caste bias: Medico ends life in Punjab,Centre asks Maya to resolve Dalit suppression incidents...

 Caste bias: Medico ends life in Punjab


29 Jan 2008, 0417 hrs IST,TNN


CHANDIGARH: A fourth year student of MBBS at Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh committed suicide in the hospital premises on Sunday after he was allegedly harassed by two classmates and a teacher. 

The body of 23-year-old, a resident of Sector 41, Chandigarh, was found hanging in the hospital's library toilet. 

He left a suicide note accusing two classmates of "harassing and demoralising" him. He also accused head of community medicine department Dr N K Goel of preventing him from taking the exams because he was a scheduled caste. 

The police handed over the body to his family on Monday after a post-mortem examination. Sources said Jaspreet had tried to commit suicide earlier too but timely action saved him then. The police have booked both classmates and Goel on charges of abetting the suicide. However, no arrests were made as the suicide note would be examined first.

Express India
Centre asks Maya to resolve Dalit suppression incidents


ALKA S PANDELucknow, January 28 The two isolated cases of school students refusing to eat mid-day meal cooked by Dalit women have once again emerged to haunt the Mayawati government, almost a month after it made headlines. This comes in the wake of Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the center taking a serious note of the incidents.

The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has expressed its displeasure over such incidents and last week it shot off a letter to the state government stating: "Such incidents socially disrupt the society and create an ill will among the different sections. They also exhibit the vulnerable position of Dalits in the social structure..."

Talking to The Indian Express on phone, officials at the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment confirmed that a letter addressed to the UP Chief Minister Mayawati had been dispatched to the state government, this month. The officials also said that the minister, Meira Kumar, herself had taken a note of the incident. She had also asked the state government "to resolve such issues strictly and ensure that no such incidents reoccur from any part of the state."

It is learnt that the ministry has also sought a detailed report from the state government regarding the incidents and the action—if any— it has taken.

The ministry officials, who refer to the case as "suppression of a Dalit woman", stated that the Centre is seriously looking into the incidents since they have taken place in a state that is ruled by a Dalit leader.

The staffs at the office of the UP Chief Secretary admitted that they received a letter from Meira Kumar that has been forwarded to the concerned department and officials for further action.

The incidents date back to December 2007 when students of two government-run schools refused to eat the food prepared by Dalit cooks.

While Phool Kumari cooked food at Bibipur village school in Lucknow, two Dalit women— Surajmukhi and Kela Devi — prepared the food in Hazratpur village school in Etawah district. But in mid- December, the children in both the schools reportedly refused to eat food cooked by these women.

After a weeklong controversy, an OBC woman replaced the cook at the Bibipur village school, whereas in Hazratpur school the matter was mutually resolved and the same cooks continued.

The Hindu


Victim of atrocity continues 'satyagraha'



Staff Correspondent

A Dalit farmer is fighting for justice in a case of 'discrimination' in his village

Instead of the Tri-colour, his children waved a 'black flag'

Belgaum: The family of Mallikarjun Huchchappa Batagi, a Dalit, stayed away from the Republic Day celebrations here on Saturday.

Instead of the tri-colour, his children waved a "black flag", as they too, rather unwittingly, were participating in the "satyagraha", which entered the 219th day on Saturday. For Mr. Batagi, it was just another day of "satyagraha". The Constitution promises justice and equality of right and status, "but we stand denied as there is no one to secure them for us," he said while sharing his tale of woes with The Hindu here on Saturday.

Mr. Batagi of Valmiki Nayak Samaj, along with his 75-year-old mother, wife, and two young children, have been on "satyagraha" in front of Regional Commissioner's office since June 26, 2007, demanding justice against alleged atrocities committed by a section of upper "caste" in his native village of Sarwad in Bableshwar Police Station limits of Bijapur district.

He has been thrown out of the village. He lost his home, agricultural lands and a teashop. He knocked on every door for justice, which continues to remain elusive till this day. With no one to help him in his home district, he launched the "satyagraha". Since then, the venue of his "satyagraha" is the only shelter in disguise, and his family makes a living out of charity.

On the representation of his brother Shankarappa Batagi on September 16, 2007, to rehabilitate Mr. Mallikarjun's family at Harugeri in Hukkeri taluk of Belgaum district, made to former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy while the latter was on "gram vastavya" (stay in village) programme, the Chief Minister directed the Bijapur Deputy Commissioner to take appropriate measures.

However, the Deputy Commissioner wrote to the Regional Commissioner on November 7, stating that government land was not available at Harugeri. He suggested that Mr. Mallikarjun could be rehabilitated in Jamkhandi taluk of Bagalkot district.

Even the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had promised and directed the authorities to rehabilitate him expeditiously. He said he was deeply hurt by the attitude of the Karnataka State SC/ST Commission Chairman Nehru C. Olekar. When he presented his case before Mr. Olekarthe latter sympathised with him and his family and advised him to wait. He promised to discuss the issue with Deputy Commissioner M.E. Shivalingmurthy. But later Mr. Olekar

Mr. Olekar expressed his helplessness stating that he could not do anything because there was no elected government. When asked what he would do hereafter, Mr. Mallikarjun said Valmiki Samaj State unit president H.R. Shivakumar has promised him to stage a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan in Bangalore from January 28.

The Hindu


Dalit organisation flays government


PUDUCHERRY: The Steering and Monitoring Committee of the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan, Puducherry, on Monday urged the government to ensure that the Puducherry Adi Dravidar Development Corporation resumed issuing loans to eligible beneficiaries.

Committee president N. Marimuthu told reporters here that the order issued by the Secretary (Adi Dravidar Welfare) had come in the way of disbursal of loans to the Dalits.

He flayed the government for "diverting" the Special Component Plan funds for other projects.

New Indpress


Dalit girl for action against spinning mill

Tuesday January 29 2008 10:06 IST

TIRUNELVELI: A 14- year old Dalit girl who was forced to work in a spinning mill near Vaagaikulam has lost her four fingers in the right hand while feeding cotton to a machine.

She submitted a petition to the District Collector, G Prakash during the grievance day meeting on Monday demanding action against the spinning mill management for employing child labour.

P Paulraj, a mason from Old Pettai after submitting a petition to the Collector said, when he was out of station, an official from the spinning mill who promised good salary had asked his daughter P Ambika, a minor, to work in the mill.

As against his promise, she was forced to work for a salary of Rs 40 a day.

On January 6, when Ambika was involved in the work of feeding the cotton to the machine, accidentally her four fingers were chopped.

The authorities of the spinning mill had taken Ambika to a private hospital at Kokkiralulam for treatment. 

Moreover, when Paulraj tried to file a complaint with the police, the mill authorities had threatened him.

Paulraj along with his daughter Ambika submitted a petition in this connection to the District Collector who forwarded the petition to the City Police for necessary action.

The Tribune

Admn succeeds in making protesters give up fast
Dalit-A Mahapanchayat agitation ends

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, January 28

The indefinite fast by representatives of the Dalit-A Mahapanchayat, Haryana, finally came to an end late last evening. Eleven members of the mahapanchayat, including a woman, had been sitting on fast in front of the mini-secretariat since December 25.

They were demanding the restoration of the A-B block classification among the Dalits. The district administration found itself in a spot as the condition of some protesters deteriorated while the fast was in progress.

Rohtak being the hometown of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the protest was especially under sharp focus.

Apart from the surfacing of differences among the mahapanchayat leaders, the local administration's efforts also played a key role in ending the long-drawn agitation.

Administrative officials continued to persuade the protesters to end their agitation for several days. In the process, the district authorities also used a section of the local media to their advantage.

The authorities, who allowed the Dalit body to hold a rally despite adverse intelligence reports and later mishandled the situation by not taking prompt decisions and action, are obviously elated over the final turn of events.

However, widespread resentment prevails among the local residents over the manner in which such a large number of rallyists carrying logs, hockey sticks and even sharp-edged weapons were allowed to march through the town unchecked.

The persons whose vehicles or other property was damaged in the demonstration have been making the rounds of different offices to get their damage claims settled. The so-called "conditional permission" granted to the rally organisers by the district administration has also raised many an eyebrow.

"How can the district authorities shy away from their responsibility of maintaining law and order in the town and pass on the same to a bunch of protesters?" questions a local trader.

For that matter, the state authorities' silent indifference to the month-long fast by 11 Dalit members in the Chief Minister's hometown can also be questioned, but the moot point is: Do the authorities concerned have any answers?

The Pioneer


Now, SC\STs to get Rs 8,000 for research


Staff Reporter | Bhopal

The amount of research scholarship for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes students pursuing higher education has been increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000. At an Adivasi and Anusuchit Jati Panchayat held at the Chief Minister's residence, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced to increase the scholarship amount.

However, the scholarship comes with a rider, if a student has been selected for any other scholarship of the State Government, he or she would be entitled for only one scholarship. The research scholarship was introduced in 2003-04. The amount has been increased with effect from November 2007.

The research scholarship with the increased amount has been sanctioned to four Scheduled Caste students in art faculty, eight in social science faculty, six in science faculty, four in biology faculty and one in commerce faculty. A total of Rs 16.61 lakh has been sanctioned.

Similarly, four ST students have been sanctioned the scholarship in art faculty and one each in social science and science faculties.

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