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Indian police extort transgender sex workers, increasing HIV risk – study

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Police in India routinely extort female transgender sex workers, which pressures them to earn more by engaging in unsafe sex that increases the risk of disease, researchers say. Gender minorities need more protection and police ...

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Everyday Caste Discrimination and Violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Rural Areas Far From Over

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which gathers data about different crimes in the country, revealed that Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of atrocities against Dalits in 2016. Out of all the reported crimes reported in the state, 26% ...

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‘Any Attempt by SC to Introduce Safeguards Against SC/ST Act Would Send Wrong Message’

On 20th November 2017, a bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, while hearing case Dr Subhash Kashinath Mahajan v State of Maharashtra, framed the following question for consideration: Whether there can be procedural safeguards so ...

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South Mumbai boy cries rape; no evidence, say cops

A 13-year-old boy from a reputed south Mumbai school says he was sexually assaulted by a masked man inside his school. Parents of the Class 8 student say a man dragged their son to an empty classroom during recess on ...

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Dalit constable‘s suicide: No hint of accused cop

JAIPUR: Three days after a 38-year-old Dalit constable committed suicide in district with his wife and two children, the assistant sub-inspector (ASI) who was accused of harassing the deceased in a six-year-old theft case, remains off the hook. Searches are ...

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TNIE Apologises for ‘Dalit Outreach’ Headline on Ilaiyaraaja

A day after headlining music maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s achievement of getting a Padma Vibhushan as “Dalit outreach with Ilaiyaraaja’s Padma” and facing all-round flak for it, The New Indian Express has issued an apology. In its 27 January edition, the paper ...

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Police break up Dalit protest in Kerala

A year-long struggle by Dalit activists against a ‘caste wall’ built around what has been a community space in their neighbourhood at Vadayampady, east of Kochi, has come to a head with the police forcibly dismantling the tent pitched to ...

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2 youths set Dalit girl on fire in UP, held

ALLAHABAD: Police arrested two youths on Tuesday for allegedly setting ablaze a 19-year-old Dalit girl in Raniganj Ajgara village on Monday evening. The duo killed the girl in a bid to avenge the assault by Pasi, who is behind bars ...

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Dalits to take out procession in protest against Hegde

A forum of all Dalit organisations has planned to take out a procession here on January 30 to register its protest against the recent remarks made against them by Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde in Ballari. ...

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Nine months later, transgenders employed at Kochi Metro say things are moving on the right track

The journey towards equal opportunities has only just begun, but the struggle is far from over. Ragarenjini, Sandra, and Karthika are beacons of hope for many others who aspire for regular jobs and a life of dignity and acceptance. Ragarenjini’s ...

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Indian police exploit trans sex workers, increase HIV risk – study

Mumbai – Police in India routinely extort female transgender sex workers, which pressures them to earn more by engaging in unsafe sex that increases the risk of disease, researchers say. Gender minorities need more protection and police need sensitivity training, ...

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Dalit Girl Burnt Alive By Father And Brother In Yogi Aditya Nath’s UP

Pratapgarh: A 19-year-old Dalit girl was burnt alive allegedly by a father-son duo in Lalganj area here, police said today. The incident took place yesterday when one Deep and his father entered the house of Mithailal and set her daughter ...

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Left partymen handcuffed for trying to visit Dalit victims

KNPS state secretary Krishna was detained in Tenali town. Despite the hindrance from police, Left parties are hell-bent on organising Chalo Gottipadu programme to meet the Dalit victims on January 24.The Left parties alleged that the state government has failed ...

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Woman delivers sans help at hospital

Soon, other women in the general ward came together and helped her deliver a baby girl successfully. The staff took her inside but said that the hospital did not have a gynaecologist. MACHERLA ( GUNTUR ): Two days after a ...

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Dalit Farmer Crushed To Death Under Tractor Allegedly By Loan Recovery Agents

A Dalit farmer in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh was allegedly crushed to death under a tractor by loan recovery agents and died on Saturday, reports NDTV. The police quoted Om Prakash, the victim’s brother saying that the agents were sent by a ...

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Dalit group alleges police atrocity

KOCHI: Dalit protesters at Vadayambadi near Puthencruz alleged police atrocity after a group of dalit activists, who were on a hunger strike against preventing right of way by a temple administration committee, were arrested on Sunday morning. Dalit Bhu Avakaashamunnai ...

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Ambedkar’s pic must in local bodies’ offices

LUCKNOW: Amid row over saffron coat on public offices and places, the Yogi government has ordered all local bodies in the state to display photographs of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar in their offices. The order is mandatory. The state panchayati raj department, in a directive ...

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Dalit farmer allegedly crushed under tractor by loan recovery agents in UP’s Sitapur

A Dalit farmer in Uttar Pradesh was allegedly crushed to death under a tractor by a loan recovery agents for failing to deposit arrears. The incident took place in Bhauri village of Sitapur district on Saturday. Gyan Chandra had taken Rs 5 lakh loan to purchase a ...

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Children’s future at risk due to lack of school infrastructure in Bara

BARA: Children living in the forest settlement of Mathiyani Tole — currently included under Jitpur Simara Sub-Metropolitan City-17 of Bara district — are studying in a school without even the basic infrastructure. As per the permit given by the District Education ...

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Tribal Travails

There have been several attempts to deprive tribals of their land in the garb of development, and to make the process quicker and Chhattisgarh’s Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill seems to be yet another one The world over, it is ...

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Punjab Dalit woman’s household scared to go away dwelling

PATIALA: Family of the Dalit girl, who filed a complaint last year against her school teachers for caste discrimination and upper caste classmates for discrimination, intimidation and physical assault after refusing to help them cheat in a Class X examination, ...

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Meet the people who are still ‘untouchables’ after all these years

Lalitha Devi is 65 and remembers how, during her childhood, when she worked in the fields of a high caste landowner, she used to get thirsty and ask for water. The lady of the house would emerge with a round ...

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Dalit atrocities: NHRC asks DGP to submit report

Jaipur: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken to task DGP of Rajasthan over the state police inaction in dealing with cases of atrocities against Dalits under the Prevention of Atrocities against SC/ST Act. He was asked to submit a ...

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Andhra Dalits face social boycott for using thoroughfare and ‘polluting’ deity

Dalit children were not allowed to go to school, while adults were refused work. Casteism has reared its ugly head once again. This time in Andhra’s Prakasam district where Dalits belonging to the village of Kancharlagunta faced a social boycott ...

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It’s Not That Easy Being a Dalit Leader

Agitation against any regime is easy. However, to sustain a movement and give an ideological alternative to the existing system is a whole different proposition. Two years after his death, Rohith Vemula’s mother is still running from pillar to post ...

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Teachers want Ambedkar on currency notes

New Delhi: Around 50 teachers from Dalit and other marginalised sections took out a march towards the President House on Friday to demand that B.R. Ambedkar’s image should be on currency notes and April 14 — Ambedkar’s birth date — must be a ...

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Save nation from fascist forces, say Dalit activists

Hubballi: The Bharatiya Moola Nivasigala Okkuta, Samata Sainik Dal and Karnataka Madiga Dandor Samiti observed the second by holding a dharna at Ambedkar Circle here on Wednesday. Terming Vemula‘s death a systematic murder of talent, Pitambrappa Bilar said that the ...

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Damage to vehicles estimated at ₹88 lakh, police to submit report

Report expected to be submitted to collectors next week so as to initiate process to recover compensation Public and private vehicles suffered damages worth an estimated Rs 88 lakh during the recent Dalit agitations in Mumbai, on January 2 and ...

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6 get death for 2013 honour killing of 3 dalits in Maharashtra

A court in Nashik on Saturday awarded the death sentence to all six convicts in the honour killings of three dalit youths in Ahmednagar in 2013. The Nashik district sessions court had pronounced the six guilty and acquitted one in ...

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Sonai honour killing case: Six accused sentenced to death

Six men were sentenced to death by a session court who were accused of murdering 3 Dalit men in Sonai, Ahmednagar district in 2013. Six men were sentenced to death by a session court who were accused of murdering 3 ...

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Poor Dalit settlement waiting for warm clothes

MAHOTTARI: The poor locals of Khairabani rural municipality are waiting for warm clothes and other urgent essential goods as they are adversely affected by the cold wave. Most of the locals in the settlement are Dalits who are poor and underprivileged ...

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In gay pride month, celebrate queer cinema, dance, design

Godrej India Culture Lab is throwing a day-long bash celebrating the queer aesthetic, to mark 10 years since Mumbai’s first pride march. “It has been ten years since Mumbai had its first pride march. Over the decade, the participants have ...

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Tripathi blasts politicians for cold-shouldering LGBTs

NAGPUR: Transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi on Friday hit out at politicians for not maintaining a neutral stand when it came to deal with the LGBT community and accused them of adopting discriminatory tactics. In fact, she said, “Gender has been raped by politicians ...

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Our aim is to bring down child mortality rate to zero, says Pankaja Munde

According to officials from the women and child development department, the mission will be implemented from January 2018 to December 2022. The Maharashtra government has inaugurated the third phase of the Rajmata Jijau Mother-Child Health & Nutrition Mission, with an ...

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Haryana mulls enhancing punishment in rape cases where victim is minor

Haryana DGP B S Sandhu said on Thursday that the proposal was still under consideration and they had not finalised it yet. Amid a spurt in gangrape incidents being reported in the state, the Haryana Police are considering making a ...

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10-year-old denied school scholarship due to repeated errors on her Aadhaar card

Hyderabad: Five students including a 10-year-old Dalit girl from Telangana, all students of class V, were denied their scholarships owing to similar factual glitches in their UIDAI-issued Aadhaar cards. According to media reports, 10-year-old Class V student J Indu claims ...

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I dreamt of a PhD abroad, but my life is now about fighting injustice: Rohith Vemula’s brother

After my brother Rohith Vemula’s death, my career choice changed. From being a geologist, I have now turned to law. It is important to know the law, to know one’s rights. I am a geologist, I passed out with my ...

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Pillar of strength

THE Koregaon Ranstambh, or the victory pillar in Koregaon Bhima village in Maharashtra, commemorates those who fell in the battle of Koregaon on January 1, 1818. Twelve officers and 834 infantrymen, of whom 500 were Mahars, won a battle against ...

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TEMPLE PRIESTS INSULT DALIT GIRL: FIR FILED

The Balikuda police registered a case on Tuesday against two priests of a local temple who had allegedly passed casteist remarks against a Dalit girl. The incident occurred in Badagaon village under Balikuda police limits. A pharmacy student who is ...

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18-year-old prime suspect in Dalit girl’s rape and murder in Jind found dead

The 12th standard student had gone missing on the same day as the girl prompting the police to name him as the main suspect. A Class 12 student, who was the main suspect in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old ...

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Dalit thrashed in UP for allegedly insulting gods and goddesses, made to chant ‘Jai Mata Di’

Muzaffarnagar : A man was thrashed in Purkazi in Muzaffarnagar by a group of people for allegedly insulting gods and goddesses. The victim Vipin Kumar was later admitted to a hospital. As per reports, he was also made to chant ‘Jai ...

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Shocking twist in Jind gang-rape and murder case! Suspected accused found dead in Kurukshetra

New Delhi: In a shocking twist in the brutal gang-rape and murder case of a 15-year-old Dalit girl, the man, who was suspected to be one of the accused, has been found dead in Kurukshetra. No safety for beti: Ladies, it would’ve been ...

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Fighting discrimination: Dalit group to attempt entry in 15 temples, Mevani invited to join campaign

The Bhim Shakti Sena, an organisation that works for the rights of Dalits, has announced its intention to hold a “samuhik mandir pravesh” (public temple entry) programme on January 19 in Gujarat. The first attempt at public entry by Dalits ...

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Dalit-Maratha clashes: History will affect future politics

This year, celebrations of a two-centuries-old battle at Bhima Koregaon near Pune took such a turn that it will influence the political course of the country ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. It may also change the Maharashtra politics to give rise ...

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Dalit girl’s murder: SIT fails to make headway

CHANDIGARH: Three days after a minor Dalit girl was found murdered in Budha Kheravillage of the Jind district, the Kurukshetra police is yet to arrest the accused boy who had allegedly eloped with her on January 9. Having failed to make any significant ...

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Two Dalits thrashed, paraded with placard reading ‘cow thief’ for allegedly stealing cows in Ballia

Two Dalit youths were thrashed and their heads shaved for allegedly stealing cows from a temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia on Monday. The people who blackened the victims’ faces were cow vigilantes. The two Dalit youths, after having their heads ...

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Why a Dalit protester took to the streets

Thousands from India‘s low-caste Dalit community protested against right-wing Hindu groups in the western city of Mumbai earlier this month, bringing the city to a halt. Nehali Upasham explains why she took part. I work and live in Mumbai but ...

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Why can’t Dalits just shut up and suffer in silence like they have for thousands of years?

The Right wing has perfected their playbook of oppression both on-ground and online. Koregaon shows that Dalits have caught on. The events that have unfolded since the Dalit commemoration at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, have been mostly predictable and ...

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Untouchability still high in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, finds survey

Nearly two-thirds of the population in rural Rajasthan and rural Uttar Pradesh still practise untouchability, a survey by Social Attitudes Research in India, or SARI, has found. Almost half the population in these regions is also opposed to marriage between ...

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Dalit labourers demand debt waiver

Annoyed with the state government for ignoring the Dalit labourers while implementing its debt waiver scheme, members of the CPI (ML) Liberation and Mazdoor Mukti Morcha today staged a protest at Ambedkar Park outside the District Administrative Complex.Addressing the protest, ...

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Dalit woman attempts suicide

The Dalit woman, who had filed a police complaint alleging that a former gram panchayat member raped her, attempted to commit suicide on Thursday evening. Sringeri police told The Hindu that the woman consumed poison and she had been taken to a ...

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Tamil Nadu village Sarvarajanpettai: Toilet, yes. Water, no. For Dalits, loos still a privilege

Sarvarajanpettai villagers have nornalised caste divide so much that women from the BC households and SC households urinate and defecate on different lands. Express finds out why Swachh B haratAbhiyan is not working here Sarvarajanpettai would probably qualify as a typical village ...

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34-year-old dalit woman raped and killed in Bihar

HAJIPUR: A 34-year-old dalit woman was killed after she was allegedly raped at Dighi Purvi village under Sadar police station of Bihar’s Vaishali district today. Sadar police station SHO Chitaranjan Thakur said that the deceased’s husband Ramayan Das has lodged ...

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Dharmapuri inter-caste marriage tensions: Police security upped ahead of Pongal

Police said that 150 additional personnel will be deployed in the district, taking the total number of security men to 750. A day after Priyanka and Raj Kumar, the inter-caste couple from Dharmapuri were produced in court, police have decided ...

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Belagavi dalit protest turns violent

A protest on Wednesday, by various dalit organisations in Belagavi condemning the death of a dalit youth in the Bhima-Koregaon unrest, suddenly turned violent. Violence broke out at Chennamma Circle in the city when enraged protesters began pelting stones. A ...

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Dalit assertions in India threaten Hindu hegemony

Indian Dalits, formerly known as untouchables, are challenging the supremacist ideology of hard-line Hindu groups. But rights activists are blaming Hindu fundamentalism for a recent attack on Dalits celebrating victory in a 19th century battle against their upper-caste overlords. A ...

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Death of 2 dalit youth was due to accident, CM announces solaitum

Chennai:Amid allegations of murder by the opposition parties, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday said the death of two of the three dalit youths, who were found unconscious on the New Year morning with head injuries at ...

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Violent incidents witnessed during bandh by Dalits

Bidar:The Bidar bandh called by various Dalit organisations condemning the alleged rape and murder of a minor Dalit girl in Karnataka, the Bhima-Koregaon incidents and other issues turned violent here on Tuesday. Police resorted to lathicharge to control the rampaging ...

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Dalits hit hard as temperature plummets

Rajbiraj:Though there was some respite today with some sunshine after a week-long cold spell, people in Saptari, especially impoverished Dalit families, are yet to be assured that their winter ordeal is over. “On the one hand, we are worried about ...

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Dalits’ forum calls for bandh in Hubballi-Dharwad on Monday

The Hubballi-Dharwad Vividha Dalita Sangha Samsthegala Mahamandala has called for a Hubballi-Dharwad bandh on Monday over the Bhima-Koregaon incident in Maharashtra and other issues. Mahamandala leader Gurunath Ullikashi told presspersons here on Friday that the bandh call has been given ...

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Sex racket of ‘Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s follower busted, accused escapes through secret tunnel

The key accused, Pramod Singhania, calls himself a follower of Baba Ram Rahim and used to run flesh trade in his guest house in Kolkata’s Burrabazar area.  NEW DELHI: The West Bengal Police on Friday raided and busted a sex ...

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Woman alleges gang-rape after being abducted

Meerut:(Uttar Pradesh): A woman from Meerut has alleged that she was abducted by her neighbour on gun-point who along with his relatives gang-raped her. The victim, who is married, has alleged that her neighbour used to stalk and eve-teaseher due to which their families had a tiff as ...

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3 arrested in Shalimar Bagh gang rape case

Three people have been arrested in connection with the alleged gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl and attack on her male friend in a park in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh on December 16, police said on Saturday.The three accused were identified ...

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I’m a Dalit Christian, this is why I feel Bhima Koregaon protest is important

This violence is a sign of a revolution happening in the country. Years of discrimination have thrust upon Dalits the worst imaginable status in this country. We are the unclean, amoral, lesser than all living being, we are the sons ...

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Sujatha Gidla’s ‘Ants Among Elephants’: Baring the caste bugs in India’s revolution

‘Your life is your caste, your caste is your life’, writes first-time author Sujatha Gidla, who has been unable to escape caste ostracism even in faraway USA. Sujatha Gidla’s book ‘Ants Among Elephants’ is a fascinating account of the author ...

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Bhima-Koregaon violence ‘exposes’ anti-Dalit BJP, says Samajwadi Party; threatens nationwide stir against Modi govt

Ballia (Uttar Pradesh): Threatening to launch a nationwide stir against BJP government, the Samjawadi Party accused the ruling party of unleashing atrocities on minorities, Dalits and other backward castes. Senior SP leader and leader of Opposition in Uttar Pradesh Assembly ...

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DALIT PROTESTS: A DAY AFTER, 16 FIRS AND 53 ARRESTS IN CITY

Most arrests from Govandi; cops checking CCTV footage to identify troublemakers. A day after massive Dalit protests rocked the city, Mumbai Police have started arresting those involved in the violence. Sixteen FIRs have been filed across the city and 53 ...

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In CM Fadnavis’ damage control plan: Ambedkar’s other grandson, Dalit factions

As part of a damage control plan, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis even held talks with Dr B R Ambedkar’s grandson Anandraj Ambedkar, who heads the Republican Sena. Rocked by the shutdown across Maharashtra on Wednesday, as the result of a ...

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Protest in Nanded: Dalit youth leader held, gets bail, held again

Police accuse Rahul Pradhan, a leader of Yuva Panthers, of inciting trouble, activists say he was on his way to meet deceased 16-yr-old’s family, charges false Day after 16-year-old Yogesh Jadhav died during a protest in the district Wednesday, Dalit ...

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Have Maharashtra’s political Dalit leaders really helped the cause of Dalits?

In her history of the state, journalist Sujata Anandan argues that Dalit leaders pursued their individual political interests, not community upliftment. In the early years after independence, the Congress, which dominated governments across India, saw the utility of co-opting Dalit ...

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Dalit anger won’t subside until Bhide, Ekbote are arrested: Prakash Ambedkar

Prakash Ambedkar demands immediate stop to police hunt for Dalit youths who protested. CONTINUING to keep up the pressure on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Prakash Ambedkar, who made the call for Wednesday’s Maharashtra bandh, warned the government that the “simmering anger ...

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UP: Bheem Army protests violence against Dalits in Maharashtra

Muzaffarnagar: Activists of the Bheem Army, a Dalit group, protested violence against members of their community in Maharashtra, at the collectorate here. A large group of protesters staged a sit-in and raised slogans against the Maharashtra government here last evening. Led by ...

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How a Dalit Academic and Activist Became the Target of a Vicious Online Campaign

Karimnagar-based Sujatha Surepally has been facing death threats and online harassment since she wrote a Facebook post alleging an RSS attack on Dalit-Bahujan students at Satavahana University. Karimnagar (Telangana): Telangana’s Karimnagar district has become the latest battleground in the clash between Dalit-Bahujans and ...

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PIGGERY STILL A FAR CRY AMONG DALITS IN PALAMU

Vijay Ram and his wife Shakuntala Devi do not possess pigs anymore. There was a time when this dalit couple had 30 to 35 pigs in their farm.  All their pigs died.  Ram now drives an auto-rickshaw and ekes out ...

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Maharashtra Dalit protests: Get your act together, Saamna tells Fadnavis

MUMBAI: The Sena daily, Saamna, has advised the Devendra Fadnavisgovernment to get out of “election mode” and address the law-and-order issues in Maharashtra. The newspaper on Thursday blamed forces outside the state for fomenting trouble in Maharashtra. Pointing out that the Koregaon ...

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Dalit protests: Why Mumbai cops stood by as protesters went on a rampage

Social media was abuzz with speculation about why Mumbai police remained mute spectators as Dalit protesters went on a rampage in the city on Wednesday. Former top cops, too, have commented on how police personnel didn’t show enough action. Bharatiya ...

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Nanded Dalit agitation: Dead boy’s father blames police beating, cops deny

Speaking to The Indian Express, Yogesh’s father Pralhad Jadhav said his son was returning home after taking his Class X prelims. Jadhav attended a zilla parishad school in Haatgaon village. THE FAMILY of the 16-year-old boy who died Wednesday during ...

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Attempts To Stop Mumbai Trains, Buses During Dalit Groups’ Bandh: 10 Points

MUMBAI:  Groups of protesters descended on pockets of Mumbai and its neighbouring areas this morning to enforce the call for a shutdown by Dalit groups following Monday’s caste clashes near Pune. In Mumbai, schools and colleges remained open but school buses ...

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Dalits allegedly forced into animal sacrifice at Shivamogga’s Marikamba Fair

The SC/ST Commission received a complaint that Dalits were allegedly forced to sacrifice a buffalo and consume its meat. Police personnel have been deployed at the annual fair of goddess Marikamba at Komaranahalli in Shivamogga in Karnataka after complaints of ...

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Adivasi unrest: What is to be done?

The governors have been endowed with certain special powers with regard to the Fifth Schedule areas There is a huge groundswell of unrest sweeping the adivasi areas of Central India. The Central and state governments are unable to fashion a ...

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Two convicted for rape of minor girls

SURAT: Two men were convicted for rape of two minor girls in different cases by Surat District and Sessions Court on Saturday. One man was sentenced to life imprisonment on being found guilty for raping a 17-year-old girl in Sachin GIDC in ...

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Dalits being neglected in Andhra: YSR Congress

Hyderabad: YSR Congress party on Saturday accused the TDP government in Andhra Pradesh of neglecting the dalit community and alleged that the Chandrababu Naidu government failed to provide jobs to the unemployed in the community. YSE Congress party spokespersons M Arun ...

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Activists demand operational SC/ST commission in Telangana

HYDERABAD: Rights activists and others working for the upliftment of SC/ST communities pointed out that lack of an operational SC/ST State Commission in Telangana is depriving them of a space where they can raise their problems.Despite several representations made to ...

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Government to inspect schools after kids reveal caste bias

CHENNAI: The government has promised to take action after children came out with harrowing tales of caste discrimination and violence in school premises at a state-level public hearing conducted by the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), a coalition ...

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BJP Tries to Woo Dalits, Orders Installation of Ambedkar’s Picture in Govt Offices

The UP CM had also batted for inclusion of Ambedkar in the school syllabus and had said that the students should be imparted knowledge about these great personalities. Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has ordered the installation of ...

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Harvard faculty kicks off anti-intolerance campaign

Nagpur: Keeping the recent intolerance in mind, Harvard University associate Suraj Yengde has initiated ‘India for Diversity (IFD)’ campaign to “revive” the spirit of love and compassion enshrined in the constitution. On Saturday, Yengde was in city to reach out to masses through lectures ...

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Attacks and Resistance Remain the Order of the Day for Dalits This Year

Whenever Dalits asserted themselves, there were severe backlashes. Budget allocations were reduced, important policies meant for upliftment of SCs and STs were scrapped, and discrimination continued. As the years pass under the current regime, life for Dalits gets more difficult. ...

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UP guv says Babasaheb spelt name as ‘Aambedkar’, adds ‘a’ to Ambedkar univ

Summary: While addressing the students, Naik said that “Dr Ambedkar’s name is mostly wrongly spelt as Ambedkar”. Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik has approved a bill to change the name of one of the biggest varsities in the state, Dr Bhimrao ...

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Two groups clash over Ambedkar idol installation

Summary: The members of Dalit community have demanded an action against the policemen who tried to remove the idol. Ahuja said that he will speak to the collector and the idol will be placed back. “We were informed that an idol ...

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2017: Eventful year for education

Confusion around Neet, protests define 2017 academic scenario. Chennai: The confusion surrounding National Eligibility cum  Entrance Test (Neet), which put thousands of Tamil Nadu state board students under considerable stress and subsequently resulted in death of Anitha, one of the petitioners ...

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38-year-old headmaster booked for allegedly molesting Dalit woman

Muzaffarnagar: A primary school headmaster has been accused of allegedly molesting a Dalit woman in Hathi Karonda village in Shamli district, police said on Thursday. According to a complaint filed by the woman’s husband, she was alone at home on Tuesday ...

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Voices from the Dalit Women Speak Out conference

Impromptu collective jigs, the beats of Parai drums, cheering, rousing applauses to invocations of ‘Hamari Azadi Hamare Haath’, and a hall that buzzed with many languages yet responded in unison to the call of “compassionate sisterhood grounded on fierce resilience ...

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School headmaster booked for alleged sexual harassment of woman in UP

The headmaster of a primary school has been booked for allegedly sexually harassing a Dalit woman in Hathi Karonda village in Shamli district, police said on Thursday. According to a complaint filed by the woman’s husband, the 38-year-old headmaster barged ...

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Dalits Stage Road Blockade Alleging Police Inaction

Subarnapur: Hundreds of Dalits took to streets and staged a road blockade today at Bishalpali Square on Binika-Dunguaripali road in the district alleging police inaction in a case of attack against a member of the community few months ago. Demanding immediate ...

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Girl recovered from Delhi-Haryana border; family alleges religious conversion and rape

Summary: The girl’s statement has so far not been recorded, as she was said to be in depression. AGRA: A 22-year-old Dalit girl , who was allegedly kidnapped by one Junaid Niaz Ansari two-and-a-half months back was “rescued” from Delhi-Haryana border ...

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Laptops for students, Dalit deputy CM: AAP‘s Punjab poll manifesto

The Aam Aadmi Party on Friday released a populist manifesto for Punjab, promising laptop for all government school students, waiver on residential property tax, setting up of an NRI board, 33 per cent reservation for woman in government jobs and giving ...

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‘Molested, thrashed’ by 3 in Gorakhpur, Dalit teen tries to kill self

She is being treated at the BRD Medical College and Hospital, where her condition is said to be critical. A 17-year-old Dalit girl set herself on fire after she was allegedly molested and beaten up by three youths from her ...

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Transgender conference kicks off in Hamirpur

Hamirpur: Hundreds of transgenders gathered here on Tuesday to take part in the seven-day all-India kinnar conference, which is being held in Hamirpur for the first time. The presence of transgenders from various parts of the country has become a ...

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Neglected by Centre, NE transgender activists push for state-level welfare bodies

Northeast activists claim they were not consulted by experts before drafting Transgender Bill 2016, due to be tabled in winter session of Parliament. New Delhi: Unable to make themselves heard at the national level, the transgender community in the Northeast is ...

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From Pain to Power: Dalit Women Come Together to Discuss the Future of Resistance

At the Dalit Women Speak Out conference in Pune, activists, academics, lawyers, poets, writers and students talked about their struggle for social justice and how to take it forward. Pune: “I had to ask my husband 3-4 times even for Rs 10-15 ...

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