Monday, July 23, 2012

Woman panchayat head escapes bid on life

  • Amudha and her husband Velmurugan live in the first floor of a three-storey house on Mambakkam Main Road. Photo: A. Muralitharan
    THE HINDUAmudha and her husband Velmurugan live in the first floor of a three-storey house on Mambakkam Main Road. Photo: A. Muralitharan
  • Amudha and her husband Velmurugan live in the first floor of a three-storey house (above) on Mambakkam Main Road. Photo: A. Muralitharan
    THE HINDUAmudha and her husband Velmurugan live in the first floor of a three-storey house (above) on Mambakkam Main Road. Photo: A. Muralitharan
Armed assailants issued threats; family of four saved as help arrived on time
The Dalit woman president of Madurapakkam panchayat near Tambaram, her husband and their children survived a pre-dawn attack at their home on Sunday.
Timely help from a friend contacted by her husband, even as he tried to prevent the assailants from breaking open the door, helped them survive the attack, said panchayat president Amudha.
Madurapakkam village panchayat comes under the St. Thomas Mount Panchayat Union and falls in the jurisdiction of Selaiyur police. Amudha and her husband Velmurugan live in the first floor of a three-storey house on Mambakkam Main Road, along with their two school-going children.
Velmurugan’s younger brother lives on the ground floor, while another relative lives on the second floor. Amudha and Velmurugan were sleeping in the bedroom along with their children when they heard noises around 1.10 a.m. “There were some men at the rear door of the house and they kept banging on it and asked us to come out,” Amudha said.
Later at Selaiyur police station, Velmurugan said the men had gained entry into the building from the rear. The assailants bolted the steel gate from outside to make sure no one could escape.
“They kept banging at the door with iron beams and rods. I first contacted the police control room and then called Meeran, a ward member of the panchayat. While making the calls, I pushed against the door with my hands to prevent the men from breaking in. Meeran arrived with a group of men in just 10 minutes. I shudder to think what would have happened had help not arrived,” Velmurugan said.
On seeing a group of people rushing in, the assailants jumped out of the house and escaped into the Madurapakkam Reserve Forest. Following a complaint, a case has been registered. In the FIR, B. Palani, M. Anandan, E. Gopal and P. Manoharan and others have been named as suspects.
Amudha is the panchayat president of Madurapakkam for the second successive term and she and her husband are DMK members. There are nine ward members in the panchayat and six of them belong to DMK.
Velmurugan said his wife had been subject to constant harassment from members belonging to the ruling AIADMK. Even during routine panchayat meetings of the grama sabha, they would raise objections and prevent her from discharging her duties, he said.

Dalit beaten, tied to railway tracks in row over land

A VICTIM OF ATROCITIES: Sheeshpal, father of Tika Ram, explaining how his son was kidnapped with his mouth covered, during an interview outside the AIIMS Trauma Centre in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: S. Subramanium
The HinduA VICTIM OF ATROCITIES: Sheeshpal, father of Tika Ram, explaining how his son was kidnapped with his mouth covered, during an interview outside the AIIMS Trauma Centre in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: S. Subramanium
22-year-old battling for life as doctors amputated both his legs that were run over by a train
Around the time that Tika Ram was supposed to take his B.Ed. exam at Delhi University on Thursday afternoon, he lay on an operation theatre table at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here battling for life as doctors amputated both his legs.
The 22-year-old Dalit boy from Ramgarh in western Uttar Pradesh was brutally beaten up by members of the dominant Gujjar community and tied to the railway tracks. Though he struggled to free himself, Ram suffered grievous injuries as a train ran over his legs.
According to Ram’s father Sheeshpal, who is waiting for his son to come out of the state of unconsciousness, doctors at AIIMS are not very positive about his survival because of the excessive bleeding after his legs were crushed.
The police at the Dadri police station, which initially was not taking any action, registered a case of attempt to murder against four people that Tika Ram had named after activists belonging to the All-India Students’ Association and All-India Progressive Women’s Association protested. Those who have been named in the FIR include Kaalu Bhati, brother of the village pradhan Kuldeep Bhati, who belongs to the Gujjar community.
Activists said the attack on Tika Ram was directly related to a dispute over 4.75 bighas of panchayat land allocated to the 60 Jatav families by the State Government. The land has been allegedly occupied by the gram pradhan, Kuldeep Bhati. The Constitution mandates the allocation of a fixed share of panchayat land in every village to Dalit families so that they can build houses or cattle sheds on them. The Government had even issued pattas (title deeds) for the land in 1982. But the Gujjars, who are financially stronger, built a seven-foot-high wall around the land last December, restricting the movement of the Jatavs in their own land.
Sandeep Singh, the national president of AISA, who is a part of the civil society protest against the encroachment on the land by the Gujjars, said the attack on Tika Ram was part of a series of retaliatory attacks on Dalit youths who have been at the forefront of the protest against the land encroachment.
“On March 14, Gujjars went to the Dalit colony on the margins of the village armed with sticks, country-made pistols and axes, and beat up its residents in broad daylight, severely injuring many. During the rampage, which lasted more than three hours, the Gujjars did not spare even women and children. The police did not arrive in time despite several phone calls to them. Gujjars want to suppress all kind of voice of protest against their oppression on the Dalits in the village and the attack on Tika Ram was aimed at that,” added the AISA leader.
Mr. Singh alleged that in order to deflect attention from the ongoing protest against land encroachment, the Gujjars have falsely named Tika Ram in a case of attempt to murder which is related to an incident of firing on a girl belonging to the Gujjar community few days ago.

Dalit principal attacked inside chamber

TNN Jul 22, 2012, 02.19AM IST
MADURAI: A dalit principal at a government college in Sivaganga was allegedly attacked inside his chamber.
Even though the accused claimed he attacked the principal as he denied his ward a seat in the institution, the principal said some professors whom he asked to report for duty on time were behind the incident. On June 6, Jagannathan, then heading the physics department of Mannar Duraisingam Government Arts College, Sivaganga, was made acting principal. Talking to TOI, he said he was being targeted by non-dalit professors. "Some of the disciplinary actions introduced by me, according to them, were unacceptable. Some professors were regularly coming late. Even though I raised this issue in meetings, they didn't listen to me. They were angry with me due to this. On July 13, an outsider walked into my room and attacked me with a knife. When I fell down, he attacked me on my left leg. Some attenders soon came to my rescue," said Jagannathan. 
Odisha: A Dalit girl tied to a tree and assaulted
Odisha: A Dalit girl tied to a tree and assaulted
Report by Akshya Rout; Jajpur: A 20 year old dalit girl was allegedly tied to a roadside coconut tree and beaten up  on  Friday afternoon in village Afsarpur under Jajpur Sadar police station in Jajpur police station, said S.N. Das the police officer of Jajpur Sadar police station.

 The 20-year-old dalit girl was beaten up by a mob , accusing her of loose  character,  and involved in  girl trafficking  racket. “ She was assaulted  by the villagers as a result she suffered injuries on her bodies . Police filed a case and investigating the case .Anita Jena (19) the daughter of Kusa Jena left the village with Mamina on Wednesday   and she  failed to  return to the village for which the parents of Anita and other villagers suspected that Mamina sold her to some girl traffickers. On Friday, the parents of Anita and some villagers asked Mamina about the whereabouts of Anita but she failed to give any satisfied answer for which   a crowd soon gathered and tied her to the tree.
Narrating the nightmare, Mamina  said on Saturday that she was dragged out of her home by members of the Anita 's family, who thrashed her, tore her clothes and  then  tied to a tree. “I am innocent . The parents of Anita  fixed her marriage with a boy but she was  not interested to marry  him for which  she left her house and met me in Jajpur town. Later on  Saturday , she returned to her village on Saturday.

The victim girl was not involved any girl trafficking case. Anita left the village after her parents tried to marry her with a man against her wish .  Anita met Mamina in Jajpur town and stayed with her for two days. Anita returned to her village on Saturday. Police are investigating the case, said the police officer.

Ten dalits injured in clash
PTI | 10:07 PM,Jul 18,2012
Chandauli (UP), Jul 18 (PTI) Ten dalits were today injured in a clash with members of another backward community over a land dispute in Naugarh area, police sources said here. 60-year-old-dalit Moti Chand, a resident of Khutahan village, had mortgaged his land to Ramtahan, they said. Ramtahan forwarded the possession of the land to one Baggi Yadav for agricultural use. Last week, Moti returned the mortgage amount to Ramtahan and freed his land, they said. However, Yadav brought nearly two dozen people and started ploughing the land to claim his ownership, the sources said. When Moti and his family members protested, Baggi along with his supporters allegedly assaulted Moti Chand, his wife Dulari Devi (45), his son Sanjay (25) and Shiv Kumar (28). Two of Moti's relatives and four other persons were also assaulted by Baggi and his aides, the sources said. The situation was brought under control by the police and the injured were admitted to a government hospital at Chakia after which one of them was later referred to a hospital in Varanasi, Superintendent of Police Krishna Mohan said. Security has been tightened in the village to prevent any further untoward incident.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Assaulted Dalit woman dies at hospital
PTI | 10:07 PM,Jul 16,2012
Cuttack, July 16 (PTI) A Dalit woman, who was allegedly assaulted and paraded naked by a mob at her native Kujang village in Cuttack district last month, died in a hospital here today. Sasmita Mallick, who was undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital, died of renal failure and septicaemia, the Hospital's Emergency Officer B N Moharana said. "Sasmita was undergoing treatment in the central ICU of the Hospital and was on life support system for the past two days. The cause of her death is acute renal failure and septicaemia," Moharana said. Sasmita was attacked on June 14 at her native village by a group of neighbourers over a trivial issue. She was allegedly paraded naked by the accused and thrashed, leading to serious head injuries and multiple fractures.      Sashmita was taken to SCB Medical College and Hospital and later to a private hospital for a brief period from where she was released. In July, she was re-admitted to the S C B Hospital and put in the ICU under ventilation. Four of the five accused, named in the FIR by the victim’s husband Satyananda Mallick, have been netted.      Sasmita’s death has again become a major political issue for the opposition which has been cornering Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the "worsening law and order situation" in the state.     The incident had triggered a state-wide outrage with political parties and social organisations, including the Human Rights Commissions taking note as the state quickly announced an assistance of Rs 2 lakh for her treatment. 
'Political corruption' drives dalit leader to commit suicide in UP
LUCKNOW: In a shocking and one of its kind incident, a political activist committed suicide in the collectorate premises of Azamgarh district on Monday as a protest against corruption in politics and hypocrisy of public representatives. The deceased was a dalit leader associated earlier with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and at present was the member of the newly floated Ambedkar Samaj Party.

According to Azamgarh police, 65-year-oldBaliram Prasad, who was a former BSP functionary and at present associated withAmbedkar Samaj Party, sprinkled kerosene and set himself ablaze in the Ambedkar Park within the collectorate compound. He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to injuries. The act left people shocked in the collectorate. Eyewitnesses told police that the entire incident happened within minutes. They doused the flames but by that time Baliram had suffered serious burn injuries. Superintendent of Police (SP), Azamgarh, Vijay Singh Meena told reporters that a suicide not was found in the pocket of the deceased leader in which he had written that he was under depression since long and frustrated with the present state of affairs of politics and working style of peoples' representatives and was taking the extreme step due it. The note also stated that leaders like him have toiled hard all their lives but were today facing bad times and it was most unfortunate, the SP added.

It is rare to see a political activist committing suicide because of disappointment with the attitude of politicians who claim to be dedicated to a cause but use it for self promotion. Earlier, Kanu Sanyal, one of the founders of the Naxalite movement of the 1960s in West Bengal, had committed suicide in March, 2010, Though he did not leave any suicide note, it is largely believed that over the years, at the age of 82 years, Sanyal was disenchanted and disillusioned with the violence resorted to by the Maoists.


Honour killings in Akhilesh's home town? Two from Dalit family beaten, then crushed under a tractor

Akhilesh Yadav
A hair-raising incident of daylight murder has been reported in Etawah, home town of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Two members of a Dalit family - father and son - were allegedly crushed to death by people from the affluent Thakur community over a love affair.
The incident took place on Saturday, but came to light two days later, when Krishna Pratap, Bareilly's joint sales tax commissioner and a kin of the deceased raised the issue, seeking police action against the culprits.
Arun Kumar Jatav, 30, a Dalit youth of village Uddhannpurva under Ekdil police station in Etawah, had an affair with Baby, 18, a Thakur girl. They had eloped in May this year.
However, the family members of the girl somehow located her in Moradabad, brought her back and forced her to marry a man of their choice from Madhya Pradesh. Fearing the Thakurs, the boy didn't return to the village.

But searching for Arun, the girl's father, Ganesh Tomar, and his six aides attacked the boy's father Tulsiram on Saturday with sharp weapons. They also assaulted Sudhir, Arun's elder brother, when he tried to save his father.Later, when the injured were going to hospital for treatment, Ganesh mercilessly crushed them under the wheels of his tractor.Krishna Pratap told newspersons that it was a case of honour killing.

"Tulsiram was my elder brother and Sudhir was my nephew. Ganesh Tomar and his six aides had attacked them on Saturday because they didn't like the affair of a dalit with their daughter. Later on, Ganesh crushed them with his tractor when they were going to hospital for treatment. While Tulsiram died on the spot, Sudhir succumbed to the injuries on Sunday evening. Despite registering a case against Ganesh and six other accused, no further action had been initiated against them. We fear that they would also kill Arun," he said.
Rajesh Modak, senior superintendent of police, said: "We have arrested two persons. But the main accused were still at large. We have constituted several police teams to nab them."Reacting over the incident, Akhilesh Yadav said: "No such crime would be tolerated anywhere in the state. The culprits must be arrested soon."

Spurt in crimes against dalits, Bihar records highest number of cases

NEW DELHI: Bihar witnessed the highest number of caste-based crimes in the country in 2011, data released by the National Crime Records Bureau said. NCRB figures also showed that there was a spurt in crimes under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the entire country with 2011 witnessing 11,342 cases — an increase of 7.9% over the previous year. 

With 3,024 cases under SC/ST Act, Bihar accounted for 26.7% of total such crimes in the country. It left behind states such as UP and Rajasthan which, however, recorded maximum overall crimes against dalits. The difference between overall crimes and those under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is that while the former includes all crimes committed against a dalit by any caste (including a fellow dalit) for any reason, the latter includes only those cases where atrocity has been committed against a dalit by an upper caste for reasons primarily of caste difference. 

In this category, Bihar scored over all other states. UP, which accounts for maximum overall crimes against dalits with 7,702 cases, comes second under Atrocities Act with its share being 17.6%. Andhra Pradesh follows with a share of 12.7% under the Act. It is often argued that such figures give a misleading picture as the Act is highly abused where false complaints are lodged against people to settle personal scores. To put matters in perspective, NCRB figures show that 10.8% of cases under this Act have been found to be false. 

Bihar's rate of charge-sheeting cases under the Atrocities Act stands at 82.2%, below the national average of 90.7%. All other states known for caste violence have scored better than Bihar with MP and Rajasthan scoring over 99%. On rate of conviction too, Bihar has to do better. At 10.6% (way below the national average of 31.9%), it has the lowest conviction rate for crimes against dalits. Only Andhra Pradesh's rate is comparable at 11.6% while states such as UP (59%) and Rajasthan (45.7%) are far ahead.


Ex-vice principal convicted for harassing dalit employee
Press Trust of India / New Delhi July 16, 2012, 17:36

A former vice principal of a school here, has been convicted by a Delhi court for harassing an employee due to his scheduled caste status.
Additional Sessions Judge T R Naval held the former Vice Principal S C Jain of a private school in East Delhi guilty of committing the "offence of atrocity" and forcing a staffer, employed as a waterman, to work as sweeper because he belonged to scheduled caste.
The court passed the order on a complaint by Uttar Pradesh native Surat Singh, who had alleged that Jain had restrained him from doing his job as waterman and asked him to work of cleaning when the vice principal came to know that he belonged to Jatav community, a scheduled caste.

"In view of the above reasons and conclusions, it is held that prosecution/complainant has successfully proved its/his case against accused No.1 (S C Jain) beyond any reasonable suspicion or shadow of doubt that he committed an offence of atrocity on complainant who is a member of scheduled caste...

"Consequently, Jain is held guilty and convicted for the offences punishable under Section 3(1)(X) of the SC/ST Act and Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC. He be taken into judicial custody," the court said.
The court, however, acquitted three other school staffers Baru Singh, R P Sharma and Kaniya Lal Singhal on the ground that the prosecution and the complainant has failed to prove their case against them.
The prosecution said that the very first day when Singh joined the school in December 2007, the vice principal asked him about his caste and after coming to know that his was a scheduled caste, he told him that he was not going to take water from him and asked him to work as sweeper and cleaner.

Now, UP panchayat bans entry of dalits into temple
Despite many laws, untouchability remains a part of rural India

“We were warned against going to the temple; they threatened us with dire consequences if we dare to lodge a complaint with the police,”   said Badlu Lal, a resident of Sahasa village in the Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh. The warning came not because Lal and his fellowmen did something wrong; their only fault was that, they belong to the dalit community.Terming them “untouchables,” the panchayat of the village, about 250 km from here, reportedly banned the entry of dalits into an ancient and famous temple of Lord Shiva. The panchayat also directed them not to pay obeisance in the temple. 

Despite the fact that ‘untouchability’ was abolished under the Constitution of 1950, the practice still remains a part of rural India. And this is one such example.
According to reports, the panchayat was held in the village on Saturday in which members of the upper castes were present in large numbers. 

Thousands of devotees from the village and nearby areas visit this old and famous temple  of the village during  the month of “Shravana” (a month in the Hindu calendar considered to be auspicious for  Lord Shiva’s devotees) for “Jalabhishek” (offering waters of the Ganga on the Shivalingam), the reports said. Dalit community members were barred from visiting the temple on Friday. When they resisted, they were allegedly threatened with dire consequences and social boycott.Lal alleged that police turned a “deaf ear” to their complaint in this regard.  “Even the local carriers refused to take us to the nearby destination after we lodged the complaint as the panchayat had warned them too,” Lal said.

The order of the panchayat has triggered tension in the village and nearby areas. Senior officials who had reached there with a strong posse of policemen, tried to resolve the matter amicably. As the Shiva temples witness a huge rush of devotees every Monday during “Shravana,” officials are trying to avert a possible law and order situation in the village, sources said. The panchayats in UP have virtually become a law unto themselves. Recently, a panchayat had banned the use of cell phones by women under 40 and  asked them not to go to the markets without escorts. Panchayats have already banned love marriages and marrying against the wishes of the family. Many lovers were killed in the past for not obeying the diktats of the panchayats.
Ajit’s son downplays diktats 
In the backdrop of a panchayat diktat in the Baghpat district of UP banning love marriages and barring women below 40 yrs from using mobile phones created a furore, Rashtriya Lok Dal MP Jayant Chaudhary said decisions of panchayat should not be taken as “diktats or orders” but as “guidance,” reports DHNS from New Delhi."As far as the panchayat system and traditions of the villages are considered, where people live together, they (panchayats) have played a positive role," Chaudhary, who is the son of Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, said.
Chaudhary asserted that panchayats and village elders put in continuous effort to 
create awareness among youth about dowry, foeticide and other evil practices. "Thus it cannot be considered as diktats or orders but can be called guidance."

He stressed that panchayats have a right to express their views on issues and it is for the people to follow them or not. "If an elder sitting at his home puts forward his views, that is his right. People who want to follow it or do not want to follow it, it is their decision,” he added.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Two held for molesting dalit women
KANNUR: In two different cases, the police, on Thursday, arrested two persons from the district for molesting two dalit women. The Peringom police arrested Farooq (30), a resident of Kakkara, for repeatedly raping an 18-year-old dalit girl over the last 10 months.
According to the complaint filed by the girl, Farooq first raped her on September 11, 2011, after threatening her that he would morph her photograph into a nude one and publish it on the internet. Later on many occasions he exploited the girl's fears.
On June 21 morning, Farooq again asked her to come to Kakkara. When she resisted his advances, he again threatened that he would morph the photographs of her two sisters too. On June 26, she filed a complained with the women cell.
In the second case, a 40-year-old man was nabbed by Payyannur police in a case of attempt to rape a physically-challenged dalit woman. The police said C P Navas is a daily wage worker and native of Malappuram, was hired by a house in the Korom for painting works.He went to the neighbouring house to ask for water and when he found that the woman was alone, he tried to rape her. He escaped the scene when the woman's father came running after hearing his daughter's cry. But the police with the help of locals arrested him in the evening.
Bihar: Dalit woman beaten up for visiting temple 
New Delhi: A Dalit woman was beaten up for visiting a temple in Beghusarai in Bihar. The victim said a group of men attacked her when she said she wanted to perform a puja.
She suffered head injuries. An FIR has been filed and the police have begun investigating the matter.
No arrests have been made so far.
Bihar: Dalit woman beaten up for visiting temple

UP cop accused of attempted rape is arrested

UP cop accused of attempted rape is arrested
Lucknow: A Dalit woman claims that she was summoned to a police station on the outskirts of Lucknow and that the sub-inspector there then tried to rape her on Wednesday night.

The woman says that the cop, named Kamta Prasad Awasthi, had been blackmailing her in a case that accused her of assault. He allegedly threatened to re-open that case, though a compromise had been reached between the complainant and her. She says that after she reached the police station, the sub-inspector took her into his room and tried to rape her.
The woman shouted for help while fighting back - photos taken later by those who rushed to the police station show the policeman's ripped shirt.  

Armed with sticks, several villagers surrounded the police station, but the sub-inspector managed to escape. He was located this evening and arrested. He has been suspended and charged with attempt to rape.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dalit boycott ends as both parties reach ‘comprise’

A month-long tussle between Dalits and farmers over daily wages in Mahasinghwala on Wednesday ended after administration intervened.
 A team of district administration headed by Sub-Divisional Magistrate, forced both the parties to reach a "compromise” on the issue of boycott of Dalits Kangroo court orders by landlords.The landlords had passed orders of boycott of Dalits over ‘exorbitant’ wages, and these orders were in force since June 10. The diktats were lifted after both parties reached a written compromise in the presence of officials.

However, within hours Dalits termed the ‘compromise’ as an intimidating act by district administration. Dalit Movement Against Servitude (DMAS) announced to hold a protest against the deputy Commissioner.
Jai Singh, patron of DMAS said, DMAS will settle the case only when the accused would get punishment for violating rights of Dalits, which they did by challenging the Indian constitution and Law by passing own diktat.

“They tried to settle wages at Rs. 125 per days, which is against Remuneration Act, passed diktat that no one will be compensated in case of death of labourer, which is against Employees Compensation Act, fixed salary of domestic agri-help at Rs. 30,000 and if a Dalit got new job the new landlord will pay the remaining amount to previous employer, which confirms that bonded labour in prevalent village. So in this light, how can a comprise be reached”.He said that this is just a tip of the iceberg as Dalits are also being boycotted in other villages.

Satnam Singh one of a Dalit victim alleged, “There is no compromise. Police pressured a section of Dalits to reach comprise. Even the landlords are not willing. Officials, did all this to save their skin from action. How can we reach compromise, when entire paddy sowing season has passed without earning a single penny? It's injustice meted out to us”.Dalits also alleged that farmers, who belong to majority community, exercised their influence to not let Dalits find jobs in neighbouring villages.

Meanwhile, SDM Subhash Chander said that the issue has been settled and district administration has taken the affidavit of both the parties for settlement with due consent.

Despite court orders, dalit evicted from home

PATIALA: The family of a dalit has been attacked twice, allegedly by Fagan Marja village sarpanch, with help from some cops, to grab the land they have been tilling for the last around 30 years, after taking it on lease.
The family was thrown out of their home and land, despite stay orders from a court. The accused are roaming free openly without any fear of law.
Police allegedly kept dalit Lachman Singh, along with his family members, in illegal confinement for over two days and tortured them, so as to terrorize other residents of the village, sources said.
Police have even refused to register an FIR over the robbery committed twice in Lachman's house, first on May 15, 2012 and then again on July 2, 2012, against the sarpanch and his supporters. They had entered the house after breaking the gates when the family refused to open doors and took away household items in a tractor trolley, with the help of police. Since then, the family has been staying in a single-room dilapidated accommodation.
"Cops are acting as private army of sarpanch and an Akali leader of the area. This is despite stay orders from a civil court on May 9, 2012. The house was looted on May 15, 2012." alleged Darshan Singh, district president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda).
"On both days, cops accompanied sarpanch Gurmeet and stood guard outside my house during the loot. When I showed him court orders, the sarpanch abused me and my family and said that he is the highest judge of the village," Lachman Singh alleged.
The village sarpanch, in connivance with panchayat and rural development officers, allegedly changed the revenue records and gave five acres of land, which Lachman had taken on lease, to some other influential persons of the village without conducting the mandatory auctioning. But when the family got to know about it, they secured stay orders from court, which could not stop the sarpanch and cops.
The family has announced to start an indefinite huger strike in front of DC office here on July 22 if the authorities fail to ensure justice.
When contacted, Tripadi SHO, Karnsher, denied the allegations.
About 72 families have so far been forcibly evicted allegedly by the village sarpanch from 126 acres of land. But no one dared to challenge him as cops were openly supporting the sarpanch under alleged pressure from a senior Akali leader, sources said.
Road blocked over dalit youth's killing
ROHTAK: Enraged over the alleged murder of a dalit youth, family members of the victim along with other residents blocked the Rohtak-Bhiwani highway for around 18 hours by placing the body in middle of the road.
The blockade was imposed around Sunday midnight and lifted on Monday evening after the district administration assured swift action against the guilty and to compensate the family of the victim, Prakash Chand.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

From left: Mahendra Meena and Pankaj Meena were medical students with Anil Meena, who died by suicide in March.+


Why there's an alarming rash of suicides among Dalit students

The sharply truncated life of Anil Meena was marked by a ferocious tenacity.