Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dalit girl gangraped in Hisar; father ends life
A Dalit of Dabra village in the district committed suicide on Tuesday evening after he came to know about his 16-year-old daughter's gangrape. 
The Class-12 student had told her parents about the incident more than a week after it happened on September 9. The girl alleged that she was on her way to meet her uncle at Patel Nagar here when her boyfriend, Sonu, who belongs to an upper caste, met her and took her on a motorcycle to a secluded place. She alleged that Sonu called at least eight of his friends, who all raped her The girl's father, Krishan, an agricultural labourer, reported the incident to village elders. The accused allegedly threatened the family that they would circulate the girl's nude photos if the police were informed about the matter. Subsequently, Krishan ended his life by consuming a poisonous substance.

Dalit panchayat members called on superintendent of police (SP) B Satheesh Balan on Wednesday. Bahujan Samaj Party leaders Bajrang Indal and Sanjay Chauhan alleged that influential people of the village were putting pressure on Raj Kumar, elder brother of deceased, to withdraw the complaint.
Talking to HT, Balan said, "I have sent station house officer (SHO, Sadar) Sulochana Gajraj, along with the rape victim, to the spot to collect evidence. A case has been registered under sections 376 (rape) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. The postmortem will be conducted on Thursday.

Attack on Dalit youth; police file a case after 4 months

High Court intervention saw the filing of case
A twenty-year-old Dalit who was working as a priest in a local temple was assaulted after he objected to the efforts asking him to be absent on auspicious occasions and festival times as it was alleged that devotees felt hesitant to visit a temple where Dalit was a priest.
S. Nagamuthu (22) of T. Kallupatti village coming under Periyakulam circle in Theni District had been working as a priest in the Kailasanathar Malaikoil for the last 7 years. He was assisting the main priest there and at times when the former was absent he used to conduct puja.
However, during the last two years the temple executive Palanisamy had been telling him that since he was a Dalit (Adi Dravidar) caste people were hesitating to come to the temple. The temple executive asked him to avoid coming to the temple during festival and other auspicious occasions. Nagamuthu objected to this stating that he had been coming to the temple since he was a kid. And on May, 5, 2012, he was prevented from entering the temple by Palanisamy and his relative Venkatasamy and both allegedly abused him by calling his caste name and assaulted him.
Nagamuthu had approached the Thenkarai police to register a complaint and file an FIR against the two. The police received the complaint and he was given the acknowledgement receipt without cases being filed. Meanwhile, Nagamuthu’s father Subburaj was asked by a few caste Hindus including the Periyakulam town panchayat president to withdraw the complaint. Nagamuthu then had approached the DSP who had allegedly asked him to withdraw the complaint stating that ‘you cannot do anything against the bigwigs’.
Petition filed in High Court
As the police refused to register the case, Nagamuthu had approached Evidence, a NGO based in Madurai. They intervened by filing a petition in the Madras High Court, Madurai which after hearing the petition on 31.8.2012 had asked the police to file a case. And on September, 2, 2012, the Thenkarai police filed cases under sections 294(b), 323, 506(1) of the Indian Penal Code and under section 3(1)(10) of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 against the accused.
Evidence organisation, which did a on-field study, found out that the temple a few years ago was a small temple with few devotees visiting it but now has been rebuilt with the involvement of an important political figure in the area and now the executives did not wish to have a Dalit taking care of the temple pujas.
Complaints have been forwarded to Director General of Police, and State Human Rights Commission, the NGO demanded that action should be taken against the erring police officials who failed to register a complaint and provide adequate security to the Dalit youth.
Dalit priest prevented from entering temple
CHENNAI: It has been more than a decade since Nagamuthu has been climbing the hill to perform pooja at the Kailasanathar temple in T Kallupatti village in Theni district. No one raised an objection to a dalit performing pooja at the temple till it got a facelift four months ago. On May 5, 2012, non-dalit members of the temple committee told Nagamuthu not to come to the temple as some devotees were unhappy with the pooja being performed by a dalit. When Nagamuthu questioned the decision, he was allegedly beaten up. For Nagamuthu, the issue in fact began a couple of years ago.

Dalit woman makes history in Rajasthan

GUTSY AND WISE: Nauroti believes in action. Photo: Sarita Brara
GUTSY AND WISE: Nauroti believes in action. Photo: Sarita Brara

From a stone cutter in Puharu village to a sarpanch of Rajasthan’s Harmada gram panchayat, Narouti has waged an unrelenting battle for empowering the marginalised
Four kilometers from the famous village of Tilonia is Harmada. A land of freedom fighters, Harmada today has a dalit woman sarpanch -- Nauroti.
This plucky woman had earned a name in the region for her struggle against injustice long before she was elected to this post a few years back. As she walks towards you, bare foot and clad in a simple, inexpensive sari, Nauroti is a picture of humility but the moment you start talking to her you know that she is no ordinary woman and no ordinary sarpanch either.
Nauroti was born in an extremely poor dalit family in Kishangarh district of Rajasthan and had to work on a road construction site for a living as a stone cutter. But despite the toil, she and many fellow labourers were not paid full wages on the pretext that they had not performed work according to the wages. It was like putting salt on fresh wounds, she felt. Nauroti raised her voice against this injustice, mobilised labourers and became the voice of the agitation. Finally they got justice when their case was taken to a court by an NGO.
That was more than three decades ago. From then till now, Nauroti has continued her unrelenting battle for empowerment of the marginalised and her journey from a stone cutter in Puharu village to a sarpanch of gram Panchayat in Harmada is the story of unflinching courage and impeccable honesty in the face of every adversity.
It was in the early 1980s that she joined the barefoot college in Tilonia founded by Bunker Roy. What made her stand apart from other women was her boldness, her ability to learn fast and above all the leadership qualities she displayed when she mobilised the construction workers. She became a sathin for women’s empowerment and would travel to villages in the region and educate them about their rights. She also joined adult literacy classes and later learnt to work on computers. Later, she trained many other women who had never gone to school like her. She has also had the chance to go to the US and China.
Above everything else, it is working amongst the people that gives her real satisfaction, she says. Nauroti first became member of her gram panchyat – Harmada -- and about three year back was elected as its sarpanch with an overwhelming majority.
As sarpanch, she waged a battle against the daru (alcohol) mafia and stopped encroachment of the graveyard in Harmara. She has been working tirelessly to get approval for development projects in the region and has achieved a lot in the past two and a half years. Nauroti says that there are two things she can never tolerate -- injustice and dishonesty. When it came to her notice that a mate working for a project of the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was committing fraud, she immediately took action. Despite resistance from many quarters, she did not stop till the person was jailed.
It is the villagers who talk about what she has done for them and the development of the village, whether it is the construction of water bodies, hand pumps, toilets, houses for those below poverty line, but when you ask her, she speaks about her unfinished agenda. “There is a lot more to be done before my tenure is over”, she says and lists a number of projects that remain to be completed.
Following are the list of UP Vidhansabha MLAs who have the responsibilities to develop and support the Dalit samaj. Do you feel they are really working well? 
(Source: http://www.uplegassembly.nic.in/)
Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha SC ST MLA List
Serial No.
Name of assembly/constituency
Name of the elected member
Party Affilation (if any)
1
Rampur Maniharan
Ravinder kumar malhu
Bahujan Samaj Party
2
Purkazi
Anil Kumar
Bahujan Samaj Party
3
Nagina
Manoj Kumar Paras
Samajwadi Party
4
Nehtaur
Om Kumar
Bahujan Samaj Party
5
Chandausi
Laxmi Gautam
Samajwadi Party
6
Milak
Vijay Singh
Samajwadi Party
7
Dhanaura
Maikal Chandra
Samajwadi Party
8
Hastinapur
Prabhu Dayal Balmiki
Samajwadi Party
9
Hapud
Gajraj Singh
Indian Nation Congress
10
Khurja
Banshi Singh Pahadiya
Indian Nation Congress
11
Khair
Bhagwati Prasad
Rastriya Lok Dal
12
Iglas
Triloki Ram
Rastriya Lok Dal
13
Hathras
Genda Lal Chaudhary
Bahujan Samaj Party
14
Baldev
Pooran Prakash
Rastriya Lok Dal
15
Agra Cantt.
Gutiyari Lal Duwesh
Bahujan Samaj Party
16
Agra Rural
Kali Charan Suman
Bahujan Samaj Party
17
Tundla
Rakesh Babu
Bahujan Samaj Party
18
Jalesar
Ranjeet Suman
Samajwadi Party
19
Kishani
Eng. Brijesh Katheria
Samajwadi Party
20
Bisauli
Ashutosh Mourya Urf Raju
Samajwadi Party
21
Faridpur
Dr. Siaram Sagar
Samajwadi Party
22
Puranpur
Preetam Ram
Samajwadi Party
23
Powayan
Sakuntala Devi
Samajwadi Party
24
Sri Nagar
Ram sharan
Samajwadi Party
25
Kasta
Sunil Kumar Lala
Samajwadi Party
26
Hargaon
Ramhet Bharti
Bahujan Samaj Party
27
Sidhauli
Manish Rawat
Samajwadi Party
28
Misrikh
Ram Pal Rajwanshi
Samajwadi Party
29
Gopamau
Shyam Prakash
Samajwadi Party
30
Sandi
Rajeshwari
Samajwadi Party
31
Balamau
Anil Verma
Samajwadi Party
32
Safipur
Sudhir Kumar
Samajwadi Party
33
Mohan
Radhey Lal Rawat
Bahujan Samaj Party
34
Malihabad
Indal Kumar
Samajwadi Party
35
Mohanlalganj
Chandra Rawat
Samajwadi Party
36
Bachhawan
Ram Lal Akela
Samajwadi Party
37
Salon
Ashakishor
Samajwadi Party
38
Jagdishpur
Radhey Shyam
Indian Nation Congress
39
kadipur
Ramchandra Chaudhury
Samajwadi Party
40
Kaimganj
Ajit Kumar
Samajwadi Party
41
Kannauj
Anil Kumar Dohare
Samajwadi Party
42
Bharthana
Sukh Devi Verma
Samajwadi Party
43
Auraiya
Madan Singh alias santosh
Samajwadi Party
44
Rashulabad
Shiv Kumar Beria
Samajwadi Party
45
Bilhaur
Arun Kumar Kori
Samajwadi Party
46
Ghatampur
Indrajeet Kori
Samajwadi Party
47
Orai
Dayashankar
Samajwadi Party
48
Mauranipur
Dr. Rashmi Arya
Samajwadi Party
49
Mehroni
Feran Lal
Bahujan Samaj Party
50
Rath
Gayadeen Anuragi
Indian Nation Congress
51
Naraini
Gayadhan Dinkar
Bahujan Samaj Party
52
Khaga
Krishna Paswan
Bhartiya Janta Party
53
Baba Ganj
Vinod Kumar
Independent
54
Manjhanpur
Indrajeet Saroj
Bahujan Samaj Party
55
Soraon
Satyaveer Munna
Samajwadi Party
56
Bara
Dr. Ajay Kumar
Samajwadi Party
57
Koraon
Rajbali Jaisal
Bahujan Samaj Party
58
Zaidpur
Ramgopal
Samajwadi Party
59
Haidergarh
Ram Magan
Samajwadi Party
60
Milkipur
Audesh Pradesh
Samajwadi Party
61
Alapur
Bheem Prashad Sonkar
Samajwadi Party
62
Balha
Savitri Bai Fule
Bhartiya Janta Party
63
Balrampur
Jagram Paswan
Samajwadi Party
64
Mankapur
Babulal
Samajwadi Party
65
Kapilvastu
Vijay Kumar
Samajwadi Party
66
Mahadewa
Ram Karan Arya
Samajwadi Party
67
dhanghata
Alagu Prashad Chauhan
Samajwadi Party
68
Maharaj Ganj
Sudama
Samajwadi Party
69
Khajani
Sant Prashad
Bhartiya Janta Party
70
Bansgaon
Dr. Vijay Kumar
Bahujan Samaj Party
71
Ramkola
Purnamasi Dehati
Samajwadi Party
72
Salempur
Manbodh
Samajwadi Party
73
Lalganj
Beehari
Samajwadi Party
74
Mehnagar
Brij Lal Sonkar
Samajwadi Party
75
Muhammadabad - Gohana
Baijnath
Samajwadi Party
76
Belthara Road
Gorakh Paswan
Samajwadi Party
77
Machhalishahar
Jagdish Sonkar
Samajwadi Party
78
Kerakat
Gulab Chand
Samajwadi Party
79
Jakhanian
Subba Ram
Samajwadi Party
80
Saidpur
Subhash
Samajwadi Party
81
Chakia
Poonam
Samajwadi Party
82
Ajagara
Tribhwan Ram
Bahujan Samaj Party
83
Aurai
Madhubala
Samajwadi Party
84
Chhanbey
Bhai lal Kol
Samajwadi Party
85
Duddhi
Rubi Prasad
Independent