Dalit attacked for drinking from upper caste’s pot

Dalit attacked for drinking from upper caste’s pot

HISAR: In a macabre act of caste violence, a Dalit youth in Saniyana village was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon and had his arm nearly chopped off for drinking water from an earthen pot belonging to an upper caste family.While doctors have stitched up his arm, the police arrested one Rajender of Daulatpur village and booked him under SC/ST Act.

Police sources said that Pappu first inquired about the caste of the victim, Rajesh Kumar, before attacking him.The attack comes within two years of a violent caste clash in Mirchpur in Hisar district in which two Dalits – a physically challenged girl and her septuagenarian father -were burnt to death and 18 Dalit homes were set on fire by a mob belonging to the Jat community.

Rajesh Kumar, 31, was on his way to neighbouring Daulatpur village on a tractor-trolley along with 14 others, when he felt thirsty and stopped to look for water.”Rajesh drank water from an earthen pot lying in a field. On seeing this, a farmer, Rajender alias Pappu, abused him while passing caste-related remarks against him for touching the earthen pot. Not stopping at that, Pappu then attacked him with a sharp edged weapon, almost severing his hand and inflicting serious injuries on him,” said Harish Bhardwaj, the district police spokesperson, adding that the weapon has been recovered.

Harbouring apprehensions of tension and violence in the village after the attack, the victim, Rajesh, told TOI, “Strict action should be taken against the accused but I want peace in my village.”He also expressed shock over the practice of untouchability even in this modern age. Rajesh is the sole bread earner in the family as his younger brother is suffering from a serious mental disorder while he lost his parents a few years back. Adeputy superintendent of police rank official has been entrusted to probe the incident.

Lathore inferno Dalit victims still homeless

Lathore inferno Dalit victims still homeless

BALANGIR: Around 218 Dalits are living in a temporary shelter in a school even a month after upper caste people torched their houses and looted their belongings in Lathore in Balangir district.

Although the district administration had promised to reconstruct the houses in a meeting with members of Lakhe Ghara Ganda Samaj Unnayana Samiti of the Dalit community, there has been no headway. “Initially the administration was reluctant to construct the houses. It only wanted to give compensation. But after we organized a rally and placed our demands in a memorandum, the collector invited us for a discussion, where he agreed to construct the houses. But sadly, it is yet to begin,” said Omprakash Kumbhar, president of the outfit.

On January 23, upper caste people had torched 30 houses of the Dalits in Lathore after which 250 men, women and children were shifted to the temporary shelter. Police subsequently arrested 42 persons and sent them to judicial custody. Property worth about Rs 2.5 crore was reportedly damaged in the riot. “We know that we won’t get the valuables we lost when our houses were burnt down. We have lost important documents, ornaments and land records. But at least we should be provided with houses to live in. For how many days will we live in the school,” said Jitendra Suna, one of the victims of the riot.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to Odisha government, calling for a report on the incident within four weeks. Earlier, a team of Jawahala Neheru University (JNU) students visited Lathore to sympathize with the victims and also met the district collector.

A few days ago, Dalits of the district and Lathore victims organized a rally and walked through the main road in Balangir town, holding placards and raising slogans. They demanded action against the erring police officials, who allegedly overlooked the warnings of the upper caste people a day before the incident. They also demanded Balangir district to be declared SC-ST atrocity prone.

The Lakhe Ghara Ganda Samaj Unnayana Samiti outfit had given a fact sheet to the district administration mentioning incidences arising out of caste antagonism in the district. It said in the last two years 12 such incidents have taken place in the district. According to the outfit, the atrocity prone villages are Lakarma, Belpada, Jamsar, Pardhiapali, Kalijharan, Bandhpada, Gaibahal, Uparbahal, Bubel and Ambahali. “In each incident, either false allegations were slapped on lower caste people or the upper caste people openly expressed untouchability by speaking insulting words,” said the outfit’s secretary Sitaram Kumbhar.

Invitation – 10 Years of Gujarat Carnage

Movement for Secular Democracy(MSD)

c/o Narmad- Meghani Library, Mithakhali Railway Crossing, Mithakhali, Ahmedabad 380006, Ph No-079-26404418 dn.rath@gmail.com
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       People’s Union For Civil Liberties(PUCL)
 C/O Gandhi Peace Foundation, Himavan, Paldi, Ahmedabad-380 006.
Correspondence Address:
4, Sanmitra Society, Jivraj Park Area, Opp. Malav Talav, Ahmedabad-380 051. GUJARAT.gthaker1946@gmail.com,
 
INVITATION
10 Years of Gujarat Carnage
26th February- Citizen’s Convention
Mehandi Nawab Jung Hall Paldi , Ahmedabad At 2P.M.
Demonstration at 5 PM Paldi Char Rasta, Ahmedabad
 

Friend,

It is going to be the 10 years of Gujarat Carnage.

Movement for Secular Democracy (MSD) and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) from Ahmedabad, Gujarat are going to hold a  A Citizen’s Convention on 26th  February at 2 P.M.

This  Citizen’s Conference  will   focus on  how  the justice has been eluded to the riot victims after a decade of Carnage. Rule of law trampled, human rights violated,  a regime of FEAR has been deeply percolated in a fascist manner under the Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Narendra Modi, who is manoeuvring  all kinds of sinister design to make  a mockery of the criminal Justice to get clean chit . The so- called developmental plank is elusive and an eye wash of Mr. Modi to divert the attention of his implicit and explicit! Involvement in the Carnage2002   having the blessings of the corporate houses.

This  Citizen’s Conference will too focus. on developing  a broad based   platform of all concerned citizens and organisation to combat fascist onslaught in Gujarat and march forward with democratic people’s  movement.thatis Lok Andolan, which is the only way out.

This programme is the part of Insaf Ki Dagar Par .

Thanking You,
Yours Friendly
Prakash N. Shah
Gautam Thaker  09825382556
Dwarika Nath Rath 09426369858
Date- 19-2-2012

VERY IMPORTANT – Letter to the Chief Justice of Karnataka High court

VERY IMPORTANT – Letter to the Chief Justice of Karnataka High court

Date  20th February 2012

To

The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Vikramjit Sen,
Chief Justice of Karnataka,
High Court of Karnataka,
BANGALORE – 560 001.

Most Respected Sir,

SUBJECT: JUDICIAL REFORMS

            You must be aware; that ours is a well reputed all India Human Rights and Civil Liberties Organization existing since 35 years. Amongst our priorities ‘Judicial Reforms’ is one of the important issues.

            Please permit me to bring to your notice a matter that concerns judicial propriety on which your intervention is most essential. The issue is with regard to the Hon’ble Mr. Justice B.V. Pinto, sitting Judge of the High Court and his accepting invitations for so-called felicitations from an unending number of private individuals and organizations in Mangalore City and the adjoining districts. At every one of these functions under the guise of honouring the Hon’ble Judge very lavish presentations are made and in every one of these cases. What cannot be overlooked is the fact that these persons, departments and institutions are all litigants in various Courts and there is absolutely no doubt about the fact that the so-called functions are motivated. The most objectionable part of the matter is that local politicians and officials including police officers share the dais with him.

             The public confidence in the independence of the Judiciary gets shaken because an impression is created in the public mind that the balance in the litigation could get tilted because of these factors. There exists a well settled principle of Law and ethics which requires that sitting Judges should not accept any such Invitations while holding office. We recall with respect the occasion when the Hon’ble Chief Justice R.G. Sethi visited Mangalore on his official visit to the District and a group of citizens and organizations desired to hold a public function honouring and felicitating him and the Hon’ble Chief Justice declined to accept the Invitation which earned tremendous respect to him and to the Judiciary.

In the short time since his elevation, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice B.V. Pinto, has visited the area on at least THIRTY occasions and regularly continues to do so, on many occasions by taking time off from his judicial duties. With the arrears of litigation being what they are, we respectfully submit that the mandate of the Supreme Court that the sitting Judges should not attend functions under any circumstances if it encroaches on Court time must be observed.

I am quoting just one specific instance where a group of persons belonging to the Legal Cell of the Mangalore Diocese invited the Hon’ble Judge for a very lavish felicitation function. Every one of these functions also includes Dinners where alcohol is served freely. While there may be no legal prohibition to this, it does create the wrong impression and eyebrows are certainly raised. The other fall out is that these individuals and organizations openly start name dropping to the effect that the Hon’ble Judge is personally known to them which has a very damaging effect on the adverse parties in the pending litigations.

I shall quote one specific example namely that PUCL takes up very many human rights issues as also issues of social reform and this has not been liked by many of the persons in authority. My family has been residing for over a Hundred Years in a small structure of which the Bishop claims to be the Landlord. Purely in order to hit back at me, a completely false and vexatious litigation has been started in order to get my family evicted. This litigation is being handled by the Legal Cell of the Diocese. There are virtually hundreds of such litigations pending against the poorest of the poor persons who are sought to be evicted by the Bishop and the lands sold to Developers. The Ld. Judge was called and lavishly felicitated by these persons and wide publicity was given to the event. The immediate reaction from the Local Bar was that this was not fair and that it could adversely affect the pending litigations. With the utmost respect, we submit that this apprehension is real.

Please therefore, as a matter of propriety, very kindly request the Ld. Judge to desist from accepting these Invitations, Gifts, Dinners and more importantly from making very patronizing speeches at these functions because it will undermine the independence of the Judiciary.

With respectful regards,

 Yours sincerely,

For People’s Union for Civil Liberties

Sd/-

 (P.B. D’Sa)

President

4 men planted 4 bombs on Samjhauta Express

4 men planted 4 bombs on Samjhauta Express

Startling revelations by Kamal Chouhan are helping investigators understand how the Samjhauta Express bombs were brought to the capital, who all took it to the railway station and the sequence of events leading to the tragedy that killed 68 passengers, most of them Pak nationals. Tomorrow marks the fifth year since that attack.

Chouhan, arrested last Sunday and produced in court earlier this week, has reportedly said that he has no “regrets” over the Samjhauta bombing. He is said to have told interrogators that there were four “planters” who came in two separate groups to Old Delhi Railway station with four suitcases, each one carrying a bomb.
Chouhan has said that he was among 11 people who were given arms training at Bagli in early 2006 and also part of the “firing lessons” — organised by Sunil Joshi (now dead) — given to eight people in Faridabad in April 2006.

Chouhan has said that in the group that received the initial arms training, there were Joshi, Ramji (Ramachandra Kalsangra, who is on the run), Sandeep Dange (absconding) and Lokesh Sharma (in jail).

Chouhan said that on February 15, 2007, three days before the bombing, he received a phone call from Sharma in Indore who told him that “the time for work has come”, and asked him to come to the Indore railway station to “accompany him on a journey”. Chouhan claims he didn’t ask for details but knew that “they were going to plant a bomb somewhere”.

At the railway station, Chouhan told investigators, he met Lokesh who had two suitcases. “I pulled one and found it is heavier, heavier than a suitcase with clothes. He (Lokesh) had arranged the train reservation already. We had confirmed tickets,’’ he said. Investigators are not sure what names were used.