CHANDIGARH: Who is shielding station house officer (SHO) of Sector 3 police station Shri Parkash, in the case of an accident involving a 34-year-old woman? Shri Parkash allegedly reached the accident spot late as his subordinates kept waiting for him with the accident victim lying in a pool of blood on the road.
The victim, Sharmila Sharma, mother of two teenaged sons, sustained grievous head injuries. According to eyewitnesses, she was evacuated to Government Multi-specialty hospital in Sector 16, which was only 100-meters away, two hours after the accident. Doctors declared her brought dead on arrival.
NAKDED DANCE OF VIOLENCE KILLING EIGHT INNOCENT VILLAGER IN FAKE ENCOUNTER
With due respect to the deceased and victimized families who all are tribals, I would like to bring your kind attention on a case of death of eight tribals namely (1) Pandu, (2) Bahadur, (3) Joga,(4) Komu, (5) Punam, (6) Somu(7) Lakhmu (8) Karam Masa and serious injuries to four tribals in an alleged encounter with the Security Forces and the Naxals on the night of 17-05-2013 at about 9 P.M. at Aarespeta village under Ganglur Police Station of Bijapur District in the state of Chhattisgarh.
Tribals of Aaresmpeta village, Ganglur P.S. District Bijapur in Chhattisgarh state were celebrating Seed Festival. All the villagers including women and children were also participating at this seed festival when all of they were attacked with firing of live bullets by security forces.
According to Village head Sri Taram Lakhmu and Taram Budhru, there is no Naxal amongst those who have been killed by the security forces. They also stated that the villagers were celebrating seed festival when all of sudden without saying anything, security forces fired live bullets on them. To save them from those bullets, they lied down flat on the ground. Eight tribals including three children got killed in the alleged encounter. Twenty Two tribals are missing whose whereabouts are not known till now. The death of one Jawan and injuries to two are the result of cross firing of the security forces.
Village heads Taram Lakhmu and Taram Budhru have also stated that in the police firing four persons including two minors namely Renu aged 10 years and Punam Samlu aged about 15 years and Taram Aaytu and Soni Taram have been injured who are in serious condition.
It is also a matter of great concern to know that it took almost two days for the state government to admit the four seriously injured villagers for medical help at Jagdalpur hospital where as a number of Ambulances are available.
This is one amongst many of such incidents in which security forces have killed innocents in alleged encounters. In this serious matter district Collector has ordered for Magisterial inquiry, Chief Minister announced monetary compensation of Rs. Five lakhs as compensation for the victimized families, Government of India through its Home Department has announced compensation of Rs. Seven Lakhs, but the killer police still claims that they have killed Naxals in an encounter.
This is a clear case of the gross violation of the right to life of (1) Pandu, (2) Bahadur, (3) Joga, (4) Komu, (5) Punam, (6) Somu (7) Lakhmu (8) Karam Masa, guaranteed to them under the Article 21 of the Constitution of India.
Mr. Satyabrata Pal,
The National Human Rights Commission,
Faridcourt House, Copernicus Marge,
Sub: requesting for a high level investigation and necessary legal
action on a case of death of a labourer Mr. Pushu Munda in the
explosion at illegal Stone Crusher at Khirabera village on 25 May,
I would like to bring your kind attention on the above said subject
that a labourer Mr. Pushu Munda S/o – Mr. Ramkishun Munda resident of
Gurgu village comes under Ormanjhi police station of Ranchi district
in Jharkhand died in the explosion at illegal Stone Crusher unit
located at Khirabera village on 25 May, 2013.
1. The incident took place on 25 May, 2013 when Mr. Pushu Munda along
with two other labourers – Mr. Shankar Oraon and another is unknown
blew up the live stone with dynamite. When the dynamite exploded, they
fell down from the top of the stone. Consequently, Mr. Pushu Munda
died at the spot and two other labourers got injuries.
2. According to Mrs. Bhima, the wife of Mr. Pushu Munda, her husband
was working in a Stone Crusher Unit located at Khirabera and going for
work at 5 AM every day. On 25 May, 2013 at 5 AM he had gone to the
site where he died due to explosion.
3. The Stone Crusher was illegally operated by Mr. Bablu Singh S/o –
Mr. Yogendra Singh resident of Khirabera comes under Ormanjhi Police
station in Ranchi district.
4. The Munshi (account keeper) and owner of the Stone Crusher are
absconding after the incident.
5. There are numbers of stone crusher units illegally operated at
Khirabera village. The owners of Stone Crushers neither have license
for crusher unites nor for use of explosive but they have been doing
the illegal business.
6. On 16 February, 2013 the police had thrashed 16 stone crushers in
the village and the FIR was also filed against the crushers’ owners
but no further action was taken. Consequently, all the crushers’
owners resumed their work. It seems that they have nexus with the
local police therefore; the action is not taken against them, which
led to loss of life of Mr. Pushu Munda.
Hence, it is a clear case of gross violation of the right to a
dignified life of Mr. Pushu Munda guaranteed by the India
Constitution. Therefore, I request the National Human Rights
Commission for the following actions:
1. A high level investigation should be done on the case of death of
Mr. Pushu Munda in the explosion at illegal Stone Crusher.
2. A case should be registered against the crusher owner Mr. Bablu
Singh under the section 302 of IPC, SC/ST Prevention of Atrocity Act
1989 and Arms Act 1959.
3. A legal action also should be taken against the Police officers of
Ormanjhi police station, whose inaction against the illegal Stone
Crushers resulted in death of Mr. Pushu Munda.
4. A compensation of Rs. 25 lakh including a government job should be
given to the family of the deceased person as he was the main earning
member in the family.
5. All the illegal Stone Crushers located at Khirubera and adjoining
areas should be stopped and legal action should be taken against the
I shall be highly obliged to you for the same.
PS: pdf file is attached.
Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 25.05.13
UN rights experts call for stronger protection of victims of caste-based discrimination – Un News Centre
Action against policemen sought over fruiterer’s suicide – The Hindu
Dalit Christians at CSI Madurai yet to see one of their own as Bishop – The Hindu
Block Institutes of Teachers Education to be set up in 196 SC/ST/Minority concentrated districts –Net Indian
UN rights experts call for stronger protection of victims of caste-based discrimination
24 May 2013 – More than 260 million people across the world are still victims of human rights abuses due to caste-based discrimination, United Nations independent experts warned today, urging South Asian countries to strengthen legislation to protect them.
“Caste-based discrimination remains widespread and deeply rooted, its victims face structural discrimination, marginalization and systematic exclusion, and the level of impunity is very high,” the group of experts said. “This form of discrimination entails gross and wide-ranging human rights abuses – including brutal forms of violence.”
People who are considered of low caste in South Asia are known as ‘Dalits’ or ‘untouchables.’ In many countries, they face marginalization, social and economic exclusion, segregation in housing, limited access to basic services including water and sanitation and employment, and work in conditions similar to slavery.
The experts said that Dalit women and girls are particularly vulnerable and face multiple forms of discrimination and violence, including sexual abuse. Children are also at high risk of being sold and sexually exploited.
Two years ago, Nepal adopted the ‘Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability Bill’, a landmark law that protects the rights of Dalits. More recently, the British Government decided in April that the Equality Act would cover caste discrimination to protect Dalits in diaspora communities.
While these are positive steps to eliminate caste-based discrimination, the experts expressed concern about a serious lack of implementation in countries where legislation already exists, and called for the effective application of laws, policies and programmes protecting those affected by this type of discrimination.
“We urge other caste-affected States to adopt legislation to prevent caste-based discrimination and violence and punish perpetrators of such crimes, and call on world governments to endorse and implement the UN Draft Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination Based on Work and Descent,” the experts said.
“Political leadership, targeted action and adequate resources should be devoted to resolving the long-standing problems, discrimination and exclusion faced by Dalits and similarly affected communities in the world.”
The experts also expressed their hope that the post-2015 development agenda will include specific goals for the advancement of Dalits, stressing that caste-based discrimination is a major structural factor underlying poverty.
“Their specific needs require tailored action to lift them out of poverty and close the inequality gap between them and the rest of society,” they said. “No one should be stigmatized; no one should be considered ‘untouchable’.”
Among the experts voicing their concerns include those dealing with minority issues; violence against women; contemporary forms of slavery; and racism. Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council and work in an unpaid capacity.
Action against policemen sought over fruiterer’s suicide
‘Ravi Kumar committed suicide after police tortured him’
The Madiga Dandora Horata Samiti staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Friday, accusing the Sakleshpur Rural police of torturing a fruiterer, who committed suicide recently.
Ravi Kumar (21), a native of Rajanahalli in Alur taluk, consumed poison three days ago and died at the government hospital here on Friday.
He ran a fruit stall near Hasanamba Kalakshetra. “On the way to the hospital, my son told me that he was tortured by the police. He was threatened of dire consequences if he did not help them in arresting Tanvir, an accused in theft cases, who ran a food stall next to Ravi Kumar’s,” his father Nanjaiah told The Hindu.
However, Ravi Kumar was not aware of Tanvir’s involvement in crimes.
Suspecting him to be Tanvir’s associate, the police took Ravi Kumar into custody and beat him up.
Samiti district president K.R. Vijay Kumar alleged that Sakleshpur Rural police sub-inspector B.R. Gowda and three constables were responsible for the suicide of the youth.
“The policemen should be suspended and the youth’s family given compensation of Rs. 5 lakh,” he demanded.
The parents have filed a complaint at the Hassan Town police station against the sub-inspector and three constables.
Superintendent of Police Amit Singh said the department would hold an inquiry into the allegations and take action against the policemen if they were found guilty.
Dalit Christians at CSI Madurai yet to see one of their own as Bishop
It has been more than six decades and they form 60 per cent of the population, but still Dalit Christians of Church of South India (CSI) Madurai-Ramnad Diocese are unable to support and elect a member of their caste as Bishop.
Dalit Christians of the Diocese are fuming that caste prejudices still exist and one’s caste identity trumps the Christian faith. Elections held to choose the sixth Bishop of the diocese on December 20, 2012 saw a Dalit, Rt. Rev. Baninga Washburn, emerge winner in the first two rounds in which 13 candidates contested, and Rt. Rev. Joseph (member of intermediate caste) came second.
However, it has been five months since the elections were held and Rev. Washburn has not been officially announced as the winner by the Moderator of the Diocese. Previous elections show that the winner of the first two rounds was announced as winners, said a member of the Diocese who wanted to maintain anonymity.
The CSI Madurai Ramnad Diocese was established in the year 1947 and has six districts of Madurai, Dindigul, Virudhunagar, Theni, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram within its diocese. In its current strength, 60 per cent of Dalits form the congregation and serve as Pastors.
The first Bishop, Leslie Newbigin (1947-59), was from England, while others who held the post since then were from intermediate castes. Rev. Baninga Washburn’s victory in December was well received by the congregation; his win would fulfil the 66-year-old dream of Dalit Christians. However, Dalit Christians who had been silent about the prevailing prejudices have finally come out to publicise this issue and take the struggle forward.
Anbuselvam, writer, researcher on Theology and member, Intellectual Circle for Dalit Actions, Puducherry, told The Hindu that caste is an existing reality in Christian society and a principal social problem in Churches today in the State. Dalits form the majority in the Diocese but still the power politics exists, making it impossible for them to assert against the dominant castes.
Professor David Mosse of School of Oriental and African Studies who has worked on Christians in Tamil Nadu says that for Dalit castes in Tamil society, the Church was important to a new social mobility not only because of the educational and employment opportunities it provided, but along with economic change. Christianity did provide idioms for the expression of autonomy and detachment for caste oppression.
N. J. Gnaniah, a Missiologist, in his paper titled Caste, Christianity, and Cross-Cultural Evangelism Revisted, says that caste is still an undeniable part of Christian society here.
Block Institutes of Teachers Education to be set up in
196 SC/ST/Minority concentrated districts
NetIndian News Network
New Delhi, May 25, 2013
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has approved the setting up of Block Institutes of Teachers Education in 196 Scheduled Castes (SC)/Scheduled Tribes (ST)/ Minority concentrated districts.
An official press release said more than Rs 690 crore had been approved for the purpose, and one-third of this investment would be made in the eight high-deficit states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.
Over Rs. 6300 crore are earmarked in the 12th Five Year Plan for training of untrained teachers, the release said.
Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), more than 6 lakh in-service teachers need to be trainined. Several states, including the 8 high-deficit states, have requested the centre to extend time for training of these teachers.
The maximum number of 190000 teachers need to be trained in Bihar followed by Uttar Pradesh where a total number of 124000 teachers need to be trained.
While the number of teachers to be trained in Chhattisgarh is over 45000, in Madhya Pradesh the number is 35000.
The training of teachers will be through National Institute of Open Schooling in Jharkhand, State Open University in Assam, State Council of Education Research and Training in Chhattisgarh and through State Board of Primary Education in West Bengal.
To strengthen teacher education capacity, the states have obtained recognition for opening of 81 new Government institutes. It will help in the training of more than 4000 teachers in the 8 high- deficit states. The curriculum has been revised in the light of the National Curriculum Framework for Teachers Education, the release added.