Watch the burning of 50 Dalit Houses in Lathor , Dist. Bolagir in Orissa (Orissa Caste Atrocity). The dreams are burnt so easily, luckily someone recorded the program on his mobile. While the whereabouts of that person are still not known, somebody says he might have been beaten! Readers please find time to send this video to as many as possible. Also you may like to protest here by writing comments..>>

Come forward and help the victims..

 


(Reporting: Arun Kumar, Bedford, UK)

21st June, 2014 will be remembered as a historic day in the Dalit history when for the first time NRIs settled in various countries came on streets simultaneously to protest against the caste based discrimination and ill treatment being met to them on the basis of their birth. In solidarity with Dalit organisations across the World, on this very day, a demonstration against caste discrimination took place in front of the 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister. This was a second demonstration by Dalits held in the month of June. It was organised by the Anti-Caste discrimination Alliance UK and supported by a number of organisations including Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations UK, Ambedkar Mission Society, Bedford, Southall Black Sisters, Indian Workers Association, Sri Guru Ravidass and BhagwanValmikSabhas across UK and several other organisations. The purpose of the protest was to raise awareness with UK Government policy-makers, Parliamentarians, and the Press about the key issues that impact on socially excluded groups like Dalits, atrocities against them including the rape and violence against women and girls in India. It also intended to promote the draft UN Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination based on Work and Descent established by the UN Human Rights Council.

 

A petition including a joint statement signed by numerous Dalit and non-Dalit organisations demanding the government to implement without further delay the law agreed by Parliament to outlaw Caste-based discrimination in the UK, was handed over to the Prime Minister.  The protesters also asked the British government to use their clout to stop atrocities against Dalits especially caste based rapes and violence against women.

The call for Global action against caste based discrimination was given by the US based organisation, International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) and joined by many cross faith Dalit and non-Dalit   organisations (including those representing Ambedkarites, Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Ravidassia and Valmikis). At the same time, the protest events also took place in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles in USA and Toronto in Canada and raised the voice against human rights abuses in India and abroad.
Posted http://www.ambedkartimes.com on June 27, 2014


The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) has organized the ‘Global March against Caste Discrimination’ in Washington DC on the 21st June 2014. In solidarity with the march, many community organizations, American Dalits, anti-caste activists and other social activists joined the protest events in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The San Francisco solidarity demonstration was held at the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza and was the second largest mobilization in numbers. Members and activists affiliated to organizations like the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), Association for India’s Development (AID-Bay Area), BAMCEF-International, International Bahujan Organization and Guru Ravidasiji Temple- Sacramento and Friends of South Asia (FSA) actively participated in it.
These events were organized in the background of the recent incidents of gruesome rapes and ‘honour’ killings of Dalit women in India. The demonstration is intended to communicate to the new government in India that the overseas Dalits and other concerned sections are deeply hurt by such incidents.

 

Pic01: Demonstrations in USA
The March and the related solidarity events are the first such public events in the US initiated by the Washington DC based ICDR with the goal of increasing awareness among the policy makers in the US Congress and the White House regarding key issues that impact Dalits globally. Even in the US, a section amongst the immigrants face caste discrimination and prejudice, necessitating policy reform to assure fairness and justice to Dalits and other socially excluded groups. The main objectives of the Global March are to advocate:

  1.  Endorsement by the White House of the Draft Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination based on Work and Descent (A/HRC/11/CRP.3).
  2. Passage by the US Congress to pass a binding resolution that requires action against caste-based discrimination and expands the geographic scope of its historical Concurrent Resolution on Untouchability in India (House Concurrent Resolution 139 of 2007).

The protest was peaceful and well attended. The protesters carried anti-caste banners and shouted slogans demanding speedy justice to the victims of caste violence and discrimination.
Report: Benjamin P. Kaila & Camera: KabirChumberPosted on June 25, 2014


A spat with neighbours over disposal of dirty water resulted in a minor Dalit girl from Gujarat being set ablaze on Sunday.

Chandrika Parmar (15) suffered 70 per cent burns when her neighbours, also Dalits, launched a sudden attack on her and her family. She is battling for her life at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.

Pic01: Caste burns people alive

Pic01: Caste burns people alive

The incident took place in Syla village in Surendranagar district. Chandrika had complained to her neighbour, Suneeta Vaghela, about throwing dirty water outside her house, leading to an argument. Ms. Vaghela’s father Motibhai Sumera then slapped Chandrika’s younger brother Milan and threatened the family.

When Chandrika’s mother Manjuben Parmar lodged a police complaint, the neighbours were infuriated. “That afternoon, Mr. Sumera, along with his immediate and extended family members, barged into the Parmar home and started beating everyone,” Chandrika’s cousin Mahendra Parmar told The Hindu.

“They were carrying sticks, red chilli powder and kerosene. There were nearly 10 of them. They were trying to douse Chandrika’s younger brother with kerosene when she rushed to his rescue. The assailants then turned on her. While three women held her down, the men poured kerosene and set her on fire,” the cousin said.

Chandrika suffered severe burns. “She is still in a critical condition,” M.M. Prabhakar, medical superintendent of the Civil Hospital, told The Hindu.

“Had the police acted on Manjuben’s complaint, the matter would not have escalated to this extent,” said Anand Parmar, Chandrika’s elder brother. “Instead, the local police used abusive words. They threatened to put me behind bars. When we went to the police station, we were made to wait for hours.”

The police have registered a case of attempt to murder, house-trespass and criminal intimidation against Mr. Sumera, a civil engineer; Sangeeta Vaghela, a school headmistress, and six other members of the Sumera family, based on Chandrika’s statement.

“Such a violent reaction to such a trivial issue is quite unexpected. There is no history of animosity or violence between the neighbours, except for occasional arguments over petty issues,” P.N. Momaya, Deputy Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu. She denied the family’s allegations that the police was lax in acting on the family’s complaint. “We took prompt action,” she said.

Source: Hindu


Senior UN human rights officials at aUnited Nations Human Rights Council side-eventon June 17, 2014, called for immediate efforts to end caste-based rape and violence against women.

An urgent global calls for action from numerous human rights organizations, India’s UN representative, and policymakers from around the world in response to the gang-rape and hanging of two girls in India on May 27.

At the side-event, the speakers urged UN member countries to speak up about the escalating caste-based violence against women. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, “I urge governments to fully implement all the recommendations made by international human rights mechanisms, as well as those arising from national processes. Our outrage is not enough. We must take real and focused action to mend our societies’ dramatic failure to support the rights of people of discriminated castes, particularly women and girls.”

 

More….


Today a team of advocates lead by Adv. Prashant Ramteke went to Bhandara to understand the current situation.  And to their shock, they found out that  Sanjay’s wife (Mrs. Devikabai Ramteke) and Mr Raju Gadpayle ( Family Friend)  were in Bhandara jail where Police persisting with tortures.
While taking to her, story of inhuman treatment given by police came out.
They were beaten to death and forced to confess the crime which they have not done. They have been beaten continuously for three days in jail and forced them to accept that they have killed late Mr. Sanjay Khobragade. When Adv met them he found that proper care of food was also not taken by police. He paid from his pocket and arranged a food for them. Tears were flowing through their eyes when they were narrating the situation.When one local MLA went to meet them, victims were already threatened by the police if they dare to speak truth they will be beaten up again. At one stage victims pleaded police “Please kill us rather than beating.”
Even after telling the truth to judge that they are forced to say this, judge has given their custody to police again.
They are booked under Atrocity Act. And when the culprits were in jail they were provided with biryani and separate fans in jail.
Such an inhuman treatment is given to victims by the police.Advocate from Vidarbha must fight this case strongly and unitedly without taking state government’s help.
As narrated by Adv. Prashant Ramteke…..

Elite Indians continue to deny and expose the absence  of representation in Military. IS this a democracy?
Suhag1
Over 60 years of independence and India did not find any lower caste officer to be the Army head.
As he is appointed as Chief, please See the approach and criticism from educated class and the Army Hq. of India on twitter

“Gen Suhag‘s last min appointment shows the worst of India: caste, political hubris, abuse of power, bureaucratic deceit & tolerance of crime. Gen Suhag‘s appointment is mired in caste. He’ll be the first Jat Army Chief. But do Jats want their Army Chief sneaked in like this?”


Test the consideration in light of an young dalit woman’s observations from village that is translated from local language

 

Pic 01: Dalit women expressed her suffering in local language

Pic 01: Dalit women expressed her suffering in local language




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