Archive for February, 2007

The Government of India continues to defy commonsense by refusing to accept caste based discrimination is discrimination defined in the International Convention on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The Indian delegation to substantiate this position also made a statement that Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vyshyas,Soodras and Dalits no more exists in India. The independent experts reviewing India’s […]

Following is a snapshot of an interview  conducted by the Atrocitynews correspondent with a defence Lawyer Mr Jaiswal, right  after the court proceedings. Atrocity correspondent: Sir, you have said in your arguments that Prevention Of Atrocity Act under  section 3(1)(x),(xi) applies when the crime is in public view. But suppose, the crime is in house […]

The courts proceedings for Kherlanji case started at around 1 pm on 22nd Feb 2007 Court                             –  Sessions court Bhandara The Honorable Judge     –  S.S.Das  P.P from CBI                –   Ajaj Khan Defense lawyers        –   Adv. Jaiswal and Adv. Khandewale Adv. Ajaj Khan: Sir, I request the 36 accused to be discharged, since no incriminating       evidence was […]

An Indian girl of 14 who was allegedly raped has written to President APJ Abdul Kalam asking him to give her “justice or permission to die”.The girl from northern Bihar state said she was “unable to bear” continued threats from the family of the alleged rapist and men belonging to his caste.The alleged rapist was […]

Some theatre activists of Nagpur have decided to make a full-length feature film on the Khairlanji Buddhist massacre that rocked the country in September last. Informing this in Nagpur on Saturday evening, Mr. Jiwne, a well-known theatre personality of the city, said that the noted Marathi actor Suhas Palshikar has agreed to act in the film as […]

“If television and newspaper coverage of the anti-reservation agitation was indulgent and one-sided, the lack of diversity in the newsroom is surely a major culprit”, Siddharth Varadarajan  shares an experience . MY FIRST brush with caste prejudice in higher education came in 1999, when a group of Dalit students from the University College of Medical Sciences […]

“Accustomed, as we are, to lawyers and judges saying that the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 is being misused, I was amazed to find and document over the last few years, that in fact, the Act is not being used at all”, says Colin Gonsalves. Dalits who try to […]