Archive for June, 2008

FOR AKSHAY (name changed), his admission in 2002 to the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, (IIT-D) was an achievement whose magnitude has less to do with his being Dalit than with the fact that he has battled schizophrenia since his early teens. Diagnosed in 1997, Akshay has been through years of therapy, which his doctors […]

                  The Defence Closes Their Side At last , the defence closed their side in the sessions court of Bhandara today. They have had a lot of adjournments since their witnesses did not seem to be ready to depose in the court. Before closing their side , the defence lawyer Mr. Lakhanikar submitted an application […]

The court is already assembled. The court is hearing the argument in another case. At 12 : 15 P.M. the court calls the defence & prosecution. From the prosecution side the C.B.I. counsol Adv.Khan  is there to argue. Adv. Khandewale , the defence lawyer rises to put his say before the Hon. Judge , S.S. […]

Mr Thabo Mbeki the President of South Africa replies to his critics in  debate on Budget Vote June 12 2008   …”Madam Speaker, Honourable Deputy President, Honourable Members: Let me first acknowledge the delegation from the Republic of Burundi both from Government and Palipehutu-FNL, led respectively by the Minister in the Burundi Presidency, General Evariste Ndayishimiye […]

  INDIA: To be a human without caste – part 1 The following is the first part of the interview with Mr. Kantilal Ukabhai, a Dalit human rights activist from India. The interview wasdone by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) at Hong Kong.Kantilal is currently associated with the Navsarjan, a reputed humanrights organisation in […]

By Prabhat Sharan For centuries they have been feared, despised and envied. Gypsies, an ethnic minority in Europe, continue to face discrimination that is not very different from what India’s Dalits have to contend with. A team of officials from Hungary, which has a high population of itinerant gypsies, was here to study the work […]

Dholavira, an Indus Valley Civilization site on the island of Khadir in eastern Kutch, is in the news for the wrong reasons. Following an armed attack by a 150-man strong upper caste mob last Friday, some 35 indigenous Dalit families from this village are currently camping in Bhujodi village, some 250 kms from here. As […]

Yesterday the court was again adjourned till 17th June as defence witnesses were absent.  As normal as that the case will prolong as every other case prolongs in India! Justice delayed is Justice denied  more often true in Caste atrocity cases !

An elderly Dalit woman was burnt alive allegedly by three members of an upper caste community over a dispute on fetching water from a village hand pump. Prembai, 55, suffered 80 per cent burns as she was set ablaze on Tuesday, Abhishek Ranjan, Sub-Divisional Police Officer, said on Friday. The incident took place at Harda’s […]

Today was the day for the production of the defence witnesses . But even after the lapse of 15 days , the defence could not produce their two witnesses , Ravindra Dhande & Umesh Dhumankhede . It was submitted in the court by the defence lawyer , Adv.Khandewale that , their petition was pending before […]

A dalit youth was allegedly beaten to death by some youths in Budh Singh Wala village of Moga district on Saturday evening when he objected to lewd remarks being made by the accused against his family women. The deceased’s younger brother who managed to escape from the spot also sustained serious injuries and was admitted […]

Adv.Lakhaninkar, the defence, first produces the application for the adjournement of the trial. But as  was ruled in the last proceeding on 26th May that the defence  should  submit the list of their witnesses, Hon.Judge rejects  the applicatiion . Then the defence in the closing hours submits the list of their witnesses & asks that the proceeding […]