#India – Girl killed for honour #Vaw

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 16
A man allegedly shot dead his 20-year-old daughter in Rajgarh Kubbe village yesterday for marrying a boy belonging to a lower caste.

The girl belonged to a Jat family. The boy, Ramphal, works as a bus conductor. The two got married in September last year against the wishes of the girl’s family.

The police said the accused, Mithu Singh of Khokhar village in Mansa, went to the house of his daughter with his licenced rifle and shot her.


#India- The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment- Review 2012 #disability


      Press Information Bureau English Releases





Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

        is entrusted with the empowerment of the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of the society. The target groups of the Ministry are: (i) scheduled Castes, (ii)

Other Backward Classes

      , (iii) Senior Citizens and (iv) Victims of Substance Abuse.


        Enhancement in Plan Outlay of the MinistryThere was an unprecedented increase of 136.60% in the plan outlay of the Ministry from Rs.2500 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 5915 crore in 2012-13 which includes the Budget Estimate of Department of Disability of Affairs. The plan Outlay allocated to Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for

12th Five Year Plan

      has been enhanced to Rs 32684 crore from Rs 13043 crore in the 11th Five Year Plan…Department of Disability Affairs


      Creation of a new Department of Disability Affairs


        A new Department of Disability Affairs has been set up vide

Cabinet Secretariat

      ’s notification dated 12.05.2012. The Department has been allocated twenty five (25) subjects. Creation of a new Department would ensure greater focus on policy matters to effectively address disability issues. Having a separate budget would help in strengthening existing schemes, formulation of new schemes as also promotion of technological innovation in the sector. It would further boost greater coordination among stakeholders, organizations, state governments and related central ministries.


      New Draft Legislation on Rights of Persons with Disabilities


        The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (


      Act) has been in force for over 15 years. In view of the need to review it and harmonize its provision with United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the Ministry constituted an experts committee, which submitted its report to the Ministry on 30.06.2011. The draft bill was uploaded on the Ministry’s website for comments. The Ministry also initiated consultations with 17 Central Ministries and Departments on provisions of the draft Bill concerning them. Based on the inputs received, a draft Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2012 has been prepared and circulated in September, 2012 to all State Governments/Union Territories for their comments. The Bill will be introduced in the Parliament, after due consultations with the State Governments and other Stakeholders.


      Establishment of new District Disabled Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) and Composite Regional Centres (CRCs)


      District Disabled Rehabilitation Centres


      To create infrastructure and capacity building at district level for providing rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities, awareness generation, training rehabilitation professionals etc, the Ministry provides assistance for setting up of District Disabled Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) in un-served districts of the country. Until March, 2010, 199 DDRCs have been sanctioned.


        The Finance Minister had announced in his budget speech for 2010-11 that 100 new DDRCs would be opened during the remaining period of the XIth Five Year Plan. Accordingly, 100 districts in 20 States were identified and the concerned State Governments requested in June 2010 to send proposals for setting up new DDRCs. In the year 2010-11 & 2011-12, sanctions were issued for setting up of 33 new DDRCs. During the current year 2012-13, sanctions have been issued for setting up of four new DDRCs namely (1)


        (Andhra Pradesh) (2) Howrah (

West Bengal

      ) (3) Bankura (West Bengal) & (4) Shivsagar (Assam).


      Composite Regional Centres


      The scheme of setting up of Composite Regional Centres is a part of overall strategy to reach out to the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in the country and to facilitate the creation of the required infrastructure and capacity building at Central, State and District levels and below for awareness generation, training of rehabilitation professionals, service delivery etc. Centres are set up at locations where the existing infrastructure for providing comprehensive services to disabled were inadequate and where such centres are needed the most.


        There were eight CRCs functioning at Sundernagar, Srinagar, Lucknow, Guwahati, Patna, Bhopal, Ahmedabad and


      . The new CRC at Kozhikode has been functional from February, 2012.


Rajiv Gandhi

      National Fellowship Scheme for Students with DisabilitiesA new Central Sector Scheme of Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for Students with Disabilities for persons with disabilities has been launched in November, 2012 to increase opportunities to students with disabilities for pursuing higher education leading to degrees such as M.Phil and Ph.D. The scheme caters to requirements of the students with disabilities for pursuing research degree in universities, research institutions and scientific institutions. The scheme has been made effective from 01.04.2012.


        The scheme caters total number of 200 Fellowships (Junior Research Fellows, JRF) per year to students with disabilities. The scheme covers all universities/institutions recognized by

University Grants Commission (UGC)

      and will be implemented by UGC itself. The rates of fellowship for JRF and SRF will be at par with the UGC fellowship.


India- Dalit students being discriminated, served left over mid-day meals

Headlines Today Bureau  Harda (MP), October 1, 2012

Tags: Dalit students | Harda | Bhopal
Young Dalit students of a government school in Madhya Pradesh‘s Harda district, around 120 km from state capital Bhopal, have accused the school authorities of humiliation and discriminationbecause of their castes.These children alleged that they were facing injustice in their school everyday as they were being served tiny portions of leftover food even though they are entitled to proper mealsunder the midday meal scheme. On the other hand, the other students of the school were given proper food, they claimed.The students alleged that to humiliate them the person who served the food would literally throw it at them to avoid any physical contact. Their demand for a second helping would often make the attendants see red, they alleged.

The students were even forced to wash their own dishes after the meals, while the practice was not same for the remaining students of the school, they added.

“They discriminate against us and make us sit separately. They throw the food at us. They call us Dalits and refuse to wash our utensils, alleged a student.

Even the sitting arrangement for Dalit students has been separate, both during classes and mealtimes.

Another student said, “I am a student of fourth grade. They make us sit separately. The other kids are asked to sit at a distance from us.”

Though the students have repeatedly complained to their parents about the mistreatment and humiliation they face in the school, the latter had no courage to demand justice.

However, the school management rubbished the students’ allegations. Even the district administration denied any discrimination.

“There has never been any discrimination as such in my tenure. But our cook, who is an ST, is too scared to cook meals for everyone. We requested her. She has decided to quit the job,” the principal said.

“Every student is fed together. There is no discrimination. If an SC/ST cook prepares meal, General and OBC students would refuse to eat,” claimed a teacher.

The sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Harda said, “People had gone there to investigate. But reports can only be filed when the real situation of midday meal is seen there. Only then can we say what the truth is. For the time being, there is nothing as such.”

Corporate Boards in India Blocked by Caste? – #mustread


The latest EPW (August 11, 2012) reports a first-of-its-kind study at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada, on the caste composition of the boards of the top 1,000 Indian companies (“Corporate Boards in India:Blocked By Caste?”, by D.Ajit, H.Donker, R. Saxena).

Analyzed are the largest 1000 Indian companies in terms of size (total assets in 2010) that account for four-fifths of the market capitalisation of companies listed in National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay StockExchange (BSE).

The study finds that “nearly 93% of board members [of the 1000 top Indian companies] were forward caste members — 46% vaishya and 44% brahmin. OBCs and SCs/STs were a meagre 3.8% and 3.5% respectively.”

The study shows that “caste diversity is non-existent in the Indian corporate sector.” Nearly 65% of the Indian corporate boards, individually,are composed of just one single caste group among the forward caste groups indicating that it is a small and closed world.

The study concludes that “In the (Indian) corporate world, social networking plays an important role.Indian corporate boards belong to the ³old boys¹ club² based on caste affiliation rather than on other considerations (like merit or experience).”

The study says, “Caste is an important factor in networking. The small world of corporate India has interaction only within their caste kinship.This raises important questions about the possibility of interlocking of directors within the same caste among Indian companies. Is this small world of corporate directorships reflected in the selection of auditors as well?These are some of the important questions which are in the ambit of our future investigation.”
The article concludes, the “Indian corporate board consists of a small world dominated by forward castes and lacks diversity.”


Read the full study here

Four Dalits done to death in Srikakulam village

Staff Reporter, The Hindu , June 13 , 2012

Police personnel enquiring about
the attack on Dalits in Lakshmipeta of Vangara
mandal on Tuesday. Photo: Basheer

Police personnel enquiring about the attack on Dalits in Lakshmipeta of Vangara mandal on Tuesday. Photo: Basheer

Four Dalits were killed and 25 injured in an attack, allegedly by members of a Backward Class community, at Lakshmipeta of Vangara mandal, 55 km from here, on Tuesday morning. The condition of four, admitted in the Rajam area hospital was stated to be critical.

As a majority of police personnel had been drafted for the by-election duty in Narasannapeta, the attackers backed by ‘village elders’ took advantage of the situation to indulge in bloodbath. Police reached the spot two-and-a-half hours after the attack that took place at 8 a.m.

The victims have been identified as Burada Sundara Rao (45), Chitri Appadu (35), Nivarti Venkati (65) and Nivarti Sangameshu (40).

Rapprochement fails

According to the police and locals, differences arose between the two communities over use of leftover land alienated for the Madduvalasa reservoir. The government acquired lands for the reservoir but a portion of it remained vacant. With both sections claiming ownership, the district administration’s efforts to bring about a rapprochement did not bear fruit.

A police picket had been posted in the village to avert clashes. But after several police personnel left for poll duty at Narsannapeta, the dominant section went on the rampage attacking the dalits with crude bombs, sickles, hatchets, axes and other weapons.

The shocked Dalits could neither retaliate nor run for safety.

“My father Venkati begged with folded hands to spare him saying the entire family depended on him. But the attackers did not heed his appeal and killed him on the spot,” said a shocked Anuradha who had become unconscious after witnessing the attack.

The State government decided to inquire into the Lakshmipeta incident under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The government will pay compensation of Rs.2 lakh to each bereaved family member.

According to district Collector G. Venkatram Reddy, Minister for Medical Education Kondru Muralimohan will distribute Rs.1.5 lakh to each of four families on Wednesday and the remaining Rs.50, 000 will be distributed after the thorough inquiry and court verdict.

Interim probe report

Meanwhile, Palakonda Revenue Divisional Officer S. Venkateswara Rao submitted an interim inquiry report to the Collector. According to him, all the deceased were agriculture labourers and were the bread winners for their respective families.

A CPI(M) team consisting of Bhaviri Krishnamurthy and Panchadi Papa Rao visited the village demanded an ex gratia Rs.10 lakh and 5 acres of land to each family.

Palakonda Revenue Divisional Officer Saluru Venkateswara Rao assured the victims’ families that their grievances would be taken the notice of the government.

Keywords: murder caseDalits


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