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मध्य रेल्वेचा खोळंबा सुटला, वाहतूक हळूहळू पूर्वपदावर
मुंबई : मुंबईसह उपनगरात पहाटेपासून पावसाची हजेरी आहे. काल पावसाची विश्रांती होती. मात्र पहाटेपासून पुन्हा जोरदार सरी कोसळतायत. पश्चिम उपनगरासह कल्याण, डोंबिवलीतही दमदार पाऊस पडतोय. हिंदमाता, सायन, चेंबुर, मिलन सब वे भागातील सखल भागात पाणी साचलंय. दरम्यान, हार्बर आणि मध्य रेल्वेच्या लोकल १० मिनिटं उशिरानं धावत आहेत.
सकाळी ११.०० वाजता
दादरच्या आगर बाजार परिसरात झाड कोसळून एकाचा जागीच मृत्यू... दोन जण गंभीर जखमी
सकाळी १०.३० वाजता
ठाण्यात कळवा ब्रीजजवळ पाणी साचलंय. त्यामुळे ठाण्याहून नवी मुंबईला जाणाऱ्यांनी ऐरोलीमार्गे जावं
सकाळी १०.१६ वाजता
मध्य रेल्वेवर दादर स्टेशनजवळचा खोळंबा सुटला... तुटलेल्या ओव्हरहेड वायरचं काम पूर्ण... वाहतूक लवकरच पूर्ववत होण्याची शक्यता
सकाळी ९.३० वाजता
मुंबई शहर परिसरात ३८.३९ मिमी, पूर्व उपनगरात ४९ मिमी तर पश्चिम उपनगरात ५३ मिमी पावसाची नोंद झालीय. संध्याकाळी ५ वाजता समुद्रात ३.७६ मीटर उंचीच्या लाटा उसळणार आहेत. त्यामुळं समुद्रात पोहण्यास जाऊ नका, असं आवाहन 'झी मीडिया' करतंय.
सकाळी ९.०० वाजता
मुंबईत आज काही भागात मुसळधार पाऊस पडण्याची शक्यता, कुलाबा वेधशाळेने वर्तविली आहे. दिवसभर हवेचा वेगही जास्त राहील.
सकाळी ८.३० वाजता
सकाळापासूनच मध्य रेल्वेची स्लो ट्रॅकवरची वाहतूक वळवण्यात आल्यानं फास्ट ट्रॅकवरही गाड्यांचं वेळापत्रक कोलमडलंय. सकाळी सकाळी वाहतूक खोळंबल्यानं प्रवाशांचे मोठे हाल होत आहे.
सकाळी ७.१५ वाजता
दादर रेल्वे स्थानकावर प्लॅटफॉर्म क्रमांक-३ वर ओवरहेड वायर तुटलीय. त्यामुळे मध्य रेल्वेच्या सीएसटी अप मार्गावरील वाहतूक विस्कळीत झाली आहे. विद्याविहार ते माटुंगा दरम्यान स्लो वाहतूक जलद मार्गावर वळवण्यात आलीय.
आधीच पावसानं खोळंबा केलाय. त्यात ओव्हरहेड वायर तुटली... लोकल उशिरानं धावत असल्यानं कार्यालयाच जाणाऱ्या कर्मचाऱ्यांचे हाल होत आहेत.
सकाळी ७.०० वाजता
पहाटेपासून मुंबईत दमदार पाऊस पडतोय. दादर परीसरात सखल भागात पाणी साचलंय.
Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 23.06.15
Dalit Brothers Who Cracked IIT Face Stone-Pelting Back In Their Village- The Huffington Post
Security provided to UP dalit brothers who cracked IIT after attack- India TV
Teacher's dumb act ends Dalit girl's education- The Hindu
Dalit groups stage protest- The Hindu
Woman seeks probe into son's mysterious death- The Hindu
Assault on Ambedkar's grandson resented- The Hindu
From 'killing' to dream fields- Statesman
Fighting for Dignity- Business Line
Special courts for SC, ST cases in districts soon- The Hindu
"File case under SC/ST Act against Inspector"- The Hindu
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The Huffington Post
Dalit Brothers Who Cracked IIT Face Stone-Pelting Back In Their Village
Despite cracking what is deemed one of the toughest exams in the world, or perhaps because of it, two brothers from Uttar Pradesh are battling casteist stigma in their village. Raju and Brijesh Saroj, sons of a daily wage worker Dharamraj, in the competitive entrance examination for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Even though top political leaders to these teenagers, they returned to their village in Rehua Lalganj, Pratapgarh, only to have stones pelted at them.
This isn't the first time the brothers (and their family) have been mistreated by the villagers. From their drainage supply being cut off to reducing their access to the public bathroom, the family has and harassment.
Dalit families like theirs have faced centuries of discrimination and violence due to India's rigid caste system.
"We've been tormented for years as all of us have struggled against poverty and stigma to achieve what we are today," said Munna Saroj, the boys' uncle.
The two brothers — aged 18 and 19 years — have studied hard and performed well right from childhood.
Both the brothers in their class 10 board exams, and were admitted to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Pratapgarh on a scholarship. Now the elder brother, Brijesh, wants to study electrical engineering and go on to join the civil services while Raju wants to do an MBA and earn money.
Brijesh's noble intentions stem that a district magistrate can "do a lot" for people, while Raju wants to support his family. "We've been brought up in extremely adverse conditions. Our family of seven lives in two small rooms that has two CFL bulbs," .
Following a report that the brothers were unable to pay their admission fee, several people have come forward in support. While Congress MP Pramod Tiwari and his MLA daughter Aradhana Mishra, whose home constituency the two brothers live in, for one month each to pay for the brothers' admission fee, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also called the two brothers assuring them of the party's support.
Meanwhile India-based social service organisation Sulabh International the brothers' education costs. Interestingly, so has comedian Papa CJ, , "I have spoken to boys' brother & confirmed I will pay admission fees for both of them."
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has said that the brothers' admission fees will be waived and they would be eligible for scholarship for all other education costs.
Security provided to UP dalit brothers who cracked IIT after attack
: The family of dalit brothers Brijesh Saroj and Raju Saroj, who qualified for prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) exam, have been provided police protection after unknown persons attacked their home with stones on Sunday night.
The two had just returned home after being felicitated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, when their house in Rehua Lalganj village of Pratapgarh district was attacked.
Fearing for their lives, Pratapgarh district magistrate Amit Tripathi rushed SDM Lalgunj YP Singh and half a dozen policemen to guard the family.
Their father, Dharamraj, said that the family tolerated discriminatory acts for years but the boys concentrated on studies. He said that some people are envious of the boys that are why they are attacking them.
The two brothers have been widely applauded for making it to the coveted IITs despite belonging from a poor family. Leaders across all party lines have come in support of the family.
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani announced a few days ago that the registration fees of the brothers will be waved.
"Informed family that registration fees will be waived off and will be eligible for scholarships that cover tuition, mess and other charges," Irani posted on Twitter, replying to a tweet that urged the government to help the boys.
Before that, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also had offered them help and directed local party leaders to arrange the admission fees.
Both of them secured under-500 rank in JEE-Advance exam with Raju securing 167th and Brijesh 410th.
Teacher's dumb act ends Dalit girl's education
Children drop out of school for various reasons. For 15-year-old A. Muthulakshmi, a Dalit girl suffering from partial hearing loss, a malfunctioning hearing aid effectively ended her schooling.
The teenager, hailing from a poor family in Peravoor, was in tears at the Collectorate here on Monday as she could not pursue her education after her teacher asked her to leave the school for the simple reason that she could not hear properly in the classroom. As her education came to an abrupt end, Muthulakshmi visited the Collectorate with her parents to request Collector K. Nanthakumar to provide her a sewing machine to supplement family income. However, officials turned her away saying she was still a child.
Muthulakshmi was a normal child till the age of 11 when she suffered partial hearing loss. She was studying at Peravoorani Government High School and continued her studies with the help of hearing aid.
In 2014-15, when she was in Class X, water seeped into her hearing aid and stopped working. Her class teacher pulled her up for not being attentive and sharp like other students. When she explained her difficulty, the teacher, instead of helping her to buy a new hearing aid, asked her to leave the school.
"I cried before the teacher asking her not to send me out of school. But, she stood firm and I was soon given a transfer certificate," Muthulakshmi told reporters. Her father K. Azhagan, a sanitary worker at the Peravoor Panchayat Union, said that he had also pleaded with the teacher to allow his daughter complete at least Class X, but in vain.
With no other option, Muthulakshmi joined 'Sigaram Vattara Kalainjiam' and underwent a three-month cutting and stitching course in tailoring. "I am scared of being humiliated," said Muthulakshmi when asked whether she would go back to school if she gets a new hearing aid.
Dalit girl had to leave school as her hearing aid started failing
Dalit groups stage protest
Traffic movement on the busy Srirangapatana-Bidar State Highway was disrupted for more than an hour near Devapur Cross in Surpur taluk of Yadgir district on Monday.
Hundreds of people, from various parts of the district, staged a protest and blocked the road demanding action against fake caste certificate holders immediately.
The protesters, who came together under the banner of Maharishi Valmiki Sangha and Dalita Sanghatanegala Samanvaya Samiti, alleged that many people who do not originally belong to the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe community in Bidar, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Koppal and Raichur district, have obtained fake SC and ST caste certificates from the authorities.
Government officials are involved in this illegal act, they said.
Woman seeks probe into son's mysterious death
Says false complaint filed by some who demanded money
A deserted woman from Uganthanpatti near here submitted a petition to Collector M. Karunakaran on Monday, seeking a comprehensive probe into the mysterious death of his son.
In her petition submitted to the Collector during the weekly grievance day meeting, K. Mariammal said her son K. Poovarasan (19), a diploma-holder, went to meet his friend Muthu from the same area around 10 p.m.on June 16 after the latter asked him to come to his place to consume liquor. As Poovarasan failed to return home even after midnight, Ms. Mariammal went to Muthu's house, which remained locked.
"Even as I was searching for my son as his mobile phone remained switched off, three persons from my village, including a retired sub-inspector of police, came to my house on June 18. They demanded Rs. 2 lakh for not filing a police complaint against my son who, they said, attempted to rape a woman from the village. When I refused, one Parvathi filed a complaint with the police, who were also searching for my son," she said.
Against this backdrop, the body of Poovarasan was recovered from an isolated place near Madhavakurichi.
"Since I refused to pay the money, the trio murdered my son. The Collector should order a comprehensive probe into the death of my son," Ms. Mariammal said.
Action against teacher
A group of people from Ramanathapuram submitted a petition to the Collector seeking action against a woman teacher of a government-aided middle school for allegedly referring to the name of the caste of Dalit children.
Physically-challenged youths Suresh Kumar of Keezhapattam and K. Esakkiappan of Moortheswaram submitted a petition to Dr. Karunakaran seeking his intervention for the early disbursal of customised bikes.
"Though we have been submitting petitions for the customised bikes for the past four years, we have not got any positive reply from the officials," they alleged.
Hindu Makkal Katchi cadres submitted a petition to the Collector seeking declaration of 'local holiday' for the district in view of Sri Nellaiyappar Temple's Aani car festival scheduled for June 30.
Assault on Ambedkar's grandson resented
Activists of Dalit Sangharsha Samiti staged a protest outside Deputy Commissioner's office condemning reported assault on Anandaraj Ambedkar, grandson of B.R. Ambedkar in Maharashtra recently.
The functionaries came in a procession from Nachiketa Nilaya and conducted a sit-in protest outside the DC office.
"If this is the fate of the grandson of architect of the Constitution and Republican Sena Party president, what would be the condition of common Dalits in the country?", the protesters asked.
They charged the private education mafia in Maharashtra for the assault on Anandaraj. He was attacked when he went to protest collection of donation from Dalit students by a private college.
"Supporters of a local Shivasena MLA also took part in the assault along with the college management members", they alleged.
The protesters urged the authorities to arrest the culprits and conduct a thorough probe in to the incident.
DSS district convener Rajkumar, general secretary Ravishankar participated.
From 'killing' to dream fields
t was not very long ago when the stench of gunpowder would fill one's nose in the Magadh division, a southern region comprising five districts once known as the "killing fields" of Bihar. This particular region reported not less than 150 massacres in between 1992 and 2004, the worst being the December 1998 Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre in Jehanabad district where at least 58 Dalit villagers were gunned down in cold blood by the armed squad of the dreaded Ranvir Sena, a private militia of the upper caste landlords.
How to survive the bullets thus remained the prime concern of the villagers then as bloody clashes between Maoists and the Ranvir Sena were very common. Wailings of villagers were routine phenomenon and the police looked busier in carrying bodies of the victims for post mortem houses. Peace and tranquility eluded just everywhere. A decade on, once Bihar's "killing fields" have turned into a fertile ground of IITians, thanks to the "Magadh Super 30" coming to the aid of the poor talented children and transforming their lives without charging anything.
In the past seven years since this free coaching institute was launched in Gaya in 2008, it has helped around 30 students cracking the Indian Institute of Technology test. What has worked wonders is that success stories of the poor unprivileged children has inspired scores of youths in the neighbourhood toadopt education. This year as well, six students from this area qualified for the IIT. Of them, the case of Sonu Kumar Gupta who got the all-India rank of 1393 in the IIT stands as an inspiring story.
The boy from Pakri-Guria village under Maoist-infested Imamaganj block in Gaya district grew up amid the sounds of bombings and firing of guns as the encounters between the Maoist rebels and security forces were common in that part of the state. Meanwhile, the Magadh Super-30 secretary Pankaj Kumar Sinha said it gave him a lot of pleasures to fill colours in the lives of the unprivileged children. "We don't charge anything from students in lieu of admitting them to our institute. This is literally free of cost," said Mr Sinha adding he had the satisfaction to say that he had provided a platform to the unprivileged.
Fighting for Dignity
More than two decades after manual scavenging was banned in India, a combination of grassroots movement, legislation and corporate help is finally bringing back the pride of a discriminated community, writes Preeti Mehra
Life has changed for Sevanti Fatrod. Not long ago, Fatrod had got married and shifted to her in-laws' village in the Bhawrasa Nagar Palika in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. Every morning armed with a basket and scrapping tools, Fatrod would move from house to house to pick up excreta from the dry latrines in her family's jagir, the residences of the well-to-do higher castes. Later in the day she would follow the same route collecting leftover food from the households. The drudgery became even more inhuman during the rains when the content from the basket would trickle down her body causing infections and diseases.
Coming from the Balmiki manual scavenging community in the Hindu caste system, Fatrod and her family members also picked up carcasses of dead animals, beat drums to announce a death in the village, collected clothes of the deceased from cremation ground, cleaned drains, safety tanks and even worse, faced oppression and the scourge of untouchability.
Though leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia raised their voice against this inhuman practice, it was as late as in 1993 that manual scavenging was legally banned in the country. A number of big ticket schemes were introduced for the rehabilitation of scavengers and to bring them into the mainstream. But there was little effect. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights made a statement against the practice at its convention in Geneva in 2002. In 2007, a self-employment scheme for rehabilitation was introduced. But on the ground there was little change. Caste designated labour continued unabated and was even institutionalised by the state-owned Indian Railways.
Cut to today. Fatrod is the head of Garima Silai Kendra (stitching centre) in Dewas. Run by a women self-help group, here a dozen sewing machines sing. "We have formed Jagrati, a self-help group of both the Balmiki and Charamkar community. From the new skill we will earn for our children," says Fatrod. The 45-year-old has come a long way since she used to move from house to house with a basket in hand. She is one of the community leaders thrown up by the movement to rehabilitate scavengers.
How did the change happen? It happened thanks to a combination of grassroots movement, legislation and corporate help.
It was in 2009 that a movement for change began to bubble from the grassroots all across northern and western India. Till then the change was restricted to Dewas. A young activist Ashif Shaikh from Dewas was appalled by the discrimination and in 2000 started Jan Sahas. He brought together scavengers, youth and friends to start Garima Abhiyan and the Maila Mukti Gatbandhan. The two movements advocated that manual scavengers should stop the practice and liberate themselves from caste-based oppression.
Surveys undertaken by them estimated that there were nearly 3.5 lakh scavengers across the country. The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis had put the number of dry latrines at 54 lakh in urban and 24 lakh in the rural areas. Ninety-eight per cent of the scavengers were women but government schemes ignored this fact. Schemes offered financial help to buy a vehicle and train the scavenger to be a driver. But in a village environment, this was of no use to women.
Understanding these factors, Shaikh and his associates would visit the homes of manual scavengers in the Hindu and Muslim communities. "At first we kept resisting, arguing that we needed the job to fill our stomachs," recalls Fatrod. "But then we saw our children being ostracised. They were jeered at, made to sit right at the back of the classroom and even sweep the school. The teacher would touch their copy books with a stick. We realised this indeed was slavery and we decided that we will go hungry but we will not continue the task of manual scavenging."
As the issue began to agitate, around 2004, 26 women and a man in Dewas came together and burned their scavenging baskets, never to pick them up again. It was a historic gesture. "We had made up our minds, but what came later was not easy to handle," says Fatrod. "The higher castes were furious. We not only faced a social boycott but didn't have either a job or money. We had never done any other work and had to run from pillar to post to get hired as manual labour."
Desperate need for an alternative
It was then that rehabilitation became imperative. In 2002, Jan Sahas, along with State and national rights organisations had formed the Rashtriya Garima Abhiyaan (National Campaign for Dignity and Eradication of Manual Scavenging). Now through the campaign, it intensified efforts at lobbying and forcing change.
Most effective was the "Knocking the Door" campaign that saw liberated scavengers visiting the houses of 65 Parliamentarians, explaining the issue and talking about their lives. "When they met the scavengers in flesh and blood and listened to their tales, many of the Parliamentarians were moved and resolved to take up the matter on the floor of the House," says Shaikh.
In September 2013, the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013 was passed by both the Houses of the Parliament. Apart from financial assistance, it promised that one adult member from every manual scavenger family will be trained in a livelihood skill with a monthly stipend. Later a subsidy and concessional loan would be given to the person for an alternative occupation.
Since the passing of the Bill, several agencies, including those of the UN, the private sector, government and civil society, have been on the job of rehabilitation. But hurdles still remain. Untouchability is one.
When a manual scavenger was given a loan to start a kirana shop in her village, the only people who patronised it were from her own caste. The shop was shunned by the others. In the same way, when another woman turned into a vegetable vendor, no one would buy from her and she had to shift base to another village. "We then started to send our children on the bicycle to other villages so that their caste would not be detected," recalls 40-year-old Tasleema Bee from Ujjain. She belongs to the Muslim Hela community that changed its religion years ago to escape caste oppression, but found that the stigma continued. Tasleema says that even liberation did not help. When scavengers looked for employment, they were again offered only cleaning and other related jobs by Gram Panchayats and city corporations.
Picking up new threads
But thanks to the concerted efforts of the Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan, the Governments of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are now in different stages of liberation and rehabilitation.
Madhya Pradesh leads the way with more and more scavengers discarding the basket and embracing the pilot projects. Enterprises making garments, agarbatti (incense sticks) and masala as also fisheries are forging ahead to make the difference.
Dewas in Madhya Pradesh is where the rehabilitation is being done with a concerted effort. It's around 44 degrees Celsius outside and the fan in the small room rotates at a slow pace. The heat, however, does not seem to deter the 12 women who are working on their sewing machines. Each is stitching a ladieskurta.
The tiny room in a decrepit gulley is the Dignity Garment Production Unit at Bhawrasa, part of a pilot project that provides economic security to scavengers.
"We are happy doing this and learning something we can depend upon for our livelihood," says 35-year-old Chaman Bee from the Dalit Muslim Hela community. She struggled as a manual labourer and often had no employment, but now has found her forte in stitching garments. Though each of the women earns between 1,500 to 2,000 a month currently, the earning will increase once they hone their skills.
For the garments pilot project named 'A Hundred Hands,' sewing machine manufacturer Usha International has come forward to help. It provides technical training and sewing machines to the eight large production centres and the 50 small units where women are being trained to cut, stitch and design garments that will feed into a private company founded by Shaikh and 'liberated' scavengers Lali bai and Aarti. The company was launched in September 2014 by actor Aamir Khan, who named it Dignity & Design. While the women's products are being sold right now at village markets, they soon expect to get orders from established boutiques.
The incense answer
In the temple town of Ujjain, an agarbatti making unit has been set up at Juna Sowmwariya Helawadi.
Based out of a large tin shed in the Tarana block and situated close to around 4,000 Hela community households, the unit is headed by Tasleema Bee. Known for her spunk, Tasleema fought an election for the panchayat ward. Despite tremendous opposition from those belonging to the higher caste, she won, thanks to her grit and unity among Dalits in her village.
At the unit, women do not roll the incense sticks by hand in the traditional time consuming manner. They use agarbatti making machines that are fed with charcoal mixture and incense sticks. "I used to embroider Bohra caps that are worn to the mosque. But orders stopped coming. Here I earn between 100 and 150 every day and can go home for a while to keep an eye on my two children," says 20-year-old Farzana who works at the unit along with her 42-year-old mother, Afroze.
Tasleema explains that earlier the incense sticks were being supplied to ITC Limited. Jan Sahas now has its own incense brand Avinav.
Seeing opportunity in adversity
Jan Sahas has also made agriculture an occupation for the community and provides technical inputs whenever required. Today 4,000 acres is being developed in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, giving livelihood to about 1,800 families.
But the community had to fight to retain the land, which was given by the government in 2005. Some from the upper caste tried to wrest away the land. "What a war we had to wage for our right to the land. We were 25 women who stuck it out. For five-six years it was a big struggle, with all of us frequently at the police station or at a sit down protest. Today, we grow maize, soyabean, pulses," says Baddi Bai Rathore of Nimaj district, Rajasthan who was in Dewas for a training session organised by Jan Sahas.
In Madhya Pradesh, a group of liberated scavengers has also managed to lease a talab (pond) from the government for 15 years. The result is a fishery collective in Sehour district's Sidhiganj village, where members are being trained in every aspect of the business.
Despite the successes, more needs to be done. "The aim is to build a platform for representatives of government, UN bodies, public and private sector, social entrepreneurs and civil society for promoting rehabilitation and replicate the pilot in other areas," explains Shaikh.
As for the acceptance of scavengers in the villages, there are still many shades of grey. In some pockets the discrimination continues. In other villages the dominant castes, up against united Dalits, have accepted the situation.
However, discrimination is less than before, say the women. "Since we left the 'dirty' work, our families are more integrated in the villages and are invited for functions. Our husbands get jobs. Our children are more accepted in the schools. It has been a long battle, no doubt," says Tasleema.
Special courts for SC, ST cases in districts soon
The State government would soon constitute special courts to try cases under Section 14 of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 in all districts and a proposal would be sent by the Registrar General, the government has submitted before the Madras High Court.
When a PIL plea by activist A. Narayanan of CHANGE India came up for hearing, the government submitted that special courts to try cases under the Acts had been constituted in Villupuram and Sivaganga districts.
The first Bench comprising Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam directed the Registrar-General of the Madras High Court to take action within three months and the government to take expeditious steps to constitute the courts in the remaining districts.
Mr. Narayanan in his petition sought for a direction to constitute special courts under these Acts in all the districts, identified as 'atrocity-prone areas' designated by the State government in order to ensure speedy trial, justice and compensation to victims.
"File case under SC/ST Act against Inspector"
Members of Devendra Rights Organisation, Tuticorin, staged a demonstration in front of Collectorate on Monday, demanding registration of a case against T. Selvam, Nazareth Inspector of Police, under SC/ST Act.
E. Athisaya Kumar, lawyer and coordinator of the organisation, who led the agitation, said the Inspector was placed under suspension recently for the wrongful detention of four Dalits, who were not at all connected to the murder of a realtor, Antony Pandian, from Varthagareddipatti under Tattaparai police station limits in Tuticorin district.
Antony Pandian was murdered on October 29, 2013, along with his driver Shyam Raj while sleeping in the portico of his residence. But, the real culprits were arrested in April this year by another Inspector of Police, agitators said.
They demanded government jobs for the affected Dalits and a compensation of Rs. 20 lakh for each of the families.
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जो जैसे हांक लें,चूकि हम हुए ढोर डंगर,नागरिक नहीं
मेरी महजबीं,माफ करना कि पहली सी मुहब्बत नहीं है।
न दिल में,न दिमाग में।
न वो जुनून है।
न मजनूं बनकर फिरने का जिगर है और न फरहाद हैं हम और न रांझा।
मुहब्बत के लिए कोई जंग नहीं लड़ सकें हम।
मुहब्बत में हर जंग जायज और फिरभी न लड़ सकें हम।
बिना मुहब्बत बिता दी जिंदगी।
अब खाक मुसलमां होंगे तोबा खाक हिंदू होंगे।
हालांकि दस्तूर घर वापसी का है।
घरवापसी तो ढोर डंगरों की हुआ करती थी कभी।
ङिंदुस्तान की सरजमीं पर पालतू पशु सिर्फ पवित्र गोमाता नहीं है।
खेत खलिहान के लिए कायनात से हासिल मुकम्मल जीव जगत की महती भूमिका रही है और हमारे गांवों में,हमारे परिवारों में वे भी कम खास न थे।
कहां हैं वे घर लौटती गाय बैल भैंस बकरियों की दौड़तीं हुई टोलियां अब हमारे स्मार्ट बनते दीख्खे गांवों में,जिनमें झोपड़ियां अगर अब भी बदतमीजी की तरह हैं,तो ढोर डंगर की तरह वे भी खत्म कर दी जायेंगी।
माफ कीजिये हुजुरान,मेहरबान।
हमारा बचपन इन्हीं ढोर डंगरों के बीच बीता है।
हमारी भाषा मातृभाषा जरुर है लेकिन हमारे संवाद इन्हीं ढोर डंगरों की सोहबत से बने हैं।हम बचपन से ध्वनियोंसे बनती भाषा के मुरीद हैं और वैदिकी भाषाशास्त्र से हमारा कभी कोई नाता नहीं रहा है।
हमारा सारा संवाद पहले पहल इन्हीं ढोर डंगरों को संबोधित है।
फिर शायद लौटना होगा गांव।हिंदू जनमजात हूं लेकिन बजरंगी हूं नहीं।
शायद पूंछ भी न हो।
हो न हो,बंदरों का योगाभ्यास तो सधने से रहा।
हमें कभी मालूम न हुआ कि बिना इबादत,बिना सजदा हम कितने हिंदू हैं और कितने हिंदू नहीं हैं।
नहीं मालूम कि हम कितने घर के अंदर हैं और कितने घर के बाहर।
जाति के खोल से न जाने कब बाहर निकल चुका और पेशेवर जिंदगी में जाति पहचान की जरुरत हुई नहीं कहीं हालांकि दुनिया जाति बिन पूछे जाति को ही हमारी पहचान बना दी है।
कोलकाता में औपनिवेशिक समय से यूपी बिहार के सामंती दुश्चक्र और निर्मम जात पांत से पलायन मध्ये यूपी बिहार के जो अछूत लोगों का किस्सा है,उससे हम अलग नहीं है क्योंकि उत्तर आधुनिक भारतीयमुक्त बाजार के देहात में सामंती तामझाम और जाति का गणित अब भी उतना ही जटिल हैं और गोत्र का खेल खूनी है,जिस वजह से मूंछें उगने से पहले और बाद जिस जिसके लिए धड़कता रहा है दिल,उस उससे कभी न कह सका कि आप कितने हसीन हैं।
मुहब्बत है,कह पाना तो चांद तक सीढ़ियां लगाने से मुश्किल रहा है।
वरना हम भी रसगुल्ला छोड़ मधुमेह के मरीज न होते।
मजहब और जाति से अलहदा रह पाने की भी उत्पादन प्रणाली की खास स्थितियां हैं।
उत्पादन प्रणाली के बीतर उत्पादकों के निजी उत्पादन संबंधों के जरिये ही जाति और धर्म के आर पार वर्गचेतना बनती है।
मसलन बालीवूड में शुरु से ही जाति और मजहब को हाशिये पर रखकर शादी व्याह,रोटी बेटी के ताल्लुकात बनते रहे हैं और कौन किसके साथ लिव इन कर रहा है,समाज उसपर अंकुश लगा नहीं सकता।
न्यूक्लियस परिवारों के बहुमंजिली सीमेंट के जंगल में भी समाज किसी की आजादी छीन नहीं सकता।
लेकिन गांव लौटते ही फिर वहीं जाति और धर्म सबसे अहम।
फिरभी मजा यह रहा है कि जाति व्यवस्था के शिंकजे में घनगोर अंध आस्था के माहौल में भी भारतीय देहात में धर्मोन्माद उसतरह नहीं फैला ,जैसा पढ़े लिखे तबकों की उत्पादन प्रणाली में खास और खासमखास हैसियत के नगरों,उपनगरों और महानगरों में।
सरल अंकगणित के हिसाब से जिन्हें कायदे से जात पांत और मजहब के झगड़े से रिहा समझा जाना चाहिए।लेकिन दंगों के सारे रिएक्टर वहीं से रेडियोएक्टिव वाइरल फैला रहे हैं देश दुनिया में।
अब तक बचे हुए हम देहात में कैसे गुजारा कर पायेंगे ,सरदर्द फिलहाल यही है।
बात हमने शुरु की थी ढोर डंगरों की।
बात हमने शुरु की थी खेतों और खलिहानों से।
नोट करने वाली बात यह है कि भारतीय कृषि आजीविकाएं न सिर्फ प्रकृति के नियमों से चली करती रही हैं,बल्कि वे जीव जगत के जीवन चक्र से बंधी हैं।
अब देहात में गोबर भी खरीदना पड़ता है।
दूध दही घी मक्खन मलाई मट्टा न जाने कबसे लोग खरीद रहे हैं।
वे चीजें गावों से गायब हैं।
हरित क्रांति ने खेती के तौर तरीके बदले तो रसायन,उर्वरक,बिजली और मशीनें गांवों में दाखिल होने लगीं और ढोर डंगरों का सफाया हो गया।
साठ सत्तर के दशक में हम किसानों के बच्चों के लिए सबसे अनिवार्य पाठ था ढोर डंगरों की सेहत,उनके मनमिजाज और उनकी भाषाओं का पाठ।
पढ़ाई हो ,न हो,सुबह शाम ढोर डंगरों से जुते रहना बच्चों की दिनचर्या थी और खेती उनके बीच नहीं हो सकती थी।
तभी गोवध निषेध आंदोलन से कांप रही थी राजधानियां।
हमारे बड़े जीजाजी क्षीरोद मंडल और उनके मित्र विवेकदादा दोनों सरस्वती शिशु मंदिर के गुरुजी रहे हैं लंबे समय तक।
सरस्वती वंदना से लेकर गोवध निषेध आंदोलन में उनकी सक्रियता तब अनिवार्य थी।
उसी जमाने में सरस्वती शिसशु मंदिर से सबसे बेहतरीन छात्र के तौर पर हमारे हीरो रहे हैं रुद्रपुर के कस्तूरी लाल तागरा।जो कभी संघ परिवार के लिए आंख का तारा रहे हैं।
कश्तूरी भाई तो सचमुच जहीन निकले और संघ परिवार के शिकंजे से बाहर निकल आये।गनीमत है कि हमारे जीजाजी और उनके मित्र भी सरस्वती वंदना तंत्र से बाहर हैं।
इसी तरह राजेश जोशी बीबीसी और कपिलेश भोज के साथ हमारे साझा दोस्त कवि मदन पांडे भी कभी संघ परिवार के सरस्वती शिशु मंदिर के गुरुजी थे।
वे लिखते पढ़ते हैं।केशरिया रंग का उनपर कभी असर हुआ ही नहीं है।
इनमें से अनेक ,जिनमें हमारे जीजाजी भी रहे हैं,गोवध निषेध आंदोलन में राजपथ पर आंसूगैस और लाठियां भी खा चुके हैंं।
भैंसों,बैलों और बकरियों से बी समान प्यार करने वाले देहात के लोगों पर लेकिन बनिया पार्टी के स्वयंसेवकों का असर कभी नहीं रहा है और न वे गोवध निषेध के लिए सड़कों पर कभी उतरे।
मुझे हरित क्रांति और कृषि संकट की इस धर्मोन्मादी तंत्र मंत्र यंत्र की मुक्त बाजार अरथव्यवस्था के ताने बाने से इसीलिए गहरा नाता समझ में आता है कि जो लोग अंध आस्था और सामंती समाज के बावजूद गोमाता को बचाने कभी संघियों के झांसे में नहीं आये।पण देहात से ढोर डंगरों के सफाये के बाद,गोशाला के गैराज में तब्दील हो जाने के बाद उन्हींके वंशज रामरथ यात्रा शुरु होते न होते यक ब यक घनघोर कारसेवक बजरंगी बन गये।
हमारे बचपन में जो गउ किसम के दोस्त रहे हैं या स्कूलों में सहपाठी,वे अब बजरंगी ब्रिगेड के सिपाहसालार बन गये हैं।
इसीतरह पहाड़ों का कायकल्प भी हो गया।
जिस प्रकृति को हम जनमजात बंधु महबूब जानते हैं,वह इन दिनों कहर बरपा रही है।
जिस मानसून की पीठ पर हम नैनीताल के चीना पिक लरिया कांटा टिफिन टाप और यहां तक कि स्नो ब्यू में और कुमांयू गढ़वाल के तमाम शिऱखरों पर भैंस की सवारी गांठते थे और कभी न घबड़ाते थे मूसलाधार से,वही मानसून अब बवाल है।
तराई में हम हफ्ते दस दिन लगातार मूसलाधार देखते रहे हैं और तब भी पहाड़ों की नदियां अनबंधी थीं और बाढ़ें घर तक चली आती थीं।
तब भी जंगल थे और बाघ भालुओं के दर्सन होते रहते थे।तब भी हमारी गोशालाओं में गाये भैंसे थीं और बकरियों के लिए अलग इंतजाम था।
अब पहाड़ों में कोई नदी अनबंधी नही हैं।
सीढ़ीदार खेतों में,बुग्यालों में सीमेंट के जंगल हैं और काट दिये गये हैं सारे के सारे जंगल चिपको के प्रबल पर्ताप के बावजूदो।
थोकदार, पटवारी और पुजारी और गोल्लज्यू जैसे ग्राम देवता से लेकर लाखों लाख देवदेवियों के अखंड देवभूमि में अब प्रोमोटरों,बिल्डरों और माफिया का राज है पहाडों से लेकर तराई भाबर तक,तराई भाबर से मैदानों तक और राजधानियों तक।
बाकायदा त्रिकोणमिति के समीकरणों के संतुलन की तरह कयामतों और आपदाओं के हिस्सेदार पट्टीदार गोतदार भी हम हो गये।
जैसे मैदानों में भूमि उपयोग बदल गया है।वैसे ही पहाड़ों में भी भूमि उपयोग अब वाणिज्यिक है।
जैसे मैदानों में ढोर डंगर हैइच नको,वैसन ही पहाड़ों में भी लालतू पशु विदेशी कुत्ते हैं।
अब गोमाता सर्वोच्च देवी हो गइलन बाड़ा।बूझै कि नाहीं।
बूझलो तनिको जो भी बुरबक बनेला के राजधानी सिर्फ मुहम्मद तुगलक ने नहीं बदली।
महाजिन्न की राजधानी भी बदल गयी है देश की अर्थव्यवस्था की तरह जहां भूमि सिर्फ शहरीकरण और औद्योगीकरण के लिए है।
जंगल सिर्फ विस्तापन और सलवाजुड़ुम के लिए है और सारे समुद्रतट परामाणु ऊर्जा के नाम तो सारी नदियां या तो बिक गयीं या फिर बंध गयी।
पूरा देश अब डूब है और किसान सारे के सारे थोक दर पर रोजाना खुदकशी कर रहे हैं।
भला हो उस हरित क्रांति का जिसने गोमाता को सर्वोच्च देवी बनाकर हमारे ढोर डंगरों का सफाया कर दिया।
वरना घर वापसी की हालत में ढोर डंगर अब भी होते तो हम पानी कहां उन्हें पिलाते।
तालाब पोखर और कुंएं तक नहीं हैं कहीं।
झीलों पर उपनगर बसे हैं।
फिर हम चारा कहां से लाइबे करते हो।
अभी शाम को आंके लगीं तो गजबो एक सपना देखा भौत दिनों के बाद क्योंकि महानगरों में सपने देखने का रिवाजो नहीं है।
हमने देखा कि रेस के किसी अव्वल घोड़े पर सवार कहीं हम गये ठहरे किसी कार्यक्रम में,जहां सुंदर कन्याओं की दाढ़ियां भी हैं और तमामो आइकन शूटिंग छोड़े बबइठल बा।
गपशप मस्ती खूबै हुई गयो जैसे कि आजकल शिमला और जयपुर में हुइबे करै हैं।तेज बत्तीवाला कटकटला अंधियारे का महाजिन्न की मंकी बातें भी हुई गयो और योग का कामो तमाम।
तबही ख्याल हुई गया कि अबहुं नौकरी मा बाड़न।दफ्तर वखत पर न पहुंचबे तो लेट मारक हुई जाई।
एक तो कटकटेला अंधियारा और बिन बेचे उ ससुर घोड़ा गायब।
न कोई बत्ती और न धारदार तलवार कोई।
कटकटेला अंधियारा और सविता बाबू के संगीत से नींद टूट गयी तो ख्वाबों का हिसाब किताबो खत्म।
MAHARASHTRA GOVT. SHOULD NOT ASSAULT PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY says CHRI & PRW
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In carving out this unprecedented exclusion from prosecution for public officials, the state government has conveniently ignored rulings in a 5-bench Supreme Court decision Lalita Kumari v Govt of UP & Ors (2013) that lays down that where the facts given in a First Information Report (FIR) make out a cognizable offence, it is mandatory for the police to file the FIR. The police may do a preliminary inquiry only when it is unclear whether cognizable or non-cognizable offences are made out in the complaint. The scope of the preliminary inquiry is only to determine if a cognizable offence is made out, not verify the information received. This is already a considerable safeguard against malicious prosecution.
More recently in Subramanian Swamy's case (2014) the Supreme Court reaffirmed this position when it struck down Section 6E of the Delhi Special Police Act which had tried to prevent the CBI from beginning even a preliminary inquiry against officials of the rank of Joint Secretary and above without first taking permission from the competent authorities.
The Court pointed out
"It is difficult to justify the classification which has been made in Section 6-A because the goal of law in the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 is to meet corruption cases with a very strong hand and all public servants are warned through such a legislative measure that corrupt public servants have to face very serious consequences."
CHRI and PRW is concerned that the Maharashtra government is willing to fly in the face of the Apex Court's decisions and is now seeking to nullify them through amendments which will destroy the possibility of accountability for corruption or abuse of power and high handedness by the ruling classes"
According to Maja Daruwala, Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative: "The Cabinet decision is against public interest. The proposed amendments, if passed, will increase the pool of impunity that already exists. The very notion of asking for permission to even investigate possibly corrupt officials, goes against our beliefs in democratic governance. There is no transparency about how sanctions are given or refused. Such amendments would only aid the bad eggs to stay safe in the system. It once again leaves the public hopeless and hapless."
Dolphy D'Souza, Convenor, PRW, says: "The move shows how little respect the Chief Minister has for election promises. On 2 November 2014, in an interview to NDTV, he had announced a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption, and stated that prior sanction would no longer be required if there was prima facie evidence of corruption against a public servant.
Again on 20 December 2014, he told the Assembly that there would be no delay, either deliberate or inadvertent, in granting sanction to pending cases. He also mentioned having cleared all the files which had been brought to him. What happened to all that? What are we to believe?"