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Saturday, May 31, 2014

UP govt recommends CBI probe into Badaun gangrapes

Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 31.05.14

UP govt recommends CBI probe into Badaun gangrapes - The Hindu
Tsundur Case: HC Verdict to be Challenged in Apex Court - The Indian Express
No SC, ST takers for XLRI course on entrepreneurship - The Times Of India
Police crackdown fails to deter protesting villagers

The Hindu
UP govt recommends CBI probe into Badaun gangrapes

Under attack from Opposition parties, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday decided to recommend a CBI probe into the gangrape and murder of two dalit sisters in Badaun.
“The Chief Minister has decided to recommend a CBI probe into Badaun incident as demanded by family members of the victims,” an official release said here.

“The formalities in this regard will be completed soon,” it added.

The family of two murdered teenage girls had demanded a CBI probe into the incident saying they had no faith in local police which was “hand in glove” with the accused.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who visited the village of the two dalit sisters on Saturday, also supported the family’s demand for a CBI probe.

A team of National Commission for Women (NCW) had also faulted the local police.

The Chief Minister had on Friday ordered constitution of a fast track court to ensure justice to the victims’ family and announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each to them.

BSP supremo Mayawati too had pressed for a CBI probe in the matter while demanding of imposition of President’s rule in the State over alleged failure of the Samajwadi Party Government to maintain law and order.

Union Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi had on Friday said that if the family members of the girls wanted, she would recommend a CBI probe into the incident.

The two teenage dalit sisters, who were cousins aged 14 and 15 years, were allegedly gangraped and murderd with their bodies found hanging from a mango tree in Katra village.

The girls went missing on May 27 and their bodies were found hanging on May 28.

All the five named in the FIR including constables Sarvesh Yadav, Chhatrapal Yadav and three brothers Pappu Yadav, Awadhesh Yadav and Urvesh Yadav have been arrested. The FIR was registered against seven including two unnamed.

While services of Sarvesh and Chhatrapal have been terminated, sub—inspector Ram Vilas Yadav had been suspended.

The Indian Express
Tsundur Case: HC Verdict to be Challenged in Apex Court

By Express News Service
HYDERABAD: To bring the atrocities committed on Dalits and marginalised communities to the fore, civil society and political parties should jointly build a nationwide movement, CPM Politburo member BV Raghavulu has said.

Speaking at a ‘maha dharna’ organised by the Struggle Committee for Justice to Tsunduru Dalits at Indira Park here on Friday, the CPM leader took exception to the High Court’s verdict acquitting the 21 accused in the case. Judgments such as those would not augur well for a democratic country like India, he said.

CPI former state secretary K Narayana said there was enough circumstantial evidence to prove the guilt of the accused.

Struggle Committee chairman Bojja Tarakam said that a dharna would be staged outside the collector’s office in every district in the state on June 16 to protest against the “undemocratic” judgment delivered by the High Court.

The HC verdict would be challenged in the SC after the summer vacation, he announced.

The Times Of India
No SC, ST takers for XLRI course on entrepreneurship

B Sridhar,TNN | May 26, 2014, 12.01 PM IST

JAMSHEDPUR: Three years have passed since the launch of the ambitious entrepreneurship development module at XLRI School of Business and Human Resources to promote first generation entrepreneurial talents of the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) community. Despite the best efforts of the business cradle, the response to the course has been unimpressive so far.

"The institute had made special arrangements to attract ST and SC students in a bid to encourage them to become first-generation entrepreneurs. But we have failed to find even three students from each of the respective communities so far," said Prabal K Sen, chairperson, EDC.

The B-school has approached the state government and a few voluntary groups to help spread word about the benefits of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) course to the weaker sections of society with special emphasis on SC and ST communities.

In the 60 seats module, 50% of the seats are reserved for local students. The response of general and OBC category students is encouraging, but the response of students from the ST and SCcategory has been far from encouraging. "Lack of awareness about the ongoing entrepreneurship course and difficulty in arranging capital for pursing the programme have been identified as the main reasons behind the poor response of the target communities)," explained Sen.

In a bid to enlighten the prospective EDC students, particularly SC/ST candidates who cannot avail of bank loans, the cradle has announced to further strengthen the course on banking policy for the 2014 EDC batch.

"Students will be familiarized with the latest policy framework available with banks, including the Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises and such other initiatives, which envisage extension of collateral-free loans by banks to small entrepreneurs. We want students face banks with confidence so as to avail financial support from the latter without hassles," said Sen.

He also said that without holistic approach, which involves greater engagement of the state monitoring agencies, strength of the ST/SC students in the EDC course shall not increase.

The Tribune
Police crackdown fails to deter protesting villagers

Archit Watts, Tribune News Service
Muktsar, May 30 Their elders in jail, the families protesting the delay in the arrest of the main accused in a rape case are facing several hardships. A minor Dalit of Gandhar village was raped in January. But the key accused, Gurlal Singh, has yet to be arrested.

Rajvir Kaur and Harvir Kaur of Gandhar village have sought the help of their relatives. Their mother Swarnjit Kaur has been arrested and their father Sukhdeep Singh is in Gujarat where he works as a farmhand.

“With our parents away, it was difficult to live alone in the house. So we asked our maternal uncle and his family to live with us,” explained the girls.

They said instead of going after the accused, who was a proclaimed offender, the police had arrested those demanding his arrest.

Ram Swaran Lakhewali, a social activist, said of the 34 arrested for lodging a protest, eight were from Muktsar district.

Lachhman Singh Sewewala, state general secretary of the Khet Mazdoor Union, said they would continue to protest till the accused was held.

The SSP, Muktsar, Kuldeep Chahal, said: “I have instructed the SHO concerned to start the process of attaching the property of the key accused.”

News monitored By Girish Pant, PMARC

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