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Ramdev likely to skip JNU visit amidst students protest, university stands by invitation

The three-day convention– organised by the university’s Special Center for Sanskrit Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, USA and the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth — began here on December 27. Ramdev has been invited to deliver the key-note address on December 30.

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Rajya Sabha passes SC/ST Bill unanimously through voice vote

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After seeing several days of adjournments, the Rajya Sabha on Monday unanimously passed Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment bill in a matter of minutes and that too through a voice vote and without any debate.

After seeing several days of adjournments, the Rajya Sabha on Monday unanimously passed Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment bill in a matter of minutes and that too through a voice vote and without any debate.The BJP was keen to get the bill through, especially to undo the damage done by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks given during Bihar polls that were dubbed as anti-Dalit quota by the opposition. The party also thinks that the passage of the bill would improve its image among Dalits that in turn could brighten its prospects during the UP state assembly elections due in 2017.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Of late BJP has been taking lot of brickbats for being intolerant and insensitive towards Dalits, especially after union minister V K Singh’s remarks given on the purported killing of two Dalit girls in Haryana recently.Deputy Chairman P J Kurien took up the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015 that aims to prohibit the commission of offences against members of the SCs and STs and adds provisions for establishing special courts for the trial cases of such offences and the rehabilitation of victims, in the second half of day.The sudden change in the atmosphere of the upper house that until recently failed to transact any business because of frequent pandemonium, prompted the deputy chairman Kurien to observe, “There is perfect calm and tranquility. Everybody is cool. A cool breeze is blowing. I don’t know where this breeze is coming from.”The amended bill adds new categories of actions to be treated as offences committed by non SCs and STs and amends certain existing categories. Impeding certain activities related to voting especially vote or not vote for a particular candidate will also be considered an offence.The new offences include – Garlanding SCs and STs with footwear; Compelling to do manual scavenging or dispose carry animal or human carcasses; Abusing SCs/STs in public by caste name; Disrespecting any deceased SCs/STs person held in high esteem or attempting to promote feelings of ill-will against SCs/STs and threatening or imposing economic and social boycott.The offences in case of sexual exploiting of SC or ST woman would include – Using acts, words or gestures of a sexual nature against SC/ST woman; Touching an SC/ST woman intentionally in a sexual manner without her consent; Practice of dedicating an SC/ST woman as a devadasi to a temple.Other actions that will be considered as an offence are Preventing SCs/STs using common property resources, entering any places of public worship that is open to the public, and entering an education or health institution.In case of any violation of any provisions mentioned in this act the courts will presume that the accused non SC/ST person was aware of the caste or tribal identity of the victim, unless it is proved.The bill also adds provision specifying duties of public servants which includes, registering a FIR or complaint, public servant must read out the information given oral complaint by SC/ST person before taking the signature of the victim and giving copy of this information to the victim. It should be noted that parent Act has provision mentioning that public servant (non SC/ST) neglecting his duties related to SCs/STs will be punished with imprisonment for a term of 6 months to 1 year.The Bill adds provision specifying establishment of exclusive Special Court and Special Court at the district level to try offences mentioned under this Act. Exclusive Public Prosecutor and Public Prosecutor will be appointed for every Exclusive Special Court and Special Court.A new chapter added to the bill dealing with the rights of victims and witness mentions that it shall be the duty of the state to make arrangements for the protection of victims and their dependents and the witnesses. It also mentions that state should specify a scheme to ensure the implementation of rights of victims and witnesses.

Nirbhaya case: Demand in Rajya Sabha for immediate passage of juvenile bill

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As memories of the brutal 2012 Nirbhaya case returned with the release of the juvenile, Derek O’Brien (TMC) said he has given a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business and taking up the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014.

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A demand for expeditious passage of the amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act to allow children between 16-18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crime cases was made in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, soon after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea against the release of the juvenile offender in the December 16 gang-rape case.As memories of the brutal 2012 Nirbhaya case returned with the release of the juvenile, Derek O’Brien (TMC) said he has given a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business and taking up the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014. He said the House had only three days to go before end of the Winter Session and government’s listed agenda includes commercial courts, arbitration and real estate bill. The government has not even listed the juvenile bill for discussion and passing on Monday, he said during Zero Hour.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is incumbent upon the House to listen to what is going on outside,” he said, asking the House to rise above politics. “It is not a perfect bill but let us list it and pass the bill,” O’Brien said.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the bill was listed on December 8, 10 and 11. “We have listed it for tomorrow,” he said, adding if all agree the bill can be taken up for discussion today itself.Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said O’Brien has raised a relevant point. If the government and opposition agree the bill can be discussed. “But government has to list the bill.” Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the bill is not listed on Monday even though the Congress had at all-party meeting last week agreed to its passage.On Monday, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015 has been listed for passing. “We are committed to passing it today,” he said adding the juvenile bill can be taken up on Tuesday.

Winter Session: No business in Rajya Sabha for six days in a row

When the House re-assembled at 3pm after several adjournments, Deputy Chairman Prof. P.J. Kurien said the House would take up the Whistle Blowers Protection Amendment Bill 2015 for further consideration and passing. It could not be taken up due to uproar.
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The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed unprecedented situation with the opposition Congress and treasury benches indulging in heated exchanges.When the House re-assembled at 3pm after several adjournments, Deputy Chairman Prof. P.J. Kurien said the House would take up the Whistle Blowers Protection Amendment Bill 2015 for further consideration and passing. It could not be taken up due to uproar.Power Minister Piyush Goyal said the House should not be adjourned even as the opposition continue with sloganeering, as the ruling party members are ready to transact business till midnight. He was joined by his other ministerial colleagues, including Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani and Health Minister J.P. Nadda. When the Congress members were shouting slogans in the well, ministers present in the House were on their feet at their seats.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pained over the pandemonium in the House, Prof. Kurien remarked: ‘The behaviour of the members is unruly and undemocratic. The agitating members are hijacking the House.’ Later, he adjourned the House for the day.Also read: PM Narendra Modi takes a dig at Congress in KeralaEarlier, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Congress is committed to passing the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015 in the current session, but the House should be in order. The bill was moved for discussion yesterday by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot.

Congress, BJD protests over Polavaram irrigation project lead Rajya Sabha to adjourn twice

The placards read “Polavaram will harm Odisha”, “Condemn Polavaram. Stop Stop” and “We Oppose Polavaram.”

Protests over “politics of vendetta” continued in Rajya Sabha for the second day on Wednesday, with Congress members forcing two adjournments of the House till noon by storming the Well and raising anti-government slogans. Even before Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien could take his seat when the House assembled for the day, Congress members rushed into the Well shouting slogans like “Modi teri tanashahi nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi (dictatorship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be tolerated).” BJD members also trooped into the Well carrying placards opposing the multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project. The placards read “Polavaram will harm Odisha”, “Condemn Polavaram. Stop Stop” and “We Oppose Polavaram.” Amid the din, Kurien got the listed papers of the day laid on the table of the House, but two of them to be laid by Congress members were not tabled.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wansuk Syiem (Cong) did not move a petition signed by a Guwahati-resident praying for improvement and strengthening of non-lapsable central pool for resources (NLCPR) schemes in the North-Eastern Region, despite Kurien calling her repeatedly. Syiem’s party colleague Viplove Thakur also did not present the reports of the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy. “Laying of papers is your duty,” Kurien told Thakur after she did not return to her seat from the Well to lay the reports.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affiars Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Congress was insulting the mandate of the people and went on to suggest that the House should not be adjourned. “Don’t you know that displaying placards is not allowed,” Kurien told BJD members. “Shouting slogan is also not allowed. Coming into well is also not allowed,” he told the protesting Congress MPs. He asked members to return to their places and allow the Zero Hour to proceed but no one heeded to his pleas, forcing him to adjourn the House till 11:30 hours. Similar scenes continued when the House reassembled at noon with Congress members again entered the Well raising slogans against the government. BJD members too rushed in the Well with some of them carrying placards with slogans like ‘Polavaram Will Harm Odish’ and ‘Stop Polavaram’.Amid the din, Naqvi said important bills like the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, were before the House. In addition, discussion on an important matter like price rise, which was demanded by Congress, was also listed, he added. Everybody knows “history and geography” of Congress, Naqvi said, adding government was ready for discussion. “If they (Congress) feel they are being discriminated, we are ready for a discussion,” the Minister said. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad rose to speak something, but Kurien adjourned the House till noon as sloganeering continued.

Scheduled Castes Commission seeks report from State Chief Secretary on Anil Vij-Sangeeta Kalia spat

Slamming Vij’s “get out” remarks against the woman officer, the Commission’s member Ishwar Singh said on Saturday that he has sought a report from the Haryana government within a week.

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The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has taken cognizance of the “indecent” remarks made by Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij against IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia and has sought a report from the state Chief Secretary in the matter.Slamming Vij’s “get out” remarks against the woman officer, the Commission’s member Ishwar Singh said on Saturday that he has sought a report from the Haryana government within a week. He also said that once the report comes, the Commission will see if it is a fit case under the provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as the remarks were made against the woman officer, who is from Dalit community.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sangeeta Rani Kalia, SP of Fatehabad district, was shunted out on Saturday, a day after a verbal spat with Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij. Replying to questions of reporters at Kurukshetra, Ishwar Singh said no matter how senior a Minister may be, he has no business to use such a language against anyone, more so against a woman officer, who is a Dalit.”Using such a language against a officer, who is from the Dalit community, more so when these were made at a public function, is highly condemnable.Once the report comes, we will see if a case is made out (against the Minister) under the ambit of Section 338 of the (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,” he said, adding he has sought a detailed report from the Chief Secretary.The outspoken Minister had on Thursday stormed out of a meeting of District Grievances and Public Relations Committee at Fatehabad after the police officer refused to follow his order to leave the venue following heated exchanges between them. The video of their spat went viral on social media. The Minister’s remarks triggered protests from various quarters at different parts of the state today.While Haryana Police Karamchari Sangh slammed the Minister for his alleged indecent behaviour towards a lady officer, main opposition INLD hit the streets in Fatehabad today coming out strongly in support of the officer.Local INLD leaders led by Balwan Singh who took out a protest march in Fatehabad and burnt the effigy of the Minister said Sangeeta Kalia was “an honest officer”. A student organisation also took out a march in Bhiwani, demanding that “honest officers not be punished”. The Minister’s conduct also came in for sharp criticism from many among those present at the meeting yesterday with a communication also beingA communication is also stated to have been sent to the Chief Minister about yesterday’s episode by many of those present at the meeting yesterday, mentioning when the SP politely denied any police role in the matter, the Minister still got angry and humiliated Kalia by asking her to get out.The incident has lowered the morale of the police and the district administration officials, the communication mentions, while pointing out the government’s image was bound to be affected and suitable action against the Minister should be taken immediately.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar earlier on Saturday told reporters in Karnal that he had taken cognizance of the matter and it would be dealt with appropriately. While Vij spoke to Khattar about the incident, the SP had sent her report to Haryana DGP Yash Pal Singal.Watch the spat between Sangeeta Kalia and Vij here:

Cannot get away saying statement was misinterpreted, says Rajnath Singh on VK Singh’s dog analogy

Commenting on the incident of Dalit children being burnt to death, VK Singh on Thursday said that the government is not responsible if ‘someone throws stones at a dog’ while Rijiju endorsed a former Delhi LG’s statement that north Indians ‘enjoy’ breaking rules.

Hitting out at Minister of State (MoS) VK Singh and Kiren Rijiju for making a controversial statement, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that party leaders need to be careful while putting out their views.Commenting on the incident of Dalit children being burnt to death, VK Singh on Thursday said that the government is not responsible if ‘someone throws stones at a dog’ while Rijiju endorsed a former Delhi LG’s statement that north Indians ‘enjoy’ breaking rules.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to the media, Rajnath Singh said, “Both Gen VK Singh and Kiren Rijiju have already given clarification on their statements. But I feel as leaders of ruling party, we all must be extra cautious before making any statement and should also ensure that there is no possibility of our statement to be interpreted in the wrong sense.””We cannot get away by saying that statement was misinterpreted. We need to be careful while putting our views,” he added.Rajnath Singh also said that he has spoken to Haryana CM, “He (Khattar) has taken cognizance of that and taking all appropriate measures,” he added.Also read: VK Singh defends remark, says he didn’t intend to draw analogy between Dalit kids and dogArguing that the government is not responsible if ‘someone throws stones at a dog’, VK Singh had on Thursday said, “It was feud between the families, don’t connect it with the government, local administration failed. If someone throws stones at a dog, the government can’t be held responsible.” Vaibhav, a two-and-a-half years old, and his sister, 11-month-old Divya were burnt alive after some persons from an upper caste set their house afire while they were sleeping. Their mother Rekha suffered 70% burns and has been referred to a Delhi hospital for treatment.However, as the Opposition parties attacked VK Singh, he apologised clarifying that somebody was deliberately trying to mix his two different remarks and create confusion. Also read: VK Singh’s statement reflects Modi government’s ‘anti-Dalit’ mindset: CongressKiren Rijiju also sought to downplay his endorsement of a former Delhi LG’s statement that north Indians “enjoy” breaking rules and said it was not directed at one section but was applicable to the entire society. He said attempts to “politicise” his statement were wrong and added that if there were wrongs happening in the society everyone was responsible for it.Demanding VK Singh’s immediate sacking, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said, “It is condemnable, it is shocking, it is inhumane to say the least. General VK Singh has insulted not only the entire Dalit community of this country but all Indians. It reflects the mindset of the Modi government which insults Dalits, which insults the minorities and looks down upon the people who are poor and downtrodden.”He also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sack him and tender an apology on Singh’s behalf. Surjewala said a criminal case should be registered against the minister under Prevention of Atrocities on Schedule Castes Act.

Dalit children burnt alive: NCSC summons top Faridabad Police Commissioner, admin officials

Two children of a Dalit family in Sanped village in Faridabad (Haryana) were burnt alive while their parents suffered injuries allegedly after some persons from upper caste set their house afire .

“It was unfortunate that the official machinery supported rich and powerful at the cost of oppressed,” NCSC said (File Photo)

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The National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC) has summoned the police commissioner and the deputy commissioner (district magistrate) of Faridabad in the wake of the incident in Sanped village, where a dalit family was burnt alive leading to the death of two toddlers. “The Faridabad police commissioner and the administrative officer (deputy commissioner), have been summoned in connection with Sanped village incident, on October 26,” NCSC Chairman PL Punia said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two children of a Dalit family in Sanped village in Faridabad (Haryana) were burnt alive while their parents suffered injuries allegedly after some persons from upper caste set their house afire while they were asleep inside it at around 2.30 AM on October 20. Two-and-half-year-old Vaibhav and his 11-month-old sister Divya were killed while their mother Rekha, 28, and father Jitender, 31, sustained burn injuries when the attackers allegedly poured petrol from the window of their house setting it ablaze.The NCSC Chairman, who had visited Sanped village after the incident came to light yesterday, said, “it was unfortunate that the official machinery supported rich and powerful at the cost of oppressed.” Punia hoped that the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2014, which has been passed by the Lok Sabha but is yet to be cleared by Rajya Sabha will change things in favour of Dalits and oppressed preventing Sunped-like incidents. “The Bill is yet to be passed by Rajya Sabha. It provides for time-bound disposal of cases of atrocities against dalits and tribal people, in three months, through establishing special courts,” he said.11 persons, including a father-son duo, have been booked on murder, rioting and other charges in connection with the incident, a Faridabad police spokesman said.

Dalits feeling ‘insecure’ under BJP government: Mayawati

Mayawati regretted that even after so many years of independence, “atrocities” on the weaker sections and Dalits have not stopped.

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Terming the attack on a Dalit family in Faridabad as most unfortunate, BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday threatened to take to the streets over delay in arrest of the culprits, even as she charged weaker sections are feeling “insecure” under BJP government. “The manner in which four members of a Dalit family were set ablaze in Faridabad leading to the death of two children is most unfortunate and condemnable…if the victims are not provided proper security and compensation by the Haryana government and prompt action is not taken against the culprits BSP will take to the streets there,” BSP chief was quoted as saying in a party release here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mayawati regretted that even after so many years of independence, “atrocities” on the weaker sections and Dalits have not stopped. “At the Centre and in many states, governments are still working with casteist mindset and discriminating against these sections”, she said. She alleged that people of these sections are “feeling insecure specially under the BJP government at the Centre and states and this is a very serious.” The senior party office bearers of BSP in Haryana have been instructed to make all efforts to help the victim family, the release added. Two children of a Dalit family were burnt alive and their parents suffered injuries yesterday allegedly after some persons from upper caste set their house afire at Sunped village near Ballabhgarh while they were sleeping. 11 persons, including a father-son duo, have been booked on murder, rioting and other charges.

Two juveniles among seven youths held in Dalit woman gangrape

Amravati (Maharashtra): A 25-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gangraped by seven youths, including two juveniles, on the pretext of giving her financial help in Chandur Bazar police station area in the district, police said on Thursday.

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The seven accused, including two juveniles, were arrested on Thursday, they said.

The victim on Wednesday evening asked one of the accused who was her acquaintance for a help of Rs 1,500, to which he agreed and asked her to come to Riddhapur town with his friend, Inspector S R Rajput of Chandur Bazar police station said.

His friend picked her up from her residence and drove her to a farm on Jalnapur-Riddhapur road, where he, along with six others, gangraped the woman, Rajput said.

Acting upon the victim’s complaint, the police arrested all the seven accused, identified as – Sandeep Thakare, Shiva Jamthe, Santosh Lakhan Sanskar, Prafulla Waghade, Shivam Wankhade and the two juveniles, he said.

The woman has a seven-year-old daughter and was staying away from her husband, though the couple are not formally separated, he further said.

A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, he said, adding the offence is being investigated by Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Paunikar.

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No Independence Day relief to godman Sarathi Baba; sent to jail in Cuttack

Despite a national holiday, the SDJM court was opened in the first hours of the day to take up the matter as the police remand of the arrested godman ended midnight.
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Arrested self-styled godman Sarathi Baba was sent to Choudwar circle jail in Cuttack today even as hundreds of convicts elsewhere in the country were released from prisons on the occasion of Independence Day. Cuttack Sub-divisional judicial magistrate B Goutam remanded Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Roul in judicial custody after rejecting his bail application that came up for consideration for the first time during the day.Despite a national holiday, the SDJM court was opened in the first hours of the day to take up the matter as the police remand of the arrested godman ended midnight. Ever since his arrest by Odisha Police crime branch last Saturday, Roul was taken on remand by the police for six days in two phases for questioning.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Booked under several sections of IPC, SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Arms Act and Religious Institutions (Misuse) Act, the bail application came up for hearing for the first time during the day as the lawyers of the city were on strike for the whole of last week. Although, the crime branch police did not seek any further remand of the accused, its counsel opposed his bail application saying that the investigations in the case are still on. The ‘godman’ would be produced in the court again on August 21.A team of crime branch sleuths would go to Hyderabad on Monday for further investigation. The ‘godman’ was arrested following a massive public outcry against his alleged escapades and exploitation of people’s sentiments by use of black magic.The police have unearthed huge ill-gotten properties in the name of the ‘godman’ and the trust he was running in the name of his adopted son Satyam Roul. Many bank accounts operated by him have now been frozen while the police are looking for his absconding adopted son.

Will Lok Sabha function for rest of the Monsoon session?

With the Opposition boycotting proceedings in solidarity with 25 suspended Congress members, have increased the time the House functioned to 40% as against 8% in Rajya Sabha till Friday, according to PRS data.

Amidst an uneasy calm in Lok Sabha over the past four days, the House passed four bills, had a discussion and gave an opportunity to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to make a statement without the familiar interruptions. With the Opposition boycotting proceedings in solidarity with 25 suspended Congress members, have increased the time the House functioned to 40% as against 8% in Rajya Sabha till Friday, according to PRS data. But, several MPs were of the view that the though the business proceeded smoothly, it lacked ethical sanctity in absence of the Opposition, which forms a critical part of the parliamentary system. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The House passed the Repealing and Amending (fourth) Bil, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill and Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill in four days. Both Houses had remained paralysed amidst a standoff over the Opposition demand for resignations of Swaraj and chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. However, pandemonium is set to return Lok Sabha from Monday when Opposition returns to the House, leaving uncertain the fate of the GST bill. An indication of the Congress strategy came from senior Congress leader Anand Sharma in the Rajya Sabha. Congress MPs allowed introduction of the private members’ Bills but rushed into the well to resume ruckus as soon as deputy chairman sought further debate on private member Avinash Pande’s Bill to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Sharma made it clear that no debate, not even on private members’ bills and resolutions, will be allowed until Government comes out with its response to the Opposition demand for action against the BJP leaders. The House was adjourned. Even on Friday, members like Jayprakash Yadav and Dharmendra Yadav sought withdrawal of the MPs’ suspension before staging walkout. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu urged Congress President Sonia Gandhi to reconsider blockade of Parliament to let it function for at least the remaining four sittings in view of the clarification given by Swaraj in Lok Sabha on Thursday. He said “it is time that collectively, the tit-for-tat approach is brought to an end.” At the beginning of the Session, government listed a number of Bills that were to be taken up. With Session ending next week, legislations related to Whistleblower’s Protection, Juvenile Justice, among others, remain pending.

Delhi police book AAP MLA Surinder Singh for beating up, making casteist remarks against NDMC staff

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Surinder Singh has been booked by the Delhi police for allegedly abusing and beating up a worker of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday evening, The Indian Express and Hindustan Times have reported.

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According to the Indian Express report, the incident took place after a worker from the municipal corporation asked a vegetable vendor not to park his car near a signal. The police are said to have claimed that Surinder Singh intervened in the matter and began to argue with the civic workers. This led to a physical altercation in which the MLA’s driver and employee beat up an NDMC worker.

A sanitary inspector, Ram Jeevan Meena, has alleged that Singh made casteist remarks against him and his driver punched an NDMC employee named Mukesh Kumar in his face.

HT reported that Meena, along with his team, was carrying out an anti-encroachment drive against unauthorized vendors when the incident took place.

The police have registered a case against Singh, his driver and his employee under sections pertaining to causing hurt to public servant and assault, and the Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989.

Singh, however, was reported to have denied the incident and was quoted by Indian Express saying, “We never beat up anyone. There were around 20 of them, why should we beat them?”

Dalit youth brutally murdered over Ambedkar song; family alleges police apathy

According to the police, he was assualted by the men for having the song about Ambedkar as his ringtone.

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A Dalit youth was brutally killed in Shirdi, Maharashtra by 8 men who physically assualted him and ran a bike over his body, allegedly for keeping a song on Dr BR Ambedkar as his ringtone, The Hindu reports. The four involved have been arrested while the rest have been absoconding.The 8 men were identified as the intial assault was captured on the CCTV camera at the location of the incident. They have been booked under the Sections 302 (murder), 395 (punishment for dacoity), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 109 (punishment of abetment) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 (2) (v) and 3 (1) (x) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The murder took place on May, 18 when Sagar Shejwal the youth who was studying nursing had come to his home in Shirdi for a wedding, went to a local beer shop with two of his cousins. According to the police, he was assaulted by the men for having the song about Ambedkar as his ringtone. The men, who were at the shop heard the song when his phone rang. They asked Shejwal to switch off the song, which he refused to do. This resulted in an altercation where they hit Shejwal with beer bottle and continued kicking and punching him. Later they took him to a nearby forest and crushed him under their bike. They repeatedly ran the bike over his body.The faces of the men can be seen in the CCTV footage from the camera in the beer shop.Shejwal’s family alleges that the police did not come when Shejwal’s cousin called them as the men started beating him, despite the station being situated close to the beer shop. The police demanded an AC vehicle to look for him. The body of the boy too was found by the family.The family has demanded departmental action against Inspector Pramod Wagh and constable Sharad Kadam.

In shocking case of caste violence, upper caste men urinate in mouth of Dalit youth

At a time when the country is realising the need for sensitisation on equality in terms of gender, religion and caste, a horrific story of discrimination against Dalits in Tamil Nadu is a reminder that India has a long way to go to ensure equality for all its citizens.

In a gross violation of human rights and in a display of caste violence at its crudest and most disgusting, upper caste Hindu men reportedly urinated in the mouth of a Dalit youth after attacking him. The incident had taken place at Karuvanur in the Krishnagiri district of TN on 2 March,.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

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According to reports 20-year-old M Aravindhan who works as a welder in a private company in Bangalore had gone to his native village when the incident occured.

The Times of India quotes him as saying, “I went to the temple with my relative R Dinesh (20). Some caste Hindus used filthy words against us when they saw us.”

When the two retaliated, the group of men took them to a nearby toilet and mercilessly beat them up. Reportedly Aravindhan fell to the floor and asked for water, prompting the men urinated in his mouth.

While a complaint was registered with the Kallav Police, they only lodged one of assault and not under the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act.

The Times of India quotes the police as saying, “We will alter the case once we confirm whether the dalit youth was harassed or not.”

Nido Tania case: Delhi High Court issues notice to CBI and 4 accused

Nido Tania, a boy from Arunachal Pradesh was a victim of racial attack in January 2014 in New Delhi
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The Delhi High Court sought response of the CBI on a plea filed by father of Northeast student Nido Tania, who died last year after he was allegedly beaten up by some persons at Lajpat Nagar in Delhi.Justice Manmohan Singh issued notice to four adult accused Farman, Pawan, Sunder Singh and Sunny Uppal, seeking their reply on Tania’s father Nido Pavitra’s plea against the trial court’s decision to drop charges under the SC/ST Act against the culprits.”Notice issued to CBI. Notice also be served to the remaining respondents (four accused),” the court said, adding that the reply should be filed within two weeks.Meanwhile, the court directed Tihar Jail Superintendent to serve court notice to Farman, who is presently in judicial custody. The remaining three accused are out on bail. The court has now listed the matter for further hearing on April 22. Presently the accused are facing trial in the matter before a sessions judge.The plea filed by Pavitra, Congress MLA from Arunachal Pradesh, has sought quashing of the September 25, 2014, order of the sessions court which had held that no charge could be framed against the accused under the relevant provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.The plea, filed through advocate Prashant Mendiratta, had said that trial court had adopted wrong interpretation of the law and refused to frame charges against the accused under the provisions of SC/ST Act “despite the fact that the entire assault, which resulted in the untimely demise of a young man, was unequivocally and clearly motivated by the accused perceiving him as belonging to Scheduled Tribe”.19-year-old Tania, a BA first year student in a private university here, had an altercation with some shopkeepers at Lajpat Nagar market on January 29, 2014, after they made fun of his hair style. Following the altercation, the shopkeepers had allegedly thrashed him. He was brought dead to AIIMS the next day.

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