PMARC : Dalits Media Watch - News Updates 03.12.12
Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 03.12.12
TN meet calls inter-caste marriages a Dalit plan - Indian Express
Dalit outfits unite for Indu Mill land - DNA
VCK to bring Left, other parties in support of Dalits - The Hindu
AP Assembly passes SC/ST Sub-Plan Act - Business Standard
TN meet calls inter-caste marriages a Dalit plan
Gopu Mohan : Chennai, Mon Dec 03 2012, 02:11 hrs
The Dharmapuri communal clash took another turn on Sunday as a meeting organised by the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) here sought a probe into inter-caste marriages by a retired high court judge.
The meeting, essentially attended by leaders of the backward and most backward classes of Tamil Nadu who consider themselves superior to Dalits, apart from representatives of Muslim groups, said most marriages between Dalit men and women of “higher” castes were “fraudulent alliances” planned at the behest of Dalit leaders.
In Dharmapuri, the marriage between a Dalit youth and a Vanniyar girl had led to her father committing suicide which, in turn, had triggered a clash between Dalits and caste Hindus. As many as 268 houses and huts in three Dalit colonies were damaged and destroyed. The PMK, a largely Vanniyar party, is facing allegations of being involved in the Dharmapuri violence.
Even as they claimed they were not opposed to inter-caste love marriages, leaders representing the Vanniyars, Thevars, Udayars, Yadavas, Naidus, Nadars, Reddys, Mudaliyars said at the Sunday meeting that most of these alliances were not simple love marriages.
In a resolution scripted by the PMK, they cited the case of Namakkal district which, according to them, had seen 955 love marriages last year, of which 712 allegedly had “failed”. “Unable to withstand the suffering, 32 girls committed suicide, 37 parents ended their lives. The affected girls were from non-Dalit communities, while the culprits were Dalits,” charged the resolution. PMK founder S Ramadoss, who chaired the meeting, has made this charge several times.
The organisations also demanded that the minimum permissible age of marriage be raised to 21 for girls and 23 for boys, while the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act be amended to prevent its “misuse”.
Dalit outfits unite for Indu Mill land
Published: Monday, Dec 3, 2012, 5:06 IST
By Shubhangi Khapre | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
The Centre’s dilly-dallying of handing over of 12.5 acres of Indu Mill land at Dadar for the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial has upset Dalit leaders across Maharashtra. To assert their political might over the state government, nine Dalit organisations have set aside their differences for the common cause.
The Republican Party of India (RPI) and Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) are mobilising public support to pressure the government to fulfil its decade-old promise of giving land for the Ambedkar memorial. RPI leader Ramdas Athavale asked why the Congress should delay the process when it is ruling in the state and at the Centre. “If promises made by the government are not kept, people are bound to be upset.”
The RPI has indicated to the state government that if land is not sanctioned before December 6, Ambedkar’s death anniversary, its activists will forcibly take charge of the mill. Sensing the mood of the people, state home minister RR Patil has ordered additional deployment of police force. Fearing that speeches by political leaders could rouse sentiments of activists, triggering law and order issues in the city, Patil and chief minister Prithviraj Chavan have urged Dalit leaders to show restraint and ensure law and order.
Dalit writer Arjun Dangle said that a die-hard Ambedkar follower is not interested in violence, but added that the government was testing their patience. Dalit leaders also point out how the state government has, for 10 years, used the memorial as an election plank to strengthen its Dalit vote bank.An expert of Ambedkar studies, Tusshar Jagtap, said, “Unfortunately, government perceives the memorial as a poll promise. Babasaheb cannot be confined to politics or Dalits. His writings and teachings have global relevance. A memorial in Mumbai should be a matter of pride.”
VCK to bring Left, other parties in support of Dalits
Thirumavalavan dismisses PMK’s criticism
The Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) is planning to bring together Left and other parties against violence by casteist outfits on Dalits.
“We will hold a demonstration in Chennai on Monday. Leaders of Communist Party of India, CPI (Marxist), and Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam will participate in the agitation,” the VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan told The Hindu.
Confirming his participation, CPI (M) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan said oppressed sections of the society including Dalits needed organisations to fight for their rights and it could not be seen from a casteist angle.
Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam leader Kolathur Mani and Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) leader Suba Veerapandian will attend the Monday demonstration.
Responding to Pattali Makkal Katchi’s criticism against the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, Mr. Thirumavalavan dismissed it and said that what was indeed required was a stronger law.
“We also want amendments to the Act to make it stronger. The poor conviction rate goes to show that the present law is inadequate to put an end to atrocities against Dalits,” he said.
He was reacting to the observation of the PMK founder S. Ramadoss that the poor conviction rate under the 1989 Act showed most of the cases were foisted due to vendetta.
Earlier in the day, a meeting of groups of intermediate castes, chaired by Dr. Ramadoss, called upon the government to constitute district-level monitoring committees under the chairmanship of the district magistrate to scrutinise the cases filed under the Act.
Asked whether his effort of bringing together of non-Dalit leaders against Dalits would not further aggravate the situation, Dr. Ramadoss said the objective was to maintain the harmony which was under threat because of the attitude of a few Dalit individuals.
Through another resolution, the meeting also demanded that constituencies reserved for SCs be rotated once in ten years.
Reiterating his opposition to inter-caste marriages involving Dalit boys and non-Dalit girls, Dr. Ramadoss called for a probe by a former Judge of the Madras High Court to go into the circumstances that led to such marriages. The PMK leader also claimed that of the 955 inter-caste marriages, 712 had ended in failure in Namakkal district and 32 young girls and 37 parents had committed suicide because of the marriages.
AP Assembly passes SC/ST Sub-Plan Act
Press Trust of India / Hyderabad December 03, 2012, 00:35
The Andhra Pradesh Assembly late tonight passed the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan and Tribal Sub-Plan (Planning, Allocation and Utilisation of Financial Resources) Act, 2012 amidst high drama over voting on an amendment proposed by the main opposition Telugu Desam Party.
The Congress government faced tense moments after the division of votes was taken but the result withheld due to an objection raised by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
All the opposition put up a united show on the amendment seeking allocation of funds by classifying SCs into different sub groups.
The chief minister, who too took part in the voting, pointed out the Supreme Court had struck down the classification of SCs into sub-groups and said no fresh law could be passed in any form on the issue.
"It is ultra vires to Article 341 and Article 14 of the Constitution," the chief minister pointed out.
The Speaker, who did not announce the result of voting on the amendment, then sought opinion of floor leaders on the issue and later declared that the amendment was lost with only 47 votes in favour and 69 against.
The treasury benches then heaved a sigh of relief and the Bill was subsequently passed.