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UGC seeks reports of action taken in caste discrimination cases
Activists hold Congressional briefing on caste discrimination in US
Several Injured in Clash After Patidars Allegedly Stall Dalit Wedding Procession in Gujarat Village
Dalit IAS officer used to think caste bias was a myth. Now he’s fighting it
Oxfam releases dismal report on gender parity, caste discrimination in employment sector in India
Even with a Harvard pedigree, caste follows ‘like a shadow’
FIR against six for denying drinking water to Dalit officer
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UGC seeks reports of action taken in caste discrimination cases

June 28, 2019
Against the backdrop of the Payal Tadvi suicide case, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all higher education institutions to send a report, within a month, on the action taken in instances of caste-based discrimination faced by the students on their campuses.
In a notice sent to the Vice Chancellors of the universities, the UGC has also asked them to set up a committee to look into the discrimination complaints received from SC/ST/OBC students, teachers or non-teaching staff. …

Activists hold Congressional briefing on caste discrimination in US

May 23, 2019
A group of South Asia focused community organisations held a congressional briefing on caste discrimination on Wednesday. The hearing’s objectives included educating Congressional staff about how caste operates in the U.S., highlighting the damage it does to U.S. institutions, and advocating data collection, monitoring and legislation. …

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Several Injured in Clash After Patidars Allegedly Stall Dalit Wedding Procession in Gujarat Village

One of the family members of the groom, however, alleged that they had sought protection, but the police failed in getting the procession to move forward.
May 12, 2019
Ahmedabad: Police had to resort to a baton charge on Sunday after members of the Patidar community allegedly stopped a Dalit man’s wedding procession in Gujarat’s Aravalli district and the two sides pelted stones at each other. …

Dalit IAS officer used to think caste bias was a myth. Now he’s fighting it

Jagmohan Singh Raju, a Dalit IAS officer of the 1985 batch, claims his elevation as additional secretary was stalled over his caste.
26 April, 2019
New Delhi: Tamil Nadu additional chief secretary Jagmohan Singh Raju, a Dalit IAS officer of the 1985 batch, used to think caste bias was a thing of the past for India. Now, four years after his elevation as additional secretary was allegedly stalled over his Dalit roots, he is spearheading a campaign for justice. …

Oxfam releases dismal report on gender parity, caste discrimination in employment sector in India

Oxfam India released a sobering report – ‘Mind the Gap – State of Employment in India’ which showed that India has a wide gender gap in the employment patterns in the country.
Mar 30, 2019
With jobs as one of the main focal points in the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 elections, many have asked the question – “Where are the jobs?”
In early 2019, it was reported that the unemployment rate has gone up to 7.2 per cent, which according to Business Insider, is the highest since September 2016. …

Even with a Harvard pedigree, caste follows ‘like a shadow’

March 05, 2019
This article is part one of the “Caste in America” series. Read part two. This series was supported by funding from the Pulitzer Center and produced in partnership with WGBH.
Like many migrants to America from India, Suraj Yengde is well-educated. At 30, he has a doctorate and a masters of law. Since 2016, he has done graduate and post-graduate research at Harvard University. …

FIR against six for denying drinking water to Dalit officer

August 2, 2018
An FIR was registered against six people, including two village heads, for allegedly denying drinking water to a woman Dalit officer here. A deputy chief veterinary officer was allegedly denied drinking water because of her Dalit identity in Ambawa Poorab village in Manjhanpur block, around 167 km away from the state capital Lucknow, on July 31. …

Press Council to take a call on whether media can use the word Dalit: Ministry

Jun 13, 2018
The Press Council of India (PCI) will take a call on whether media can use the term ‘Dalit’, officials in the ministry of information and broadcasting said on Tuesday. The Bombay high court had last week asked the ministry to consider issuing a direction to the media to stop using the word ‘Dalit’.
“The PCI is the competent authority to take a call on the issue,” an official, requesting anonymity, said. …

Gujarat: Man uses ‘Sinh’ in name, forced to shave moustache

Jun 1, 2018
PALANPUR: In another glaring display of deep-rooted caste bias, a 23-year-old man was beaten up and forced to shave off his moustache by upper caste people in a village near Palanpur. The victim, Ranjit Thakor, invited the wrath of the upper caste members after he suffixed ‘Sinh’ with his name in the invitation cards of a religious ceremony scheduled on June 4. On Wednesday, police arrested one of the two persons named in the complaint lodged by Thakor. …

Honor Killing: Kerala Dalit Youth Abducted, Murdered By Wife’s Family, Just Days After Their Wedding

May 29, 2018
Honour killing is a reality in India, even in Kerala, that boasts of being the most educated state in the country. People have no fear of the law. They are ready to kill people from what they consider ‘lower castes’. And when it comes to inter-caste marriage, the matter gets even worse. …

Caste slur an offence if made in public: HC

Mar 31, 2018
MUMBAI: Casteist slurs have to be made in a public place for it to be an offence under the Atrocities Act, the Bombay high court said in an important ruling recently. In a repreive to government servant Sunil Madane, a Satara resident, a division bench of Justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Prakash Naik granted him interim protection from arrest. …

SC/ST Act being used for blackmail, says Supreme Court

March 20, 2018
The anti-atrocities law, which protects Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from casteist slurs and discrimination, has become an instrument to “blackmail” innocent citizens and public servants, the Supreme Court observed in a judgment on Tuesday.
Issuing a slew of guidelines to protect public servants and private employees from arbitrary arrests under the Atrocities Act, the court directed that public servants can only be arrested with the written permission of their appointing authority. In the case of private employees, the Senior Superintendent of Police concerned should allow it. …

The Dalit Women Who Made Their Voices Heard in 2017

On the threshold of 2018, The Wire revisits some uplifting moments from 2017. Here’s 2017: The Year in Hope.
It’s been a hard few thousand years to be Dalit and clearly, 2017 was no exception. But it was also a year in which Dalit men and women spun threads of hope everyone could cling to, except Dalit women shined especially bright. They shattered public myths of what Dalit women could do, look like or mean for the country as a whole. …

The Ugly Reality of Caste Violence and Discrimination in Urban India

Dec 12, 2017       
A mention of violence against Dalits on account of their caste readily bring forth images from rural or small-town India; depending on our vintage these could be from late 1970s’ horrific Belchi and Pipra massacres, or of the more recent public flogging of Dalits in Una, Gujarat. We would rarely imagine metropolitan cities, supposedly melting pots, as being sites of caste-based crimes, as the urban arena is expected to dissolve and obliterate caste distinctions. Caste is prima facie anonymous in urban India; urban (upper-caste) Indians would forcefully insist that caste is either dead or dying, as forces of urbanisation, globalisation and modernisation are sweeping away antiquated social distinctions, and fostering a climate of meritocracy, which recognises and rewards individual merit or ability on a level playing field. …

Kerala Opens Temple Doors To Dalit Priests, And Equality

October 10, 2017
Thiruvananthapuram:  In a landmark step, 36 non-Brahmins – six of them Dalits – have been appointed as priests in conservative Kerala. The appointments were made by the Kerala’s Travancore Devasom Recruitment Board, which is controlled by the state government – currently headed by CPM’s Prinarayi Vijayan.
Today, Yadhu Krishna, a Dalit, scripted history became the first to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the centuries-old Thiruvalla Manappuram Siva temple. …

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Dalits Swarm Social Media With Moustache Selfies in Gujarat in Novel Protest

A Dalit was lynched by the upper caste Patel community for watching people do the garba, the traditional Gujarati dance, on Saturday last week, while another was beaten up on Sunday in the Gandhinagar district by Rajputs for sporting a moustache.
October 2, 2017
Ahmedabad: Months before the Gujarat Assembly election, Dalits, a year after the Una incident, are once again up in arms against the government, alleging the atrocities against their community continue unabated. Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch is already planning a number of protests in the days to come.
A Dalit was lynched by the upper caste Patel community for watching people do the garba, the traditional Gujarati dance, on Saturday last week, while another was beaten up on Sunday in the Gandhinagar district by Rajputs for sporting a moustache. …

Dalit youth beaten up for sporting a moustache

Sep 29, 2017
AHMEDABAD: Merely 15km from the state capital, Gandhinagar, a dalit youth was beaten up by some upper caste people allegedly for sporting a moustache!
Three persons from the darbar community allegedly abused and assaulted Piyush Parmar (24), the youth from Limbodara village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar district, on September 25 because the members from the dominant community did not like the idea of a dalit youth sporting a moustache. …

Telangana: Dalits allege social boycott in Nizamabad, not allowed to celebrate Navratri or enter temple

The conflict started when some Dalits organised a dahi-handi event in the village as part of Krishnashtami celebration which allegedly irked upper caste families.
Hyderabad, September 25, 2017
While India got its second Dalit president in Ram Nath Kovind a few months ago, for villagers in Nizamabad district of Telangana, such news has failed to put an end to the caste discrimination they face.
Nearly 110 Dalit families in Bejjora village of Bheemgal Mandal in Nizamabad are facing alleged social boycott by village development committee (VDC) members. …

Dalit lawyer threatened by upper caste inmates in jail

Jan 2, 2017
AHMEDABAD: Navchetan Parmar, an accused in the murder of a police constable, during dalit protests post the Una flogging episode in July 2016, has alleged that some upper caste prisoners had threatened him to keep mum about atrocities, when he was lodged in Amreli jail. Parmar is one of the accused in the murder of Pankaj Amreliya, who was injured when a protest by dalits, on July 19, turned violent in Amreli. …

Dichotomisation of Caste and Class

Nov 11, 2016

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Denied water, tribal woman in UP digs her own well

Jul 13, 2016 
Lucknow: A tribal woman in Uttar Pradesh’s parched Bundelkhand has dug a well almost single-handedly for 40 families after her upper caste neighbours denied them access to a hand-pump.
“We are tribals and lived in Duddhi village. But we were not allowed to use the hand-pump by the upper caste residents. Arranging for a pot of drinking water was an everyday battle we had to face for the quest of survival,” said Kasturi. …

Crime rising against India’s lowest castes

Jul 06, 2016 
In the prosperous district of Kannur in one of India’s most prosperous states, Kerala, Eramangalathu Chitralekha, 39, was the first Dalit woman to drive an autorickshaw in 2005. Her new profession immediately angered the upper castes, who taunted her and threatened violence. One day, that year, her autorickshaw was set ablaze. In 2013, it was damaged beyond repair. The district collector gifted her a new autorickshaw in June 2014, but on March 4, 2016, it was destroyed again. …

Reservations don’t make access to resources easier for lower-caste students


Social stigma, lack of awareness, bureaucratic hurdles prevent students from making use of quotas
June 10, 2016
Students from backward castes and tribal communities are often disparaged for not being good enough and using the reservation system to gain admissions. A recent paper from the UN University World Institute for Development Economics Research shows students from these strata strive just as hard for seats in colleges and government jobs, but despite that face a social stigma. …

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Dalits can’t draw water from well here   

Apr 14, 2016 
Becharaji (Mehsana): On a sweltering afternoon, a dozen-odd women of Bechar village in Mehsana sit a few steps away from the well with their pots. …

Tamil Nadu: Dalit man hacked to death in full public view for marrying Thevar girl in Tirupur   

Mar 14, 2016
In yet another incident of caste violence in Tamil Nadu, a newly-wed couple was beaten up by goons in full public view in Udumalpet, Tirupur, on Sunday, after which the culprits then hacked the man to death. …


The women who refuse to do India’s dirtiest job  

March 01, 2016
Ranikumari Khokar is campaigning to end a caste-based practice that condemns women to cleaning human waste by hand
Every morning I would take a broom and tin plate to the homes of the upper caste thakurs to pick up their faeces. I would collect the waste in a cane basket and later throw it in a dumping ground outside the village.” …

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I was asked my caste at Dwarka temple: Kumari Selja

Dec 1, 2015
NEW DELHI: Congress MP Kumari Selja created a stir in Rajya Sabha on Monday by claiming that she was asked about her caste when she visited the Dwarka temple in Gujarat as a Cabinet minister. …

Rajasthan: Dalit student beaten for touching utensil in school

Oct 04, 2015
A 10-year-old Dalit student of a government school in Osian tehsil sustained minor injuries after his teacher allegedly thrashed him for touching utensil when the mid-day meal was being served inside the school premises, the police said on Saturday. …

‘Barbers refuse to cut hair of Dalits’   Thehindu.com
May 03, 2015
After the recent incident of Dalits being denied haircuts at salons at Panjiganahalli in Sira taluk, a similar case has surfaced in Kadagathur, Madhugiri taluk. …

Mention of caste-based abuse sans details can’t attract provisions of SC/ST Act: HC   

April 30, 2015
Mere mention of an allegation in the FIR that the complainant was referred to with caste-based remarks is not enough to take cognisance of the offence made under the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act (commonly known as the SC/ST Act), the Allahabad High Court has ruled. …

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