Punjab: Scheduled Castes women face untouchability, segregation in Teej celebration
In yet another caste based discrimination case, in Maluka village of Punjab, Scheduled Castes women went to participate in Teej Festival where separate food arrangement was exclusively done for them.
Sukhdeep Kaur, a scheduled caste woman from the same village went to one of the food counters for food and her plate was snatched by another woman, Kuldeep Kaur. Kuldeep asked Sukhdeep to serve herself from the counter that was arranged for women from scheduled castes.
Teej is a festival in Punjab where women gather, dance and celebrate among themselves.
Similar incident happened with two other scheduled castes women Manpreet Kaur and Sandeep Kaur. The host Raghbir Singh even made an announcement from the stage saying that separate arrangements are done for guests from scheduled castes. Disgusted with this, Sukhdeep kaur filed a police complaint.
“According to the initial investigations, discrimination was done as different eating arrangements were made and dalits were stopped from eating at a place earmarked for upper castes. A case has been registered at Dialpura Police Station under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) and Section 3 of the SC/ST Act against Raghbir Singh, Jagsir Singh, Swarna, Lakha Singh and Kuldeep Kaur of Maluka village,” said Bhagta police post in charge Sub-Inspector Ganeshwar Kumar.
Indore: 7 members of Scheduled Caste community injured in an Attack Over Land dispute, one died at hospital.
A family belonging to the Scheduled Caste was brutally attacked by members of an upper-caste community over a disputed farmland in Kalva village of Gautampura, Indore on Friday night. Sadly, the attack led to the death of a 60-year-old man, Mayaram Singh, while seven others sustained injuries.
As per the report by TOI, DIG Chandrashekhar Solanki stated that the injured victims were identified as Shantilal (40), Meherban (35), Sanju Bai (40), Sangeeta (35), Hukum (55), and Ramesh (62). The group had gone to their farmland when a group of men, including Babu Rajput, Tufan, Pawan, Nagu, and Jitendra, arrived there and started a quarrel with them. The situation worsened when over two dozen more men arrived at the scene and attacked the family members.
All the injured were immediately taken to the MY hospital for treatment, where Mayaram Singh passed away due to his injuries on Friday night. The family members claimed that Babu Singh had illegally encroached on Mayaram’s land.
Following the incident, a relative of the victims, Lakhan Solanki, informed the police about the incident, and a case of rioting was registered against the accused on Thursday. After the death of Mayaram Singh, sections of murder were added to the case.
The incident highlights the age-old problem of land ownership disputes and caste-based violence that still prevails in India. Shockingly, the recent 2011 census shows that 71% of the scheduled caste population in the farming sector does not own land and instead works as bonded labor on dominant castes’ farms.
Former IPS Officer and BSP Leader RS Praveen Kumar Ends Fast-Unto-Death Protest Following TSPSC Exam Cancellation
RS Praveen Kumar, former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader who had announced a fast-unto-death protest over the recent TSPSC paper leak case, has ended his hunger strike after the Telangana government decided to cancel all the leaked exams.
In a tweet, RS Praveen Kumar said, “Telangana has won over corrupt TSPSC today. I ended my ‘Fast Unto Death’ following the decision to cancel all the leaked exams. But #BSP will continue to fight till all the real culprits in TSPSC are arrested and the inefficient chairman is removed from the post.” RS Praveen Kumar had been leading a campaign against the TSPSC paper leak and had demanded a thorough investigation into the matter. He had also alleged that the paper leak was a part of a larger nexus involving politicians, bureaucrats, and businessmen.
He had accused the state government of not taking adequate measures to prevent such incidents in the future. The TSPSC examination is conducted for the recruitment of various government posts in the state, and the paper leak case has caused widespread outrage and anger among the people. Several political leaders and activists had demanded a thorough investigation into the matter and action against the culprits.
The state government had formed a special investigation team to look into the matter, and several arrests had already been made. However, many activists and leaders had criticized the government’s response and demanded stronger action. While the decision to cancel the exams has been welcomed by many, RS Praveen Kumar and the BSP party have demanded that the government take stronger action against the culprits and ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future. They have also called for the removal of the TSPSC chairman and for a thorough investigation into the matter. The BSP party has called for a statewide protest against the TSPSC paper leak and demanded justice for the candidates who had been affected by the incident.
Pune: 4 people died while cleaning sewers, Exposes Deep-Rooted Caste Discrimination in India
Four individuals lost their lives due to suffocation inside a drainage chamber in Baramati tehsil in Pune district of Maharashtra, India on March 15, 2023. The deceased included Praveen Atole, who had entered the chamber to clean a motor pipe clogged with cattle dung and urine. While working, he lost consciousness and his father went in to save him, but also collapsed. Two more people then entered the chamber and also suffocated.
This tragic incident highlights the prevalence of manual scavenging in India and the deep-rooted issue of caste discrimination. Manual scavenging is often performed by members of the Scheduled caste community, despite being prohibited by law in India since 1993.
According to the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, an estimated 2.5 million people still engage in manual scavenging in India. Many individuals are forced to take on this dangerous profession due to their caste status, poverty, lack of education, and skills.
The deaths of these four individuals in Baramati serve as a stark reminder of the hazards faced by manual scavengers on a daily basis.