Social Issues

Memo Submitted to NCW on Disabled Women’s Issues

THERE has been a manifold increase in the number of reported cases of sexual assaults against girls and women with disabilities. Considered as soft targets, disabled girls and women are more vulnerable to sexual assaults. While specific provisions are contained in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act as well as the amendments to the criminal laws post Verma Committee with regard to disabled girls and women, it is a matter of grave concern that provisions contained therein are not implemented at all or are not implemented in full.

Dalit Parliament Demands Special Session of Parliament

THE Dalit Parliament (public meeting) organised by the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch on September 20 at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi  demanded the Government of India to enact laws  providing reservations for dalits in the private sector, providing statutory status to the SC/ST Sub-Plan, to pass the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Bill 2015 in the winter session of parliament, to launch a special mission to eradicate untouchability and organise a nationwide special propaganda campaign against social oppression and caste discrimination.

Narayana Guru: An Icon of Humanity

HE is an icon of humanity not an Ezhava idol.

It is rather unfortunate that we are living in an age when the lights kindled by the renaissance movements are sought to be extinguished by the revivalist forces of various hues all over the country. What is more shocking is that the movements which once heralded the dawn of a new era of scientific temper, logical thoughts and rational outlook themselves deteriorate in standards and stoop to the level of becoming instruments in the hands of fundamentalist forces bent on balkanising society.

Movement for Special Session of Parliament on Dalit Issues

THE 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar is being celebrated throughout this year. The Modi-led NDA government, even as it garlands the statues of Ambedkar, is fully engaged in negating the ideals of Babasaheb. The conditions of SC, ST and BCs have worsened with the onset of no-liberal economic policies. They lag far behind in terms of human development indicators when compared with national averages. Problems faced by dalits are kept pending for many years. Dwelling places of dalits and tribals are still undeveloped.

Moral Policing by Sangh Goons Keeps Coastal Karnataka on Edge

AN 'invisible' government is ruling the coastal Karnataka. The 'visible' government is at their beck and call.  The flag-bearers of this 'invisible' government or Hindutva vanguard decide with whom a girl from their community may or may not associate. They have absolute authority to punish any Muslim boy seen in public with a Hindu girl. In such cases, the Muslim boy is assaulted and humiliated in any way they please. The Hindu girl, too, is insulted, manhandled and threatened, all in order to protect her ‘honour’.

Kerala: Dalits Jatha from Kasaragode to Thiruvananthapuram Demands Reservation in Private Sector

HUNDREDS of Dalits from across Kerala participated in a 25-day long jatha from Kasaragode in the state’s north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south, under the banner of Pattikajathi Kshema Samithi (PKS). The march to the state secretariat started from the northernmost district of Kasargode on July 26 and reached Venganoor in Thiruvananthapuram on August 16. On August 18, more than one lakh PKS activists participated in the ‘Secretariat March’, which was inaugurated by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Prakash Karat.

Struggle against Caste Oppression: Two Recent Incidents in Karnataka

THE mind numbing atrocities perpetrated on dalits in different parts of India have been continuing unabated. The main reason for this is the stranglehold of wealthy `high castes’ of our society in rural and urban areas. The protection they get from the ruling classes and the administration is another important factor. The failure of the redressal mechanism is a very crucial reason in the emboldening of the upper caste mafia.

KARNATAKA: Dalit Witness Found Dead

IN the early hours of July 10, the dead body of Dodda Veeresh Gudisali was found by the side of a railway track at the outskirts of Koppala, Karnataka. He was a dalit from Marakumbi village of Gangavathi taluk. He was an important witness in the case pertaining to the incident of atrocity on dalits that occurred at Marakumbi, a year ago. He was about 45. He has left behind him his wife and two sons. A death note is said to have been recovered which suggests that he committed suicide.

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