Social Issues

NPRD Convention against Sexual Assault on Women with Disabilities

SEVERAL disability rights organisations, women’s organisations, survivors and legal experts sat together in a convention on November 25, against sexual assaults on girls and women with disabilities. Organised by the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) this was the first time a convention at the national level was being held to discuss and focus attention on issues and concerns of disabled women in the matter of sexual assaults.

More than 150 delegates from various states took part in the convention.

Aadhaar Verdict Disappointing: NPRD

THE National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD), in a statement issued on September 26, has expressed its severe disappointment at the verdict delivered by the Supreme Court in the Aadhaar related matters.

The majority judgment read out by Justice Sikri has held that Aadhaar is mandatory for availing facilities and entitlements under different government schemes. This would in effect mean that thousands of disabled persons would be continued to be denied pensions and benefits of other social security schemes.

ANDHRA PRADESH: Protest against Brutal Murder of Pranay

A CANDLE-LIGHT procession was held on September 19 under the aegis of KVPS and DHPS at Vijayawada near Tummalapalli Kala Kshetram near Gurram Joshua and Phule statues in protest against the brutal killing of Pranay at Miryalaguda in the state of Telangana. Various speakers from different organisations spoke on the incident condemning the brutal casteism practiced by the upper caste communities. A resolution was unanimously passed and it demanded the government to condemn this ghastly act and to introduce new legislations to prevent similar incidents.

DSMM Welcomes Verdict on Mirchpur Incident

THE Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM), in a statement issued on August 25, has welcomed the judgment of the Delhi High Court in the Mirchpur (Haryana) atrocity case. The judgment provides much delayed justice to those who have suffered killings, arson, social boycott and exile. The incident occurred in which a dalit community was attacked because a dog belonging to one of its members barked at a member of the Jat community when he was passing through the Balmiki basti at night.

Numbers Hold Mirrors

WHEN questioned about Maratha reservations, Nitin Gadkari, cabinet minister in the present union government and also former president of the BJP, posed a counter question: “Where are the jobs”? Before posing this question, he actually started it by saying: “But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen”. If the same words come out of our mouth’s, all of us would have been by now branded as ‘anti-nationals’ and what not. As the saying goes, the truth has come out of the ‘horse’s mouth’.

Reign of Terror on Dalits: DSMM Delegation Meets President

A DELEGATION of the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch comprising of Subhashini Ali (vice-president) and Nathu Prasad (joint secretary) met the president of India on June 27 and handed over a memorandum giving details of the reign of terror unleashed against dalits in many parts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan in the aftermath of April 2.  The governments are acting in a vindictive manner. While more than 10 dalits were killed during the bandh, no one responsible for their deaths including members of the Sangh Parivar who were photographed openly using firearms on the 2nd hav

DSMM Condemns Murder of Sachin Valiya

The DSMM strongly condemns the dastardly murder of Sachin Valiya, younger brother of Kamal Valiya the District President of Bhim Army, Saharanpur.  It is completely outrageous that this crime was committed exactly one year after the protest against the dalits of Shabbirpur village in the district by a section of Rajputs who were shouting slogans against Dr.


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