//18 houses of Dalits torched

18 houses of Dalits torched

19 Dec, 2006 TIMES NEWS NETWORK

KISHANGANJ: Tension is palpable in village Shahpur under Himmatnagar panchayat under Kochadhaman police station after 18 houses belonging to the Musahar community were torched on Sunday night following a dispute over the right to fish in a government pond.

According to reports, there was a verbal duel over fishing in 3.55 acre government land between the two groups of the same community. The houses, however, were burnt by some unidentified persons, sources said.

Kishanganj SP Sunil Kumar Sinha, while talking to TOI on Monday, said the DSP has already been sent to the

village and he will submit the inquiry report soon. He, however, said that a group of persons had lodged an FIR with the Kochadhaman police station, alleging forcible fishing by some members of Musahar community of the same village, but any FIR on burnt houses had not been lodged.

The affected families have, however, been rendered necessary succour and help by the BDO. No arrest has been made in this connection so far.

NACDOR delegates meet PM over ‘atrocities’ on Dalits
Express News Service, 18 Dec 2006

Chandigarh, December 17: THE National Conference of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR) has expressed concern over the rising atrocities on the Dalits in the country and the fact that they have failed to make the expected progress despite the government’s efforts.

A delegation of NACDOR led by Ashok Bharti and Karamvir Singh, president of the Confederation of SC/ST and BC Organisations, Haryana, submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh urging him to lay emphasis on the empowerment of Dalits.

Talking to The Indian Express here today, Karamvir Singh said the Haryana government had not been able to fill the job backlog for the Dalits. The 85th Constitutional Amendment prescribing accelerated promotion for Dalit government employees too was not being properly implemented in the state, he charged. While Haryana should have been offering 27 per cent reservation in government jobs to the Backward Classes it was offering only 10 per cent employment to them now, he said.

“Call it political ill-will or the authorities’ negative attitude against Dalits, they continue to be a neglected lot. The Prime Minister is the only person who can do justice to the Dalits,'' said Ashok Bharti, national convener of NACDOR.

Terming the atrocities against Dalits and the recent incidents of desecrating the statute of late Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar as matters of national shame, Bharti lambasted the National Human Rights Organisation and the National Commission for Women for failing to take up the issues related to Dalits in the country. Bharti also rued the attitude of the judiciary in dealing with the cases or incidents related to Dalits.

Karamvir Singh also demanded a ban on the caste-based Khap Panchayats in Haryana. Laws should be framed to check such Panchayats, he said