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26 days ago
Pregnant Dalit woman beaten up in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Sep 25 (IANS) A pregnant Dalit woman was attacked by some upper caste people who barged into their home after her family refused to clear animal carcasses from fields in Gujarat's Banaskantha district, police said Saturday. All six accused have been arrested. The incident was reported from Mota Karja village in Amirgadh taluka in which Nileshbhai Dhunabhai Ranavasia and his fa...

2 months ago
Dalit woman in MP sees 'conspiracy' to remove her as Sarpanch

Damoh (Madhya Pradesh), Aug 12 (IANS) A Dalit woman here has accused Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Jayant Mallya of engaging in a conspiracy to have her removed as Sarpanch of Bandakpur village panchayat in Damoh district. Poona Bai said she has been removed because Mallya does not want her to hoist the national flag at the Panchayat Bhavan on August 15, the Independence Day. S...

3 months ago
UP Police lodge FIR against BJP leader for Mayawati remark

Lucknow, July 20 (IANS) A case was registered against BJP leader Dayashankar Singh late on Wednesday night for his abusive statement against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, police said. The case was registered at the Hazratganj police station by Mewa Lal Gautam who said the now-sacked BJP state Vice-President's statement had violated the honour of a Dalit woman and tried to fom...

3 months ago
Murdered Dalit woman's mother gets newly built home

Perumbavoor (Kerala) July 9 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday handed over the keys of a newly constructed house here in Ernakulam district to the mother of young Dalit woman Jisha who was found dead on April 28. The 600 sq.ft. home, named 'Jisha Bhavan,' has been built at a cost of Rs 11 lakh with the help of the state government. Rajeshwari, Jisha's mothe...

3 months ago
Why crime is rising against India's lowest castes and tribes

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 h...

3 months ago
Kerala Police try to recreate murder scene in Jisha case

Aluva (Kerala), June 28 (IANS) Police on Tuesday took Assam native Ameerul Islam to law student Jisha's home in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district of Kerala to recreate the murder scene. The 27-year-old Dalit woman was found dead on April 28 at her home by her mother Rajeshwari, a casual labourer. Her body bore injuries that led to suspicion that she was raped before her murder. ...

4 months ago
Will take legal action against two CPI-M leaders: Kerala woman

Kannur (Kerala), June 20 (IANS) A Dalit woman Anjana who, along with her elder sister, was arrested on charge of trespassing a CPI-M office in Thalaserry on Monday said she will take legal action against two Left leaders for portraying her in a poor light during a TV debate. Anjana alleged she was assailed by CPI-M's Kannur district Vice-President T.P. Divya and Thalassery CPI-M legislat...

4 months ago
Assamese man nabbed in murder of Kerala Dalit woman

Kochi/Aluva (Kerala), June 16 (IANS) A 23-year-old Assamese man has been arrested in the rape-murder of a Dalit woman law student in Kerala that grabbed national headlines for the sheer brutality of the April 28 crime and became a hot political issue during the state assembly elections. The Assamese man, identified as Amiyur ul Islam, was picked up from Tamil Nadu near the Palakkad borde...

4 months ago
Jisha murder case: Police pin down Assamese youth as murderer

Kochi/Aluva (Kerala), June 16 (IANS) Signalling a breakthrough in the Jisha murder case, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on Thursday that the suspect -- an Assamese youth -- in the murder of the woman law student is in police custody while police said some forensic and other evidence have shown his involvement. The prime accused in the crime, according to police, is 23-y...

4 months ago
Jisha murder case: Kerala Chief Minister hints at breakthrough

Kochi, June 16 (IANS) Kerala Police has the suspect in the murder of law student Jisha in its custody, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Thursday, suggesting a major breakthrough. This is certainly going to be a feather in the cap of the police probe team, Vijayan told reporters about the investigation into what appeared to be a case of rape and brutal murder of the 27-year-ol...

4 months ago
I have no opinion on triple talaq: Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday said she has formed no opinion on triple talaq as yet and would rather wait for consensus to emerge on the issue. I have no opinion on triple talaq nor should I have till a political consensus is reached on the issue. The law ministry should decide on it, she told reporters here. The is...

5 months ago
Probe in Kerala rape case being influenced: NCW panel

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) A panel of the National Commission for Women (NCW) that visited Kerala to investigate the alleged rape and murder of Dalit woman Jisha has said the police are functioning under undue influence and the probe may not be fair due to electoral considerations. The report also said that before the gruesome incident, the woman, her mother and sister were allegedly haras...

5 months ago
12 people held for Dalit woman's murder in Kerala

Perambavoor (Kerala) May 6 (IANS) The police has so far arrested about a dozen people in connection with the murder last week of Dalit law student Jisha here in Ernakulam district, a case that has become a cause célèbre in the noisy election season in the state. The latest two suspects to be nabbed includes a neighbour of the victim's family, a police official said on Friday. A...

5 months ago
Amit Shah visits Dalit woman's family in Kerala, BJP forms panel

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday set up a three-member committee to look into incidents of atrocities against Dalit women in election-bound Kerala, and also visited Perumbavoor to meet the family members of a 30-year-old Dalit woman who was raped and brutally murdered. Shah also attacked Congress government in Kerala over the law and order situation. Th...

5 months ago
VIPs visit murdered Dalit woman's mother, probe continues

Perumbavoor (Kerala), May 5 (IANS) A stream of high-profile people are visiting a hospital here in Ernakulam district to meet the mother of a poor Dalit woman whose brutal murder has shocked not just Kerala but the rest of the country. Jisha, a 27-year-old law student, was found murdered on April 28 near a canal here by her labourer-mother. The body was badly mutilated. There we...

5 months ago
38 wounds on murdered woman's body, police profile suspect

Perumbavoor (Kerala), May 4 (IANS) A poor Dalit woman whose brutal murder has shocked Kerala had 38 wounds on her body, her autopsy revealed, as police said on Wednesday their probe was on the right track. The report by the Alappuzha Medical College also said that further tests will have to be done to confirm that Jisha, 27, was sexually abused before being murdered. But almost e...

6 months ago
Almost month after Dalit woman's rape, accused surrenders

Chandigarh, April 23 (IANS) Almost a month after a young Dalit woman was dragged out of her office and later allegedly raped in Punjab's Muktsar district, the main accused, Jagdeep Singh, has surrendered, police said on Saturday. A court in Muktsar sent the accused to three days police custody. The victim, in her early 20s and working in a private computer centre, was dragged out...

9 months ago
'Chauranga': Message lost in transit

Film: Chauranga; Cast: Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anshuman Jha, Soham Maitra, Dhritiman Chatterjee and Riddhi Sen; Directed by: Bikas Ranjan Mishra; Ratings: ** Chauranga is the story of young Dalit boy Santu and his aspirations to become educated and improve his life. Instead, he only gets to look after a pig all day, because of the rigid caste system prevalent in his village.<...

1 year ago
Bihar priest beaten for pushing Dalit woman out of temple

Patna, Oct 18 (IANS) A priest was beaten up by a group of men after he pushed a Dalit woman and forcibly stopped her from offering prayers at a temple in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, police said on Sunday. Rishikesh Jha, the priest of the Sankatmochan Hanuman Baba Anandeshwar Mahadev Mandir in Muzaffarpur, about 70 km from here, pushed her out of the temple, police said. The pr...

1 year ago
Mumbai mayor compares Modi with Hitler

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Mumbai Mayor and Shiv Sena leader Snehal Ambekar has compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the late German dictator Adolf Hitler. In an interview with the Afternoon Despatch & Courier, 43-year-old Ambekar also fancied herself akin to a chief minister and desired a red-beacon vehicle which bestows status on the position she occupies. In the intervie...

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