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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Dalit woman raped in Bhavnagar village



Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 09.01.13
 
Dalit woman raped in Bhavnagar village - The Times Of India
SC upset at delay in passing manual scavenging Bill - The Hindu
Microsoft to help SC-ST students get jobs - The Times Of India
 
The Times Of India
 
Dalit woman raped in Bhavnagar village
 
TNN | Jan 8, 2013, 11.13 PM IST

BHAVNAGAR: A 22-year-old dalit woman was allegedly raped in Hadadad village of Bhavnagar's Botad taluka on Tuesday.
 
The victim, who is married, told police in her statement that accused Mohan Koli raped her in the field where she had gone to answer nature's call. Koli also threatened to kill her if she disclosed anything to her house members.
 
Paliyad police station sub-inspector P K Brahmbhatt is investigating the case.
 
The Hindu
 
SC upset at delay in passing manual scavenging Bill
 
J. Venkatesan
 
The Hindu The judges were hearing an appeal by the Union of India against a June 2011 Madras High Court order that if the Centre failed to amend the law to prevent manual scavenging the court would be constrained to direct the personal appearance of any of the high dignitaries, be it, from the PMO Secretariat or other departments.
 
The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed serious concern at the inordinate delay in Parliament passing the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill. A Bench of Justices H.L. Datu and Ranjan Gogoi shared the concern of counsel Santosh Paul and counsel Meera Mathew, appearing for A. Narayanan, and told Attorney-General G.E. Vahanvati: "We are very much concerned about this issue."
 
The Bench said: "they [manual scavengers] are marginalised and Parliament needs to take adequate steps to pass the Bill. It had been over a year and half that the Additional Solicitor-General has been promising to do something. We need a proper reply."
 
Earlier, respondent counsel submitted that nearly 19 manual scavengers died in the course of their work in Tamil Nadu alone. Even after the filing of this appeal, three sessions of Parliament had gone — the winter session 2011, 2012 monsoon and winter sessions — however, the Bill was "just" pending. The AG said that "after the introduction of Bill, the Standing Committee of Social Justice and Empowerment had one hearing on November 1, 2012 and the next meeting is scheduled for January 11. The committee would expedite the proceedings." He assured the court that within three months he would also review the Bill and make adequate changes like widening the scope of definition of "Manual Scavenger."
 
Mr. Vahanvati submitted that unlike the Act of 1993, the new Bill would be under Entry 97 of the Constitution. Therefore, by the virtue of this new Bill, it would be mandatory for all States to abide by the provisions.
 
When respondent counsel submitted that those manual scavengers "who die before the passing of the Bill should be given some consideration as the new Bill has the provision of 'rehabilitation'," the Bench said "these matters would be dealt with after the passing of the Bill. First let the Bill be passed. Then we would look into the matters."
 
The Bench directed the mater to be listed after three months.
 
The judges were hearing an appeal by the Union of India against a June 2011 Madras High Court order that if the Centre failed to amend the law to prevent manual scavenging the court would be constrained to direct the personal appearance of any of the high dignitaries, be it, from the PMO Secretariat or other departments. On appeal by the Centre, the Supreme Court stayed the order and issued notice to respondent Mr. Narayanan of Virugambakkam, Chennai, on whose PIL the High Court issued the directions.
 
The Times Of India
 
Microsoft to help SC-ST students get jobs
 
By Ajanta Chakraborty, TNN | Jan 8, 2013, 11.52 AM IST
 
KOLKATA: Microsoft and Bournville College of London have been roped in to train Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students for job interviews.
 
The three-month course on 'Personal Development', comprising developing the overall personality of students, improving written and spoken English and providing the basic computer knowledge, is slated to start from December.
 
Ten blocks, including six, in Nadia and four in Bongaon, have been selected where the course will be offered in the beginning. Each batch will have 20 students. The department is yet to decide the number of batches for these two districts.
 
The course will be offered to the students free of cost. Students who have completed their graduation will be eligible for the course though the selection will be made by Microsoft and Bournville.
 
The department will spend Rs 9,940 per student for the course apart from providing Rs 250 to each student per month as travel allowance.
 
State Backward Classes Welfare minister Upen Biswas said 660 students have registered and will now go through a selection procedure. "As per the agreement, Microsoft and Bournville will not only train students to face interviews but also arrange placements for them," Biswas said.
 

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