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Saturday 25 February 2012

Woman ‘gangraped’ in Ludhiana, 7 booked - Indian Express

Woman 'gangraped' in Ludhiana, 7 booked - Indian Express

Notice to govt over SC/ST students' fee - The Times Of India

Raichur: 127 Families Get New Houses Donated by Karnataka Jesuits -
The Daiji World

Official, tahsildar in soup over fake caste documents - The Times Of India

SC panel visits D'nal poll violence victims - The Pioneer

Indian Express

Woman 'gangraped' in Ludhiana, 7 booked

Express news service : Ludhiana, Fri Feb 24 2012, 03:50 hrs

The Moga police has booked four youth for allegedly raping a
35-year-old Dalit in Ludhiana's Vishva-karma Nagar. Three women have
also been booked.

An FIR has bee registered under Sections 376, 34 and 109 of the IPC
against the accused, all of whom are absconding, said ASI Malook

The victim had alleged that on February 20, three women — Manjit Kaur,
Nanni and Manju — invited her to their residence to help solve a
dispute that she had with the four youth in question. She was offered
a cup of tea. After she had the tea, she lost consciousness.

The victim added that after regaining consciousness, she realised that
the four youth — Manna, Shaama, Roshan Singh and Kewal Singh — had
gangraped her.

The Times Of India

Notice to govt over SC/ST students' fee

Rosy Sequeira, TNN | Feb 24, 2012, 02.39AM IST

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday issued showcause notices for
contempt of court to the principal secretary of the social justice
department and school education department for not complying with its
order to reimburse fees of SC/ST and backward-class students.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Ranjit More
was hearing a PIL saying after the state stopped reimbursing fees in
2007, students had been harassed by schools.

On April 28, 2011, the HC ordered the reimbursement of fees to various
schools. On behalf of the schools, it was submitted that
non-reimbursement of fees was making it difficult for them. When the
assistant government pleader was asked about the reason behind the
non-reimbursement, the judges were told that the state had issued a GR
directing a monthly support of Rs 100-150 to below-poverty-line
students who study English-medium schools. The advocates for
petitioners and schools pointed out that the order did not cover the
fees for them. Concurring with them, the judges directed the issue of
showcause notices.

The Daiji World

Raichur: 127 Families Get New Houses Donated by Karnataka Jesuits

Fr Terence Farias

Raichur, Feb 24: A total of 127 newly-built houses for flood victims
of Manvi and Sindanoor taluks were inaugurated on Thursday February

These houses were built by The Centre for Non Formal and Continuing
Education (CNF&CE) an NGO run by the Jesuits of Karnataka, in Manvi,
Raichur district, for needy people irrespective of caste, creed, and

The Jesuits have been working in the remote corner of the district for
the past 10  years  and have been instrumental  in starting a CBSE
school  and a PU college for Dalits, where more than 1,500 students
from 65 villages are being educated.

Manvi MLA Hampayya Nayak, former MLA and KPCC secretary Bosraj,
former MLA and CADA president Basavan  Bagvat, former MLA Gangadar
Nayak, Pannur Mission superior Fr Terence Farias, Jagir Pannur parish
priest Fr Maxim, CNF&CE director Fr Eric Mathias, and civic
authorities were present.

Hampayya Nayak, speaking on the occasion, reiterated his appreciation
of the Jesuit Fathers' commitment to the cause of the poor and added
that they have shown to these people where God is really found. He
appreciated the commitment of Pannur Jesuits for setting aside their
CBSE school for Dalits, the untouchables, 'Deavadasi' children, and a
preferential option for the village girls.

Bosraj, the former MLA, was all praise for the quality of the new
houses built with great care and love. He appreciated the quality of
whatever is done for the poor.   He assured the Jesuits of his full
support in their ventures for the betterment of village people.

Basavan Bagvat reiterated these views. More than a thousand people
gathered for the programme from various villages.

Fr Farias welcomed the gathering and thanked all guests for the
support assured by them.

The well-planned and neatly-built houses were appreciated by all.
Children of the village staged various cultural programmes that were
appreciated by all.

The Jesuit Mission of Pannur, Karnataka, includes a health centre
effectively run by the St Joseph's of Tarbes Sisters of Mysore
Province, a school and a college, and extensive social work in about
75 villages. Considering the recent deaths of several little children
on account of malnutrition in Raichur district, a nutrition programme
for the children of 50 villages is being worked out.

The Times Of India

Official, tahsildar in soup over fake caste documents

TNN | Feb 24, 2012, 06.59AM IST

MYSORE: Dalits Backward and Minorities Coordination Forum president
Harihara Anandaswamy on Thursday demanded action against the Hunsur
assistant commissioner Lingamurthy and Hunsur tahsildar Lokanath for
allegedly providing Schedule Caste certificates to a non-dalit woman.

Anandaswamy alleged that K Bharathi, who is running a private school
in Hunsur, obtained Schedule Caste certificate by providing fake
documents. "She used the certificate to apply for a gas agency
licence. It was soon brought to the officials' notice, but they have
not taken any action," he claimed, adding that this gas agency license
is particularly reserved for SC candidates.Bharathi, a non-member of
Scheduled Caste, has also obtained fake residential address
certificate. The accused tahsildar and assistant commissioner have
allegedly helped her get the licence. The organization will protest
near deputy commissioner's office demanding action against them on
February 27.

The Pioneer

SC panel visits D'nal poll violence victims

National Commission-cum-Director of SC Dr Dibakar Basak, during his
visit to village Kamadhenukote in Sadar block on Tuesday, reviewed the
facilities and financial assistance provided by the district
administration so far to the victim SC families whose houses were
torched by a section of people over a dispute over the recent
panchayat polls held at Bhapur in Dhenkanal district.

District Collector Bishnu Prasad Panda appraised the Commissioner that
cooked foods were provided to the victims for 15 days.

According sources, Dr Basak advised the Collector to provide financial
assistance to the victim families for construction and repairs of
their houses and also to provide them jobs. Besides, the Commission
advised district SP Satis Kumar Ghajaviye for stringent action against
the miscreants.

.Arun Khote
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