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July 31, 2016

Mammoth Dalit gathering in Ahmedabad to protest cow vigilante's terror in Gujarat, demand stern action on Una perpetrators

Thousands of Dalits poured on the streets of Ahmedabad against the flogging of youths by cow vigilantes.

It was a historic gathering, the size of crowd estimated from 50,000 to 1 lakh, by different sources.

The protesters came from all corners of the State and also other parts of the country.

they were carrying banners and posters, to rise against violence and for action against perpetrators of the Una attack.

A group of Dalit youths were brutally beaten up by cow vigilantes in Una, recently.

The photographs and the video of the incident had sent shock waves across the country. Apart from Dalits, leaders of backward communities, Muslims and other groups also expressed solidarity towards the victims.

On social media, Dalit groups mobilised others and tweeted with hashtags like #DalitLivesMatter, #DalitsnotCows and #DalitsnotMuslims to raise awareness about the attacks on Dalits and Muslims under the garb of cow protection.

TIH Bureau

July 30, 2016

RSS faces child trafficking accusation: Tribal girls taken away from parents in Assam, reveals Outlook magazine's investigation

In a sensational charge, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has faced accusation of 'baby snatching'.

News magazine Outlook has reported that Sangh Parivar women have taken away tribal girls from Assam.

The parents were told that the girls were being taken away for educating them but now they are not able to contact the kids.

Journalist Neha Dixit has reported that 30 girls in the age group 3-11 years were taken away by two women of Sangh parivar outfits Rashtra Sevika Samiti and Sewa Bharti on promise of education but they didn't come back.

The expose 'Beti Uthao' or Operation Babylift has been published in the latest issue of the magazine. It begins with the story of six-year-old Babita, a girl in Kokrajhar, who was also taken away in a similar manner.

The parents were cheated and now they have no clue about the whereabouts of the daughter. RSS is an extremist Hindu outfit headquartered in Nagpur. Its workers have been caught for terrorist acts too and their names figure in charge-sheets in cases of Saffron extremism.

RSS rubbishes the charges and claims that it is a social organisation, which doesn't keep track of workers. It says that it doesn't maintain a register and everyone is free to attend its events. The outfit hasn't responded to the expose as yet.

TIH Bureau

July 28, 2016

Cow Terror: Now cow vigilantes target Muslim women, thrash them at Mandsaur railway station in Madhya Pradesh

Cow vigilantes attacked two Muslim women in Madhya Pradesh.

The members of a right-wing group targeted these Muslim women at Mandsaur railway station.

Suspecting that the Muslim women were carrying beef, the cow vigilantes thrashed them publicly.

Though the police were present on the spot, there was no attempt to save the victims.

Instead, the local police officials remained mute spectators. The attackers went scot-free.

Later, the victims were taken to the police station and the victims were arrested. They were also booked for carrying meat and selling it 'illegally'. Though no case was registered against the cow vigilante group's members.

The meat was examined and it was found that it was not beef. The victims were carrying buffalo meat. However, the police have not taken any action against the cow vigilantes. The cow vigilantes included women workers of a local right-wing group.

BSP chief Mayawati raised the issue in Rajya Sabha and this led to a nationwide uproar. The incident has once again brought to fore the activities of the cow vigilantes but also the lawlessness in Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh

In MP, the issue rocked the Assembly too. The two women had come to Mandsaur by Agra-Ratlma train. They were kicked, beaten up and publicly humiliated before they were handed to police. The above photo is courtesy Dainik Bhaskar newspaper's website. The victims were produced before a magistrate and sent to jail.

TIH Bureau

July 23, 2016

Dalit protests in Gujarat, Maharashtra shake power corridors, media accused of ignoring Dalit gathering in Mumbai

The statewide protests in Gujarat over the attack on Dalit youths by Shiv Sena, have shaken political parties.

The BJP is worried as the protests in Gujarat and Maharashtra, have the potential to wreck its chances in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

While Dalits staged protests in towns across Gujarat, the huge gathering in Maharashtra to protest the demolition of Ambedkar Bhawan in Mumbai, has also sent a clear warning to BJP.

It was the BMC that had razed the historic building. More than 1 lakh persons gathered on the streets of Mumbai. Unlike UP, Maharashtra has never elected a Dalit party led government but the huge presence of Dalits in India's commercial capital, shook the BJP.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was forced to issue a strong statement. The fire of these protests have reached Nagpur too. The RSS that has an uneasy relationship with Dalits, Backwards and Tribals among Hindus, is yet to react.

Meanwhile, leading Dalit figures have accused media of ignoring the huge gatherings of Dalits. The Mumbai protest was not reported and TV channels also didn't report it. "It is clear that this is a Brahmin media, not a people's media", write a Bahujan activist.

The BJP is worried as UP elections would be crucial. It was this state which gave party the seats in Lok Sabha, which helped Narendra Modi form the government. If BJP fails to do well in UP, it will be disaster for Amit Shah.

TIH Bureau

July 19, 2016

Dalits' statewide protests in Gujarat, refuse to pick dead cows, demand action against cow vigilate group for torturing youths

In a major protest, Dalits in Gujarat refused to pick up carcasses of cows after the cow vigilante group assaulted Dalits.

Dalit groups took to streets, organised protests and abandoned carcasses of cows at the government offices in different parts of the State.

They have been demanding stern action against all the members of the cow vigilante group who tortured the Dalits.

The Dalit youths who were skinning dead cow, were brutally beaten up by the cow vigilantes in Una in Gir Somnath district recently.

The Dalit youths were stripped, tied and beaten up with rods. The victims were flogged publicly. After the incident came to fore, there have been mass protests but it took many days for government to respond. Now a police inspector has been suspended.

Dalit castes have historically disposed of dead animals though other caste groups refuse to touch the carcasses. After the incident, Dalits threatened to refuse picking up dead animals all over Gujarat.

They have said that Upper Caste groups who venerate cow and which back vigilante groups should dispose of the carcasses. Dalits abandoned carcasses of bovines at the Collector's office in Surendra Nagar district.

Similarly, in other government offices the carcasses were abandoned and left unattended. The Gujarat government has now ordered a CID inquiry into the brutal attack on Dalit youths and the torture that was inflicted on them.

TIH Bureau

July 18, 2016

"TV Channels want to set Kashmir valley on fire just for the sake of TRP", says IAS topper blaming Times Now, ZEE News in FB post

TV channels want to set Kashmir valley on fire just for the sake of TRP.

IAS topper from Jammu and Kashmir, Shah Faesal's has made the serious charge.

It is rare for government officials to take such a stand, as civil services conduct rules stops them from making public comments.

No wonder, the civil servant's outburst speaks volumes about the feeling in the valley regarding the TV channels and gives an idea about how the ordinary person on the street may feel about the coverage.

The post talks about one of his colleague's comment too. It blames Times Now, Zee News, Aaj Tak and News X channels for their allegedly biased coverage and for not showing the reality of Kashmir on television.

"By juxtaposing my photos with the images of a slain militant commander, a section of national media has once again fallen back upon its conventional savagery that cashes on falsehoods, divides people and creates more hatred", he writes in the post.

Faesal's remarks are important as they put a question mark on the role of Times Now and Zee News channels that sound war cries on Kashmir, a sensitive state, where tensions have been rising lately after Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter.

TIH Bureau

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