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Flaunting noble intentions, nurturing caste privilege – Part 2

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Asha Kowtal In August 2013, Kaafi, our sister from Jind Haryana was on her way to write her final exams and qualify to be a teacher. She was kidnapped, raped and murdered. Her dream to be a teacher and her aspirations to contribute to her family, her community and to this nation were shattered.   …

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State’s Apathy towards Caste Based Violence

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  Jyotsna Siddharth The grisly incident that took place a couple of months ago in Jind, Haryana is a stark reminder of the State’s antipathy towards Dalits, which continue to downplay their concerns, many years after the Prevention of Atrocity Act came into being. It bring us back to the debate as to what sort …

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First Day at the ‘National Tribunal – Violence Against Dalit Women in India’

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The National Tribunal – Violence against Dalit Women in India (on 30th September and 1st October, 2013, at the Constitution Club in New Delhi) was conceived in the hope that it would be ‘one small step in the long and arduous journey of Dalit women for reclaiming their rights‘. Asha Kowtal very succinctly expressed the …

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Take the law to Jind – Declare Haryana as atrocity prone area

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  Committed women activists and Dalit human rights defenders gathered in front of Haryana Bhavan today to protest against the silence of the Haryana Government regarding the cases of rape and murder of Dalit girls. They demanded that the investigation report of the alleged rape and murder of 20 year old Dalit girl in Jind …

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Jind Protest at Haryana Bhavan on September 18

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  Protest at Haryana Bhavan on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013, at 2 pm Asha Kowtal Community protests at Jind, followed by petitions and meetings with concerned officers and ministers, Fact finding investigation, media coverage, Mashaal rally at Jantar mantar and several other actions – the result is that even after 23 days of the rape …

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The nation doesn’t want to know what happened to the Dalit girl in Jind

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  Round Table India talks to Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of the All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) which has been playing an active part in the people’s movement seeking justice for the 20 year old Dalit girl who was brutally raped and murdered in Jind, Haryana, on 24th August, 2013 on the progress …

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Fact Finding Report on the Alleged Rape and Murder of Dalit girl in Jind

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  Report of the Fact Finding Investigation conducted to ascertain facts in the case of alleged rape and murder of Dalit girl in Jind district of Haryana Background to the Formation of the Fact Finding Team On 24th August, a 20 year old Dalit girl was brutally raped and murdered in Jind, Haryana, while she …

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From Jind to Delhi via Rohtak: The tortuous path to justice

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  Sanghapali Aruna Kornana (A report on the events and protests that followed the tragic death of the 20 year old Dalit girl in Jind, Haryana, on 24th August, 2013)  What happened? The country witnessed another horrific yet beautifully manipulated story of a young woman who was raped and murdered. The mutilated body of a …

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Mashaal Rally: Protest against apathy in probe of rape & murder of Dalit girl in Haryana

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  Mashaal Rally : Protest against the gross apathy and nelgigence in the investigation of rape and murder of Dalit girl in Haryana at 6.00 pm on Saturday, 31st August, 2013 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi   The 20 year old girl was found dead under very mysterious circumstances on the morning of Aug. 25th. From …