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Dalit boy killed for writing poem to upper caste girl

In a recent example of India’s horrific caste system, a 16-year-old Dalit school boy died after he was thrashed almost unconscious in front of other students by an upper caste teacher for writing a poem to an upper caste girl. He was also beaten by family members of the girl the next day, found semi-conscious and taken to hospital where he later died. Local leaders have sought an inquiry into the incident as the police appear to be siding with the upper caste girl’s family and the teacher. ->> MeriNews | Read the Full Story

The class ceiling

India’s 17 years of economic change have widened the gap between rich and poor. More than a quarter of the population lives below the official poverty line, subsisting on roughly $US1 ($1.04) a day; one in four city dwellers lives on less than 50 cents a day; and nearly half of all children are malnourished. ->> SMH | Read the Full Story

Uttar Pradesh is not Somalia – or is it?

Children do die from malnutrition in Uttar Pradesh. The latest was two-year-old Sahabuddin, who died May 31, 2008. He lived with his parents in Dhannipur village in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. His parents were too poor to feed Sahabuddin – he weighed only six kilograms when he died. This is Grade III malnutrition, a condition that the world hears of in places like Somalia.

Children of a lesser God

June 19: The largest number of child labourers in the country are from Uttar Pradesh despite anti-child labour schemes in place since the 1980s. And this is not an allegation by activists but the finding of a report released by the UP government ~ The State of Children in Uttar Pradesh. The Statesman | Read […]

60 Punjab schoolgirls accuse PT teacher of sexual assault

13 Mar 2008: Close on the heels of the Patan sex scandal where male teachers ganged raped a hapless girl while subjecting others to shameful treatment, around 50-60 students of Nehru Garden Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Jalandhar have written to the principal saying they were being “sexually exploited” by a sports coach. The […]

Untouchability unlimited

A recent study found that Dalit (Untouchable) children were often discouraged by teachers and fellow-students belonging to upper caste Hindu social groups. In many schools Dalit pupils were not allowed to share water with caste Hindus. If the teacher decided that the boy needed a beating as punishment, the task was assigned to another Dalit boy. Above all, the study found a systematic refusal of admission to Dalits in certain schools, particularly at the Plus Two level.