Do not protest hooliganism, it may invoke SC/ST Atrocities Act !

Read these two news:

Andhra Jyoti editor held on SC body complaint
25 Jun 2008,
HYDERABAD: The stand-off between the Telugu daily Andhra Jyoti and Madiga Reservation Samithi (MRPS) escalated on Tuesday night with the police swooping on the premises of the newspaper office at Jubilee Hills and arresting its editor and two journalists under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. But it was not before an hour that the police could take out the arrested journalists, with a cordon of pressmen from the newspaper and other sections of the press encircling the cops.

The arrest follows a complaint lodged by MRPS president Krishna Madiga with the Jubilee Hills police station on May 28 alleging that the newspaper staff had abused him by caste when they took out a rally the previous day. The Andhra Jyoti journalists had taken out the rally after MRPS activists attacked the newspaper office and vandalised it in protest against an article that it had printed on May 26. The police subsequently registered a case under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against Andhra Jyoti MD V Radhakrishna and editor K Srinivas.

Almost a month later, around 7 pm on Tuesday, a contingent of police led by Banjara Hills ACP V Ramakrishnaiah and Jubilee Hills inspector B Limba Reddy descended on the newspaper’s office with the intention of arresting the accused. A standoff resulted with managing director Radhakrishna and editor Srinivas insisting that the journalists could not be arrested while they were discharging their duties of bringing out the next day’s newspaper.

In the meantime, journalists union leaders including K Srinivas Reddy and Allam Narayana as well as TDP leader P Keshav rushed to the office even as the staff of the newspaper rallied and raised slogans against chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. In the midst of the standoff, Radhakrishna described the police action as abuse of the SC/ST Act and abuse of power by the chief minister. Andhra Jyoti has been highly critical of the policies of the YS Rajasekhara Reddy government and the chief minister has many times named the paper publically alleging that it has been carrying out a tirade against him. In this light many are seeing the police action as an attack on the freedom of the press though ostensibly to book a violation of the SC/ST Atrocities Act. They also pointed out that the arrests were almost on the 33th anniversary of the emergency in 1975.

After two-and-a-half hours of haggling, finally, around 9.32 pm, the police arrested editor Srinivas, staff reporter N Vamsi Krishna and contributor N Srinivas under Section 3 (1) (10) of the SC/ST Act which relates to an action that amounts to insulting a person from the SC community. The charge against the last two was that they had burnt the effigy of Krishna Madiga and slapped it with chappals during the rally on May 27.

DCP West Zone C Ravi Verma told TOI that Andhra Jyoti MD Radhakrishna was insisting that he too be arrested as he was the head of the organization. ¶However, according to ACP Ramakrishnaiah, the investigating officer in the case, there is no evidence against the MD. These three were arrested after clinching evidence was found against them,¶ he said.

The DCP said the arrested would be produced before third additional metropolitan magistrate on Tuesday night itself, and refused to disclose as to where the three would be taken after the arrest. Finally, at 10.22 pm, a full hour after the arrests were effected, the police managed to whisk away the accused from the newspaper premises after breaking through the cordon of staff protesters. The Jyoti staff then went on a procession to the Jubilee Hills police station in protest against the arrests.

Krishna Madiga’s complaint was that the article which the newspaper published on May 26 was derogatory and written with an intention to damage his public image. The same day, about 50 MRPS activists had ransacked the Jubilee Hills office and damaged two cars as well. The activists also attacked an office of the newspaper at Dilsukhnagar a couple of days later.

The police questioned three persons for the Jubilee Hills newspaper office attack but no arrests were made. A day after the attack on the newspaper office, nearly 200 journalists took out a protest rally.


IIT-Delhi sacks 12 SC/ST students, under probe
Shreya Dhoundial / CNN-IBN
 Jun 14, 2008
New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, (IIT-Delhi) may be heading for a messy quota controversy.
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has sought an explanation from the director of the institute after 12 undergraduate SC/ST students were asked to leave because of poor performance.
The 12 students have told the commission they were discriminated against and instead of being given special coaching they were asked to attend extra curricular activities.
A student has alleged that a professor at the institute told him said he wasn’t doing well in his studies because he was from the SC/ST category.
“We will investigate the students’ allegations and then make a decision,¶ said Buta Singh, chairperson of the SC/ST Commission.
The institute’s deputy director, Prof Bijendra Jain, rejected the allegations and insisted that the students were asked to leave solely because of their poor performance.
“If certain students cannot perform then we cannot have them,¶ said Jain. “The commission has the authority to seek an explanation from IIT-Delhi why so many SC/ST students have been asked to leave.
Interestingly, the institute has never asked so many students to leave because of poor performance. “Unfortunately, this year the number of students who have been asked to leave because of poor performance is little to large. Generally, the number is five to eight but the total number of students who have been asked to leave is around 20. It is unfortunate that 12 of those 20 students belong to the SC/ST,¶ said Jain.
Jain said IIT-Delhi does its best to help all students in their studies. “Before they enter IIT-Delhi, SC/ST students receive coaching in Physics, Chemistry and Maths. At the end of every semester and sometimes in the middle of semesters we monitor the progress of all students.¶
The institute had in fact lowered the benchmark for SC/ST students. The 12 students who complain of harassment refused to speak on camera but said they and the 500 other SC/ST students of IIT-Delhi would be forced to take to the streets if the commission fails to help them.

From YFE:

One common feature of both the news is glaring: Cover up your misdeeds under the name of SC atrocities and discrimination.
Are non-SC hooligans and Sc hooligans are  different ?  Should the law deal with them differently ?
The answer of the presents political class is  ‘YES’ !In  the former, punishment is justice . In the later, it is discrimination, and if you protest against it, you are behind the bars!
If the students perform badly, should they be rewarded differently ?
The answer is again  ‘Yes¶.
While the constitutional machinery and the media have all the sympathy for the sacked  SC students, has it been realized that what is the  real cause of sacking? Is it different from that in case of sacked non-reserve students? Did anybody thought about the integrity and hard work of IIT faculty who have evaluated these students over a protracted period through a series of objective tests? Do the faculty of IIT has any right as examiners and teachers ? When a student clears the IIT successfully, he/she shares all the prestige of IIT, but when he/she fails, it becomes a case of discrimination.
There is no protection of the fundamental rights of the non-reserve category. Number of false cases under Atrocity Act are increasing. There is no legal safeguard to non-reserve citizens. The Atrocity Act and other anti-discriminatory provisions have become very very discriminatory. It is dangerous!


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