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Dalits Christians threaten to abandon Congress if " reservations" denied

Dalits Christians threaten to abandon Congress
New Delhi- July 21, 2010
Christian and Minority leaders say their people plan to vote against the ruling Congress party in the coming elections if their demand for quota benefits to dalits goes unmet.


Nine acquitted in Kandhamal(Tikabali village) riot case

Phulbani:(Orissa) A Fast Track court here on acquitted nine persons in a case relating to communal riots in Kandhamal in 2008.

Additional Sessions Judge of the fast track court-II, Chittaranjan Das acquitted the nine persons, who had been arrested in Tikabali area for various offences including arson, due to lack of evidence.


Protesting Dalits in Karnataka smear themselves with human excreta

Savanur (Haveri dist), July 20, (Karnataka)

What can be said of a system that forces a community to inflict upon themselves the lowest form of humiliation, just so they are allowed to live in their own homes?

A basic right, taken for granted with no second thoughts for many, is a struggle for the Bhangi community in Savanur. The community members went as far as pouring human excreta over themselves, so that their voices are heard and as a sign of protest against those trying to evict them from their homes.