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Dalit student moves court against IIT PDF Print E-mail
Dalits&Tribals

New Delhi, Feb. 17: A Dalit student of chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, has approached the Supreme Court accusing the IIT of victimising him for leading a protest against caste bias at the institute.

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Iftikhar Gilani's "My Days in Prison" wins Sahitya Akademi Award PDF Print E-mail
Press

My Days in Prison by Ifthikhar GilaniNew Delhi, Feb 17: The Executive Board of Sahitiya Akademi which met at Rabindra Bhawan on Monday under President Sunial Gangopadhyay approved 16 books for the Sahitya Akademi translation Prize 2008 including "Tihar Kay Shab-o-Roz translation of Iftikhar Gilani's memoir "My Days in Prison" (English).

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India's deaths in custody reach 1,500 a year PDF Print E-mail
Prison

The recent death in custody of a man from a remote village in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has sparked suspicion among human rights groups. It's been estimated that each year, more than 1,500 Indian prisoners die within less than a day of being arrested.

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People have little faith in the police, shows MIT survey PDF Print E-mail
StateViolations

Jaipur: An intensive three-year survey on the Rajasthan Police has reaffirmed grave fears that a large majority of citizens has little trust in the local constabulary and most found policemen to be lazy. Though there’s no comparable study on the police forces in other Indian states, Abhijit Banerjee, professor of economics at Poverty Action Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-author of the study, said the results could be extrapolated to other states.

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Hunger and Silent Deaths under communist rule PDF Print E-mail
Minorities

Starving Muslims in MurshidabadMurshidabad, well known for its silk production is also infamous for poverty and hunger deathss. In 2005, The Hong-Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has alerted that people in Murshidabad district are dying of starvation while the communist government authorities have not taken any effective action to stop the deaths. 1.47% of India’s rural poor live in Murshidabad were majority of the people are Muslims with an average literacy rate of 66%. The West Bengal government is letting its people starve in violation of its constitutional obligations, and those under international laws. Aveek Datta and Romita Datta writes about impacts of poverty in Murshidabad. (courtesy: livemint)

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