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Friday, January 09, 2004  
Telegraph - Calcutta, India
Case to abolish scavenging
New Delhi, Jan. 8:

The Supreme Court today ordered the Centre, states and Union territories to reply on a petition seeking to declare the practice of manual scavenging and the operation of dry latrines as “violative of equality before law and right to life with dignity”.

A division bench of Justices S.. Variava and H.K. Sema issued notices to the Centre, states and Union territories to show cause as to why the practice should not be done away with.

The petition, jointly filed by 14 petitioners, including the Safai Karamchari Andolan (from Andhra Pradesh), Jana Sahas (Madhya Pradesh), Adhar Shila (Lucknow), Young Women’s Christian Association (Chennai), Kamgar Parivartan Sangh (Mumbai), Dalit Research Institute (Uttar Pradesh) and the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (Hyderabad), sought a direction from the apex court to declare that the practice “is inhuman and violative of human and fundamental rights”.

The petitioners said the Centre, states and Union territories should take action to implement the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act.


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Monday, January 05, 2004  
GULF - Dalily News
Five killed in Indian caste war
4 January 2004

Gunmen stormed a village and fatally shot five so-called "untouchables" yesterday, in what police said was apparently a revenge attack in eastern India's notorious caste wars.

Several residents of Bariari - a village of low-caste people, often called Dalits or untouchables - were also wounded in the pre-dawn attack, Inspector General of Police A C Verma said.

The village is about 50km east of Patna, capital of Bihar state.

Verma blamed the attack on Ranvir Sena, a private militia working for upper caste Bihar landlords. No other details were immediately available.

Dalits face discrimination in many parts of India.

Violence sometimes breaks out when they attempt to claim their rights to vote, own land, send their children to school, seek political office or refuse to do menial tasks without being paid - a role to which they've been traditionally consigned.

Political analysts say the caste conflict is largely about scarce resources in an impoverished, underdeveloped environment rife with government corruption.


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