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Rajasthan: Jats mow down three dalits under tractors

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The residents of Nagaur district’s Dangawas, in Rajasthan, witnessed a gruesome incident in which some members of the dominant upper castes, the jats, crushed three dalits under tractors. Several other people including women were also seriously injured in the spine-chilling act of violence. The brutal incident picked fire when the dalit community fired shots, killing one dominant caste member.

This disturbing incident was caused by a dispute over a 20ha farm land, claimed by dalit members Ratnaram Meghwal, Gutaram Meghwal and Khemaral Meghwal. However, the upper caste family of Chimnaram Jat contended the claim. This dispute has been lying unresolved for several years in court.

The issue reached at a crescendo on Thursday when the upper caste jat family arranged a panchayat and summoned the Meghwals. The dalit families, thinking that the jats were gathering to attack them, fired two men who were sent to summon them.

One of the two men died on the spot, which infuriated the jats and they perpetrated violence on the dalits, bulldozing their houses, molesting the women, mowing the men under their tractors.

Moreover, several armed upper assailants reached the hospital at Merta city and prevented the doctors to give medical treatment to the dalits. Police force had to be called to make sure that the injured are being treated properly.

One of the injured woman told Times of India, “Four attackers tried to remove my ‘ghaghra’ (skirt) and tried to thrust a stick inside.”

Another woman said, “They pulled me by my hair for about 50 meters, tore off my clothes and hit my legs with iron-rods.”

The newspaper reported that the chief functionary of Jaipur-based Centre for Dalit Rights, P.L. Mimroth demanded police security for the dalits in and around Dangawas.

“The government must ensure medical treatment of the injured and arrest the accused immediately, booking them under the SC/ST Act. Law and order in the region has completely failed,” said Mimroth.

“The government should compensate the victims who were abiding by court orders on the disputed land,” he added.

As per the report, SP Nagaur, HGR Suhasaa thinks otherwise and does not perceive this incident as a Dalit versus upper caste violence.

“The accused include the Meghwals as well, and not just the Jats. The village has a population of around 15,000 including 2,000 dalits. Complaints have been lodged by the two disputing parties and in both the FIRs, the accused include Meghwals,” Suhasaa told the newspaper.

The SP added that the accused will be arrested soon.

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This Quarantine Centre is A Place To Delight: Filled with Music, Yoga and a Menu of choice

This COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan offers music, meditation, aerobics along with the choicest of the menu for the people staying there!

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Rajasthan's quarantine centre has emerged as a role model by setting up new benchmarks. Pixabay

BY ARCHANA SHARMA                                                                                                  A COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan has emerged as a role model by setting up new benchmarks as it offers music, meditation, aerobics along with the choicest of menu for the people staying here!

Called as Parda Chundawat Quarantine Centre, it has set example by creating a serene environment where people wake up listening to soothing music. Then, there are Yoga and meditation classes where they exercise to shoo off negativity from their mind.

In fact, the daily schedule of those admitted here is quite impressive. They wake up listening to melodious bhajans at 6 a.m. Soon after, there are two yoga classes — one for the people who love to do indoor exercise while the other for those who are interested to do yoga under open sky.

All guidelines of social distancing are followed by the people while performing yoga.

Soon after Yoga, they go for aerobics where they stretch their body rhythmically on different music beats. Thereafter, they get breakfast of their choice and are served lunch in the afternoon. As they take nap in afternoon, the evening time at 5 p.m. awaits for another interesting activity where they listen to their favourite songs of renowned singers including Kishore Kumar, Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lata Mangeshkar amongst others, while sitting together.

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This COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan has emerged as a role model. Pixabay

Special games and activities are available for kids which include spelling, synonyms, pronunciation, painting etc. Kids find this environment really engaging, says Sabhla sub divisional officer Manish Faujdar who is in charge of this centre.

Also, there are psychological experts who help in counselling. “People coming here are quite worried about their future life, their spouses and families. These counsellors help them connect to meditation with scientific facts which make them feel joyful and relieves them of their stress,” says Chhaya Choubisa, assistant director, Information and public relations, Dungarpur.

Faujdar says that when admitted, these people were quite aggrieved and angry. “We saw an unseen fear in their eyes and mind. Therefore, we introduced a few activities which can make them relieved from their stress, offering mental peace to them. We wanted to divert their attention and hence launched music therapy. We connected the music system to youTube where there were bhajans in morning, filmy songs in the evening and Aarti and patriotic songs later. Eventually, their anger vanished and they look joyful now with no stress or anger seen amongst them.”

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District collector Kanaram also visited this place and praised these innovations. (IANS)

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Rajasthan Leverages Technology To Ensure Safety of Students

Leveraging technology for students' safety

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Rajasthan is leveraging technology extensively to enable stranded students in Kota to return to their homes. Pixabay

BY ADITI ROY

Rajasthan is leveraging technology extensively to enable stranded students in Kota to return to their homes.

So far, more than 27,000 students have been re-partriated, out of which 12215 are from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, 2,813 from Madhya Pradesh, 342 from Gujarat, 3,000 from Bengal, 2000 from Maharashtra and 38 from Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Similarly, 2,200 students hailing from Rajasthan have been sent to their respective native districts.

District Administration is providing end-to-end support which includes data collection, state-wise sorting of the data and location-wise sorting of the number of students from each state so that the government can arrange transportation for these students. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has appealed to the respective state governments to come forward to help these students to return their homes on humanitarian grounds.

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Safety of student is of utmost priority and this can be achieved with the use of technology. Pixabay

“It is our duty to send kids back to their home. These are teenagers living away from their parents and preparing for examinations. We do not want them to struggle with anxiety due to lock down and hence we are putting all the efforts to make sure they reach back home safely. We have been co-ordinating with all the CMs of other States as well to ensure safety and security of the children,” said the Chief Minister.

The CM added, “The government has been working to bring migrant labourers in other States back home as well.”

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“Kota is the city which is the education capital of India and students from all the 35 states and union territories come here to study and fulfill their dreams, we requested the ministry of home affairs to prepare guidelines so that we can send back the kids to their home all the governments from various States have coordinated well enough and more than 70% of kids have been sent back home in a great manner and a very safe manner,” said Om Birla, Speaker, Lok Sabha.

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As a first step of the repatriation process, students are required to fill in the Form created by administration which is sent to all students. The students are required to provide their name contact number, state district and boarding location and coaching ID proof. Team is actively compiling and sorting the data according to the states. After data sorting, buses are being organised wrt number of students per boarding locations and students is notified of its reporting time. (IANS)

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Muslims in UP Fear Lynching Incidents Post Lockdown Due to Tablighi Impact

Tablighi Impact: UP Muslims fear lynching post lockdown

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There might be a communal divide due to Tablighi impact and Muslims might be lynched post lockdown. Pixabay

Muslims in Uttar Pradesh are now worried that the intense communal profiling of the Corona patients by the official agencies could lead to lynching incidents once the lockdown is lifted.

Muslim scholar and former SP spokesman, Abdul Hafiz Gandhi, on Monday said, “The manner in which the government agencies are identifying persons belonging to Tablighi Jamaat in the list of Covid-19 patients is now translating into intense communal profiling which has been prohibited by the World Health Organization and the central government. A very small percentage of Muslims subscribe to the Tablighi Jamaat ideology but the impression going around is that the Muslim community, in general, is spreading coronavirus.”

He said that there was a strong possibility of Muslims, in general, being attacked after the lockdown is lifted.

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Muslims in Uttar Pradesh are now worried that the intense communal profiling of the Corona patients by the official agencies could lead to lynching incidents once the lockdown is lifted. Wikimedia Commons

“This is exactly what happened on the cow slaughter issue. Even a small rumour led to people being lynched by mobs across the country. Corona is a pandemic and should be treated like one. We should fight against the virus together instead of creating a communal divide. Every day, the government spokesman lays down the number of Corona positive cases and then goes on to say how many of them are from Tablighi Jamaat,” he explained.

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Amir Haider, a social activist and also a veteran Congress leader, echoed similar sentiments when he said, “We strongly condemn the Tablighi Jamaat for ignoring the protocols and holding the congregation but why is the state government repeatedly harping on the religious angle. Shia and Sunni clerics are repeatedly asking the people to adhere to government guidelines and follow safety protocols.”

He said that efforts to create a communal divide on the corona issue could have dangerous ramification after the lockdown is lifted.”

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A retired IAS officer, who did not wish to be named, said, that people have already started objecting to taking home deliveries from Muslim employees.

“My neighbours refused to take delivery of groceries from a Muslim boy. This is just the beginning of the narrative that is being drilled into the minds. We must check this before it explodes into something very dangerous,” he said. (IANS)