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18-year-old Dalit boy commits suicide; Was socially boycotted for killing a calf




Gonda, April 17: Exposing a yet another case of social apathy for poor and backward class, 18-year-old Dalit teen has committed suicide after he was socially boycotted by the villagers.

The boy was allegedly found to be responsible for the killing of his pet calf reported as per the report by Indian Express. The police had found Ramu’s body on a railway track on Saturday and they suspect that he committed a suicide by jumping in front of a train after hearing the news of boycott by the villagers.

Station House Officer said, “He [Ramu] had come to know that villagers had decided to socially boycott him for killing his pet calf.”

The teen’s family has neither filed a complaint and nor found  a suicide note.

Reportedly it was a part of the village’s custom to punish a person accused of killing a cow or a calf by making them live alone outside the village for a year.

Ramu had hit his pet calf with a hammer while taking the animal to the field for grazing. He had tied animal in the field and returned home. Around two hours later, Ramu came to know through locals that calf had died because of the thrashing…,” said a villager.

Following the incident, the villagers decided to socially boycott the boy till the Panchayat reach a decision.

With unprecedented winning of saffron party in Uttar Pradesh, cow protection and cow slaughter ban has come to the forefront of local and national politics in the state and many of the BJP ruled states.

Recently a Muslim Cattle fielder was lynched to death when cow protectors suspected him as a cattle trader.

It is strange how movement against saving a life of an animal is taking toll on human life!

Wefornews Bureau


Protesters clash with police in J&K’s Nowshera, DM among injured




Jammu, March 24: Protests in Nowshera town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, demanding district status for the area, turned violent on Saturday, as agitators clashed with security forces, leaving at least 14 persons, including the District Magistrate, injured, police said.

Police said protesters resorted to intense stone pelting at security forces in the town and a baton charge and tear smoke canisters was used to control the protests.

Police sources said ten protesters, four security men and Rajouri’s District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary were injured during these clashes.

According to sources, Chowdhary was hit on his head by a glass bottle hurled by protesters.

For the last nearly two months, people in Nowshera town have been agitating f or grant of district status to the area.

Saturday’s protests followed the state government’s decision announcement on Friday that an Additional District Development Commissioner would be posted in Nowshera town instead of granting the area full-fledged separate district status.


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5 year-old girl gang-raped, set on fire in Assam



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Nagaon, March 24: In a tragic incident, a five-year-old girl lost her life after she was allegedly gang-raped and then set on fire by five persons at her home.

The crime took place on Friday in Nagaon’s Bordua in Assam.

So far, police have arrested two accused in this regard and case has been registered.

Further probe into the matter is underway.


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Strike in Manipur government offices continues for third day




Imphal, March 24: Despite a warning by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to employees, the strike in government offices across Manipur continued for the third day on Saturday, paralysing work.

Singh had, on Friday night, asked employees to return to work by Monday, “failing which the government has to find other people to discharge their work”.

Explaining the government’s position, he said: “It will involve an additional expenditure of Rs 1,400 crore annually to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission to pay over 85,000 employees and about 45,000 pensioners. Manipur has been depending mostly on the central government largesse.”

Noting that “before the end of the financial year on March 31, funds have to be sanctioned for a slew of developmental projects”, he urged employees to return to work.

The indefinite strike was jointly called on Thursday by the Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of the All Manipur Trade Unions Council and the All Manipur Government Employees Organisation to protest the government’s failure to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for employees and pensioners.

Except for the employees in the Secretariat, there is a massive response in all other government offices, pro-strike activists claimed.

The employees on strike pointed out that out of the 19 BJP-ruled states, Manipur is the only one where the recommendations have not been implemented.


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