Facebook Bans 1000s of Adivasis’ Pages & Accounts

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The All Assam Chutia Students’ Union in India questioned Facebook in last week for for taking thousands of accounts in the Chutia community offline. The Union thinks that Facebook likely believes all the account deleted were spam or fake”. In response to Facebook’s actions against the sites, the student organization burnt Facebook effigies in five upper Assam districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat and Golaghat. Chutia is a small community in Assam, a northeastern state of India.

 

The official languages in the Chutia area are Assamese, Bengali, and Bodo. In India as a whole, the official languages are Hindi and English.

 

All Assam Chutia Students’ Union general secretary Jyotiprasad Chutia stated,

 

“Facebook has blocked the accounts of all the subscribers belonging to the Chutia community of Assam thinking the names are false and fabricated. For Chutia being an abusive word in the Hindi language, Facebook authorities thought that the account holders are fake and fabricated. But, they are still unknown to the fact that Chutia is an ethnic tribe of Assam which has a rich historical background in the state history. We are very unhappy with authority as they have even failed to verify the matter seriously before taking a step like blocking thousands of our accounts. We think it may be a deep-rooted conspiracy against our community and so we warn them to abstain from such acts in the future. They even failed to verify the truth when they blocked the accounts of some prominent personalities and popular artists like Krishnamoni Chutia, who belongs to our community. We protested this negligence and demanded them to reactivate our accounts immediately.”

 

Facebook has panicked after the lawsuit faced by them some time back on objectionable content. It is not clear how many accounts were taken off of Facebook, who has not commented on the matter. Social Media censorship has been an issue in India, which the government has denied.

 

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>Adivasi Girl gangraped by NGO men at Delhi

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Adivasi Girl gangraped by NGO men at Delhi

The city reaffirmed its tag of being the crime capital after a young girl from Jharkhand was gangraped by an NGO owner and his two friends in northwest Delhi. The girl, who had come to the city looking for a job, was allegedly drugged and raped by the trio. The incident came to light on June 20 after the victim lodged a complaint with the police.

 

One of the rapists, Shiv Ram, 40, has been arrested. But the main accused, Baldev and Bamdev, are still on the run, said deputy commissioner of police (northwest) Meenu Choudhary.

 

What is shocking is all three accused are part of NGOs that claim to fight against exploitation of the downtrodden, particularly migrants from Jharkhand.

 

Bamdev runs an organization, Jharkhand Nyay Manch, while Shivram runs an NGO, Seva Bharti, in Punjabi Bagh. Baldev is employed here. This NGO too claims to take up the cause of the poor, particularly exploitation of maids from Jharkhand by placement agencies.

 

The police said, the victim claimed she came to Delhi looking for a job. "The girl said she has been working as a part-time maid in the city since December last year," a police officer said.

 

On June 2, the three men called her to Bamdev's residence under the pretext of some work. All three were drunk at that time. Late in the night, they offered her soft drinks laced with sedatives and she lost consciousness. When she woke up next morning, she had been sexually assaulted.

 

The trio also threatened her with dire consequences if she complained to the police, a police officer said.

 

The girl went to church on Monday where she met a relative and confided in her.

 

"Then she gathered the courage to go to the Rani Bagh police station and lodge a complaint. A medical examination confirmed rape. We have arrested Shiv Ram. The other two are absconding. A case of rape and criminal intimidation has been lodged," said a senior police officer.

 

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>Adivasi Girl gangraped by NGO men at Delhi

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Adivasi Girl gangraped by NGO men at Delhi

The city reaffirmed its tag of being the crime capital after a young girl from Jharkhand was gangraped by an NGO owner and his two friends in northwest Delhi. The girl, who had come to the city looking for a job, was allegedly drugged and raped by the trio. The incident came to light on June 20 after the victim lodged a complaint with the police.

 

One of the rapists, Shiv Ram, 40, has been arrested. But the main accused, Baldev and Bamdev, are still on the run, said deputy commissioner of police (northwest) Meenu Choudhary.

 

What is shocking is all three accused are part of NGOs that claim to fight against exploitation of the downtrodden, particularly migrants from Jharkhand.

 

Bamdev runs an organization, Jharkhand Nyay Manch, while Shivram runs an NGO, Seva Bharti, in Punjabi Bagh. Baldev is employed here. This NGO too claims to take up the cause of the poor, particularly exploitation of maids from Jharkhand by placement agencies.

 

The police said, the victim claimed she came to Delhi looking for a job. "The girl said she has been working as a part-time maid in the city since December last year," a police officer said.

 

On June 2, the three men called her to Bamdev's residence under the pretext of some work. All three were drunk at that time. Late in the night, they offered her soft drinks laced with sedatives and she lost consciousness. When she woke up next morning, she had been sexually assaulted.

 

The trio also threatened her with dire consequences if she complained to the police, a police officer said.

 

The girl went to church on Monday where she met a relative and confided in her.

 

"Then she gathered the courage to go to the Rani Bagh police station and lodge a complaint. A medical examination confirmed rape. We have arrested Shiv Ram. The other two are absconding. A case of rape and criminal intimidation has been lodged," said a senior police officer.

 

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>Term us Adivasi in constitution

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Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Commission has urged the government to use the term "Adivasi" instead of "small and ethnic groups" in recognising the indigenous people.

 

The appeal followed the decision of the parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment that it will recommend for recognition of indigenous people.

 

In an application addressed to Syeda Sazeda Chowdhury, the chairperson of the National Committee for Implementation of the CHT Peace Accord and the deputy leader of the House, the commission said Adivasi is the correct Bangla term for indigenous people.

 

Mentioning the recognition of indigenous people as a progressive outlook, the application said India and Nepal have termed the indigenous people "Janajtiya" and "Adivasi Janajati" respectively, which in real sense are synonyms of "Adivasi" in Bangla.

 

In the application, they also expressed concerns that Suranjit Sengupta MP, the co-chair of the special committee on constitutional amendment, told the media that the term "indigenous peoples" will be replaced by "small and ethnic groups".

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself mentioned indigenous people as Adivasi in her different speeches and her party the ruling Awami League in its last election pledges termed indigenous people Adivasi several times, said the commission.

 

It also reminded the AL government of its election manifesto that includes pledges to ensure human rights, equal opportunities, end of discrimination, and rights to preserve language, literature, culture, and unique lifestyles of the indigenous people.

 

The application stated that the indigenous communities of Bangladesh retain their distinct characteristics that are different from that of general people, and it is the country's obligation to recognise them, as the government had ratified different conventions.

 

The application, which was signed by three co-chairs of the CHT Commission Lord Eric Avebury, Advocate Sultana Kamal, and Ida Nicolaisen, said terming indigenous people Adivasi will reaffirm the government's positions as progressive and secular.

 

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>Chhattisgarh villages torched in police rampage

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The operation began in the early hours of March 11 when about 350 heavily armed troopers marched into the forests of Dantewada. They returned to their barracks five days later, with three villages aflame, about 300 homes and granaries incinerated, three villagers and three soldiers dead, and three women sexually assaulted, the victims and several eyewitnesses told The Hindu.

 

Last week, the Chhattisgarh police said three Koya commandos were killed in a Maoist ambush during a routine search, yet journalists attempting to reach the site were turned away by gun-toting special police officers. On visiting the area through a forest route, this correspondent was confronted by the aftermath of what appeared to be an attack by security forces on three tribal settlements in a 15-km radius of the police camp at Chintalnar, which has left hundreds homeless and brutalised.

 

The following account is based on interviews with villagers who spoke on the record and senior police sources who sought anonymity to speak freely. The names of victims of sexual assault have been changed to protect their identities.

 

In the first week of March, the police and the Central Reserve Police Force planned an operation to be conducted by the CRPF's elite CoBRA battalion and the police's Koya commandos, a tribal corps of surrendered Maoists and local youth.

 

A surrendered Maoist had claimed that the guerrillas were running an arms factory at Morpalli, a tour-hour march from the police camp at Chintalnar, a police official told The Hindu. Intelligence inputs indicated that about 100 Maoists, including Jai Kishen, a high-ranking Andhra cadre leader, were present nearby.

 

“On March 11, about 200 Koyas and 150 CoBRA left Chintalnar about 4 a.m. to destroy the arms factory,” said a police source.
 
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“The force arrived at 8 in the morning and surrounded the village,” said Nupo Mutta, a former sarpanch of Morpalli. “They fired a few shots in the air and we ran into the forests.”

 

Madavi Sulla, 30, did not act fast enough. “My husband was sitting in a tree picking tamarind,” said his wife Madavi Hunge. “The force saw him and opened fire. I pleaded with them to stop, but they tore my clothes and threatened me.” Hunge escaped. The police moved further into the village, leaving Sulla's corpse hanging in the tree.

 

“I was picking ‘tendu patta' on the fields when the force came and said I was spying for the Maoists,” said Aimla Gangi, 45. “They threw me to the ground, pulled off my clothes and molested me in front of my two daughters. They also stole Rs.10,000 from a bag I kept tied around my waist.”

 

Villagers say the force left by noon, having torched 37 houses. They also picked up Madavi Ganga, 45, his son Bima and his daughter Hurre, 20. “They took us to the Chintalnar police station and put me in a separate cell and stripped me,” said Hurre.

 

Hurre said she was kept all night in the station and sexually assaulted. Ganga and Bima said the police repeatedly asked them whether Maoists visited their village and beat them through the night. The Madavi family was released when the women of Morpalli demanded their release at the Chintalnar station.

 

Police sources say they found neither arms factories nor Maoists at Morpalli that day, though they did find a 15-foot memorial commemorating the death of eight Maoists in the April 2010 encounter, in which 76 CRPF troopers were killed near Tarmetla village.

 

The operation resumed at Timapuram on March 13. “There was a disagreement because the CoBRAs prefer night operations, and the Koyas wanted to operate in the day,” said a source familiar with the operation, “so the Koyas set out on their own.”

 

En route, the Koyas stopped at Phulanpad where they picked up Barse Bima and Manu Yadav and took them along to Timapuram.

 

As word spread of the Koyas imminent arrival, Timapuram's resident fled to the forests. “The Koyas came to Timapuram about 2 in the afternoon. They set up a camp, killed our chickens and goats and ate them.” said Timapuram resident Madkam Budra.

 

Budra said the commandos spent the night at Timapuram, a fact confirmed by the police, and installed sentries to ward off a possible Maoist attack.

 

The Maoists attacked next morning, on Monday March 14. “We knew the Koyas had spent the night at Timapuram and laid our ambush early morning,” said a Maoist fighter who had participated in the attack and met this correspondent on the outskirts of Timapuram late Sunday night. “About 70 Maoists participated in the attack, including Area Commander Ramanna.”

 

The ambush lasted for two hours. Three Koyas were killed and nine injured. After the Koyas called for reinforcements, a helicopter flew in to evacuate the injured; the Maoists finally retreated by noon. The police and local newspapers say 37 Maoists were killed in the ambush, but a handwritten note sent to this correspondent by the Maoists claims that only Section Commander Muchaki Ganga was killed.

 

The Koyas spent the night at the village and left next morning, March 15, for Chintalnar. Before they left, villagers say, the Koyas burnt about 50 buildings, including homes and granaries. They also executed one of their captives, Barse Bima, with an axe. “My husband's hands were tied behind his back, he had been hit with an axe on the base of his neck and twice on his chest,” said Barse Lakhme, who cremated the body.

 

The other captive, Mannu Yadav, was taken to Chintalnar where, villagers allege, the police shot him and claimed he was a Maoist fighter killed in the ambush. “The body claimed by the police was not a Maoist,” said a senior officer. He said he was tipped off by a Koya. “They killed him because they needed to show something.”

 

On March 16, villagers say the same company of Koyas surrounded Tarmetla village and burnt about 200 structures, including homes, granaries and woodsheds. Tarmetla's former sarpanch, Gondse Deva, said the Koyas swept through the village, setting fire to the straw roofs, stuffing burning hay into the granaries, burning food, clothes, valuables, money and keepsakes. “The force has also taken away two men, Madavi Handa and Madavi Aita,” said Deva. “We don't know where they are, we think they are dead.”

 

When she heard the commotion, Madavi Hidme threw all her jewellery and money into a bag before rushing for the forests. “I was stopped by four SPOs and beaten with sticks until I lost consciousness,” she said. “When I awoke, I was naked. My bag was gone.” Hidme has been assaulted so violently that a cut has opened up on the left side of her face; she can't see from her left eye.

 

Dantewada Collector R.Prasanna is setting up a committee to look into the incidents. “The committee shall be headed by the tehsildar of Konta, along with a representative from the press, civil society and a people's representative,” he told The Hindu. “We will provide Rs. 50,000 in compensation for each house burnt, and will reimburse villagers for their grains, utensils and other possessions. The committee shall submit its report in one month.”

 

Director-General of Police Vishwa Ranjan did not return phone calls to his office.

 

Source: The Hindu / March 23, 2011

 

 

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Poverty-ridden Adivasi man axed family, self in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh

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Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh / PTI / 20 Feb):  Apparently tired of abject poverty, a tribal man allegedly axed his wife and two children to death, before killing himself, at village Kharo in the district.Phooli Adivasi (49) also tried to kill his other daughter before hanging himself. An injured Munna has been admitted to the district hospital, police said.

Another son, Vinod (16) was lucky as he was out when the incident took place. When he returned home, he found his mother Jamuni (45), brother Pramod (8) and sister Maya (10) lying dead in the pool of blood at their kuccha house.

The deceased had two other sons and a daughter, who are all married and live outside Tikamgarh district, Vinod told police.

Vinod said that the family had not had meals for the last two days, and this drove his father to take the extreme step.
“His financial condition was worrisome but he used to work,” Tikamgarh Collector Akilesh Shrivastava said, denying that Phooli committed the grisly act because of starvation.

“I sent Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) A R Dhok there, who informed me that the deceased had food stuffs at his place,” he said.

On the other hand, Tikamgarh Zila Panchayat Member Chatarpal Singh and others claimed that there was no food in the house.

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Chhattisgarh Police looted Bastar Adivasis

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A senior police officer in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region said Thursday that he apologised to tribals for misbehaviour and loot carried out by his subordinates, and even distributed money to the villagers to compensate them.

 

The poor men and women of villages Pandewar, Gondpal and Kuper of Dantewada district had begun running away Wednesday in anticipation of further police excesses when a convoy of Dantewada district Senior

Superintendent of Police S.R.P. Kalluri reached their village.

 

But a completely different scene emerged in the impoverished forested insurgency-hit villages when Kalluri personally offered apology to them  for police misbehaviour and paid Rs.13,000 to tribals to compensate loot of their rice, pet chickens and other items by policemen earlier this week.

 

'My fellows of state police numbering around 40 extremely misbehaved

with villagers. They butchered their chickens and looted their items,' Kalluri told IANS over phone.

 

'I have taken their act very seriously and will penalise them though I offered apology to each of the villagers personally and distributed over Rs.13,000 to compensate their losses,' he added.

 

Kalluri said loot by policemen was highly deplorable and such acts create a bad image about the police force among the residents of Maoist-hit forested areas.

 

Sources said local policemen visited the three villages Monday after Maoists removed fish plates of a portion of rail track in Dantewada district that derailed a goods train loaded with iron ore of public sector mining major NMDC Ltd.

 

After a brief interrogation, the policemen took some villagers to the Dantewada police station without any reason and also looted their pet chickens and pigeons besides some ration such as rice.

 

The act of policemen created widespread anger among residents of the three villages. Dantewada legislator Bheema Mandawi investigated the matter and asked the SSP to step in.

 

30th December, 2010 (IANS)

 

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