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Don’t ignore the women farmers -Thamizhachi Thangapandian

-The Hindu The gender gap in the agriculture sector will only widen more with the current farm laws Eminent agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan once said, “Some historians believe that it was women who first domesticated crop plants and thereby initiated the art and science of farming. While men went out hunting in search of food, women started gathering seeds from the native flora and began cultivating those of interest from the point...

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Is the Sub-Classification of Scheduled Castes Justified? -Kailash Jeenger

-TheWire.in The bench led by retired Justice Arun Mishra supported classification of the SCs as 'more backward' and 'backward', and preference to the more backward castes for reservation in appointments. However, different views on the matter have emerged. In State of Punjab and Others versus Davinder Singh and Others (August 27, 2020), the bench led by retired Justice Arun Mishra supported the classification of the Scheduled Castes (SCs) into “more backward” and...

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People of denotified tribes continue to bear the burden of an unjust colonial past -Nikita Sonavane, Srujana Bej and Ameya Bokil

-The Indian Express Certain communities such as the Denotified Tribes (DNTs), which have a history of persecution by the criminal justice system, are targeted under specific laws and legal provisions. In August, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released the annual Prison Statistics Report for 2019. This compilation provides demographic information on prison inmates for administrative categories such as age, gender, religion and caste. It has consistently highlighted to lawmakers the overrepresentation...

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Humiliation outside ‘public view’: A verdict puts focus on a grave flaw in the SC/ST Act -Rashmi Venkatesan

-Scroll.in The law tolerates caste-based intimidation and humiliation if these acts occur in private. It must be fixed. On November 5, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court held that not all cases of intimidation and harassment of people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes would attract the provisions of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The Court quashed a complaint about a member of a Scheduled Caste...

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Upper castes are trying to suppress us: Father of Nishad girl raped, murdered in UP’s Jaunpur -Sunil Kashyap and Shahid Tantray

-CaravanMagazine.in “The Thakurs in the village threatened me and said, ‘We will beat you so much you will go bald,’” a middle-aged Nishad resident of the Peshawa Mai Ghat village in the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, told us. The Nishads are a riverine community who were categorised as a Scheduled Caste in the state in 2019. On 30 May, the Nishad man’s minor daughter was found raped and murdered a...

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