20 dalit houses were burnt by people belonging to the upper caste in Mirjpur village of Harayana. A disabled girl and her father also lost their lives in this attack. The reason for the attack was that the upper caste Jat community did not want the Dalits(lower caste) to get equal status in society.
In Haryana, violence against Dalits has been increasing in recent times. This is despite the fact that several laws make caste based discrimination and violence, a severely punishable offence. The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 an Act of the Parliament of India was enacted to prevent atrocities against scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. The purpose of the Act was to help the social inclusion of Dalits into Indian society. But the Act has failed to live up to its expectations as is highlighted in this video by Community Correspondent Amit Kumar who speaks with the survivors of this attack by upper-caste Jats.
Press freedom in Kashmir is increasingly under threat and we get a sense of it in an interview with the executive editor of Kashmir Times.
Ever since the formation of Video Volunteers (VV), we always wanted to create an organization that was run by our most important stakeholders – the Community Correspondents (CC). We aimed for a structure that was non-hierarchical and where every CC played a role in shaping and transforming VV into a...