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Man-made disaster in Dalit colonies of Dharmapuri district

 

Tiruvannamalai, 14th November 2012

 

Dear Sir, Dear Madem,

 

Greetings, please find below the report of the Violence Against Dalits in Dharmapuri District on 7th November 2012. The affected people are living without any assets, so POPE is planning to involve in Relief process for this helpless people by the means of cloths, mats, school bags, notebooks, cooking vessels etc.

 

I am requesting your mercy for these affected Dalits.

 

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,

 

Rosario,

President-POPE

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Une catastrophe humaine parmi la colonie dalit dans la région de Dharmapuri

Tiruvannamalai, le 14 novembre 2012

 

 

Mesdames, Messieurs,

 

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous notre rapport concernant les violences à l'encontre des Dalits dans le district de Dharmapuri le 7 novembre 2012. Les personnes touchées ont perdu tous leurs biens, ainsi POPE prévoit de se porter au secours de ces pauvres gens en leur procurant des vêtements, des nattes, des cartables, des cahiers, des ustensiles de cuisine, etc.

 

Je demande votre aide pour ces Dalits affectés.

 

En vous remerciant,

Très sincérement.

 

 

Rosario,

Président - POPE

 

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The south-east of India is hit by Cyclone Nilam

 

Le cyclone Nilam a frappé la côte Est de l'Inde 

 

 

Wednesday 31st October 2012

 

We have very strong rain since yesterday, we had a big storm and cyclone formed in Bay of Bengal near Chennai. The Governments of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry announced the Government Holiday today. The Cyclone hit severely the Northern districts of Tamilnadu and also Pondicherry. It starts to move from sea at 4.30 pm and we are having big storm and rain, the losses in the coastal belt are not yet calculated. The both state Governments announced one day more holiday for the Educational Institutions and Colleges.

 

 

Mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Il pleut très fort depuis hier, nous avons eu une grosse tempête et un cyclone s'est formé dans la baie du Bengale près de Madras. Les gouvernements du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry ont annoncé que les élèves seront en vacances aujourd'hui. Le cyclone a frappé durement les régions du nord du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry également. Il a commencé à se déplacer vers 16 heures 30, nous avons de gros orages et de grosses pluies, les pertes sur la côte ne sont pas encore évaluées. Les gouvernements des 2 Etats ont annoncé un jour de fermeture supplémentaire de tous les établissements scolaires.

RL Rosario
Directeur de POPE

 

 

 

Friday 9th November 2012

 

Fortunately the Nilam Storm has not affected to much the Tamil Nadu but it destroyed few places in Andhra Pradesh.

 

The cyclone killed eight people in Tamil Nadu and three in Andhra Pradesh. It also destroyed more than 200 electric posts and about 100 trees were uprooted in Chennai. About 3,800 people have been evacuated in Mahaballipuram.

 

Chennai Law colleges exam has been postponed.

 

 

 

Vendredi 9 novembre 2012

 

Heureusement, Nilam n'a pas trop touché le Tamil Nadudu mais il a détruit des centaines de maisons ainsi que des centaines d'hectares de champs de coton ou de riz en Andhra Pradesh.

 

Le cyclone a tué huit personnes dans le Tamil Nadu et trois dans l'Andhra Pradesh. Il a également détruit plus de 200 poteaux électriques et environ 100 arbres ont été déracinés à Madras. Environ 3.800 personnes ont été évacuées à Mahaballipuram.

 

Les étudiants en droit de Madras ont vu leurs examens reportés.

 

RL Rosario

Director POPE

 

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Chennai, today!

R.L. ROSARIO

Interest in Dalits

RL Rosario’s social conscience developed from an early age and his organisation began in 1987. ‘I was 16 and I didn’t know anything about law. Not just as a Dalit, but as a human being I wanted to do something.’

 

The idea of formal registration came in the minds of the promoters of POPE in 1986. The founder and the present director of POPE, Mr R.L. Rosario was a student in rural based hostels where the Dalit students were discriminated. The Dalit students were organized together in the hostel by Mr R.L. Rosario and established justice in the hostel. This particular incident gave an insight to register POPE as a formal society to protect the rights of the poor and oppressed including the Dalits.

 

R.L. Rosario has a degree in Law, degree in English Literature and a Master degree in Sociology.

 

He is a catholic christian human rights lawyer, practicing for the voiceless vulnerable community like Dalits, widows, under privileged youth, poor people in India. More than 20 years, organising Indian Dalits for their land rights, livelihood rights, women rights, child rights, health rights, fundamental rights and organising various educational and awareness creation programmes. He is working in the area of Dalit Land Right and Dignity, as Director of the Dalit Revival Centre.

 

He is providing legal advises to the various Dalit movements and federations who are in involved in the area of human rights and caste violence. The progress under the eradication of child labour, he admitted 35 boys who are staying at the Children Development Centre at Thallakulam.

 

Christian Dalits like R.L. Rosario are a doubly oppressed segment of Indian society. The few concessions from the government that the Dalits had won in the past were accessible only to Hindu Dalits, and Dalits of other religions were excluded. An example of this is the government schemes on scholarships. Dalits are allocated a proportion of scholarships for higher education. These quotas are called ‘reservations’ and applied to a large number of different sectors. However, looking for funds for his law degree, R.L. Rosario received no financial support on account of his being a Christian and not a Hindu Dalit. He still counts himself lucky, that his father, through his position as a teacher, was granted a loan to pay for his studies. To receive such an education is a privilege for most Dalits, R.L. Rosario is sharp to point out though, that such privilege, 'doesn't help me overcome casteism.'

 

At university R.L. Rosario learned quickly that the legal status of the Dalits was very different from their actual position in society. ‘As I was studying I was surprised to see how many rights the Dalits had already gained’ How could such an oppressed group have what would appear to be so many legal provisions in their favour? He couldn’t believe it. In seeing this, he dedicated himself to finding out exactly what the Dalits were legally entitled to. At first, with his obsession with government legislation and legal documents, other members of the Dalit community perceived R.L. Rosario as something of a radical. Such a rebellious approach was not common among Dalits, the majority of whom had long accepted their destiny as India’s perennial outcasts. But Rosario was relentless in his pursuit for justice through the legal framework that was already in place.

 

New legislation

Rosario was spurred by the 1989 Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which clearly stated the acts of violence and social and political exclusion against Dalits that were punishable by law. The previous legislation was the 1955 Protection of Civil Rights Act that didn’t focus solely on the Dalits. Despite severe oppression and violence throughout this period not one case had been filed, as the provisions of this act were vague and not made easy to access. The 1989 act prompted a host of new measures, including the installation of a department dealing strictly with Dalit issues in each district. The act also states that the government can be punished if it does not suitably follow up a Dalit complaint. By the time R.L. Rosario had become a lawyer in 1993 at the age of 25, he had established an organisation to deal with all forms of Dalit complaints of discrimination and violence. The experience and contacts he had made with Human Rights organisations during his studies gave him a firm base to realise his ambitions. What's more, his first hand understanding of the suffering of his people in the village where he grew up enforced his commitment to action on a local level.