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  • Navsarjan announces results of unprecedented Study on Untouchability — Welcome to Navsarjan
    on Untouchability Navsarjan Trust together with RFK Center for Justice Human Rights have published a study that describes the prevalence of untouchability practices in Gujarat based on research in 1589 villages Click for the report itself as well as media reports The full study entitled Understanding Untouchability A Comprehensive Study of Practices and Conditions in 1589 Villages is available in PDF format here The study was officially released at an

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  • Welcome to Navsarjan
    scavenging 1 by navsarjan 2010 06 26 17 57 Navsarjan has been addressing the issue of eradicating manual scavenging in Gujarat since 1995 Manual scavenging is one of the inhuman and worst form of caste Navsarjan announces results of unprecedented Study on Untouchability 1 by navsarjan 2010 01 29 15 52 Navsarjan Trust together with RFK Center for Justice Human Rights have published a study that describes the prevalence of

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  • CAG-Gujarat Annual report. — Welcome to Navsarjan
    Bukana death and forced migreteatin of a Dalit mass Death of a Safai karmchari at Virmangam Vadodara and Ahmedabad This fact finding were Fact Finding 1 Compensation for Dalits affected by a murder in Bukna In the first quarter EIDHR Gujarat carried out a remarkable intervention in a case arising out of Bukna village Sabarkantha District On 29 August 2007 a Dalit was murdered by his upper caste neighbors over a land dispute Once the victim s family lodged a complaint against the upper caste perpetrators the rest of the victim s Dalit community believed their security to be threatened As a result all 95 Dalits of Bukna village left their homes and migrated to the front of the District Collector s office They are afraid to return home Members of Bukna s Dalit community camped outside the Collector s office Palanpur Banaskantha The EIDHR Gujarat team intervened shortly after the community s migration to the Collector s office Through its efforts the perpetrators who had still been at large were finally arrested However after the arrest the investigation stood at a standstill Therefore EIDHR Gujarat submitted a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission on this matter asking that the provisions of The SC ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 and its accompanying 1995 be followed Following the submission of this complaint the National Human Rights Commission called upon the State of Gujarat to respond to EIDHR s complaint EIDHR staff going to the Collector s office with the victim s community after which it was able to secure the arrest of the accused In its complaint EIDHR Gujarat submitted the following failures by the State of Gujarat in implementing The SC ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 The Deputy Superintendent of Police failed to complete the investigation on top priority within thirty days as required by Rule 7 2 of the Prevention of Atrocities Rules Similarly the Superintendent of Police failed to 1 visit the place where the atrocity occurred and draw up a list of victims and their dependents entitled for relief 2 ensure that the First Information Report was registered and effective measures for apprehending the accused were taken and 3 appoint an investigation officer and deploy a police force in the area alongside any other measures deemed proper and necessary as required by Rule 12 1 2 and 3 of the Prevention of Atrocities Rules The District Magistrate or the Collector in this case also failed to make arrangements for providing immediate relief in cash or in kind or both to the victims of atrocity their family members and dependents as per Rule 12 4 of the Prevention of Atrocities Rules Finally the State Government failed to fulfil its duty to ensure that the Superintendent of Police and District Magistrate were enforcing the Prevention of Atrocities Act as per Rule 3 of the Prevention of Atrocities Rules and its duty to punish those public servants who willfully neglect to perform their duties under the Prevention of Atrocities Act Section 4 Additionally EIDHR Gujarat submitted the following violations of the victims constitutional rights by the State of Gujarat The right to life guaranteed by the Constitution in Article 21 implies the protection against arbitrary deprivation of life International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights General Comment 6 The right to life para 3 Thus in order to ensure the right to life the State must prevent criminal acts like murder and failing that punish those who commit them Id Moreover the failure of the Respondents to provide the victims with compensation and facilities for rehabilitation further violates their right to life as guaranteed by the Constitution The Supreme Court of India has interpreted the right to life to include the rights to education J P Unnikrishnan v State of Adhra Pradesh AIR 1993 SC 2178 1993 1 SCC 645 health State of Punjab v Mahinder Singh Chawla AIR 1997 SC 1225 1997 2 SCC 83 and shelter U P Avas Avam Vikas Parishad v Friends Co Operative Housing Society Ltd AIR 1996 SC 114 para 7 1995 Supp 3 SCC 456 Current status of the case Due to EIDHR Gujarat s efforts along with the efforts of other local NGOs a charge sheet has been filed against the accused the Government paid the victim s family Rs 49000 and is paying as compensation Rs 10 day for 3 months for each person displaced due to this incident Unfortunately however this Dalit community is still sitting outside the Collector s office as the government has not yet secured them with suitable housing Fact Finding 2 10 year sentence for the perpetrator of a rape of a Dalit girl in Ladjipura A 14 year old Dalit girl was abducted and raped by a 48 year old man on 24 May 2007 A District Human Rights Defender of EIDHR Gujarat meeting with the victim and her family In September 2007 upon hearing that the case had not yet been prosecuted a team from EIDHR Gujarat intervened They collected the charge sheet interviewed witnesses and helped prepare the victim for trial Through their efforts EIDHR was able to secure a conviction in December 2007 The perpetrator received the following sentence 10 years imprisonment and Rs 2000 fine under Indian Penal Code Section 376 3 years imprisonment and Rs 1000 fine under Indian Penal Code Section 363 3 years imprisonment and Rs 1000 fine under The SC ST Prevention of Atrocities Act Sections 3 1 xi 3 1 xii Fact Finding 3 Seeking accountability for the death of a sanitary worker in Viramgam On 3 August 2007 a sanitary worker died from exposure to toxic fumes while working for the Viramgam Sanitary Inspector He was made to work a double shift throughout the night in hazardous conditions without any protective gear despite a government order stating that sanitary workers must be provided with protective gear while working EIDHR Gujurat staff holding a rally in Viramgam demanding accountability for the death of the sanitary worker A team from EIDHR Gujarat assisted the victim s family in lodging a complaint against the government officials responsible for his death namely the Chief Officer and Sanitary Inspector EIDHR Gujarat also spent several days meeting with various government officials before it was able to secure an agreement with them for compensation for the victim s family and an investigation into the role of the Chief Officer and Sanitary Inspector in the victim s death The terms of the agreement reached on 4 August 2007 are as follows 1 The Nagar palika gave the decedent s wife Varshaben Gopalbhai a check for Rs 1 lakh Rs 21 000 in cash and an order for temporary employment with the promise for permanent employment in the future 2 The BJP fund gave Varshaben Gopalbhai Rs 51 000 3 MLA Dodiya promised to give Varshaben Gopalbhai Rs 1 lakh from the Chief Minister s fund 4 The Safai Kamdar Nigam promised to give Varshaben Gopalbhai Rs 1 lakh upon processing the Petitioner s application for the sum and promised to give her 25 square meters of land to build her home 5 The Backward Class Officer promised to give Varshaben Gopalbhai a Rs 50 000 home loan 6 DSP K M Patel promised to conduct an investigation into the Chief Officer and Sanitary Inspector s role in Gopal Bababhai Makwana s death Thanks to EIDHR Gujarat s efforts the victim s family immediately received Rs 1 72000 and temporary employment from the government Unfortunately the remainder of what was promised in the 4 August agreement has yet to be delivered Therefore EIDHR Gujarat is currently filing a petition in the High Court asking the Court to direct the government to fulfill the promises it made in the agreement negotiated by the EIDHR team The son of the victim at a ceremony relating to his father s death Fact Finding 4 Exposing manual scavenging in Paliyad EIDHR Gujarat learned of a sanitary worker in Paliyad forced by the Paliyad Gram Panchayat to manually clean human feces found in an open area This open space is used by village residents for defecating due to the lack of flush latrines in Paliyad The panchayat responds to any complaint by the sanitary worker by threatening to fire him Since there is so much work to be done the sanitary worker is forced to enlist the aid of his family members in this work of manual scavenging Moreover the trolley given to him by the panchayat broke and thus he and his family members are forced to carry human feces in a basket on their head EIDHR Gujarat has made efforts to end this work as it violates the 1993 act prohibiting manually scavenging It has written to the District Collector calling upon the Collector to lodge a complaint against the Paliyad Gram Panchayat Additionally EIDHR Gujarat filed a Right to Information petition seeking information on the amount of dry latrines and similar structures existing in Paliyad as well as the number of complaints lodged by the Collector under the 1993 Act After receiving unsatisfactory answers from the Collector EIDHR Gujarat filed a petition with the National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis EIDHR Gujarat requested each Commission to direct the responsible public officials to do the following 1 End the manual scavenging work forced upon the complainant as per the Constitution Articles 21 14 and 23 the 1993 Act Section 3 1 The Bonded Labour Act Section 4 2 the Protection of Civil Rights Act Section 7A and the Prevention of Atrocities Act 3 1 vi 2 Provide for rehabilitation to the victim as per the 1993 Act Section 5 2 3 File a complaint against and prosecute the Paliyad Gram Panchayat for this case as well as other similar cases as per the 1993 Act Sections 5 1 14 17 and 18 the Bonded Labour Act Sections 16 the Indian Penal Code Section 374 the Protection of Civil Rights Act Section 7A and the Prevention of Atrocities Act Sections 3 1 vi 3 1 x and 3 2 vii 4 Provide the victim with compensation as per The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Rules 1995 Rule 12 4 5 Destroy the dry latrines and other spaces available for villagers to defecate forcing the use of a manual scavenger and replace them with flush latrines as per the 1993 Act Sections 3 1 b and 10 1 6 Provide the victim and others similarly situated with routine healthcare given the hazards of the work the respondents have made them do as per the 1993 Act Section 5 2 7 Provide the victim and others similarly situation with protective gear and a functioning trolley to transport waste 8 Employ more sanitary workers in Paliyad so that the victims and others similarly situated are not forced to enlist the aid of their family members to help them finish their sanitary work and 9 Appropriately respond to the complainant s Right to Information petition as per The Right to Information Act 2005 Section 6 3 EIDHR Gujarat has also documented by video and photography the work this sanitary worker is compelled to do in order to pressure the Government of Gujarat to make a real commitment to ending this practice MANUAL SCAVENGING OR DEATH SCAVENGING CAG intervention covering five incident of consequent death of the Safai Karmcahri while working in the Manhole Death of five Safai karmcahri because of hazardous affect from Gas in the Manhole Fact Finding 5 At Vadodara District State Gujarat On 25 th of may 08 at about 11 00 in the night two Safai Karmcahris namely Solanki Harishbhai Maganbhai aged 25 years along with Solanki Naganbhai Dalshukhbhai aged 45 were cleaning the Suage Pumping Station near Kalagoda Vadodara Dist Vadodara Both of these Safai Karmcahri were not provided with any of the Safety equipments Both were died after being affected from the Hazardous Gas influent from the Suage line Photograph showing the depth ness of the place of incident which is more than 35 feet and narrow in width resulted death of two safai karmchari at Vadodara The incident was register as a legal complain via Crime registration No 107 08 under the Indian Penal Code Section 304 a were in The Deputy Chief Engineer of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation was stated as accused Responsible person The CAG Secretariat of the EC EIDHR Project Gujarat hears the incident and conducts a visit In his visit he met the affected two families along with the relatives Consoled them and took the information and factual data Further he also approaches the Meyer of the Municipal Corporation namely Mr Sunil Solanki Belongs to SC Community In his meeting the CAG Secretariat razed the concern issue to the Meyer and made an apple to help the affected family Meyer ensured Rs 3 lacks as compensation to both of the effected family surplus he also ensured job security to the dependent from the decade s family Further the secretariat also mentions the absence of section 3 1 6 as well as any provisions on section from The Employment Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry latrines Prohibition Act 1993 Although he appreciates immediate disbursement the compensation amount to the decade s family File Photograph of the Decades wives who is now widow and have to look after her family as an alone The CAG Secretariat has not limited his effort to the Mayer but he did approach the Chief Minister of Gujarat to the State Human Right Commission to the State Social Well Fare Department as well as the respective district level officer by submitting a written petition demanding following point to justify Photograph showing the depth ness of the place of incident which is more than 35 feet and narrow in width resulted death of two safai karmchari at Vadodara The First one Is the absence of section 3 1 6 of the Atrocity Act 1989 in the registered FIR vary with Crime registration No 107 08 at Vadodara Secondly Absence of any legal steps procijar agents the Vadodara Municipal Corporation as per the rules and provision of the Employment Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry latrines Prohibition Act 1993 Thirdly As per the Rule 15 of the Scheduled Cast Scheduled Tribe Prohibition of the Atrocity Act 1989 the state Government is held responsible liable to regulate and enforce the implement the provision of the said act so as per the upward rule 15 of the SC St Act 1989 the state Government is expected to implement the act In that case the state government is expected to take appropriate action towards the consent government officials as per the section 4 of the Atrocity Act 1989 Section 4 of the Atrocity Act 1989 Punishment to the Government Officials for his her negligence in executing his her duty in implementing the Act And fourthly A Complain from the Sub Divisional Magistrate towards the Vadodara Nagarpalica Vadodara followed with appropriate affirmative steps to penalize the responsible accused As per the Rule 17 of The Employment Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry latrines Prohibition Act 1993 Death of Safai karmcahri at Ahmedabad At Ahmedabad and near to Saijpur Boga Pumping station two Safai karmcahri namely Yogeshbhai Jivan and Ramnivas were died after they were seriously affected by the Hazardous gas of the Manhole both were died on the spot In this incident also they were not equip with any of the safety equipments please referred hear that they were not provided with any of the Safety Equipments by the Municipal Corporation Ahmedabad Similarly On 17 th Jun 08 two Safai karmcahri belongs to Valmiki community namely Shambhubhai Ranchodbhai Parmar 2 Vagela Ganshyambhai Hirabhai Vagela who were working at the Kelori Bread were affected by the Hazardous gas as they were doing the cleaning work of the Drainage line both were died immediately The decade s family four children along with a wife of a decade Shambhubhai Ranchodbhai Parma Because of constant follow up and pressure from the CAG Secretariat it is possible to add Section 3 1 6 of the Atrocity Act 1989 in the FIR of the Changodar case Death of two Safai karmcahri at the Kelori Bread Ahmedabad Further both of the effected family compensated with Rs 1 25 lacks To each one The said case was put up as one of the agenda to be discussed in the up coming District Vigilance Monitoring Committee meeting at Ahmedabad STATE LEVEL ADVOCACY BY THE CAG The detail of Memorandum submitted to District Collector the Chairperson for the District Vigilance Committee Ahmedabad Dated 31 st July 08 at Collector office Ahmedabad On the 31 st of July 08 a group of people comprising people from local NGO Navsarjan EC EIDHR Project CDHR Ahmedabd as well as actual victim from across the District submitted a memorandum to the Ahmedabad District Collector the Chairperson for the District Vigilance Committee Ahmedabad The memorandum is stating grave loopholes and lethargic attitude of the various law enforcement agenesis in implementation the Scheduled Cast Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocity Act 1989 The actual victim of Dalit Right violation came to gather along with local NGO namely Navsarjan EC EIDHR Project CDHR Ahmedabad presented and submitted the respective memorandum to the District Collector File Photograph of Submission of a Memorandum to the DC of Ahmedabad on 31 st July 08 Similarly in the last two year the CAG Secretariat has conducted more than 76 such visits of various state level departments and office of the other stakeholders among them the prominent were the principle secretary of the social well fare Department State Vigilance department the chief secretary of the state Human Rights commission All the 76 visits have a prime objective of pressurizing the state government agenesis to act in the accordance of provision and law The case of Bukana death of Safai karmcahri at Virmangam Vadodara Ahmedabad Himmatnagar

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  • Reports/Documents — Welcome to Navsarjan
    Programmes Impact on the Ground Documents Reports Our Staff Dalits Who are Dalits What is Untouchability Atrocities and Interventions The Dalit Movement Today Document Actions Reports Documents Up one level There are currently no items in this folder Navsarjan is

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    What is Untouchability Atrocities and Interventions The Dalit Movement Today Search results Did you not find what you were looking for Try the Advanced Search for more precise search options 3 items matching your criteria Discrimination against Dalit children in school 1 by pmparmar 2009 01 05 17 06 The Report made by Unicef Reports Documents 1 by pmparmar 2009 01 03 16 07 CAG Gujarat Annual report 1 by

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  • Inviting job application for the position of Program Director — Welcome to Navsarjan
    to play an important role towards social change The applicant should have the following qualifications and credentials for this position The applicant should not be below 25 years of age and should be holding a Masters Degree in Social work Social Sciences etc The applicant should be having knowledge of Basic computer M S Office fluency in English and hindi Previous experience in the field of human rights would be an added advantage for the candidate The applicant would be preferred for the following role responsibilities 1 To carry out the directions and the decisions of the Executive Director 2 To set up and ensure implementation of projects and programs through proper planning monitoring and evaluation systems in Navsarjan and report to the Executive Director from time to time 3 To assist the Executive Director in preparing progress report of the project to the funding agencies as well as to the stakeholders time to time 4 To monitor target Vs achievement and Budget Vs actual time to time and provide guidance and support to the team from time to time 5 To ensure maintenance of organizational culture ethics and values Salary and other benefits The selected candidate would be on

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