Monday, May 30, 2011

[ZESTCaste] NCSC notice to UP govt over Jat killings

NCSC notice to UP govt over Jat killings
Vikas Pathak, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 29, 2011

National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairman PL Punia has
sent a notice to the Mayawati government over the killing of three
Jats in Bhatta-Parsaul, in recent clashes between villagers and
police, also asking about the status of the compensation due to their
families. Ironically,
Jats are a dominant caste in the region and are OBCs, not Dalits, in the state.

However, what has made Punia decide to send notice is that Article 338
(10) of the constitution — Article 338 as a whole deals with the NCSC
—expressly states: "In this article, reference to the Scheduled Castes
shall be construed as including references to… other backward
classes…and also to the Anglo Indian community".

"We have sent notice to UP under Article 338(10), informing them of
the charges that three OBC youth were killed in police firing, and
seeking to know from them what compensation they have given to the
aggrieved families as of now?" Punia told HT.

Jats were included in the UP state OBC list in the year 2000, but are
not part of the central OBC list yet. Punia however said, "This
incident took place in UP and was thus an atrocity against OBCs, on
which the NCSC is constitutionally empowered to take cognizance."

This attack from the NCSC chief — a Congress MP and an
aide-turned-arch-rival of UP CM Mayawati — comes close on the heels of
the NCSC's summoning of the district magistrate and superintendent of
police of Gautam Buddha Nagar over atrocities on Dalits in

Politically, this is being seen as part of the ongoing
Congress-Mayawati row after Rahul Gandhi visited the twin villages
that became the site of a recent land acquisition controversy.

Sociologically, the notice may seem an anomaly to some, as a
constitutional commission mandated to safeguard the interests of
Dalits — at the bottom of the social pyramid — has sent notice to a
Dalit CM about the killing of members of a locally dominant caste.


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