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Pakistan elects first female Dalit senator

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan elected its first female senator from the lowest Dalit caste in weekend polls which also saw the ruling party strengthen its hand ahead of a general election in the Muslim-majority country. The surprise victory of opposition candidate Krishna Kumari Kohli in the Senate election stirred a wave of optimism on social media, as Pakistanis celebrated the rare success for a woman from a marginalised community at the bottom of the Hindu caste hierarchy. "I feel proud, I am thankful to Pakistan People's…

Dalits threaten to convert to Islam over denial of haircut

MUMBAI: As the low-caste Hindus continue to suffer at the hands of the upper castes, the Dalits of Moradabad district in Uttar Pardesh- the most populous state of India- have threatened to convert to Islam if Hindus of other castes wouldn’t treat them with dignity, Indian media reports said. After facing years of discrimination, the Valmiki community in Sambhal district has decided to rise in rebellion against the unfair rules set by the upper castes as it has announced intention to embrace Islam. Recently, the issue…

India bans foreign funds of 20,000 charities

NEW DELHI: India's government has banned some 20,000 charities from accepting overseas funds because they failed to comply with the rules, a home ministry official said on Tuesday. KS Dhatwalia, a spokesman for the federal home ministry which revoked the licences, told AFP that they had been cancelled "over the period of one and a half years". "They have not followed FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) norms while applying for (licence) renewals," he said. Without the licenses the NGOs will not be able to…

Indian Dalit schoolboy says beaten because of good grades

NEW DELHI: Indian police have detained two schoolboys accused of repeatedly beating a low-caste classmate for getting good grades, an officer said Wednesday. The 16-year-old from India's lowest Dalit caste released a letter to a national television network pleading for the violence to stop, after the video of him being punched and kicked in a classroom made headline news. The beatings, which the boy says took place every day for two years, are the latest incidents of violence against Dalits, who lie at the bottom of…

Indian teacher ‘beheads’ Dalit man for using floor mill

DEHRADUN: An Indian teacher beheaded a Dalit man after an argument over his use of a flour mill, a senior police officer said Friday, the latest in a spate of attacks on members of the country's lowest caste. The teacher became angry when he saw 35-year-old Sohan Ram using the flour mill in northern Uttarakhand state and accused him of making it "impure", the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Even though the concept of untouchability has been outlawed in India some Hindus still believe that contact with a person…