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The Dalit Foundation: an Urgent Appeal for Solidarity

Five Human Rights Defenders ( including three women ) of Dalit Foundation ( India) arrested and remanded to judicial custody on false charges on India’s 64th Independence Day ( 15th August 2010 ) in Tirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Henri Tiphagne, Executive Director of People’s Watch has also been identified as an ‘absconding accused’ by the police in the same criminal case.

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“The Government took away all our fields and land, now they ask us to leave our homes”

ANGUISH OF THE DISPLACED PEOPLE OF NAAMKOM BLOCK
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Report by Dayamani Barla (above), translated by Vidya Jonnalagadda
The displaced people of Gurutoli and Paahantoli in Naamkom Block are eking out a living to put together a couple of modest meals a day by toiling as daily casual labor, and selling grass and country liquor. The financial constraints keep them from providing either decent education to their children or adequate treatment for their sick and ailing. There is no one at all to pay attention to these displaced folks. It seems that hunger, poverty, ill-health and flight (to the cities) is all that is left in their fate. Battling against financial difficulties, these women have themselves started to seek ways to provide timely medical treatment to their families, education to their children, and livelihood for themselves. They have organized into the Nayi Kiran Women’s Association to empower themselves. Under this scheme, each member contributes five rupees a week towards a Women’s Fund. These displaced women have determined to solve their problems themselves.
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