11 people get life sentence for burning Dalit man alive in Gujarat

A court in Gir-Somnath district of Gujarat on Thursday sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment till death for burning a Dalit man alive six years ago.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 54,500 on each of the accused, who were found guilty of killing Lalji Sarvaiya, a Dalit youth of Ankolali village in Una taluka in September 2012. Read more

Courtesy: Hindustan times

The murderous attack on green activists in Meghalaya is an assault on our collective future

According to ‘Defenders of the Earth‘, a report released by international NGO, Global Witness, in 2017, being an environmental activist in India is a dangerous occupation. While Brazil tops the 2017 list with 49 deaths, India is ranked at fourth with 16 deaths. India got a special mention in the 2017 report as one of the countries where the situation is getting progressively worse, along with Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more

Courtesy: hindustan times

LAND RIGHTS: Adivasis, Dalits to march to Gandhinagar

Over 1 lakh Adivasis, Dalits and landless from across Gujarat will converge for a mahasammelan in Gandhinagar to demand land and other rights on November 26.

Organised by the Jameen Adhikar Zumbesh, an umbrella body for organisations and people working on land rights, the mahasammelan will put forth a set of demands before the government that have not been addressed despite several representations. Read more

Courtesy: DNA

A picture of neglect: How bauxite mining has affected tribals in AP’s East Godavari

Environmental rights activist K Rajendra says that it is common practice in the region to take permission for laterite mining, but instead indulge in bauxite mining.

“From 2002, tribal lands have been snatched and the environment exploited. Such a ruthless exploitation of the hills will result in big problems in the future for surrounding villages, wildlife and tribal culture,” he says. Read more

Courtesy: The news minute

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