Pharangade’s family has requested that lawyer Ujjwal Nikam be appointed as the public prosecutor for the trial.
The FIR alleged that songs, talks and street plays presented at the Elgar Parishad were inflammatory and incited communal differences.
As tensions continue to simmer in the aftermath of the Bhima Koregoan violence, Dalits in the area are fleeing to safer environs.
One Killed in Clashes at Bhima Koregaon Battle Anniversary Event in Pune; Situation Tense in Maharashtra
Thousands of Dalits had gathered at the war memorial when individuals with saffron flags allegedly torched vehicles and pelted stones.
While the organisers believe the battle was a victory over caste-based oppression, right-wing groups say it is wrong to give a caste colour to the war between the British and Indian rulers.
At the Dalit Women Speak Out conference in Pune, activists, academics, lawyers, poets, writers and students talked about their struggle for social justice and how to take it forward.
The state government believes that families with one or two members are unlikely to use 35 kg grain per month and will sell the extra in the black market.
The director of ‘Dashkriya’ – which has won several national awards and has secured the approval of the CBFC – claims the film is about social discrimination and inequality and not caste or religion.
Student activists have slammed the circular but the Vice Chancellor says the conditions have been in place for more than a decade
The human rights commission has said the farmers’ right to life and livelihood has been violated because of government negligence.
From inadequate infrastructure in local hospitals to accredited social health activists workers not reaching women in the tribal belt, the health system in the area is full of gaps.
“People hire ‘upper’ caste workers for the kitchen and ‘lower’ caste ones for other purposes.”
The show was to run for a year but was cancelled within two and a half months by the management
Pre-primary schools in Maharashtra currently do not fall under the purview of any regulatory body, with even the total number of such institutions in the state remaining unknown.
The complainant has alleged that Rohit Tilak, a National Youth Congress leader, had sex with her after promising marriage and beat her when she tried to make him live up to that promise.
The family has said the case against the accused, members of the Hindu Rashtra Sena, is at a critical juncture as the charges are about to be framed.
The strike also turned violent in a few places, as farmers vandalised trucks of those who did not participate in the strike and threw produce on the roads.
After the brutal assault on the professor, he was promptly arrested by the local police and an FIR filed against him.
The recommendation of compulsory prenatal sex determination is aimed at preventing foeticide, but doing so will target every woman bearing a female foetus and impact their already poor access to safe abortion.
Students are unhappy with the state’s decision to close down government-funded private hostels and give them a stipend for housing and food instead.
Kirwale was hacked to death by his carpenter according to a preliminary report. Activists however are not convinced and suspect political motivations.
Activists of the Student Federation of India and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad clashed over the putting up of posters.
On the second death anniversary of the CPI leader, a protest march and a public meeting were held to remember him and demand justice for his murder.
Working in deserted offices on Sundays and holidays makes female employees especially vulnerable
Various groups want a ban on the play for justifying the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
The group removed the bust of Ram Ganesh Gadkari from a park in Pune because they felt a play he wrote about a 100 years ago ‘insulted’ Shivaji’s son Sambhaji.
The fishermen fear that the project will affect the coastal area near Mumbai, threaten the natural aquatic ecosystem and consequently affect their livelihood.
Sanatan Sanstha, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Narad Mandir Nyas have called for the cancellation of the popular electronic dance music event alleging it encourages drugs and attacks Indian culture and society.
Government will also do away with all high denomination notes eventually, the outfit claims
Besides the main accused, school sweeper Ittusingh Pawar, those arrested include the chairman and secretary of the school committee, the school’s principal, seven teachers and the sarpanch of the village.
The problem of malnutrition is worsened by a dearth of speciality doctors, unawareness about welfare and healthcare schemes and a severe lack of purchasing capacity among the tribals in the district.
Activists are quick to point towards upcoming municipal corporation elections as a cause for the protests turning violent, with local politicians wanting to use this opportunity to ensure votes.
Hundreds of caste panchayats exercise a strong hold on their communities and their verdicts cannot be questioned or reported to the police.
Members of nomadic and denotified tribes are required to produce address proof from 1961 to obtain a caste certificates, without which they cannot avail the benefits of government schemes.
The Maharashtra government could find out only 54,724 out of school children across the state in its recent survey.
A peaceful strike gone wrong has changed nearly everyone’s life in the village