A day after angry Dalits hit streets protested in different parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai over the violence in Pune on Monday, Dalit groups have called for a state-wide shutdown today. Thousands of Dalits disrupted rail and road traffic, and damaged more than a hundred buses in Mumbai as they protested against the death of a 28-year-old man in Pune clashes and demanded action against those involved. More than a 100 people were detained as protesters went on a rampage and riot police had to be called in. The police said they have made elaborate arrangements in view of the call. Amid bandh call, there was an attempt to block trains in Thane this morning as prohibitory orders banning large gatherings are imposed in several areas, police said.
Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, has called for a shutdown of Maharashtra and said 250 such groups are supporting the bandh call. He blamed some local right-wing leaders for Monday's violence.
The Maharashtra government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Mumbai and adjoining districts on Tuesday due to "serious weather predictions" in view of Cyclone Ockhi.
An official at the Mumbai office of India Meteorological Department said on account of the cyclone, the megapolis has started receiving rainfall due to spread of clouds.
The disaster management unit of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an advisory against visiting beaches in view of the high tide alert issued for tonight and tomorrow morning due to the cyclone.
Thane,Jul 01:A six-year-old girl was thrown by her father and his friend into the Ulhas river near the Walivli bridge at Badlapur on Wednesday night. Fortunately, she controlled to hang onto water hyacinth plants and placed afloat for over 11 hours, until she was rescued on Thursday.
The girl identified as Ekta Tulsiram Siani, a resident of Vartak Nagar in Thane was rescued by 6:45 am but the police came at 7:45 am, after the rescue.
Mumbai/Nashik, June 2: The cruel Virginity test of caste panchayat has created shockwaves across Maharastra. A 20-year-old girl from Ahmednagar district has placed on house arrest by her own father along with the her mother after she fails "Virginity test". The girl's father finds this as a fitting punishment after the duo attempted to make a police complaint about the incident. Their mobiles was ceased and both are kept unofficially in house for more than a week.
On May 22nd, the girl married a 25 year old man from Nashik. Both belong to the same Kanjarbhat community and this is the second marriage for him. The community had their own constitution which they follow over decades, so whatever the punishment for the crime would be declared by their own Panchayat.