Misfortune of a similar kind struck Assam teenagers Meghali Kalita and Sakhina Begum about 280 km apart on Thursday. The former survived, the latter did not.Officials in north-eastern Assam’s Biswanath district said Ms. Begum was injured grievously when a large branch of a tree fell on the motorcycle she was riding pillion on. She was headed to her educational institute in the morning.“The man riding the bike was injured too, but the girl took the brunt of the blow and died in Tezpur Medical College Hospital,” a police official, declining to be quoted, said.Tezpur is about 60 km east of Biswanath Chariali, the headquarters of Biswanath district.Minutes after this mishap, a ceiling fan in a classroom in Paschim Borigog College at Hajo, about 35 km north-west of Guwahati, fell on Ms. Kalita’s head.She was taken to a local hospital where her condition was said to be serious. Doctors said she would be under observation for some time.Education department officials said they would order an inquiry into the mishap.
Dalit women of a village in Bulandshahr say they are not being allowed to enter a temple by people of “higher caste”, in an alleged case of caste discrimination. Police have promised to look into the case after members of the community protested and a video lending credence to the charge went viral on social media. Women in Rakehra village of Khurja belonging to the Valmiki community were stopped at the gates of Chamad Mandir and allegedly assaulted by “local hooligans” when they protested. In the video, the women are seen confronting a young man stopping them outside the temple. When he tells them the temple is a private property, the women remind him that they have been praying there every year. The man is heard saying they could very well go to the police or the local politicians and the women retort that they are not afraid of anybody and threaten to sit on a dharna.