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A Dalit Woman Stripped & Attacked since Her Used Water Drained towards Perpetrator’s House

  • Posted by: NDMJ - DELHI
  • Date of incident: 16-02-2013
  • State:: Bihar
  • District:: Patna Rural(DP)
  • Police station:: Manner
  • Summary::

    Ranju Devi w/o Kariman Betha, Kaitul Kumar s/o Kariman Betha is resident of Hullasi colony, under Manner police station in Patna belongs to Dhobi (SC) community and a daily wage labourer. The victim lives 200 mt. away from the house of accused in the colony. 

     

    On 16/02/2013, in the morning, while the victim Ranju Devi washing face in the courtyard of her house, the water drained towards perpetrator’s house, which irritated them. So Paramatma Rai, Atma Rai, Manoj Rai, Nawal Rai sons of Dev Prasad, Sanjay Rai s/o Shiyaram, Rajesh Rai s/o Nawal abused Ranju Devi and dragged her out. They took her to the outskirt of the colony and stripped her naked and thrashed mercilessly. The family members of the victim rushed to the spot in her rescue but the assailants attacked them too. All the villagers remained mute in fear of the assailants. Ranju Devi ran door to door to hide her nudity, but the villagers shut their door down. She cried out for help. On hearing the cry, the Sarpanch Raghubans Prasad s/o Mishrilas Rai went and rescued her.

     

    With help of Sarpanch, the victim registered case against accused persons in Manner police station on 16/02/2013, as No. 60/13, u/s 147, 148, 323, 354, 447, 504 IPC & 3(1)(xi) of SC/ST (PoA) Act. Initially police did not entertain her complaint and even the complaint of Sarpanch. It is leant from victim that police is trying to hush-up the case and harassing the victim to compromise. The police did not record the statement of victim as she narrated rather took her finger print on a blank sheet of paper. The accused persons are harassing the victims to withdraw the case or compromise or else they would burn the house of victim and kill them. The victim’s family feels insecure to live in the colony because of the threat of perpetrators. The victim family has not received any compensation from the administration.

     

    Legal Standard Breached:

     

    1.       Voluntarily causing hurt to and assault or another person is an offence Sec.323 of IPC 342,355, 326, 327, 34 of IPC
    2.       Voluntary grievous hurt with dangerous weapons is an offence under sec. 326 IPC, and any person who commits any offence under the Indian Penal Code punishable by imprisonment for a term of 10 years or more against a member of a Scheduled Caste, shall be punishable with imprisonment for life and with fine [sec. 3(2) (v) of SC/ST (PoA) Act].
    3.       A person, who is not a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, who intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a member of a Scheduled Caste in any place of public view, is guilty of an offence [sec. 3(1)(x) of SC/ST (PoA) Act].
    4.       Whoever, being a public servant but not being a member of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, willful neglects his/her duties required to be performed by him/her under the Act, is guilty of an offence [sec. 4 SC/ST (PoA) Act].
    5.       Everyone has the right of life, liberty and security of person [Art. 3 UDHR and Art. 5(b) CERD].
    6.        No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment –Art 5 UDHR & Art 7 ICCPR.
    7.       General recommendation 19 of CEDAW relates to gender-based violence and recommends amongst other things that states should take all legal and other measures that are necessary to provide effective protection of women against gender-based violence including effective legal measures (including penal sanctions), preventive measures (including public information and education programs) and protective measures. 

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Attack & Destruction of Dalit Family’s House to Grab Land

  • Posted by: Centre for Dalit Rights
  • Date of incident: 15-02-2013
  • State:: Rajasthan
  • District:: PALI(DP)
  • Police station:: Kotwali
  • Chargesheet:: No Chargesheet
  • Summary::

    The supremacy of land mafias still exists in the town Pali. There are several incidents of grabbing / encroachment upon Dalit or poor people land by land mafias. Similarly, an incident has occurred with Mishrilal s/o Bhuraram Khatik is r/o no. 236, Samayati Nagar in Pali Dist, who is a Dalit on 24 Feb, 2013, who belongs to Scheduled Caste community.

     

    The victim had purchased 24 x 64 feet flat, Plot no. 1819/623, near Near drinking water tab of Ramlal Prajayat, Nayagaon, Sajon road and had been staying over there since last many years. Pradeep Singarh, the former Nagar Parishad President, is also a land mafia had a bad eye on the flat of Dalit family to encroach upon one day.

     

    Thus, as per his plan, on 24 Feb, 2013, accused Pradeep Singarh along with some of his co-land mafias went to victim’s house and threatened them to vacate the house or else he would forcibly through them out of the flat saying that he purchased the flat since long back and thus the flat belongs to him. When the victim objected to Pradeep Singarh, he threatened them with dire consequences if they do not vacate the flat.

     

    Again on 24 Feb, 2013 at about 4.00 a.m. the accused along with his co-land mafias went to victim’s house while they were sleeping and broke down 4 walls of the flat. The victims found that there was a gang of land mafias, who were involved in demolishing the houses of their neighbours too. When the victim’s protested against demolishing of houses, the accused brutally attacked them with lathis.

     

    With tremendous fear, the victims made a call to Kotwali police station. The police reached the spot and able captured a mafia. All the other land mafias managed to escape from the spot. The victims lodged complaint in Kotwali police station on the same day. A case was registered against the accused on 15 Feb, 2013, No. 96/13, u/s 147,148,458,447,427,149 IPC & 3(1)(v) of SC/ST (PoA) Act.

     

    However, the police did not take any action against the accused because Pradeep Singarh was a former Nagar Parishad President and also an influenced person of the area. 

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Gang Rape of Minor Dalit Girl

  • Posted by: Centre for Dalit Rights
  • Date of incident: 31-01-2013
  • State:: Rajasthan
  • District:: ALWAR
  • Police station:: Khaisthal
  • Chargesheet:: No Chargesheet
  • Summary::

    Manju bai (16) d/o Rajaram is r/o Jhadka village, P.S. Khaisthal in Alwar Dist. She belongs to Scheduled Caste (Meghwal) community. They are three brothers and sisters. She has studied up to standard 10th, however she could not continue her further studies due to financial problem of the family.

     

    On 31.01.2013, at about 7.30 p.m. the victim went to collect firewood from a field closer to her house.  Meantime, Sanjay s/o Atar Singh along with other two of his friends, belonging to Jat community of the same village, went behind Manju bai while collecting firewood, closed her mouth and abducted her to the house of Sanjay s/o Atar Singh and locked in a room. The accused threatened her that if she cries out for help or reveals the matter to anyone or tries to run away from the place, he would kill her entire family members.

     

    After that, the accused offered a glass of water to the victim and forced her to drink. When the victim drank the glass of water, she fell unconscious. Taking the advantage, the accused raped her for two days.  When the victim, regained her conscious, she realized that she has been raped.

     

    On 03/02/2013, at about 12.00 a.m. accused Sanjay, was forcibly taking away the victim with a motorbike to another place, however the victim’s parents and the villagers followed the accused and rescued the victim, but accused persons escaped from there.

     

    A case has been registered against the accused persons on 05.02.13, case no. 36/13, u/s 363,366,376(g) IPC & 3 3(1)(xii) of SC/ST (PoA) Act.

     

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Brutal Assault on Dalit for Non Repayment the Debt

  • Posted by: Social Awareness Society for Youths-SASY
  • Date of incident: 23-01-2013
  • State:: Tamil Nadu
  • District:: TIRUPPUR
  • Police station:: Mulanoor
  • Chargesheet:: 24/01/2013 – U/s 148, 364A, 323, 506(ii) of IPC and 3(1)(x) of SC/ST PoA Act 1989., No Chargesheet
  • Summary::

    Kandan (65), belongs to Dalit Arunthathiyar community, is a resident of Sanaarpalayam, Mulanoor, Tirupur District. He is a meat seller and a wood cutter, used to sell woods carrying in a Lorry or Tempo. He used to hire the vehicle from Rathna Moorthy, who used to lend money for interest. Kandan was indebted to Rathnamoorthy  and he failed to pay two installments. Rathnamoorthy being intolerant, planned to kidnap Kandan and to torture him, as punishment for the non-payment.

     

    On 23/01/2013, while Kandan was on his way to a tea shop near his house, Rathna Moorthy along with his gang, forcefully pulled inside the car and brutally assaulted him while the car is on the move. Then they took him to one isolated room and tortured him for some time. When Kandan fell unconscious, the perpetrators who considered that kandan has died, on reaching close to his house, they threw him out of the car.

     

    Kandan was hospitalized under critical health condition. He lodged a complaint and FIR has been registered. The investigation process is in progress.

     

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A Dalit Youth Electrocuted to Death for Refusal to Work in the Farm of Accused

  • Posted by: Centre for Dalit Rights
  • Date of incident: 14-01-2013
  • State:: Rajasthan
  • District:: PALI(DP)
  • Police station:: Sanderab
  • Chargesheet:: No Chargesheet
  • Summary::

    The Dalit community of Sanderab village is landless and illiterate and the Rajputs of the area are landlords. Majority of Dalits, work as agricultural labourers in the farm of Rajput to earn their livelihoods.

     

    Victim Bhomaram Kalbelia s/o Natha ram Kalbelia r/o Mono ki Dhani Sanderab, P.S Sanderab, Tehsil. Sumerpur in Pali District is landless Dalit, depends on daily wage to meet his family’s daily needs.  As to his fate, some years back, he along with his family went to Sanderab village in search of work for their livelihood, where they worked in the farm of Rawat Singh s/o Khushal Singh, a Rajput. After some days, due to dispute for wages, the family of Bhomaram stopped working in the farm of Rawat Singh. Then the family on 14 Jan, 13, approached Gajwi Rajpurahit, whose farm is located adjacent to Rawat Singh’s farm, for work and there after they worked in the farm of Gajwi.

     

    On the same day 14 Jan, 13, accused Rawat Singh s/o Khushal Singh called Dinesh (18) s/o Bhomaram Kalbelia and asked him to work in his farm, or else he would kill him and his family. When Dinesh refused working in the farm of Rawat, he bore grudge and conspired against the family to take revenge one day.  

     

    Thus, on the fateful day on 15 Jan, 13 at about 1 p.m. accused Rawat Singh forcibly took Dinesh by a motorcycle and asked him to work in his farm.When the diseased refused, he along with some of his people namely Raju Singh s/o Moti Singh, Gudu Singh s/o Rawat Singh belonging to Rajput caste, electrocuted him to death. On hearing the news, Bhomaram, the father of diseased went to the spot and found his son dead and the accused destroying all the evidences, connected to the crime. The accused threatened with dire consequence and strictly instructed Bhomaram to tell the public and police that his son died in electric shock when he came into contact with, while working in the farm.

     

    The frightened victim lodged a complaint in Sanderab police station, but the police did not entertain his complaint. So he along with his relatives met SDM, Sumperpur and Addl. Collector of Pali with a complaint, after that a criminal case was registered against the accused on 15 Jan, 13, No. 08/13, u/s 302 IPC & 3(2)(v) of SC/ST (PoA) Act and also post mortem was conducted.

     

    Police has not arrested the accused yet because of political influence. The accused is roaming around free. Because of the threat, the victims migrated to another place to save their lives. The administration has not given any compensation to the victims yet. 

     

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