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Bonded Labour Rukhala

  • Posted by: Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan
  • Date of incident: 05-07-2013
  • State:: Punjab
  • District:: MUKATSAR
  • Police station:: Giddarwaha
  • Chargesheet:: No F.I.R
  • Summary::

    Harwinder Kaur W/o Baljinder Singh, Village- Rukhala, Bazigar Basti, Tehsil-Giddarwaha, District- Shri Muktsar Sahib, She belong to caste “Majhabi Sikh” caste which has been declared as a Scheduled Caste by the State government of Punjab. 

     

    She and her family members have been were working as agriculture labourers since April 2011.  for Pal Singh Master S/o Prabhu Singh, Village- Shekh, tehsil- Giddarwaha, District- Shri Muktsar Sahib, Caste-Jatt Sikh. Her husband Baljinder Singh was working as a “Siri” for the employer. Her daughter Manpreet Kaur (17 years) and Jaspreet Kaur are also working with for the employer. 

     

    Pal Singh Master had given them advance of Rs. 15000 (Rupees fifteen thousand) at the time of joining the work which they used that money to repay the bonded debt of his previous employer Om Prakash Jaini, who is living in city. Shri Muktsar Sahib who used them  for 13 years and imposed an amount of Rs.15000 (Fifteen thousand and five hundred) on her as an bonded debt. Pal Singh Master has fixed annual wages Rs.55000 (Fifteen thousand and five hundred) for her husband including 520 KG wheat. Pal Singh (Master) never gave them any information regarding her and her children’s wages. Pal Singh (Master) extracted work from 6:00a.m to 9:00p.m. During the wheat and paddy transplantation season they have to work for him in day and night.  Pal Singh (Master) never allow them for any weekly rest. Whenever they could not work due to sickness or any urgent work then Pal Singh Master charged them an amount of fine as per his own wish and adds this amount in the advance amount and charged an interest on the whole amount according to his own wish. Pal Singh Master has taken their thumb impressions on many types of blank papers. She is illiterate she could not understand for what purpose he will use these papers. During the work period whenever she  demanded her wages from Pal Singh Master  always makes excuses and when She requested him several times then after four or five months he gave them only Rs.2000 (Rupees two thousand rupees) and adds this amount in the advance amount and charged an interest according to his own wish. Instead of this amount he never paid our wages or wheat. When they  have completed two years work with Pal Singh Master, they demanded our wages from him, he abused them on caste basis and threaten them that he will not pay us any wages but he imposed an bonded debt of Rs.45000 (Rupees forty five thousand) on them

     

    They refused to go in the Panchayat, which is called by Pal singh itself.  Pal Singh Master was not paying them their wages but  demanding bonded debt from them. The complaint has been sent to the DM, Muktsar and there is no action against the employer and no compensation has been given to the victims under the Bonded Labour System (Abolotion) Act 1976 or SC/ST Act 1989.

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Murder of a Dalit Petlad Town

  • Posted by: Navsarjan Trust
  • Date of incident: 20-06-2013
  • State:: Gujarat
  • District:: ANAND
  • Police station:: Petlad Town Police Station
  • Chargesheet:: No F.I.R
  • Summary::

    The village called Jesarva is situated in Petlad taluka of Anand district. There are patels, Darbars, Dalits and some other caste’s people living.

     

    On 20/06/13 the victim Parshottambhai, at 5 o’clock in the evening left to Dharmaj Jalaram Mandir to pray as his daily routine, as he was coming back from the temple, near Jesarva-Shekhdi railway crossing accused Prakashbhai Simonbhai Khristi, Mustak Najirmiya and Jasodaben alias Jashi Parshottambhai Purabiya came there and accused prakashbhai attacked with deadly wepon and all the three accused ran away from the place.

    On coming to know the Police Inspector came there and then sent the deadbody to Petlad Civil Hospital for postmortem and registered FIR

    This is altogether a different case. A dalit was killed. The brief fact of the case as per the investigation authority and other people, the accused had illicit relationship with the wife of the victim. Because of that some quarrel was going on between the husband and wife. The wife of the victim and the accused had decided to kil him.

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Physically torture on dalit Bonded Labourer

  • Posted by: Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan
  • Date of incident: 15-06-2013
  • State:: Punjab
  • District:: BATHINDA
  • Police station:: Sadar Bathinda
  • Chargesheet:: No F.I.R
  • Summary::

    Jaswinder Singh @ Kundan S/o Gurjant Singh @ Janta, Age-34 years is from village- Jai Singh wala, tehsil & District- Bathinda. He belongs to Majhabi Sikh caste which is declared as a scheduled caste by the state of Punjab. From last five years he is working as a “Siri” (bonded labourer) with the different employers. Now he is working with Mandeep Singh S/o Mohinder Singh from village- Jai Singh wala, tehsil & District- Bathinda who belongs to caste “Jatt Sikh” (upper caste). When he (Jaswinder singh) starts to work for Mandeep Singh he was given Rs. 15000 (Fifteen thousand rupees) as an advance amount and Mandeep Singh promised him that he will gave him Rs.41,000 (Forty one thousand rupees) as his annual wages for the first year. The advance money which was given to Jaswinder Singh he used to repay the bonded debt of his previous employer who took work from him continuously for three years and never paid his wages and when he desire to leave his work then he imposed a amount of Rs.10,000 (ten thousand rupees) on him as an bonded debt. Then to repay the bonded debt of his previous employer Jaswinder Singh was helpless to work for Mandeep Singh. Now he is working as a bonded labourer under the employer (Mandeep Singh). He is working for day and night and the employer never allow him to go to his home even his house is in the same village where he is working but the employer hardly allow him to go after two or three days only for one night. Whenever he stayed more time then the employer comes to his house and abused him and forcibly brings him to work. The employer never paid his earns wages even not any overtime or weekly rest. Whenever he demands his wages he gave him only Rs.100 or Rs.50 after ten or fifteen days. His father and brother are working outside they are managing the household needs. When Jaswinder Singh worked for one year for the employer, he demands his wages but the employer do not paid his wages but impose a bonded debt amount of Rs.8000/- on him so that he could extract bonded labour from him and in the second year he again gave him Rs.17,000 as an advance amount and again engaged him in his work. Now the employer is not giving him his wages. During the work his maternal grandmother was died and he asked the employer that he wants to go for his maternal grandmother’s last ceremony. 

     

     

    The employer tells him that first look after his cattle and then go anywhere. After finishing the work of employer in the morning Jaswinder went to the house of his maternal parents. He came back in the next day morning on the work of the employer, the employer starts to abuse him on caste basis and tell him that “why he is late?. The employer threaten him that he will teach him a lesson for coming late on work. Then the employers start his tractor and kicked Jaswinder Singh with his tractor and he was injured seriously. His left arm has been broken and he became unconscious. The employer’s son Harjit Singh bring him to a private doctor and his arm has plastered. Now Jaswinder Singh is unable to work for the employer due to his injury but the employer is demanding bonded debt of Rs.20,000 (Twenty thousand rupees) and is forcing him to pay the bonded debt otherwise work for him as the wheat harvesting season is coming.  The employer is not giving any expenses for the treatment of Jaswinder Singh, when Jaswinder Singh’s mother went to the house of the employer to demand money for his son’s treatment. The employer do not gave her any money but he abused her and ordered her to get out from his house and said that he has not any money for Jaswinder Singh’s treatment. The employer has threaten that if he will not pay the bonded debt or will not work for him he will hand him over to police and with the help of police he will extract the bonded debt. Now Jaswinder Singh is unable to work due to his injury but the employer is harassing him to extract the bonded debt. Jaswinder Singh has approached to VSJ and the complaint was filed to District Magistrate, Bathinda. Jaswinder Singh is physically free from bonded labour and bonded debt. 

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Dalit woman denied to worship in the temple, stripped half naked, and beaten brutally

  • Posted by: NDMJ-Bihar
  • Date of incident: 14-06-2013
  • State:: Bihar
  • District:: SARAN
  • Police station:: Abtar Nagar
  • Chargesheet:: not filed
  • Summary:: The incident happened in Maa Ambika Bhawani Temple, which is situated in Abhi Village, Digwara PS, and Saran District. This is very old and famous temple. It is run by a trust. Now there is no dalit member in the trust. The temple is running by Panda. Hindu conducts their wedding ceremony in the village and as a custom, after getting married boy and girls have their Chouthary worship in the temple. In this area people follow this custom sincerely. The incident happened with Dalit women Shilpi Devi (21) w/o Raj Kumar Majhi(22) and a resident of Jowa village,during her Chouthary worship. Shilpi Devi, a newly wedded bride, along with her husband and mother-in-law Srimati Raj Kumari Devi, w/o of Harendra Majhi and other neighbor women had gone to Ambika Bhabani Temple to conduct Chothary Puja. All the women entered the temple to worship. They asked the priest to open the door of the temple to have a darshan of Maa Ambika’s statue and offer Prasad. Then the priest Nilu Tiwari S/o Narayan Tiwari asked for money to open the door. Shilpi Devi’s Mother in law Rajkumari Devi was giving Rs.100 note but he did not take money from her and asked her caste. She informed her caste as Dushadh(Dalit). After knowing her caste the Panda (priest) Tiwari asked for Rs.1000/- to open the door. Raj Kumari Devi and her family told that they cannot afford that amount. Then the priest did not open the door. So Sreemati Rajkumari Devi asked her daughter in law to worship outside, then Shilpi and other women started to worship outside. The Priest got angry for worshiping but not giving money and he started abusing them by using all bad slangs and thrown out the Puja Thali. Shilpi Devi’s worshiping ingredient fell down here and there. When heard the noise priest Manoranjan Tiwari and Kumud Ranjan Tiwari, s/o-Narayan Tiwari, Akhil Tiwari s/o Nilu Tiwari with others came to the spot. Every one of them started hitting Shilpi Devi and other women using the name of caste. When Shilpi’ s Mother in law, Raj Kumari Devi and her husband Raj Kumar Majhi went to protect them, pandas beaten them too. Shilpi got beaten more, two panda together tied shilpi’s neck both side with her saree in the intention to kill her. Her clothe was totally worn out and she was made half naked. If Shilpi’s husband and her neighbor women would not have saved in between then Shilpi would have made fully naked. The priests had beaten so much to Shilpi that she lost her sense and fell down on the floor. The priest also took out her jewelry (approximately 24gm gold) Victim Shipi Devi was taken to the Primary Health Center by her relatives. Regarding this FIR was lodged on 14.06.2013 in Digwara PS No. 96/13, u/s 341,323,379,504/34 IPC &3(1) (x), SC/ST (PoA) Act. And a counter case was filed by the accused on 17.06.13, No 100/13, U/S 341,323,504,379/34 against 1. Harendra Majhi 2.Sanjay Majhi 3.Raj Kumar Majhi 4. Shilpi Devi 5. Raj Kumari Devi 6. Pankaj Kumar and Ganesh Kumar Village Jhowa, is situated in PS-Abtar Nagar, District- Saran, 21 Km from District head quarter Chapra, 65 Km from state capital Patna, 6 km from Ambi Temple and 9 km from Digwara PS. People from different caste reside in the village and mostly from poor background. The total no of different household are somewhat like this, 10 families of Dusadh, 15 families of Chamar, 1 families Dhobi, 3 families dom100 families Nonia, 20 families Kanu, 100 families Teli, 10 families Kumbhar, 10 families Hajam, 10 families Brahmin, 50 Families Rajput10 families Yadav , 15 families Muslim, 8 families Malhari, 7 families Lohar, 5 families Kayasya and 25 families Koiri. The economic condition of Dalit in the village is very poor, most of them are landless, and some migrate out for occupation. Most of the dalit work as laborer in the field of others. The victim’s economic condition is very poor. They live in a house made by Indira Awas Yojona. Only two members are literate in the victim’s family.

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Dalit Bonded Labour Bolad Kalan

  • Posted by: Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan
  • Date of incident: 09-06-2013
  • State:: Punjab
  • District:: PATIALA
  • Police station:: Patiala
  • Chargesheet:: No F.I.R
  • Summary::

    Sukhdev Singh S/o Pal Ram, Village- Bolad Kalan, tehsil and District- Patiala belongs to Majhabi Sikh caste which has been declared as a Scheduled Caste by the State government of Punjab. In year 2010 he was employed by one Jai Bhagwan S/o Munshi Ram, Caste- Rajput, who is resident of village- Bolad Kalan, tehsil and District- Patiala. He was working as a “Siri” and was also working to care the cattle of the employer. The employer gave him Rs. 45000/- as an advance which he spend on his household expenses. In the end of first year the employer imposed an amount debt of Rs. 20,000/- on him. To repay the bonded debt of the employer Sukhdev Singh was helpless to work again for the employer. Again Sukhdev Singh work for one year and again in the end of third year the employer imposed a debt of Rs. 40,000/-  and again Sukhdev Singh work for the employer and in the third year the employer again do not pay his earn wages. The employer was not allowing him any weekly rest or over time. Whenever, he could not attend the work due to some urgent work or due to sickness the employer charged him a fine of Rs.300/- per day and adds this amount in the advance amount and charged an interest on the whole amount according to his own wish. 

     

    On 6-7-013 his brother’ wife was ill and she was admitted to Rajindera Hospital Patiala and no one was in the house so Sukhdev Singh decided to stay in his house that night but in the same night the brother of the employer named Babli came to the house of Sukhdev Singh and abuse him on caste basis and bring him to the house of the employer Jai Singh. When he reached in the house of the employer the brother’s son of the employer named Sanji beaten him mercilessly and injured him and locked him in a room so he could not go to his house in the night. On second day the door was opened and he was ordered to work. When the employer was here Sukhdev Singh ran away from the work place. On 9-6-013 the employer and his brother Babli came to the house of Sukhdev Singh and started beating him and bring him to their farm house and locked them in a room. On the next day Sukhdev Singh ran away from the work and approached to VSJ and the complaint was sent to the District Magistrate, Patiala. No action has been taken against the employer the victim is physically free from bondage but no release certificate has been issued to the victim up till now. 

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