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The incident is of Jakheda village which is in Unna district. This village is situated 15km far from the district head quarter. In the village 200 Chamar family, 4 Julah families, 75 balmiki family, 700 brahmin family and 1 Rajput family are staying. Bariyum Singh, age-65, stays in the village and belongs to schedule caste (Chamar). On May 12, 2013, Nephew of Bariyum Singh was getting married. The procession of bridegroom had gone to Behdala village, Mangat Ram alias Sonu a Brahmin was also with the bridegroom, who was invited by the groom and is also from the same village Jakheda. During the ceremony Bariyum Singh’s Son in law Rajinder Kumar (35) was sleeping because of fever in the guest house given to the bridegroom. Mangat Singh and his two friends came and started abusing and beating Rajinder Kumar with a chair. When Bariyum Singh and his son Somnath(30) reached there, somnath asked why you are beating him; Mangat punched him on face and abused them in the name of caste. He also threatened to kill them and went from there. While the bridegroom was returning from Behdala around 8.15pm, Bariyum Singh and his family were coming in a Scorpio. In the vehicle, Bariyum Singh, his two daughters Kamla and Santosh Kumari, and his son in law Rajinder , his son Somnath and Somnath’s wife Amanpreet Kaur, was coming. Bariyum Singh was sitting beside the driver. On the way Mangat Ram and 7-8 of his friends tried to stop the vehicle, they were with Iron rod, and heavy stick. When the driver asked why you are trying to stop the vehicle, Mangat Ram tried to open the window of the vehicle forcibly. Mangat Ram was wearing Iron grip in his finger he punched with that on Bariyum Singh’s nose and it started bleeding seriously. Mangat Ram and his friends started breaking the vehicle with iron rod. When Somnath and Rajinder got out of the Vehicle, one of them hit Somnath on head with an iron rod, his head cracked and he started bleeding. When Amanpreet Kaur went to save her husband Somnath, Mangat Ram started hurting her too, he slapped her and took out her sari and she was only with blouse and petticoat. They also started beating the sick Rajinder. By the time there came the Bridegrooms bus so they ran away from the place they took Amanpreet’s purse where she had kept her mobile and some money. But when they were running away some people from the bridegroom side could catch hold one among the accused group, his name is Punit Kumar. They took punit and went to Mahatpur PS and filed the FIR. Then they were sent to district hospital Unna for treatment.
Chelladurai (40), S/o Thiruman, belongs to dalit Arunthathiyar community, is resident of Mulaiampoondi village, Mulanoor, Tiruppur District. He is a farm labour, married and father of two daughters.
On 05/05/2013, while he was returning from work, in his bicycle, one Senthil (33) called him and asked him to stop. But Chelladurai, who was tired after work, was hesitant to stop and told that he would like to go home. Senthil again called him loudly. On hearing the shout, Muthusamy father of Senthil, Chinnu and Sundarasamy all gathered and rushed towards Chelladurai. Being infuriated by this Senthil’s father, stopped his vehicle, saying “how dare you sakkili not obeying our orders? Senthil kicked the By-cycle and Chelladurai.Chelladurai fell down. Muthusamy slapped him with his slipper, Chinnu kicked him and Sundarasamy beaten him with a big wooden stick found near the tea shop.
On hearing the shout of Chelladurai, with the help of Senthil, a dalit, Mariammal w/o Chelladurai, called 108 and took him to the Tarapuram Government Hostpital. On 06/05/2013, a complaint was given and case was registered. But the Police have not arrested the perpetrators and negligent to take action on the complaint.
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) started 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 brings 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. For the release and rehabilitation of Jaswinder Singh VSJ has sent a complaint to the District Magistrate, Bathinda. The case is pending.