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Dalit family in Bondage

    The present case pertains to a bonded labourer Chamkaur Singh S/o Jagtar Singh R/o Village Dinnewal, Tehsil Khadoor Sahib, District Tarn Taran whose father is in the illegal detention of the police of PS Khadoor Sahib at the behest of the brick kiln owner Vijal Pal Chawdhary whose brick kiln is located in Verowal Road, Khadoor Sahib, District Tarn Taran for recovery of bonded debt and his 20 day old child suffering from Jaundice is forced to remain at the brick kiln with his mother until his father Chamkaur Singh can arrange for the bonded debt to buy the freedom from the brick kiln owner to leave his employment. The detailed facts of the case are as under;


    (A)Chamkaur Singh was advanced a bonded debt amounting Rs 50,000 by the owner / occupier by the name Vijal Pal Chowdhary whose brick kiln is usually called by the name Khera Bricks Co located in Veroal Road, Khadoor Sahib, Tarn Taran in the month of September in 2012 and employed as Pather (brick moulder) with his family members. At the time of his employment in 2012, the family of Chamkaur Singh consisted of his father Jagtar Singh, his wife Pooja, and his 2 children (now 3 children) Komalpreet Kaur aged 4 years and Shivmani Singh aged about 6 months.


    (B)That soon after the worker family moved to the brick kiln to start their work, the brick kiln owners in Punjab called a state wide strike to claim exemptions under the Mining Act. The strike called by the kiln owners was highly illegal and at the cost of the life and liberty of lakhs of workers already employed by such owners by advancing bonded debts. The detailed facts of the illegal strike is mentioned in the original petition made to the NHRC in case No 1576/19/1/2013-BL.


    (C)That, Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan filed a petition dated 5th March 2013 where in the matter of bonded labour due to the illegal strike was brought to the attention of the present Hon’ble Commission in the case No 1576/19/1/2013-BL. Thereafter, the present Commission was pleased to pass an Order dated 29th July 2013 whereby the District Magistrate, Tarn Taran was directed to conduct an immediate spot inquiry. However, the DM, Tarn Taran failed to comply with the Orders of the Commission and the undersigned social action group was asked to file a rejoinder in this regard. The rejoinder / comments on the non compliance of the DM, Tarn Taran to the orders of the Commission was filed on 30th October 2013.


    (D)That Chamkaur Singh is one of the 1000 other worker families whose case is annexed in the original petition in case No 1576/19/1/2013-BL. Chamkaur Singh’s name appears in the original petition - Annexure A- Serial number 124 . The bonded debt taken by him in 2012 is still claimed by the employer and Chamkaur Singh continues to be bonded at the same brick kiln till date. In lieu of the said debt, Chamkaur Singh and his family were made to work for more than 15 hours a day, without paid weekly rest, in the most dismal working conditions in violating of every labour Law, Rules and Regulations. Owing to the bonded debt, the bonded labourers have also been denied their earned wages and continue to be forced to work at the brick kiln for a meagre subsistence allowance.


    (E)  That since the advancement of the bonded debt in 2012, the worker family has not been allowed to return home and have been forced to remain at the brick kiln. The workers are not allowed to leave the premises unless the employer permits and under no circumstance are they allowed to leave the brick kiln premises with their belongings.


    (F)  That during the last week of September 2014, Chamkaur Singh decided to confront the employer regarding his wages since his wife had just given birth and the newborn infant is sick. The newborn infant, who is about 20 days old now, is suffering from Jaundice and in need of immediate medical attention. However, the employer claimed that the bonded debt had now piled up to Rs 90,000 and if he wished to leave the employment he may do so on returning the bonded debt. Puzzled by the demand for such a high amount, Chamkaur Singh argued with the employer that he and his family members have been working continuously for 3 years now without any wages and there cannot be any debt still remaining. The employer told Chamkaur Singh that the interest had piled up in addition to some petty amounts taken for their survival. The employer was annoyed at Chamkaur Singh’s protest and warned him for dire consequences if he tried to leave the brick kiln without paying the bonded debt. That night, some henchmen of the employer came to the residence of Chamkaur Singh at the brick kiln equipped with sticks and other weapons. Fearing that he may lose his life, Chamkaur escaped from there and took refuge at a relative’s house. Next day morning, the father of Chamkaur Singh was arrested from the brick kiln and taken to Khadoor Sahib police station and detained there at the behest of the employer. The Khadoor Sahib police are nothing but the agents of the employer assisting him in perpetuating the bonded labour system. Till now it is not certain whether the father of Chamkaur Singh has been released from detention although VSJ has brought the matter to the notice of the SSP, Tarn Taran to inquire into the illegal detention. Chamkaur Singh has been taking refuge at the Transit Rehabilitation Centre of VSJ not daring to go back to the brick kiln, to his wife and newborn child.


    (G)That, Chamkaur Singh belongs to the Mazhabi Sikh caste which is a Scheduled Caste in the State of Punjab and the employer Vijay Pal Chowdhary belongs to a non Scheduled Caste. The provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Preventing of Atrocities) Act, 1989 meant for the protection of the vulnerable sections of society has also eluded the bonded labourer family owing to the complete apathy of the district administration of Tarn Taran to take action required under the Law. An action is warranted under S.4 of the said Act against the District Magistrate, Tarn Taran.



    1. In spite of the orders of the Hon’ble Commission, no action has been taken thus far by the DM, Tarn Taran to protect the rights of the bonded labourers. The workers are in continuous bondage since September 2012. Now, the life of the 20 day old child is in danger and the father of the Chamkaur Singh continued to be harassed by the police of PS Khadoor Sahib and the employer.


     


    Regarding the above said matter the complaint was sent to The Chairman for National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi on 12-10-014 and after that A team of inquiry officers from the NHRC conducted a spot inquiry on 10th November 2014 at the said brick kiln and found the facts to be correct and directed the district administration for the release of the bonded labourers. Release certificates under the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 (“BLSAA”) was issued by the Executive Magistrate dated 4th November 2014. The FIR lodged in his regard dated 8th Nov 2014 bearing No 155 under Ss. 16 and 17 of the BLSAA. Sir, the material facts on record reveal that the victims belong to the Mazhabi Sikh caste which is a scheduled caste in the state of Punjab and the perpetrator is not a member of a Scheduled Caste. This makes it a clear case of atrocity against members of Scheduled Castes under S. 3 of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 but the in the FIR the SC ST Act was not added.


    The case is still pending but no compensation has been given to the victim’s family up till date.


     


     

  • Posted by: Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan
  • Fact finding date: Not recorded
  • Date of Case Upload: 18-03-2015


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1) Petition to NHRC 
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3) letter to SSP 
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Rape on mentaly & physically challenged Dalit girl in Phaltan block of Satara district

    The incident is of Phaltan block, district Satara, Maharashtra where on dated 10.03.2015, Accused from OBC community kidnapped 18 year old Girl from SC community with an intent to outrage her modesty. The girl was deaf and dumb and was not able to protect her from victims attack and was forcefully dragged on a motorbike by both the accused. This was witnessed by boy named shubham who lives in the same locality where victim girl stays. Accused took the girl nearly 8 to 9 kms from her house location, they dragged her to the sugarcane field and raped her there. On 13.03.2015. when girl\'s mother shared news of her missing daughter, the community members gathered and hearing all this, that boy who witnessed abducting seeing mentioned to girls family that 2 boys from OBC community took the girl on motorbike 2 days back. After this the girl was taken to Police Station by her parents where FIR was registered against both OBC accused. One accused got arrested on 14.03.2015 and Police did not arrest 2nd accused. Meanwhile, After getting information of the incident, the NDMJ Maharashtra team intervened in the case. on 19.03.2015, they uploaded the complete case incident on web based mechanism named Atrocity Tracking & Monitoring (ATM) system and sent SMS/Email alerts to SP and DySP Satara District for speeding up the investigation and arrest 2nd accused who was involved in planing and executing the rape incident. Same day SP Satara district conducted spot investigation and arrested the 2nd accused as well. Since the case has continuously been followed by NDMJ team, therefore case concern officials at the district level got an idea that they have no scope of leaving the case loose from any end. 

     

    Conviction in this case was the result of outstanding efforts of the Government Lawyer fighting the case in favor of Victim and continuous efforts of NDMJ team in building up the confidence of victims family and witnesses for taking up the legal process against both the accused. On 7.08.2016, Session\'s court convicted both the accused for Life imprisonment for the rape of dalit girl.
  • Posted by: NDMJ - Maharastra
  • Fact finding date: 13-03-2015
  • Date of Case Upload: 18-03-2015

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Murder of Hareram Baitha

    हेरेराम बैठा ,सूबे बिहार के पूर्वी चंपारण जिले के पलानावा ओपी अंतर्गत खरकटवा गाँव के निवासी थे | उनकी उम्र करीब 35 वर्ष थी वे अनुसूचित जाति (धोबी ) के सदश्य थे टोला सेवक के रूप में समाज की सेवा करते थे | दिनांक 15.02.2015 की रात्रि करीब 8.30 बजे ग्रामीण1. श्री गोवर्धन महतो ,उम्र -45 वर्ष ,पिता -बचन महतो 2. बगड़ महतो ,उम्र -55 वर्ष ,पिता -शंकर महतो दोनों  नूनिया जाति (ebc) के सदश्य है | ये लोग साजिश पूर्वक हरेराम बैठा को  कागजात पढवाने के लिए बुलाकर अपने साथ ले गए | दिनांक 16.02.2015  को सुबह करीब 4  बजे हरेराम बैठा के पडोसी बृजकिशोर बैठा ,उम्र -40 वर्ष ,पिता- छठू बैठा इट बनाने के लिए भट्टा के तरफ जा रहे थे तो चीखने चिलाने कि आवाज सुनकर वे बगड़ महतो के खलिहान के तरफ दौड़े तो देखे की उक्त दोनों के साथ ग्रामीण जोतन महतो ,उम्र -20, पिता - बगड़ महतो ; लालन महतो , उम्र -35, पिता - राजदेव महतो ; जवाहिर महतो ,उम्र -35, पिता -जिलाई महतो ; आत्मा महतो ,उम्र -55 ;धूपा महतो ,उम्र -43 ,दोनों के पिता धेनुख महतो ;मनोज महतो , उम्र -35, पिता -पुनदेव महतो ;   ये सभी लोग हरेराम बैठा का हाथ पैर बांध कर लाठी डंडा से जबरदस्त पिटाई कर रहे थे , जब ब्रजकिशोर बैठा  द्वारा बिच बचाव का  प्रयाश किया गया | तो अपराधियो ने उसे भी पीटकर घायल कर दिया ,स के बाद बृजकिशोर बैठा भाग कर गाँव में आए और घटना की  जानकारी लोगो को दी  |सुचना मिलते ही  सैकड़ो ग्रामीण घटना स्थल की ओर दौड़ पड़े |लोगो को आते देख सभी अपराधी भाग निकले |ग्रामीण राजेश्वर, हाकिम बैठा, सतीश बैठा ,बृजकिशोर बैठा ,सुंदरी देवी सहित हरेराम बैठा को बेहोशी की हालत में देखकर रोने चिलाने लगे और उन्हें  उठा कर ईलाज के लिए ले जाना चाहा उसी वक्त उनकी मृत्यु हो गयी |   


     

  • Posted by: NDMJ-Bihar
  • Fact finding date: 20-02-2015
  • Date of Case Upload: 18-03-2015


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Murder of Arjun Chaudhry

    ग्राम बलाबिघा नवादा जिला मुख्यालय से लगभग २५ किलोमीटर की दूरी पर बसा हुआ है और हिसुवा थाना से लगभग १० किलोमीटर उतर पश्चिम में है .दिनांक १ फरबरी २०१५ को ईसी गाव के अर्जुन चौधरी को इसी गांव के बिनोद यादव सहित ५ लोगो ने बुरी तरह से पीट -पीट कर हत्या कर दिया एस घटना के पीछे का कारन यह है की २०११में अर्जुन चौधरी के भाई की हत्या कर दिया गया था जिसका कांड संख्या १०३/११ है इस कांड को लेकर बिनोद यादव एवं अन्य अपराधी लोग तसविया करने के लिए दबाव दे  रहा था तस्विया नहीं करने के कारन अर्जुन चौधरी को १-२-२०१५ को पीट -पीट कर कर दिया जिसका कांड संख्या १४/१५ है जिसमे धारा ३०२ IPC and sc/ST act 3(2)(v)लगा है इस कांड के किसी भी आरोपी को पुलिस अभी तक गिरफ्तार नहीं की है जिसके कारन अपराधी लोग बराबर victim को केस उठाने की धमकी दे रहा है अर्जुन चौधरी के परिवार को सर्कार dhwara FIR NO 103/11 &14/15 में अभी तक मुआवजा नहीं दिया गया है

  • Posted by: NDMJ-Bihar
  • Fact finding date: 15-02-2015
  • Date of Case Upload: 27-02-2015


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1) Murder of Arjun chaudhri 

Torture with Dalit Minor Girl Una - HP

    यह घटना जिला ऊना में पड़ते गांव सनोली की है. यह गांव ऊना से 20 कि०मि० की दुरी पर स्थित है. इसी गांव के दलित जाति में से चमार जाति से सम्बधित सरजीवन लाल स्पुत्र स्व: रहता है. जिसकी उम्र 45 वर्ष की है और वह पुलिस विभाग में कार्यरत है. इसकी चार बेटीयां हैं. बड़ी बेटी का नाम सुकेता कुमारी उम्र 16 वर्ष है जो कि बारहबी कक्षा में सनोली के साथ लगते गांव बिनेवाल के स्कुल में पढ़ती है. घर से स्कुल की दुरी महज 1 कि०मी० है.


                       3/06/14 को जब वह स्कुल से छुट्टी होने पर घर को आ रही थी तो स्कुल से महज 200 मी० की दुरी पर सनोली गांव के ही जुगाविंदर सिंह सपुत्र मुख्तेयार सिंह उम्र 28 वर्ष जाति जट है ने सुकेता कुमारी को रास्ते में घेर लिया और उसकी वायूं को पकड़ लिया और अपनी तरफ खीचने लगा तभी सुकेता ने छोर मचाया ओर वह उसकी वायूं छोड़कर भाग खड़ा हुआ. सुकेता कुमारी ने उसी दिन शाम को सारी घटना के बारे में अपने पिता सरजीवन लाल को बताया जिस पर उसके पिता जी ने सनोली गांव की पंचायत व साथ लगते गांव मजारा, मलूक्पुर, बिनेवाल की पंचायतों को भी बताया.


                         05/06/14 को सभी पंचायतो ने दलित बस्ती के श्री गुरु रविदास जी के मंदिर में इक्कठ किया वह समस्त गांव वासियों के सामने जुगाविंदर सिंह वह उसके पिता को वहां बुलाया जुगाविन्दर सिंह ने अपनी गलती को सवीकार किया तब पंचायत ने उसे 100/- जुर्माना लगाया वह जुगविंदर सिंह के पिता को उसके बेटे जुगाविंदर का मुंह काला करने को कहा और सनोली गांव से बिनेबाल स्कुल तक उसे लेकर जाने को कहा. इसके बाद पचायत ने इस मामले को इसी दिन खत्म करने का हुक्कम जारी किया. 07/06/14 को गांव के ही अमरीक सिंह जाति जट ने सभी जट विरादरी को इक्कठा किया और सनोली पंचायत घर से लेकर दलित बस्ती को जाने वाली सड़क तक दलितों के खिलाफ नारे लगाते हुये मारच निकाला इस रैली में लगभग 400 जाट पुरुष व 200 महिलाए थी इसी दिन गांव में जिला ऊना से SDM किसी काम से सनोली आये हुए थे तो अमरीक सिंह ने जुगाविंदर की माता को साथ लेकर सुकेता के परिवार व पंचायत के खिलाफ जुगाविंदर का मुंह काला करने के बारे SDM  से शिकायत करी वह मोके पर ही FIR करवाई. इसी दिन रात को सरजीवन लाल ने भी अपनी और से पुलिस चौकी संतोखगढ में जुगाविंदर के खिलाफ मामला दर्ज करवाया.  

  • Posted by: NDMJ - Himachal Pradesh
  • Fact finding date: 09-06-2014
  • Date of Case Upload: 27-02-2015

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