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A Dalit Tortured Brutally, Fed Pesticide and Killed on Theft Allegation

  • Posted by: Dalit Sthree Sakthi (DSS)
  • Date of incident: 26-02-2003
  • Create date: 21-03-2014
  • State:: Andhra Pradesh
  • District:: KADAPA
  • Police station:: Veerapanenipalli
  • Chargesheet:: F.I.R- 28.02.03, No Chargesheet
  • Summary::

     

    Venkatesu s/o. Venkatanna, 45 years, belongs to datit community, caste Mala (SC). His wife name is Lampala Mary. Both wife and husband work as labourers and residence of Animala village, Veerapanenipalli -Mondal, Cuddapah -Dist. They have one son Bogadenna who is studying.  Venkatesu had lost his parents in his childhood. On 27.02.03 Venkatesu and his wife Lampala Mary went for work and returned to house in the afternoon. In the same evening at around 16.00 hrs, they were at their house, then 1.Gajjala Ravinder Reddy, 2. Narareddy Chinnasangannagari Maheswara reddy, 3. Narreddy Chinna venkata Reddy, Gari Nadipisangi reddy, 4. Narravula Murali Mohan Reddy, of Animela (V) came and called Venkatesu. When Venkatesu came out of his house, the 4 persons caught Venkatesu and took him by force along with them. When Lampala Mary questioned them, Raveendra reddy replied, \\\"In the night Lampala Venkatesu stole oranges\\\" and pushed her away.

     

    After that Lampala Mary went to Venkataramana, Konduru Siva and Lampala Venkatramana and told them about the matter. All of them went to the Anjeneya swamy temple situated at the Bus-stand of the village and found the 4 persons i.e. 1.Gajjala Raveendra reddy, 2. Narreddy Chinnasangannagari Maheswara reddy, 3. Narreddy Chinna Venkatreddy gari Nadipi Sangireddy and 4. Narravula Murali Mohan Reddy beating her husband with sticks and hands and Lampala Venkatesu fell down. Then Venkatesu asked for water. Then Nareddy Chinnasangannagari Maheswara Reddy went into the house and brought water and gave to drink.  Then all the accused went away. Lampala Mary and her relatives went near to Venkatesu and found pesticide smell coming out from his mouth then Venkatesu fell unconscious. Lampala Mary and 3 others brought Venkatesu to the house. Venkatesu head and body was full of blood. Venkatesu did not gain his conscious back. Knoduru Siva Went to Veerapunayeni palli and brought a jeep. In that jeep they took him to Vempalli Govt. Hospital, then they found a bleeding injury on the back of head and bleeding from the right ear. And also found swelling injuries on the left shoulder\\\' and also swellings (tenderness) here and there on the body. The Doctor at Govt. Hospital Vempalli admitted Venkatesu and gave some treatment. But during the treatment at around 23.00 hrs Venkatesu died. L. Mary filed a complaint on 28/02/2003 at Gangi Reddy Palli police station. G. Raveendra Reddy, N.C.S. Maheswara Reddy, N.C.V. gari Nadipi Sangireddy & N. Murali Mohan Reddy

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A Dalit Minor Girl was Raped & Her Parent Attacked Alwar

  • Posted by: Centre for Dalit Rights
  • Date of incident: 18-02-2003
  • Create date: 20-03-2014
  • State:: Rajasthan
  • District:: ALWAR
  • Police station:: M.I.A. Alwar
  • Chargesheet:: 21.02.03, No. 62/03, u/s 376 IPC & 3(2)(v) of SC/ST (PoA) Act, Chargesheet Filed
  • Summary::

    Alwar District is vastly populated with Ahir community. In Jat colony, Mave and Jat are in majority and a few houses of Koli community are living and the victims are the resident of the same locality. On February 18, 2003 Asha’s mother went to a Marriage ceremony where she was working as a cook leaving Asha and her husbant at home. On that day, Asha went to neighbor’s house some work. Meantime, a guy from Punjabi community met Asha and informed that Sahun and Aamin would hurt her, so he warned her to be careful. Suddenly Sahun and Aamin went there and started beating the Punjabi guy. Somehow Asha ran away and hide herself in the house of Bhands. After times Asha went her home back and slept. In the late night Aamin and Sahun went to Asha’s house and knocked the door. Asha’s father namely Gulab Singh opened the door. They both, Aamin & Sahun, beat Gulab Singh and took Asha in another room and brutally raped her. After raping Asha, they threatened her to kill and ran away from there. As Asha and her father were very much scared & frightened, they did not tell anything to anyone about the incident. Asha’s father Gulab Singh sent Asha to her relative’s home.  

     

    Late night around 11.30 PM Asha’s mother Shanti Devi came home back and asked about Asha. Gulab Singh then told her about the whole incident. Next morning Asha’s parents brought her back to their home and decided to send her to Mahua. Thus Shanti Devi went Mahua to drop her and came back in evening. Someway Shanti Devi and Gulab Singh decided to lodge an FIR against accused and went to the Nagar Police Station. The local Police took the FIR but did not register on the same day as Shanti Devi alleges that she lodged an FIR on 20th but the date mentioned in FIR is 21st. Very next day the Local Police registered her case under section 376 IPCand 3(2)(v) of SC/ST (PoA) Act, 1989 and started investigating the matter. On the next day of FIR, Asha’s medical examination was done. When accused and his family came to know that Asha has lodge FIR against him, they lost their temper and rushed to Asha’s home and threatened Asha and her family to withdraw the case otherwise be ready to die.

    From July 21, 2003 to July 29, 2003 Asha and her family were kept in confinement in their house and threatened to be killed. She was continuously forced to change her statement before the court and compromise with the accused. At last, the continuous threats, social boycott and warnings compelled Asha’s family to compromise with the culprit and therefore she changed her statement before the court. Later on, her family produced the Affidavit before the court stating that they were compelled to change their statement but the court didn’t accept their affidavit. At last due to lack of support from Police and community, Asha and her family compromised with the accused. They changed their statement before the court and denied the occurrence of Rape. They were unaware of the results of this compromise. The judicial court punished Asha with fine to misguide the court and stating false statement before the court.

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Dalit Woman Raped & Her House Destroyed

  • Posted by: NDMJ-Bihar
  • Date of incident: 15-02-2003
  • Create date: 22-03-2014
  • State:: Bihar
  • District:: AURANGABAD
  • Police station:: Risiyap
  • Chargesheet:: F.I.R registered, Chargesheet filed
  • Summary::

    In Dudhela village there are 50 Rajput families and they own the vast majority of the land. The Yadavs number 35 households and own some land as well.  The Pasis are the largest Dalit community in the village and are mostly landless. Other than these three castes, there are small numbers of families of Muslims and several Backward Castes. In January 2003 dominant caste landlord Dharam Singh (FC Rajput) beat the young son of Dalit agricultural labourers Phulo Devi and Mahesh Chaudhury, alleging that the boy had eaten some peas from his field. Mahesh Chaudhury confronted Dharam Singh, saying, “Sir, if my son has done something wrong, you should have corrected him, not assaulted him.”  This infuriated the Rajput landlord and he beat Mahesh as well.  He also denied the Dalit labourers their wages, claiming that the money would go towards the debt their son had incurred by stealing his peas. Violent incidents of this sort are commonplace in Dudhela village.

     

    Kalawati Devi (Pasi, 18 years) lives with her husband Suresh Chaudhury and his family in Dudhela village, Risiyap police station, Varun block, Aurangabad district, Bihar.  Kalawati was married to Suresh in 2002 at the age of 16 years.  Though Kalawati was educated up to 6th standard, her husband is illiterate.  She is the youngest daughter-in-law of the family. Though the traditional occupation of the family is selling toddy, they also work in the fields of a Rajput landlord named Jitendra Singh.  The family also borrows money from Jitendra Singh when needed. Kalawati is good-looking, and therefore her in-laws do not allow her to venture outside the house.  They require her to work only inside the house, or nearby the house. Once in the first year of Kalawati’s marriage, landlord Jitendra Singh came to her house unannounced and started talking to Kalawati.  He asked her where her father-in-law was, and said that he needed to speak to him regarding some work for him in his fields the next day.  Kalawati told him that her father-in-law was away for some work and was not at home at the moment.  She told Jitendra that when her father-in-law came back she would let him know this information.  After that she turned to go inside,but Jitendra insisted on talking with her further.  He asked her if she was educated, to which she replied in the affirmative.  He wanted to continue the conversation with her, but she went inside. After this incident, Jitendra Singh began frequenting Kalawati’s in-laws’ house to have a look at Kalawati when her husband and father-in-law were away selling toddy. Whenever he did not get to see Kalawati, he would get annoyed and would ask her father-in-law where she was. Kalawati’s father-in-law used to ignore Jitendra’s remarks, remaining absorbed in his own concerns.

     

    Kalawati’s husband Suresh sometimes travelled to Aurangabad town for daily wage labour.  His parents, meanwhile, worked in Jitendra Singh’s fields from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., when they would come home for a lunch break, and then again in the afternoon. Apparently interested in luring Kalawati out of her house, in January 2003 Jitendra Singh told Suresh’s parents that he suffered losses due to their going home for lunch and asked them to tell their youngest daughter-in-law to bring them their midday meal in the fields. “Otherwise,” he told them, “You can look for work elsewhere.” Suresh’s parents were frightened at the thought of being unemployed, as they knew that their traditional occupation of toddy tapping was only seasonal and could not provide for their livelihood. As their other three daughters-in-law stayed at their own homes, they were forced to ask Kalawati to bring them their midday food.  For eight days, Kalawati brought them their food in the fields without event. On the ninth day, in early February 2003, Kalawati was as usual taking food for her in-laws.  On the way to the fields lay Jitendra’s cabin.  Jitendra, anticipating her approach, intercepted Kalawati near his cabin and said to her, “Put the food in the cabin.  Your in-laws are working some distance from here and they will come here to eat today.” Kalawati complied.  As soon as she entered inside the cabin, however, Jitendra blocked her exit and said, “If you make even a sound, I will rape you and murder you.” 

     

    Kalawati ignored this, resisted him and shouted for help. Furious, Jitendra forced her onto the ground and started tearing her clothes off. Kalawati resisted by pulling his hair and even spat at him, but soon she was overpowered.  Jitendra forcibly raped Kalawati.  After that Kalawati started crying and told Jitendra that she would tell people about what he had done. Jitendra replied, “Look, don’t go and make a commotion about this. It’ll be you who gets disgraced and in any case, if you try to put a case against me, it will never get anywhere, because in this area, my family holds sway.”  On hearing this Kalawati grew frightened.  Seeing her scared, Jitendra again started kissing her all over and again raped her. Afterward he said, “I like you very much.  Stay a while and let me enjoy you some more.  I’ll give you some money for this, too, don’t worry.” Kalawati has not told anyone about the rape.  This was primarily due to the fact that she thought she and her family would get a bad name.  She thinks that she will never get justice. For the last ten years, Kalawati’s father-in-law’s mother (75 years) has been living on a small plot of land (two katthas, or less than 1 acre) belonging to the Irrigation Department along the roadside. There are seven other families – belonging to Backward Castes and Scheduled Castes, including Kumhar, Lohar, Dusadh, Pasi and Chamar castes – who have also captured some land and have been living there for many years.  Kalawati’s grandmother-in-law lived there in a shed for ten years, but otherwise Kalawati’s in-laws did not cultivate the small plot of land. In 2001, however, Kalawati’s father-in-law Moti Chaudhury (50 years) began deliberately occupying that piece of land and cultivating it.  Once they started cultivating it, they also built a small mud hut on the land and placed a charpoy (wooden cot) there for sleeping.  Kalawati and her husband stayed in the family’s home in the village, while Kalawati’s in-laws stayed in the hut on the cultivated land.  They also planted some vegetables on that land and kept part of the land as a ‘kalihaan’ (a smooth place cleared of pebbles and rubbish, where one can thresh one’s wheat) during the harvesting season for their harvested crop.

               

    The local dominant caste landlords, however, opposed the idea of a Dalit family occupying this piece of land.  In particular, dominant caste landlord Ramdev Singh (FC Rajput) was a strong opponent. Ramdev Singh’s family is extremely prominent and influential in the village, and the panchayat mukhiya (panchayat head) is known to be their supporter.  Ramdev Singh’s three sons – Upender Singh, Dharam Singh and Bahira Singh – along with their cousin Jaganarain Singh together own 90 bighas (40 acres) of land in Nathu Bigha, adjacent to Dudhela village. These Rajput landlords historically have taken possession of any government land or private land that becomes available. They also wanted to dispossess Kalawati Devi and her family of their small plot of land. Once Kalawati’s family began cultivating the land, the Rajputs began making threatening remarks, such as “You’re determined to get beaten up, aren’t you?  Are you sure you want to occupy this land?”  The Rajput men made these comments publicly in the village, particularly to Kalawati’s mother-in-law Gemini Devi. Kalawati’s mother-in-law sometimes replied, saying, “Yes, we’re occupying the land; where else should we go?” The Rajputs also threatened Kalawati whenever she was seen on the plot of land.

               

    One morning in December 2003, at about 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., the Rajputs came to the plot of land in two tractors, armed with weapons.  On seeing the Rajputs armed and clearly intending to attack them and destroy their home, Kalawati’s in-laws fled.  Kalawati, however, remained there and challenged the Rajputs. The attackers – Upender Singh, Dharam Singh, Jaganarain Singh, Halender Singh and Bahira Singh – forcibly seized hold of Kalawati, dragging her about.  As Kalawati resisted them and shouted at them not to attack her home, the Rajput men manhandled her.  Fearing rape, Kalawati then managed to free herself from the assailants and fled the scene.  The Rajputs then destroyed Kalawati’s family’s mud hut and looted their possessions. In their two tractors, the Rajputs rode off with the Dalit family’s thatched roof, the charpoy and household items looted from their hut. Immediately after the incident, Kalawati’s in-laws went to Risiyap police station and narrated the incident to Station Officer Rajesh Kumar Yadav (BC Ahir, 40 years). Station Officer Rajesh Kumar Yadav registered the case and agreed to conduct an inquiry. He assured Kalawati’s family that he would take care of the issue, saying, “Go ahead and grow your vegetables, eat, lay the kalihaan for threshing, there’s no problem at all!”

     

    Accordingly, the Dalit family resumed their visits to the land and again planted vegetables and cleared land for the kalihaan.  In response, the Rajputs went to the police and had a case registered under sec. 107 Cr.P.C., requiring both parties, where tension exists between two communities, to keep the peace.  When Kalawati and her family approached the police, the police advised them to compromise with the Rajputs, as the land ultimately belonged to the Irrigation Department.  For six months Kalawati’s family attended the court dates for the sec. 107 Cr.P.C. proceedings, but the Rajputs did not attend court even once.  The court therefore took no action, and Kalawati and her family were unable to resume their cultivation in peace. The Rajputs’ cavalier attitude toward the court proceedings suggested to Kalawati and her family that the Rajputs had come to an extra-legal understanding with the police. The local mukhiya, Krishna Dubey (FC Brahmin) supported the Rajputs and told Kalawati’s family that if they dropped the police case and abandoned the land, he would give them a house under the Indira Awas Yojana government scheme.  Finally, under pressure from the mukhiya, perpetrators and the police, Kalawati’s family agreed to a “compromise” in April 2004, saying that they would not reconstruct any buildings on the disputed land. The police, however, assured them that they could continue to cultivate the land.  Accordingly, not long after the “compromise” in April 2004, Kalawati’s family planted vegetables on the land.  Immediately, though, Ramdev Singh and his sons destroyed the vegetable crop and planted a crop of daal there instead. Shortly thereafter, Ramdev Singh and his sons arranged for a family of their own caste – Raj Kumar Singh (FC Rajput, 40 years) and his family – to occupy the disputed land.  With Ramdev Singh’s support, Raj Kumar Singh and his family built a brick house with a thatch roof on the land.  Meanwhile mukhiya Krishna Dubey reneged on his promise of providing an Indira Awas Yojana house for Kalawati’s family.

     

    Kalawati and her in-laws live in terror of the dominant caste Rajput perpetrators.  Ramdev Singh and his family are notorious for having murdered two men in the past – one Rajput and one Backward Caste.  On 1 August 1999 Ramdev Singh murdered Rajput Indradev Singh, but escaped prosecution by promising the victim’s son Rs.2 lakhs compensation, which was never given.  One day in 2002, Ramdev Singh was abusing a Backward Caste carpenter whose cattle had strayed into their fields when another Backward Caste man intervened.  Furious, Ramdev Singh shot the interventionist dead.  Despite these two murders, Ramdev Singh and his family continue to move about freely about the village.  Indeed, the impunity enjoyed by the Rajputs has emboldened them to the point that they raise the murders to threaten Kalawati and her family.  During the course of the land dispute, the Rajputs threatened Kalawati’s mother-in-law Gamini Devi, saying, “We committed two murders and nothing happened to us.  If we do something to you also, nothing will happen to us.  We have got our people at every place – court, thana [police station] and district office – and who have you got?  Nobody” Gamini Devi says, “I ran up and down between Risiyap [police station] and Aurangabad [court] and nothing happened.  Finally I gave up.”


    The Rajput perpetrators have never been arrested or punished.  The case never progressed to court, and the “compromise” ended in the Rajputs occupying the land.  Fed up with the failure of the government machinery to provide justice at every step, Kalawati and her family have given up hope of obtaining justice.

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Rape of Dalit Girl on False Promise of Marriage

  • Posted by: Dalit Sthree Sakthi (DSS)
  • Date of incident: 02-02-2003
  • Create date: 21-03-2014
  • State:: Andhra Pradesh
  • District:: MEDAK
  • Police station:: Ramayampet
  • Chargesheet:: F.I.R- No 07/03, u/s 498 (A), 420 IPC & 3(2) (v) of SC/ST (PoA) Act., Chargesheet filed
  • Summary::

    Marriage and sexual exploitation Gaddam Pushpa Latha (20), belonging to Madiga (SC) caste, is a resident R/o Katiriyal (Village), Ramayampet (mandal), and Medak (D). She fell in love with Kandi Venkata Reddy s/o Shankar Reddy of the same village, and both went out without consent of their parents to Yadagirigutta and married on 02 February 2003. After that they came back to Lingampally in Ranga Reddy district and began to live in a rented house. The victim was working in a Garments shop and the accused (Kandi Venkat Reddy) was working as a private electrician. For two years they lived happily. But, for the last 6 months, her husband Kandi Venkat Reddy abused by her caste name, and beaten her frequently and he quite often spent on the phones calls with his family members like his father and his brothers, and relatives, On 19-7-05 evening the when the victim came to home from her duty she found that her husband and his clothes were missing, She waited for 20 days and there were no sign of intimation from her husband. Later on she called her parents and they took her to her native place, and, with the support of her parents she lodged a complaint in before Sangareddy police station.

     

    A Case was registered Cr. No 07/03, under section 498 (A), 420 IPC and 3(2)(v) SC/ST (PoA) Act. in Ramayampet Police Station. Charge sheet was filed. Compensation not paid to victims. Advocate petition filed under section 310 Cr.P.C. FIR, Complaints given to MRO.

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Murder

  • Posted by: Dalit Sthree Sakthi (DSS)
  • Date of incident: 23-01-2003
  • Create date: 21-03-2014
  • State:: Andhra Pradesh
  • District:: KRISHNA
  • Police station:: Gannavaram
  • Chargesheet:: F.I.R- Cr. No. 18/03, u/s 174 CrPCCr.P.C, 302, 201 r/w 34 IPC, 3 (2) (v) SC&ST Act., No Chargesheet
  • Summary::

    Kallam Laxma Reddy (29), and Chillakanta Venkat Rao (27) caste BC Yadava, murdered Kodali Kishore on 23.01. January 093 by burning him alive using petrol. On the grounds that the deceased and his friends used to harass Kallam Laxma Reddy demanding money and supply of liquor, and on the night of Bogi festival one of the accuser’s uncle gave the suggestion to eliminate deceased Kishore. Accordingly accused planed and offered liquor to Deceased Kishore and asked him to get into the van, while getting in deceased saw a woman inside the van and asked accused who is this woman, accused did not answer and proceeded mean while the women in the van started falling on deceased for which he asked the women to stay away. Mean while accused took the van to petrol bunk at Telaprolu Junction purchased three bottles of petrol proceed to the seen of offence where in already Chillakanta Venkat Rao was waiting both of them pushed deceased out of the van poured petrol on him and set ablaze.

     

    Cr. No. 18/03, u/s 174 CrPCCr.P.C, 302, 201 r/w 34 IPC, 3 (2) (v) SC&ST Act, police station Gannavaram Case was acquittal .all 4 accused person died. compensation got

     

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