2013 Women Discrimination & Atrocity Cases – 2013

On 2013 Selected 207 cases of brutal atrocities in year 2013 on Dalit Women encompassing rape, sexual violence, murders & kidnap reported by English mainstream media monitored by PMARC

Dear Friends,
PMARC stands for sensitizing and informing the mainstream media, civil society and concerned individuals and organizations on issues related with Dalits, their growing marginalization, denial of justice and all forms of human rights, particularly the rights to life, dignity and equality.
In pursuit of these goals, PMARC is consistently monitoring the mainstream media – the coverage of Dalit-centered news and features/articles be since January, 2007.
We are hereby sending you a compendium of 207 cases, reported in the media during January, 2013 to December, 2013, of assault and atrocities including rape, murder, sexual harassment crimes targeting poor Dalit women in the country.
We sincerely call upon you to take up the cases of your concern and try to ensure justice to the victims.
It is also advantageous position that National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is consistently taking cognizance of our news monitoring and making us complainants in cases reported by us.

News Updates 06.01.13

Dalit minor raped, force fed pesticide – The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit minor raped, force fed pesticide


By Mukesh Tandon, TNN | Jan 6, 2013, 07.09 AM IST

FARIDKOT: A 16-year-old dalit girl was abducted, raped and forced to eat some poisonous pesticide by an upper-caste man and dumped outside her house in a village in Faridkot district on Saturday morning.

According to the girl’s statement, she was abducted by three men around 11.30pm on Friday night from outside her house when she was going to a relative’s place nearby. Police have arrested two men, identified as Jagmeet Singh, the prime accused, and one of his accomplices Jagsir Singh. Search is on to nab Chhaina Singh, the third accused. The girl’s mother had approached the Jaito police station and filed a missing person’s complaint the same night.

The girl has said that Jagmeet raped her while the other two stood guard outside the room where she was taken. The girl said that she was threatened and forcibly made to eat something that made her unconscious.

She was found lying in front of her house by her parents who immediately rushed her to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and hospital in Faridkot. The hospital staff said that she probably had some pesticide. Police have registered a case of rape, abduction, and wrongful confinement against the three accused.

News Updates 08.01.13

Main accused in Faridkot minor rape case arrested – Zee News


Zee News

Main accused in Faridkot minor rape case arrested


Last Updated: Monday, January 07, 2013, 13:24

Faridkot: The main accused in the case of abduction and rape of a 15-year-old Dalit girl has been arrested, police said Monday.

Sources said that the accused, Jagmeet Singh, who was on Sunday discharged from hospital where he was admitted after allegedly consuming poison, is now in police custody.

The minor was last Thursday allegedly abducted by three persons from Matta village and raped by one of them in the Jaito area of the district.

Later, on the basis of a complaint filed by the girl, a student of class X, a case was registered against the trio identified as Jagmeet, Jagseer Singh and Sukhchain Singh.

Jagmeet, the main accused, however, could not be taken into custody since he was admitted in a serious condition at the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College for reportedly having consumed poison.
Although police arrested Jagseer on January 5, the third accused, Sukhchain, is still absconding. PTI

News Updates 09.01.13

Dalit woman raped in Bhavnagar village – The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit woman raped in Bhavnagar village


TNN | Jan 8, 2013, 11.13 PM IST
BHAVNAGAR: A 22-year-old dalit woman was allegedly raped in Hadadad village of Bhavnagar’s Botad taluka on Tuesday.

The victim, who is married, told police in her statement that accused Mohan Koli raped her in the field where she had gone to answer nature’s call. Koli also threatened to kill her if she disclosed anything to her house members.

Paliyad police station sub-inspector P K Brahmbhatt is investigating the case.

News Updates 12.01.13

16-year-old rape victim sets herself afire Admitted to PGIMS in critical condition – The Tribune


The Tribune

16-year-old rape victim sets herself afireAdmitted to PGIMS in critical condition


Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 11

A Class 10 student of Kharkhoda town in the district belonging to Scheduled Caste, attempted suicide today at her home, five days after she was allegedly raped by her young neighbour.

The 16-year-old girl sprinkled kerosene and set herself ablaze when she was alone at her house. The girl is admitted to the PGIMS in Rohtak in a critical condition.

The district police has, meanwhile, arrested the accused identified as Rakesh, also belonging to the SC, within hours of the registration of case on the complaint of victim’s mother.

The girl revealed the incident to her mother on being asked for her disappearance on Sunday. She alleged that Rakesh who is a taxi driver, abducted her and raped her before dropping her back the same day.

The mother decided to file a complaint about the incident against the youth.

When she went out of the house for some work in the afternoon, the girl set herself afire. The Sonepat DSP who accompanied the victim to the PGIMS at Rohtak said her condition was critical as she had suffered about 90 per cent burn injuries.

News Updates 25.01.13

Dalit woman gang-raped in Haryana – Zee News


Zee News

Dalit woman gang-raped in Haryana


Last Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 19:47

Chandigarh: A Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped by five youth in Haryana’s Gohana town, police said on Thursday.

The victim was called by a woman to her residence where she offered her ‘prasad’ laced with some intoxicating substance yesterday, they said.

Later, she handed her over to the accused in an unconscious condition and they took turns to rape her. A case has been registered against the accused while the further probes are on, police added. PTI

News Updates 28.01.13

Minor raped, one arrested – The Tribune


Man sentenced to lifer for murder of Dalit girl in Bihar – Zee News


The Tribune

Minor raped, one arrested


Fatehgarh Sahib, January 27

A minor Dalit girl of Nalina Khurd village was allegedly raped by two men of the same village when she was alone at her house, the police said.

The police has registered a rape case against both the accused. One of the accused has been arrested while the other is still at large.

Fatehgarh Sahib SSP HS Mann said a minor girl from Nalina Khurd had lodged an FIR alleging that on January 21 Najam Ali, alias Raju, and Jasbir Singh Bunty, both in their twenties, scaled the wall of her house and raped her. After committing the crime, they threatened to kill her if she revealed the incident, he said.

The girl narrated the incident to her parents when they returned home. Rape has been confirmed during a medical checkup. The police has arrested Najam Ali whereas the second accused Jasbir Singh is absconding. — OC

Zee News

Man sentenced to lifer for murder of Dalit girl in Bihar


Last Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013, 18:22

Sasaram (Bihar): A court in Bihar’s Rohtas district today convicted an accused to lifer after finding him guilty in the murder case of a Dalit girl two years ago.

The Additional District and Sessions Judge Sajjal Mandilwar passed the order convicting Firoj Mian after finding him guilty in the murder case of the 14 year-old.

According to prosecution, Mian had killed the victim after forcibly lifting her from her house at Kochas Bazar on February 22, 2011 after she had spurned his desire for marriage. PTI

News Updates 29.01.13

Jind: Congress councillor allegedly kills Dalit woman over a shared plot of land – CNN IBN



Jind: Congress councillor allegedly kills Dalit woman over a shared plot of land


Haryana, Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 08:27am IST


New Delhi: In a case of land grabbing, a Congress councillor from Jind in Haryana has allegedly killed a dalit woman and severely injured her husband. The woman’s family claims that the councillor shared a plot of land with the woman’s husband Ramniwas.

The councillor was attempting to take over the area, said the family. The deceased’s family also claimed that the councillor has been harassing the family for a while.

Also, in a previous incident the councillor injured the woman’s son. The police has filed a case against the official – who is absconding. But the woman’s son alleges that the police has been helping the councillor in the land-grabbing attempt.

“They lodged an FIR, but haven’t caught the counsillor yet. The police repeatedly told us they would broker a compromise. The police here is making a lot of money operating a land grabbing operation,” woman’s son said.

News Updates 30.01.13

Dalit woman cremated after SSP’s intervention – The Tribune


The Tribune

Dalit woman cremated after SSP’s intervention


Tribune News Service

Jind, January 29

Hisar SSP Satish Balan had to intervene in the cremation of a 56-year-old Dalit woman today, who was killed in a colony of Narwana subdivision last evening, after a row over property.

The victim’s kin had threatened not to cremate the body in view of sloppy police action in the case, which led to her death. The police has booked over 20 persons, including a member of the local civic body.

Mallo Devi and her husband, Tara Chand (65), were allegedly assaulted at their home in the Kisanchand Colony last evening. While, Mallo Devi succumbed to her injuries before she could be rushed to a hospital, Tara Chand was injured. They were assaulted over a dispute over the ownership and possession of a plot on which the family was residing.

Ram Niwas, son of the deceased, alleged that the main accused, Ram Rati, a local councillor, her husband, Darshan and their son, Bhupinder, wanted to occupy the plot and had even threatened them earlier. He said a complaint was lodged with the police several days ago, but no action was taken. Claiming that due to failure on the part of the police, the accused along with several others barged into their house and assaulted his parents. The family members claimed that the incident could have been averted had the police acted timely and properly.

Ram Niwas declined to cremate his mother’s body and demanded intervention of the Hisar SSP. The cremation followed after the SSP assured the victim of a free and fair probe into the matter.

News Updates 01.02.13

School kids skip mid-day meal cooked by Dalit woman – Express India


Express India

School kids skip mid-day meal cooked by Dalit woman


Satish Jha

Ahmedabad Schoolchildren of Valiyampura village in Talod taluka of Sabarkantha district have been skipping mid-day meal for the past few weeks, apparently because it is cooked by a Dalit woman who was appointed as a helper in the school only last month.

The woman alleges that students of other castes have refused to eat the food prepared by her as asked by their parents.

The primary school of Valiyampura village has about 176 students. Of the 1,000-odd people living in the village, most are Patels and Thakores. There are around 20 households of Dalits.

According to Bhavna Jasubhai Vankar (42), students have stopped eating the mid-day meal ever since she joined on December 26, 2012.

“The villagers do not want me to touch the vessels I clean because of my caste. After I took the charge as a helper, the students refused to eat. Today, only those students who are from my caste eat,” Vankar said on phone.

When contacted, principal Jayantibhai Patel, who is on leave, said the situation had improved but added that angry villagers had threatened him after Bhavnaben’s appointment and declared they would stop sending their children to the school.

“I sent a report on this to the my senior officials. I also told the villagers that Bhavnaben was just a helper appointed by the mamlatdar. But they did not listen and their children refused eating. But now I have come to know that the situation is better,” he said.

Sabarkantha collector Shah Meena Husain said the incident was being probed. She said a team of senior officials had visited the school and recorded the statement of Bhavnaben. “We are verifying facts. My officials have told me there is no truth to the allegations. She (Bhavna) had been absent from the school for a few days. At present, the school does not have any problem. We will take action against the guilty if we find any truth in the allegations,” she said.

News Updates 04.02.13

Raped and beaten, Dalit girl is firm in resolve to make it big – The Hindu


The Hindu

Raped and beaten, Dalit girl is firm in resolve to make it big


Vinaya Deshpande

72-year-old house-owner had promised to put the domestic help in school; 18-year-old male servant also assaulted her

The 13-year-old came here last year, resolved to study and make it big. Her 35-year-old mother of four, who is unemployed, widowed and illiterate, sent her to the city from a small hamlet in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, hoping that her earnings would help to sustain the family. But Damayanti Koda (the name changed) is a distraught woman today.

“They promised me that they would put her in a good school if she came here and helped the family. They also got two new dresses stitched for her. I was very happy that my child would be spared the grind of poverty. I thought she would also help me feed the three mouths in the house. But look at what they have done to her. I will not send her anywhere now,” a teary-eyed Damayanti told The Hindu.

Her daughter Saraswati (the name changed) was gang-raped twice by the 72-year-old house-owner and an 18-year-old male servant in December last in the house where she worked as a domestic help. A family friend of the accused had brought Saraswati from the hamlet to Kalyan in Thane district in July, promising the mother that she would be sent to school, given food and shelter in lieu of some household help for the pregnant daughter-in-law of the accused.

Around eight months ago, when Damayanti had come to drop her daughter at the house, she was charmed by their riches. “They have a sprawling house with two floors. They also have land in the area. After their friend offered to pay my daughter Rs. 2, 000 a month and promised to put her in school, I said, what will I do keeping her in poverty here? How am I to feed four children when I myself cannot work?” she said.

Her husband, a daily labourer, died three years ago after undergoing an operation to remove kidney stones. Damayanti has herself undergone an operation to remove stones from her gall bladder. The surgery has left her weak and frail, unable to work, depending on her parents and brother for support. The family has already borrowed money from relatives to pay up the medical expenses.

Her eldest daughter has studied up to Standard X and works as a domestic help in the village. Saraswati studied up to Standard VII before leaving school to go to Kalyan. Her two younger brothers are in school.

“When I came here, I was in awe of the family. They are rich. They kept me well. Bhabhiji promised me that she would send me to school. But two months after my coming here, there were no signs of it. They made me work continuously, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. I did not complain,” Saraswati said.

Within two months, she started facing the lusty eyes of the house-owner, the girl alleged. He would frequent the place where she slept and touch her when she was asleep. He would even grab her when she worked alone in a room. When she complained to his daughter-in-law, she was beaten up and asked to keep quiet, Saraswati said.

Emboldened, the accused, along with an 18-year-old male servant, raped her on two occasions in December. When she cried, begging for help, they threatened her with dire consequences.

“They did not even allow me to call home … I was beaten up and threatened. One day, I was taken in a car, and they told me that the male servant who raped me would marry me after I turned 18. I refused it. They beat me up again and threatened to kill me, so I said yes,” she said. But the feisty girl managed to call up her mother one day and asked her to take her home immediately.

“I sent my nephew from Nashik within two days after I received a call from her,” Damayanti said. While her nephew picked up Saraswati from the house on January 2 this year, she came to the city only by January-end. With the help of an organisation named Hindu Rashtrasena, the family lodged a complaint with the Kalyan police on January 28 against the alleged rapists, the daughter-in-law and the woman who got Saraswati from Madhya Pradesh. While the two men are behind bars, the two women are yet to be arrested.

The police filed a case under Sections 376(2)(g), 506, 34 of the Indian Penal Code; Sections 4 and 12 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act; Sections 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act; and Section 3(1)(xi) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

A medical examination established that it was a case of rape, the police said.

Now Saraswati wants to put the past behind her. The sparkling eyes have turned dull and the smile disappears when someone talks about the incident.

When asked about it, she skirts the topic. “I want to go back to the village and study. I want to do a job and earn well,” she says. She and her mother do not see any point in their staying back to get justice.

“I have four children to take care of. How can I stay back? We want to forget about it. Our family honour has been lost … We don’t want anyone to know about it,” Damayanti said. Getting Saraswati married in the next three-four years is her priority.

But Saraswati is firm in her resolve to study and make a good future for herself.

News Updates 09.02.13

Minor dalit girl raped by tailor in Bikaner – The Times Of India


Hisar gang rape victim, 2 sisters, mother ‘forced’ to leave village – The Tribune


The Times Of India

Minor dalit girl raped by tailor in Bikaner


TNN | Feb 9, 2013, 06.41 AM IST

BIKANER: A minor dalit girl was raped by a tailor in a village in Bikaner district on Thursday. The accused is on the run and police have launched a search for him.

SHO P D Sharma of Panchu police station said the girl went to the tailor shop owned by one Rafiq Ahmed in Kakku village on Thursday to get back the clothes she gave for stitching.

Ahmed asked her to wait for 10-15 minutes, and in the meantime, he downed the shutter of the shop and raped her. The girl alleged that she was verbally abused for being a dalit.

On returning home, the girl narrated the incident to the family. The victim’s father approached the Panchu police station where a case was registered against him under IPC section 376 and Section 3 of SC/ST Act.

The girl underwent medical examination on Friday.

Hisar gang rape victim, 2 sisters, mother ‘forced’ to leave village – The Tribune


The Tribune

Hisar gang rape victim, 2 sisters,mother ‘forced’ to leave village


Tribune News Service

Hisar, February 8

A gang rape victim in Rajli village of Hisar has been forced to leave the village along with two sisters and mother due to the threats the family had been receiving since she lodged a complaint with the police on Wednesday.

The victim’s father, who has three daughters, has sent his wife and daughters to a “safe” place after families of the five accused, who allegedly gang-raped his daughter, as well as some panchayat members started putting pressure for a compromise.

While the victim, a class XII student at the village school, and her two sisters reading in class XI and VII, respectively, have been forced to abandon their schooling midway due to these threats.

“I am myself feeling unsafe. There are a few families of my community while those who perpetrated the crime are Jats belonging to the majority community, who hold sway over the panchayat as well as over the village affairs,” said the scared father.

The victim’s father also plans to shift from the village.

He alleged that some panchayat representatives, including village sarpanch Danpati’s husband, Ram Phal, who enjoys the sarpanch’s powers in place of his wife, had come to him after the incident. “While ostensibly they had come to sympathise with me and vouch their support for getting me justice, they asked me to settle the matter through a compromise for the sake of village brotherhood and ended up giving veiled warnings,” the victim’s father told The Tribune.

He said that though the police and the local authorities have assured him of protection, he could not take chances under these circumstances.

The police, however, denied that there was any threat to the victim’s family. Sukhbir Yadav, SHO, said he had visited the victim’s father and assured full protection.

Five persons, two of them students of her school, allegedly raped the victim. All five have been arrested

Meanwhile, the school has expelled two of the accused, who studied in Class XII in the village school.

News Updates 12.02.13

Dalit’s gang rape: Police add stringent sections – The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit’s gang rape: Police add stringent sections


ByI P Singh, TNN | Feb 11, 2013, 05.31 AM IST

JALANDHAR: Even as a medical board set up to probe the alleged gang rape of a minor dalit girl is yet to finalize its report, police on Sunday added stringent sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, pertaining to ‘aggravated penetrative sexual assault’, to the FIR.

Sections 5 and 6 of this Act have been invoked even as police officials till Saturday had been looking into “some grey areas” in the statement of the victim’s father. The Act also provides speedy trial by a special designated court.

Meanwhile, three accused arrested in the case after they surrendered before the police on Saturday were remanded in police custody till February 13 by a Nakodar court on Sunday. The three are distantly related to the girl and had pleaded innocence. However, the victim’s family has been holding on to the allegations it levelled on January 6, the day when the girl was first rushed to Lohian Hospital and then toJalandhar Civil Hospital with life-threatening septicemia.
It was only after being shifted to the hospital that the family had alleged that the girl was raped on the night of January 28 in Mandhala Chhanna village. The girl was finally operated upon in Amritsar where her badly infected and ruptured uterus was removed by doctors to save her life and her intestine was repaired.

The victim’s family also alleged that on Saturday some “anganwari worker” visited their home and rebuked the girl’s mother, who fainted after that. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital in Lohian with the help of police personnel posted in the village on Saturday where she was given treatment and could return home in the late night. The mother also told that she was threatened that she could land in jail.

News Updates 15.02.13

Rapist teacher held – The Tribune


The Tribune

Rapist teacher held


Sangrur: The Cheema police on Thursday arrested 49-year-old Gurjant Singh, mathematics teacher at Government Senior Secondary School in Namol near Sunam, for allegedly raping a 14-year-old Dalit student of Class VIII at his residence on December 31 last.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harcharan Singh Bhullar said the police had now included Section 3 (11) and Section 3 (12) of The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act:1989 and Section 5 of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 in the FIR.

Bhullar said the teacher had admitted to committing the crime and would be produced in a court here tomorrow.

News Updates 16.02.13

Doctor, accomplice charge sheeted for gangraping Dalit girl – The Hindustan Times


Dalit woman attempts self-immolation in MP CM’s presence – Zee News


The Hindustan Times

Doctor, accomplice charge sheeted for gangraping Dalit girl


Muzaffarnagar, February 16, 2013

A doctor and his accomplice were charge sheeted today for allegedly abducting and raping an 18-year-old Dalit girl, police said. The doctor, Praveen Kumar Saini, and his friend Deepak Kumar abducted the girl from Haibatpur village under Charthawal police station area when she hadstepped out of her home to relieve herself on January 16, police said.

The duo raped her, they said, adding, police today filed charge sheet against the accused. Praveen has already surrendered in court, while the other accused is still absconding, police said.

The victim was medically examined to confirm the rape and her statement has been recorded in court, police said.

Zee News

Dalit woman attempts self-immolation in MP CM’s presence


Last Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 00:28

Betul (MP): A Dalit woman today made an unsuccessful attempt to immolate herself at a function where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was present.

The incident took place in Bhainsdehi town, where Chouhan was taking part in district-level ‘Antyodaya Mela’ (an event highlighting various government schemes for the poor), official sources said.

Geeta Bele, wife of Sukhlal Bele, a teacher at government school at Dhamangaon, was apparently upset over disparities in service conditions of teaching staff.

She wanted to give a memorandum to the Chief Minister highlighting issues like same-work-same-pay, disparities in pay scales and implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, among others.

When she was prevented to do so, Geeta doused herself with kerosene and tried to self-immolate. Alert policewomen present at the spot overpowered and took her away, they said.

She was taken to a nearby community health centre for medical examination. Police recorded the couple’s statements and allowed them to go.

Geeta later told reporters that she wanted to submit a memorandum to Chouhan drawing his attention towards disparities in service conditions of government teachers and demand salary as per Sixth Pay Commission, among other issues. PTI

News Updates 19.02.13

UP gang-rape victim attempts suicide, critical – Zee News


Three arrested for raping 16-year-old girl – Zee News


Zee News

UP gang-rape victim attempts suicide, critical


Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 12:54

Muzaffarnagar: A 21-year-old gang-rape victim was critically injured when she allegedly attempted suicide by jumping before a moving train in Shamli district here, police said Tuesday.

The girl, a Dalit, jumped in front of the moving train on the Delhi-Saharanpur railway line near the Alem railway station yesterday, police said.

She has been shifted to Meerut Medical College in a serious condition, they added.

The girl was allegedly gangraped by two youths– Kallu and Rajkumar– at Bharsi village under the Kandhla police station in Shamli district on February 17.

The accused are absconding after the incident. PTI

Zee News

Three arrested for raping 16-year-old girl


Last Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013, 21:40

Dharmapuri (Tamil Nadu): Three persons were on Sunday arrested on charges of raping a 16-year-old girl near Bommidi, 48 km from here, police said.

The girl was working in a borewell-digging unit at Muthampatti village, 15 km from Bommidi and when she was returning home last night, the 40-year-old owner of the unit along with two others allegedly abducted and raped her.

A case has been registered under IPC section 376 (rape) and SC/ST Harassment Act, police added. PTI

News Updates 26.02.13

Spurned over caste, girl attempts suicide – The Times Of India


Rape victim battles to put pieces of life together – The Tribune


The Times Of India

Spurned over caste, girl attempts suicide


By R Uday Kumar, TNN | Feb 26, 2013, 02.34 AM IST

BELGAUM: A girl is battling for life after consuming poison after her lover allegedly ditched her.

Savithri, 20, who was in love with Ganesh, 24, of Mukthi mutt here, rejected her because she was from another caste. The couple was in love since two years and Ganesh had promised to marry her. However, Ganesh is said to have rejected her saying that he cannot marry her as she belonged to a lower caste.

Savithri (name changed) who was studying in Belgaum taluk used to visit a mutt in in the city where she met Ganesh. Their relationship developed in the last two years. Savithri’s family resides in Hukkeri.

On Saturday, Savithri who was upset with Ganesh’s move consumed poison and was found at the police quarters in Belgaum. A passerby noticed her and admitted her to the city civil hospital where she is undergoing treatment. Market Police visited the hospital. Her parents are yet to file a complaint. Superintendent of police Sandeep Patil said that though the Market Police inspector visited the hospital to take a complaint, the parents are yet to file it. “Once they file a complaint, we will take up the case and arrest the said accused immediately,” he added.

The Tribune

Rape victim battles to put pieces of life together


Jupinderjit Singh/TNS

Bathinda, February 25

Four months ago, she was brutally raped by seven men who made a video-film on her and chopped off her hair.The 14-year-old, a class VIII student, has not had the courage to return to school since then. Her two younger siblings did not go to school for a month after the sordid incident. The victim’s family has decided to sell their small piece of land and migrate.

Across the village fields is the house of Manpreet Singh,22, the key accused. His father Gurjeet Singh, 54, and his elder brother Charanjeet Singh, 56, are co-accused in the case along with four others. Shinder Singh, 50, Gurjeet Singh’s brother, is the only one left at home to tend to the fields and the cattle. “Shoot us but don’t call my brothers and nephew rapists,” he says. Showing documents pertaining to a civil suit, Shinder Singh claimed: “We have been framed. The girl’s father had sold us a piece of land some years ago. When the price of the plot went up, he sought more money but we refused.”

An FIR was filed on October 20, 2012, alleging that Manpreet Singh and his friend Raju had forcibly taken the girl to a room 150 metres from her house and raped her . The victim’s further alleged that on October 14, the two called her up, asking her to meet them outside her house. They promised to delete the video-clip on her.

However, the two, who were accompanied by five others, took her away and raped her again. They cut off her hair and dumped her outside her house.

The Deputy Commmissioner said there was no scheme under which the victim could be rehabilitated. The Senior Superintendent of Police said the police had acted immediately on receiving the complaint and booked the accused.


 Traumatised, she has not dared to return to school

 Her two younger siblings did not go to school for a month

 The family has decided to sell land and shift out

News Updates 28.02.13

Dalit girls’ rape, murder rock Rajya Sabha – The Hindu


The Hindu

Dalit girls’ rape, murder rock Rajya Sabha


Sandeep Joshi

The brutal rape and murder of three minor Dalit girls in Maharashtra’s Bhandara district rocked the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with all political parties seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the heinous crime.

Seeking a reply from Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, MPs expressed anger and dismay that the State police have failed miserably, as the accused are still roaming freely.

Raising the issue during zero hour, Bharatkumar Raut of the Shiv Sena said all talk of women’s empowerment was meaningless when the girl child wasn’t safe, and asked the Centre to intervene.

“Three Dalit sisters were raped and murdered and their bodies thrown into a well. Under whose protection are these culprits, with the police hesitating to arrest them, when all the villagers knew who they were?,” he asked. The bodies of three missing minor girls, all below 11 years, were found in a well at Murwadi village in Bhandara district in Nagpur on February 16.

Calling it a shameful incident, Rajni Patil of the Congress said the case should be speeded up, besides seeking protection and relief for the victims’ mother. The issue of rape of another Dalit minor, allegedly raped by her teacher, was also brought up, and proper investigation sought.

Seeking a CBI inquiry, Hussain Dalwai and Bhalchandra Mungekar, both from the Congress, said people have lost faith in the Maharashtra police, and hence the probe should be done by the CBI. “Where is the conscience of the middle class, which surfaced during the ‘Nirbhaya’ case (the paramedic who was gang-raped last month) and resulted in them thronging India Gate and Parliament? Are you dividing rape on caste lines?” Mr. Mungekar asked. He alleged that atrocities against SCs/STs weren’t looked into seriously, and as per the National Crime Records Bureau data, there were 1,000 rape cases annually, and the victims were girls belonging to such communities.

News Updates 05.03.13

5 held for sexual assault of 10-year-old Dalit girl – The Hindu


The Hindu

5 held for sexual assault of 10-year-old Dalit girl


SIVAGANGA, March 4, 2013

Special Correspondent

Police here arrested five persons including four auto drivers on charge of sexual assault of a 10-year-old Dalit girl.

The police gave the names of the arrested as Samayan (45), the girl’s uncle, and auto rickshaw drivers – Mohammed Yasin (32), Syed Abudakir (33), Nowshadkhan (32) and Mohamed Riaz (31) at Ilayankudi on Sunday.

The horrifying crime had reportedly occurred in October 2012. According to a complaint lodged by the District Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Chairman T. Balraj, the police arrested them and produced before the Ilayankudi JM and lodged in Sivaganga sub-jail.

Detailing the horror story, District Probation Officer (Social Defence) N.Sivakumar said the girl was subjected to sexual assault came to light on Saturday, when the CWC was called to take custody of the child after she was rescued by All Women Police Station Inspector Kumari on the night of February 28 in Sivaganga.

He said the enormity of the cruelty came to the fore on Saturday, when the girl was taken to the Sivaganga Medical College hospital for examination. Refusing to allow the doctors to touch her, she became hysterical and screamed saying many men abused her and she would bleed. As she offered to identify the culprits, she was taken to Ilayankudi bus stand on Saturday night itself, Mr Sivakumar said.

News Update 06.03.13

‘Molested’ by neighbours, Dalit girl sets herself afire – The Tribune


Stress on women coming together beyond castes, to fight evils – The Times Of India


The Tribune

‘Molested’ by neighbours, Dalit girl sets herself afire


Tribune News Service

Faridkot, March 5

Fed up with “repeated molestation and harassment” by five youths, a Class X Dalit girl set herself afire in Ambedkar Nagar area of Faridkot today.

Daughter of a rickshaw-puller, the victim sustained 90 per cent burns and is battling for life at the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital. The police has arrested three of the accused, who lived in her neighbourhood, while two others are absconding.

In their complaint to the police, the victim’s family members alleged that when the girl objected to their behaviour today, they beat her up. After the incident, the girl allegedly sprinkled kerosene on her clothes and tried to immolate herself.

She was rushed to the hospital by her family members and neighbours. Her condition was stated to be critical.

The victim’s parents alleged that the girl was scared even to step out of her house due to constant harassment and molestation by the accused.

The Times Of India

Stress on women coming together beyond castes, to fight evils


TNN | Mar 6, 2013, 05.58 AM IST

MADURAI: Women from the southern districts, mainly from the oppressed dalit communities, who gathered in the city on Tuesday, stressed the need for coming together as one leaving behind their castes, class and communities, to fight all forms of violence against them. The speakers pointed out the indifference meted out by the society to dalit women, who are sexually assaulted, while at the same time the middle class in large numbers came together for the cause of Nirbhaya’s case in Delhi.

Advocate A Rajini, convenor of the meeting stated it was not just a meeting of dalit women alone, but all those who are living in the brims of the society which is why, women from Idinthakarai fighting against the nuclear plant and forced to live as outcaste were also called for the meeting, she said.

Human rights activist and former president of the state women’s commission, Vasanthi Devi, said that lot of brainstorming on preventing violence against women is happening after Nirbhaya case but special thrust should be given on violence against dalit women. “Casteism and male chauvinism are the two pillars that support the so-called Indian culture and these two factors should be challenged. Women from scheduled castes and tribes, who are in the fringe of the society should come together to challenge these two pillars of oppression,” she said.
The speakers pointed out that the J S Varma committee report after the Nirbhaya case, had failed to consider the sexual offences against dalit women, which are different from general sexual offences against women. Devi pointed out that the sexual violence directed against dalit women is to shatter the community in general than individual incidents and such violence against dalits should be dealt more stringently.

The meeting also condemned the recent campaign taken up against inter-caste marriages by some outfits. The need to fight against their campaign was discussed during the meeting. Moreover, these outfits advocate revoking the right to property to women in constitution, which is against women in general and it is time to form a fraternity or sisterhood to stand against all forms of oppression against women, the speakers stressed.

News Updates 17.03.13

Elderly Dalit woman killed in Haryana – Zee News


Zee News

Elderly Dalit woman killed in Haryana


Last Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 22:03

Rewari (Har): An elderly woman was allegedly beaten to death by two persons after she lodged a case against their brother for attempting to molest her daughter-in-law in Asalwas village here, police said on Wednesday.

Todi Devi (70) was mercilessly beaten up by Hukam Singh Gujjar(40) and his younger brother Satish Gujjar(23) last night at her residence when she refused to withdraw the case against their brother, they said.

The woman died on the spot.

The duo’s brother Dhani Ram Gujjar had allegedly attempted to molest the 40-year-old daughter-in-law of Todi Devi on the night of March 9.

He was was later arrested and remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a local court yesterday.
Meanwhile, efforts are on to nab the absconding accused while the further probes are on, police added. PTI

News Updates 18.03.13

SC Commission pulls up police for inaction in Dalit girl case – Business Standard


Business Standard

SC Commission pulls up police for inaction in Dalit girl case


Press Trust of India | Jalandhar March 18, 2013 Last Updated at 17:00 IST

Responding to reports of police inaction over a Dalit girl’s complaint that she was sold off to a land owner three years ago, National Commission for SC/ST today summoned Senior Superintendent of Police and directed him to arrest the accused within a week.

Vice Chairman of the National Commission for SC/ST, Raj Kumar Verka issued the summons to the SSP, who did not respond to it.

However, Kapurthala SP Baljit Singh presented himself before Verka, who told him that an FIR has to be registered in the case within three days followed by arrests in seven days.

According to the commission, the girl, now 17, has alleged that three years ago she was sold off by her uncle to physically-challenged Batala landowner Lakhvir Singh in exchange for Rs 70,000.

The girl managed to escape the landowner’s custody three months ago, following which she filed a complaint in the matter.

However, authorities in Kapurthala district did not take any action, prompting her to approach the National Commission for SC/ST for redress.

Verka sought an explanation from the SP as to why no action had been taken on the complaint filed by the girl, who belongs to Kapurthala. Singh said after studying the case, they had referred it to Batala police in Gurdaspur district as the case had originated there.

This prompted Verka to issue an order directing the inspector general of Jalandhar and the Border ranges to submit within three days an affidavit declaring which of them had jurisdiction in the case.

Verka warned the SP against ignoring the orders of the commission and said failure to act as directed would result in “the inspectors general of Jalandhar and Border ranges being summoned with other senior officials to appear before it”.

News Updates 26.03.13

Padma Shri Laxman Mane is accused of rape – DNA



Padma Shri Laxman Mane is accused of rape


Published: Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013, 3:00 IST

By DNA Correspondent | Place: Satara (Maharashtra) | Agency: DNA

The Satara police have filed a case of rape against Padma Shri Laxman Mane (in pic) after three women alleged that they were sexually exploited by the former MLC between 2003 and 2010.

“The women work as cooks with the Sharadabai Pawar Ashram Shala in Jakatwadi, Satara district. They approached us on Sunday following which we lodged a formal complaint,” said inspector Shrirang Langhe of the Satara taluka police station. “Mane is working president of the residential school for nomads and de-notified class students. The victims are Dalit married women aged between 30 and 35.”

Langhe said the victims alleged that Mane exploited them after promising to make them permanent employees of the school. “They said he took them to various places, including Pune and Satara, and raped them.” Mane has not been arrested. “We went to his house and places frequented by him. But we have not been able to locate him,” Langhe said.

The writer’s wife Shashitai denied the allegations. “My husband has been implicated by the police. This is an attempt to malign his image. This case has been cooked up to target Mane who is doing good social work. The case has not only defamed us, but also all fans and followers of Laxman Mane,” she said.

Shashitai told DNA that her husband received threatening calls on several occasions. “Laxman Mane took pains to raise the institution and filed criminal cases against several erring staffers over the last six years.

Filing this case is part of a conspiracy hatched by his opponents and the women who approached the police have been used by them. Stringent action must be taken against the women who have filed the false case.”

A resident of Karanja village in Satara district, Mane has authored 10 books and is the editor of periodical Band Darwaza. His autobiography Upara, which highlighted problems faced by denotified tribes, has been translated in Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam as well as English and French.

He won the Sahitya Academy Award in 1981 and the Padma Shri in 2009. Mane has been president of the Adivasi Sahitya Sammelan (1989), Asmitadarsh Sahitya Sammelan (1987), Ambedkarwadi Dalit Sahitya Sammelan (2001) and Samatawadi Sahitya Sammelan (2010). He has also been associated with a number of NGOs and was MLC from 1990 to 1996.

News Updates 30.03.13

Four posing as cops gang-rape Dalit girl – The Hindu


The Hindu

Four posing as cops gang-rape Dalit girl


Staff Reporter

The four accused persons attempt to murder 17-year-old girl

A 17-year-old Dalit girl survived a murderous attack after sexual assault, allegedly by four persons, who posed as plainclothes policemen at Singarakonda under Addanki police station limits in Prakasam district in the wee hours of Thursday.

Two of the accused were nabbed. Based on the information given by them, their associates were held later in the day, Superintendent of Police K. Raghuram Reddy said. The four followed the girl and her male relative after noticing that they were moving away from the crowd of devotees towards a hillock. Posing as plainclothesmen, they persistently questioned the two, including about their caste, and intimidated them. They then took the girl to a secluded place near a Gurukula Patasala and committed the offence, Dr. Reddy said.

They tried to strangle her, but fled after some devotees raised an alarm and alerted two police constables, he said.

Based on the complaint lodged by the girl and her relative, the four accused were booked for gang—rape under Section 376 of the IPC and under relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention) of Atrocities Act.

News Update 31.03.13

Women activists protest ‘murder’ of Dalit woman – The Hindu


The Hindu

Women activists protest ‘murder’ of Dalit woman


Activists claim their colleague was brutally raped and murdered

Women’s groups staged angry protests on National Highway 28 in Muzaffarpur district after a Dalit woman activist was found dead at Mandai village.

According to Rinku Devi of the Janwadi Mahila Samiti — a group that the victim was a member of — the woman was raped and murdered.

“The activist was raped and murdered in a brutal fashion. According to the family, sticks and mud were found in her private parts and her mouth was stuffed with a cloth. Her body was found near a cycle shop in the village. When we protested, the police slapped cases on us,” Ms. Devi told The Hindu after speaking to the victim’s family members.

The victim was fighting alleged irregularities in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the public distribution system.

“Earlier, the police picked up the victim’s husband and son. But we put pressure on them to release them. Family members cannot [carry out] an act so brutal. Everyone in the village knows who the perpetrators are but their lips are sealed in fear,” Ms. Devi said.

The SP and the DSP paid a visit to the site on Saturday. The police said they were awaiting the post-mortem report and investigating the case. No arrests have been made yet.

News Updates 01.04.13

Four posing as cops gang-rape Dalit girl – The Hindu


The Hindu

Four posing as cops gang-rape Dalit girl


Staff Reporter

The four accused persons attempt to murder 17-year-old girl

A 17-year-old Dalit girl survived a murderous attack after sexual assault, allegedly by four persons, who posed as plainclothes policemen at Singarakonda under Addanki police station limits in Prakasam district in the wee hours of Thursday.

Two of the accused were nabbed. Based on the information given by them, their associates were held later in the day, Superintendent of Police K. Raghuram Reddy said. The four followed the girl and her male relative after noticing that they were moving away from the crowd of devotees towards a hillock. Posing as plainclothesmen, they persistently questioned the two, including about their caste, and intimidated them.

They then took the girl to a secluded place near a Gurukula Patasala and committed the offence, Dr. Reddy said.

They tried to strangle her, but fled after some devotees raised an alarm and alerted two police constables, he said.

Based on the complaint lodged by the girl and her relative, the four accused were booked for gang—rape under Section 376 of the IPC and under relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention) of Atrocities Act.

News Updates 06.04.13

Minor dalit girl gang-raped – The Hindu


The Hindu

Minor dalit girl gang-raped


TNN | Apr 5, 2013, 10.59 PM IST

VARANASI: A minor girl from dalit community was allegedly gang-raped by three teen aged boys at Mahjooda village under Suriyawan police station in Bhadohi district on Thursday evening.

The police, however, denied gang rape and said that the girl was raped by a boy of the same community while two others were also present at that time.

All the three were arrested on Friday.According to reports, the 16-year-old girl had to gone to field on Thursday evening when three boys Jogi Chamar (18), Sarvjit Chamar (17) and Chandra Srivastava (18) dragged her away to a lonely place and raped her. After returning home girl narrated her agony to family members.

The Bhadohi SP Ashok Kumar Shukla, when contacted over phone, told TOI that Jogi Chamar, who raped the girl, is the main accused, while two others helped him to overpower the girl. The matter is being investigated, he said.

News Updates 08.04.13

Dalit minor raped in Bhiwani – The Tribune


The Tribune

Dalit minor raped in Bhiwani


Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, April 7

A Dalit minor girl (15) was raped by a man at Badrai village in Bhiwani. The girl had gone out of her house to answer the call of nature on the April 3 night, when Zile Singh (31) allegedly gagged her and took her away to some secluded place in his car. The accused raped the girl there and then left the victim in the village next morning. The hapless girl narrated the incident to her family, who decided to approach the police.

However, the village panchayat intervened and pressurised the family to settle the matter. A panchayat of elders was called where the accused was made to apologise for his act and the victim’s father was told to forgive the accused and forget the episode.

However, the persecution of the family continued and finally, they approached the police with a complaint today. Ramesh Kumar Alawadhi, SHO of the Badhra police station in Bhiwani, said the accused had been booked and arrested. He said the police acted swiftly after getting the complaint and recorded the girl’s statement in the presence of a woman advocate. The girl’s medical examination had confirmed rape.

News Updates 09.04.13

UP police put 10-year-old rape victim behind bars – Zee News


Zee News

UP police put 10-year-old rape victim behind bars


Last Updated: Tuesday, April 09, 2013, 10:

Bulandshahr: The callous response of police came to fore when a 10-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped, was put behind bars by women cops after she approached them to file a complaint along with her mother.

Two women constables have been suspended while two sub-Inspectors including the station-in-charge have been sent to police lines following the incident, SSP Gulab Singh said.

The victim spent several hours behind the bars after her mother brought her to a women’s police station to lodge a complaint against a local goon for allegedly raping her. She was rescued only after locals protested over the matter.

According to Singh, the minor from Meerpur village here was found lying unconscious in a field by her parents last night where she had been dumped after being allegedly raped.

An FIR was lodged with the police by victims’ parents but shockingly the staff of the women’s police station detained the victim in lock-up.

The girl’s medical examination will be conducted to confirm rape and investigations are on, Singh said.

The local goon accused of raping the minor is absconding, he added. PTI

News Updates 12.04.13

Dalit girl raped in Odisha, four held – The Times Of India


Dalit woman killed in AP, incident assumes political overtones – Zee News


The Times Of India

Dalit girl raped in Odisha, four held


IANS | Apr 12, 2013, 11.04 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Four men were arrested in Odisha’s Jajpur district for the rape of a 15-year-old Dalit girl two days ago, police said on Friday.

The victim is a resident of Pahanga village, over 100 km from Bhubaneswar.

The incident occurred when she had gone to a nearby area to attend the call of nature Wednesday night, the inspector in charge of the local police station, Ashwini Sahu, told IANS.

The men dragged her to a secluded place and one of them raped her while the others watched, he said.

Police arrested all four men, including the main offender, a day later on the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim. The four were remanded to judicial custody after a local court rejected their bail plea, he said.

The girl would be sent for medical examination Friday, he added.
In a separate incident, a man was arrested Thursday in Jeypore town of the state’s Koraput district for raping an 11-year-old girl.

The 24-year-old offender had allegedly gone to the girl’s house and asked for drinking water. Seeing the girl alone, he raped her, local police said.

Zee News

Dalit woman killed in AP, incident assumes political overtones


Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 08:

Guntur: The incident in which a Dalit woman was killed after she was allegedly roughed up and pushed under the wheels of a speeding truck at Tenali town by drunk miscreants, has now assumed political and caste overtones.

B Susheela, a 45-year-old housewife paid with her life on Monday night when she tried to rescue her teenaged daughter, who is a B Tech student, after seven drunken motor mechanics aged below 20 years attempted to molest her.

Susheela’s husband, a municipal school teacher B Babu Rao has alleged that the police control room which is about 300 metres from the scene of the tragedy, did not respond to the commotion and that the police inspector with whom a complaint was lodged, played a partisan role.
All the seven persons have been arrested.

The incident occurred when Susheela and her daughter were returning home after shopping at around 10 pm, when the seven men who had just come out of a liquor bar owned by an affluent and upper caste Congress leader, began heckling them.

The housewife shouted at them, which infuriated the seven men who allegedly roughed her up and pushed her under the wheels of a speeding truck, police said.

Due to the public outcry after television news channels reported the incident, Guntur’s Superintendent of Police, initiated damage control measures by transferring the case to the Deputy Superintendent of Police and arresting the liquor bar owner’s son Nagaraju.

When the incident took place, neighbours and passersby reportedly remained passive spectators and did not even bother to extricate the injured woman from under the wheels of the truck until her husband arrived, though observers have attributed it to the fear of hoodlooms of the notorious liquor bar owner, who is also a Congress leader. PTI

News Updates 13.04.13

Dalit girl allegedly raped by forest guard in Bihar – The Hindu


13-year-old Dalit girl gang-raped in Bhiwani – The Tribune


Alleged gang-rape survivor’s family attacked in Rajasthan – NDTV


The Hindu

Dalit girl allegedly raped by forest guard in Bihar


Staff Reporter

Intiaz Ali, a forest guard at the Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) in West Champaran district of Bihar, was arrested for allegedly raping a seven-year-old Dalit girl on Thursday night.

The victim’s mother worked as a cook at Ali’s place. When she went out to buy some provisions, Ali raped the girl who was alone at his house, Shailesh Kumar Sinha, subdivisional police officer at Bagaha Sadar, told The Hindu.

The victim belongs to a poor family. Her father works in a local music band.

A case under IPC Section 376 (punishment for rape) and the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was registered against Ali, Mr. Sinha said.

The Tribune

13-year-old Dalit girl gang-raped in Bhiwani


Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, April 12

A Dalit minor girl was allegedly raped by three youths in the village school at Kharar Khurd in Bhiwani today.

The 13-year-old girl’s father has lodged a complaint in the Sadar Police Station, Bhiwani, that Chulbul, Rahul and another, all residents of the same village, lured his minor daughter to the village school in the morning today. He alleged that the three raped her in the school, which is closed due to harvesting vacation these days.

The girl somehow came home and narrated the incident to her family, who approached the police.

The police said that a case has been registered under Section 376 (D) of the IPC, SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and efforts were on the arrest the accused.

Sister-in-law among 4 booked in gang-rape case.

The police has booked four persons, including a woman, for gang- rape. The victim alleged that she was raped by a kin and two others at Kaluwala village in Bhiwani

The three men have been charged with gang-rape and criminal intimidation, the woman has been accused of helping them in the crime.

The woman, a resident of Singhnawa village, alleged that she had gone to Kaluwana village to meet her sister-in-law.

She alleged when her sister-in-law went out for some work, her husband and his two friends raped and threatened her with dire consequences, if she narrated the incident to anyone.

She alleged that her sister-in-law was also behind the conspiracy. The police has registered a case .


Alleged gang-rape survivor’s family attacked in Rajasthan


Edited by Shamik Ghosh | Updated: April 13, 2013 08:21 IST

Alwar: Eight members of a gang-rape survivor’s family, including three women, were injured near Alwar when they were attacked, allegedly by relatives of the accused in the case.

The attack came after the woman, who is married, and her family refused to compromise, according to reports. The village panchayat has allegedly asked the woman to accept money in return of dropping the case.

According to reports, after the 25-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped, the police took three days to register a complaint.

News Updates 14.04.13

Class X Dalit minor girl kidnapped, raped – The Tribune


The Tribune

Class X Dalit minor girl kidnapped, raped


Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, April 13

In a shocking incident last night at Birabadi under Ratia police station of Fatehabad, two persons related to each other as uncle and nephew allegedly kidnapped a Dalit minor girl and while one of them raped her by taking her to a secluded place, the other stood guard outside.

In a complaint to the police, the victim’s mother alleged that her 16-year-old daughter, a student of class X in the village school, was going to the fields with meals for her grandfather, when the accused Buta Singh and his uncle Sukhwinder kidnapped her.

The accused allegedly put a blanket on the girl, forced her in a car and took her towards a secluded place in the fields, where Buta Singh allegedly raped her and Sukhwinder stood guard.

They showed her a pistol and threatened to eliminate her if she narrated the incident to anyone and dropped her in the village at night and fled.

The police said that a case has been registered.

News Updates 24.04.13

Distressed over girl’s kidnapping & rape, poor family consumes poisonMother, another girl dead, father, 2 boys in ICU – The Tribune


Dalit woman raped in Odisha, one arrested – Zee News


Two minor girls raped in Uttar Pradesh – The Hindu


Youth held for raping Dalit girl – Zee News


The Tribune

Distressed over girl’s kidnapping & rape, poor family consumes poisonMother, another girl dead, father, 2 boys in ICU


Sushil Manav

Tribune News Service

Hisar, April 22

Distressed by the rape and kidnapping of their minor daughter, tormented by the police and loss of livelihood due to frequents visits to courts and police stations allegedly drove a poor Dalit couple along with their three children from Bhairi Akbarpur village in Hisar to consume celphos poison in the early hours today.

The man’s 13-year-old daughter Sandhya (names of the victims have been changed to protect their identity) died on the spot and his 38-year-old wife Sunita died at the General Hospital, Hisar. Family head Mohan (40) and his sons Rajiv (11) and Amit (9) have been shifted to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Rohtak.

The couple’s eldest daughter, aged 15, was allegedly kidnapped by a villager, Rohtash, on May 15, 2012, and raped for two days.

The police had booked Rohtash for kidnapping and rape on May 17.

However, she was again kidnapped on July 6, 2012, and the police registered a case against unknown persons in this connection.

There is no clue to the girl’s whereabouts so far.

Mohan eked a living by pulling a rickshaw before the crime against his eldest daughter. However, ever since her disappearance, the family has been totally devastated.

Visiting police stations and courts, Mohan has had to skip pulling the rickshaw and, in the process, has been unable to feed his family.

The family, according to sources, is under debt.

The sources said the family has been under severe stress since their daughter’s disappearance. Also, the local police has allegedly been harassing them to find her as it wanted to take her to the court for evidence later this month.

Sources say that Mohan had informed his family about his intention to commit suicide as he was unable to take the pressure. The others too reportedly expressed their desire to end their lives with him.

He allegedly mixed celphos tablets in a bottle of water and offered it to all members in the early hours today.

Sandhya, a student of class VIII in the village school, was found dead in the house.

Villagers rushed the family to the General Hospital, Hisar, where Sunita died.

However, the hospital authorities expressed their helplessness to provide treatment to the victims and referred them to the PGIMS, Rohtak. Civil surgeon Ashok Chaudhary said the hospital did not have an intensive care unit.

The condition of Mohan and his two sons Rajiv, a student of class V, and Amit, a student of class III, is stated to be critical. The incident has sent shockwaves across the district.

Ram Bilas Sharma, president of the state unit of the BJP, alleged that while on the one hand a poor Dalit family had been forced to commit suicide due to poverty and highhandedness of the police, the Haryana government was spending crores of rupees on advertisements, projecting the state as the best in the country.

A police spokesperson, however, denied any excesses by the police.

Zee News

Dalit woman raped in Odisha, one arrested


Last Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12:37

Bhubaneswar: A 50-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for raping a Dalit woman in Odisha, police said.

The incident took place Sunday in a village near Nandapur town of Koraput district, about 700 km from here, but came to light after the woman lodged a complaint with the police Monday night, HK Padhi, chief of Nandapur police station, said.

Citing the woman’s complaint, Padhi said she was guarding a cashew farm at Mundagada village when the accused, who belonged to the same village, raped her in the presence of another person.

The attacker, who is a habitual offender, had threatened the woman of dire consequences if she reported the incident, the police officer said.

While the woman has been sent for medical examination, search is on to apprehend the other person who was present at the crime spot, Padhi said. IANS

The Hindu

Two minor girls raped in Uttar Pradesh



A five-year-old was among two minor girls raped in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, police said here on Tuesday.

A 14-year-old Dalit girl was abducted and raped allegedly by one Meraj (22) in Leharpur area in Sitapur district on Sunday night, they said.

Police said that an FIR was lodged after which Meraj was arrested on Monday.

In Deoria district, a five-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a 15-year-old in Bhatparani area on Sunday evening, police said.

The victim’s family members informed police about the incident on Monday after which the teenager was arrested, they said.

Zee News

Youth held for raping Dalit girl


Last Updated: Saturday, April 20, 2013, 20:

Rewari (Haryana): A youth was arrested for allegedly raping a minor Dalit girl in Guriani village, about 30 km from here, police said on Saturday.

Amit Yadav (25) lured the 12-year-old girl into his house when she was on her way to a friend’s house on Thursday night and raped her, they said.

Later, a case was lodged against the accused on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victim’s parents.

Amit was today produced in a court which remanded him in 14-day judicial custody.

Further investigations into the matter are underway, police added. PTI

News Updates 25.04.13

Dalit woman gang raped, 3 arrested – The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit woman gang raped, 3 arrested


Mohammed Akhef, TNN | Apr 25, 2013, 03.41 AM IST

AURANGABAD: A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang raped on Tuesday night after being abducted while waiting for public transport in front of Dhoot hospital on Jalna road. Three men have been arrested, while another is absconding.

The arrested men are Sangharsh Bhausaheb Landge, Sagar Baban Dalvi and Vinod Salve, while the absconding accused has been indentified as Manoj Ramlal Jadhav.

The woman, married eight months ago, had come to her parents’ house at Sanjaynagar in Mukunwadi on April 14 and was returning to her in-laws’ house in Masnatwadi, when she was allegedly abducted and gang raped.

News Updates 26.04.13

HARYANA’S SHAME Minor Dalit girl of Meham gang-raped, 5 arrested – The Tribune


The Tribune

HARYANA’S SHAMEMinor Dalit girl of Meham gang-raped, 5 arrested


Tribune News Service

Rohtak, April 25

The police has arrested five youths accused of gang-raping a 15-year-old minor Dalit girl at Meham on Monday night. They were remanded to judicial custody after they were produced before the court here this morning. This is the second such incident in the district in the past about 48 hours.

The police said the accused — Vinod, Satawan and Balwan of Imligarh village and Sandeep and Vikas of Meham –allegedly accosted the Dalit girl to a secluded place on Monday and gang-raped her. She was later dropped near her house.

The matter was reported to the police on Tuesday evening and the accused were arrested last night. The police said the medical examination of the victim confirmed the rape and the department was providing her counselling. The accused hail from different communities.

A case has been booked against the accused in this connection.

The police had booked five youths on charges of abducting and raping a 28-year-old married woman from Bhainsru Khurd village of the district on April 23.

News Updates 29.04.13

Minor Dalit girl raped in UP – Zee News


Zee News

Minor Dalit girl raped in UP


Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:

Sitapur: A minor Dalit girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Misrikh area of Dighia village, police said on Monday.

According to FIR lodged by victim’s father yesterday, his 12-year-old daughter was allegedly raped by Akhilesh, his neighbour on Saturday night, police said.

A case has been registered in this regard while the further probes are on, they said, adding search is on to nab the accused. PTI

News Updates 02.05.13

Four get 10-year jail for raping Dalit girl – The Tribune


The Tribune

Four get 10-year jail for raping Dalit girl


Tribune News Service

Fatehabad, May 1

The Haryana Valmiki Mahasabha has taken exception to the failure of the Haryana Police to punish its own officials for willful neglect of their duty in a case of gang-rape of a Dalit minor girl at Shekhupur Daroli village in Fatehabad on January 10, 2013.

Jagdish, the then SHO of the Bhattu Kalan police station, and another policeman, who was entrusted with the complaint of the victim, did not register any FIR in the case for 12 days. Nor did the police got the victim and the accused medically examined in the clothes they were wearing at the time of the crime.

A local court today sentenced four persons to imprisonment for 10-year each and sent a woman to jail for five years for helping the accused.

ML Sarwan, a former Haryana bureaucrat and secretary general of the Mahasabha, said it was only at the intervention of Superintendent of Police (SP) Vikas Dhankhar that a case was registered on January 21, 2013.

Welcoming the judgement that has come in a record time of almost three months from the registration of the FIR today, Sarwan said the police officials who willfully delayed the FIR and allowed the evidences to dilute in an effort to hush up the case, must have been prosecuted along with the accused.

“The SHO and the other police official should not only be dismissed from services under Article 311 of the Constitution of India, but they should also have been prosecuted in special court,” said Sarwan.

He showed a letter from Dr Vivek Joshi, joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, written to the Director General of Police, Haryana, in this regard.

News Updates 06.05.13

Another minor raped in Bihar – The Hindustan Times


The Hindustan Times

Another minor raped in Bihar


Prasun K Mishra , Hindustan Times Sasaram , May 04, 2013

First Published: 16:58 IST(4/5/2013) | Last Updated: 17:00 IST(4/5/2013)

An 11-year-old dalit schoolgirl was brutally raped by her neighbour late on Friday night in Rohtas district of south-western Bihar.

The incident took place at Kochas market, about 50km north-east of the Rohtas district headquarters town of Sasaram.

“An FIR has been lodged at the Kochas police station by the victim’s mother against a name accused, who is absconding,” Kochas SHO Rajiv Nayan told HT, confirming the incident.

Informed sources said the girl’s parents had gone to attend a marriage at their relative’s house in a nearby village and had requested the neighbour, Manoj Chauhan (40), a stone trader, to look after the girl.

However, on Friday night, Chauhan took the girl to his rented house, where he is alleged to have raped her. “He fled from the spot after the girl fell unconscious,” said an official.

The girl regained consciousness on Saturday morning and reported the matter to her cousin, who in turn informed girl’s parents on the phone.

The parents rushed back to Kochas market, after which the mother lodged the FIR. The police later took the girl to the Sadar hospital, Sasaram for medical examination. The rapist is still absconding.

Rohtas superintendent of police Vikas Verman did not respond to repeated calls placed on his official mobile.

News Updates 08.05.13

Dalit girl attempts suicide as parents fail to deposit fees – The Hindustan Times


The Hindustan Times

Dalit girl attempts suicide as parents fail to deposit fees


PTI Muzaffarnagar, May 08, 2013

First Published: 17:22 IST(8/5/2013) | Last Updated: 17:24 IST(8/5/2013)

An undergraduate dalit girl student allegedly attempted suicide after her parents failed to deposit her college fees at Athai village, police said on Wednesday.

Anita, 20, jumped into Ganga canal on Tuesday after her parents, who are farmers, failed to submit her second semester college fees due to financial problems, they said.

The girl, a student of BCA at local S D Management college, was rescued from the canal by villagers and handed over to her parents, they added.

News Updates 13.05.13

Dalit girl raped in Punjab – Zee News


Minor Dalit girl raped by two brothers in Punjab – Zee News


Tarn Taran girl complains to SC/ST panel on security – The Hindustan Times


Zee News

Dalit girl raped in Punjab


Last Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013, 16:

Moga (Pb): A minor Dalit girl was on Monday allegedly abducted and raped by a youth in the Ghalkalan village, 7 km from here today, police said.

The 12-year-old victim was recovered within five hours after registration of the case by her parents.

However, the accused Mangat Singh managed to escape after seeing the police, leaving the girl on the Moga-Ferozepur road, where he raped her.

The victim was admitted to civil hospital where her condition was stated to be stable.

Police is conducting searches to nab the accused. PTI

Zee News

Minor Dalit girl raped by two brothers in Punjab


Last Updated: Sunday, May 12, 2013, 14:

Moga: A 17-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by two brothers, also related to the victim, police said on Sunday.

Joginder Singh and Swaran Singh, both residents of Rauwal village, allegedly raped the girl on the evening of May 10 when she was alone in her house, they said.

The duo escaped after the victim’s mother arrived in the house and caught them in the act, police said, adding that the accused were relatives of the girl.

A case has been registered and a special investigation team has been constituted to probe the case in which no arrests have been made so far. PTI

The Hindustan Times

Tarn Taran girl complains to SC/ST panel on security


HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times

Amritsar, May 12, 2013

Last Updated: 22:39 IST(12/5/2013)

The young girl from Usma village in Tarn Taran district who along with her father was mercilessly beaten up by Punjab Police personnel on March 4 appeared before National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes vice-chairman Dr Raj Kumar Verka on Sunday and complained about her security apparatus.

She maintained that the Central Reserve Police Force men deputed for her security had restricted her and her family’s movements to a large extend. The CRPF personnel question her as well as her family’s movement and do not allow them to even meet their relatives, she told Dr Verka.

The 22-year-old victim also told the commission vice-chairman that while the Supreme Court had directed that two vehicles be deputed with the security detail, they have been given only one vehicle.

Following the meeting, Dr Verka took up the matter with CRPF commandant in Amritsar and asked them to instruct their men to behave appropriately with the family. He also contacted the Tarn Taran deputy commissioner for providing the family one more vehicle and urged the department of social welfare to provide them financial help too.

News Updates 19.05.13

Son molests Dalit girl, father sets her ablaze in Madhya Pradesh – Zee News


Man accused of assaulting women activists on run – Zee News


Zee News

Son molests Dalit girl, father sets her ablaze in Madhya Pradesh


Last Updated: Sunday, May 19, 2013, 14:

Zee Media Bureau
Bhopal: In a shocking incident, a 15-year-old Dalit girl was set afire by a youth’s father whose son was arrested by police on molestation charges filed by the victim.

Reports indicate the Dalit girl suffered 90 percent burn injuries and is battling for her life at a hospital in Bhopal.

The teenage girl was molested by the youth when she had gone out of house for some work, following which her family lodged a FIR against the accused.

Enraged with his son’s arrest, the youth’s father reached at the girl’s place on Saturday and poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze.

The police have registered attempt to murder case against the person.

Zee News

Man accused of assaulting women activists on run


Last Updated: Sunday, May 19, 2013, 13:

Lalitpur: A goon who misbehaved with five Dalit women activists a week ago in Uttar Pradesh is on the run, with officials planning to auction his house and property, police said on Sunday.
Authorities said they were contemplating acting against Sahab Singh Yadav under sections 81/82 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

As per law, his house and other property would be auctioned by police to pressurize him into surrendering.
Admitting that Yadav absconded soon after a case was registered against him, Lalitpur Superintendent of Police JP Singh told a news agency that the testimony of five women had been recorded.

He also promised to provide security to the women activists. “We are on the case and hope to make arrests soon,” Singh said.

The five Dalit women were physically and verbally abused by Yadav. The victims said they were inaugurating the Sahajani Shiksha Kendra (SSK), an adult literacy centre for Dalit women, when they were assaulted.

The incident took place May 12.

“Yadav has not yet been arrested,” said Kaniza, an activist from the village. A statement by the activists said two of the Dalit women sustained serious head and body injuries.

“He used caste-based abuses and sexually explicit language to humiliate and intimidate the women,” the statement said.

“He also threatened to kill them if they were seen in the area again. The villagers were also threatened with dire consequences if they gave any statement against him,” it said.

A massive protest was staged in Lalitpur Thursday to protest the non-arrest of Yadav.

Meanwhile, Additional Director General of Police Arun Kumar told a news agency that he was not aware of the matter but would ensure that the guilty was booked and the women activists were protected. IANS

News Updates 20.05.13

Death of dalit woman: Police to file report today – The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Death of dalit woman: Police to file report today


TNN | May 20, 2013, 05.47 AM IST

KOCHI/TRIPUNITHURA: The city police, probing the circumstances that led to the suicide of a dalit woman following alleged police harassment, will submit its report to city police commissioner K G James on Monday. The commissioner will initiate punitive action against the police personnel involved in the incident after studying the report, said a police official.

hrikakkara assistant commissioner Bijo Alexander said Tripunithura circle inspector had taken statements from the relatives of the victim and cops who took the victim into custody from her house.

“Based on these statements, the inspector is preparing a detailed report,” said Alexander.

Meanwhile, political parties and various others organizations have launched protest campaigns in Tripunithura demanding action against the police personnel who were involved in the alleged harassment of the women identified as Sunitha of Mathur colony.

Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha has decided to lodge complaints to chief minister Oommen Chandy and home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan seeking stringent action against culprits.

On Friday, 32-year-old housewife Sunitha committed suicide after she was allegedly harassed by a group of police personnel at Hill Palace police station. She ended her life by jumping in front of a speeding train near the Mathur colony level cross. Sources said the dalit woman was allegedly harassed by a few policemen at the station after her husband Babu was booked in connection with a case.

News Updates 21.05.13

5 booked in rape case – The Tribune


The Tribune

5 booked in rape case


Sangrur, May 20

The Malerkotla police has booked five persons in connection with the alleged rape of a Dalit girl.

The main accused, Aziz Mohammad, had allegedly developed physical relations with the girl on the pretext of marrying her. He also allegedly got her pregnancy terminated with the help of a doctor and others. — TNS

News Updates 24.05.13

Cops directed to provide protection to dalit woman – The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Cops directed to provide protection to dalit woman


TNN | May 24, 2013, 06.58 AM IST

MADURAI: A 75-year-old dalit widow K Rukkmani of Navaladiyur village in Srivaikundam taluk in Tuticorin district has been forced to live away from her village for five years fearing attack from the upper castes.

Since then, she is living at her relative’s house in Madurai.

Now, she has approached the Madras high court bench here by way of filing a writ petition seeking direction to the authority to conduct peace meeting to bring her family to her native village.
She also prayed for direction to the police to provide protection after claiming that non-dalits in her village were planning to grab her 30-acre land, where she and her second son Arumugaraja undertake agricultural work.

The woman, who lost her husband Kadarkaraiandi three years ago, has four sons. Her eldest son is a scientist while the third son is an engineer. While both are employed abroad, her last son, who is also an engineer, is working in Chennai.

As she owns more fertile land than the upper castes in the village, they are allegedly trying to force her family out from the village with an intention of grabbing her land with police help, she alleged in her petition.

Further, she also stated that one V Kasi and six others came to her house on April 22 and attempted to kill her son Arumugaraja. However, his son managed to escape from there. Regarding this, the Vaikuntham police registered a case but arrested only two persons.

She also stated that there was a communal clash in her village five years ago, due to which she came out from then and is now temporarily staying in Madurai. However, the authorities are yet to take any action to bring her family to her village, she said.

he matter came up before Justice M M Sundresh for admission on Thursday. After hearing the concerned sides, the judge said that there is no communal difference in the said village at present and the situation is in under control. Therefore, no courts’ interference was required. However, the police are directed to give adequate protection to her and the tahsildar, Vaikuntham, has been directed to conduct a peace committee meeting to bring her family to the village, the judge said in his order.

News Updates 27.05.13

Dalit headmistress alleges caste discrimination – The Hindu


The Hindu

Dalit headmistress alleges caste discrimination


Staff Correspondent

A Dalit headmistress in a government school, who claimed to have been harassed by upper-caste teachers on the basis of caste, alleged that the police inaction led to the case being closed due to “lack of evidence”.

Airing her grievance at the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes meet held at the Police Commissioner’s office here on Sunday, Kamalakshi, who is the headmistress of Government Higher Primary School in Panelabarike near Konaje, said there was discrimination and harassment by a Brahmin couple, who teach at the school.

“They have shouted swear words at me several times. They do not cooperate in the decisions I take. They have even said that because the government gives us Dalits so many schemes and provisions that we have become arrogant. The two have also pressured the SDMC (School Development and Monitoring Committee) to expel me, so they could drive me out of the village,” she claimed.

Though she has been working in the school for six years, the harassment started after the husband-wife duo joined the school in 2011.

After entreaties to the Block Education Officer went in vain, Ms. Kamalakshi filed a complaint against the two at the Konaje Police Station on February 22. However, a week ago, the police eventually filed a B-report in the case. “How can there be no evidence when the SDMC can testify to the insults and threats?” she asked Police Commissioner Manish Kharbikar who chaired the meet.

Though Mr. Kharbikar said there “could be no wrongdoing” on the part of the police in closing the case, he assured the headmistress that the case would be looked into again.

Another allegation of the police bucking to bribes and pressures from influential persons came from Dalit leader Srinivas Shetty, who said the Bajpe police had done little to arrest the main accused in a reportedly illegal sand-mining case.

The accused, who is the president of the Gram Panchayat Chandrahas Shetty, is alleged to have abused fellow member Hariyappa Muthoor, who is Dalit, for having opposed the sand mining.

“Chandrahas Shetty used foul language and even threatened to kill Hariyappa. We filed a complaint with the police on May 18, and an atrocities case was filed. But there have been no arrests. In fact, we hear that the police are in constant touch with the accused,” said Mr. Srinivas Shetty. Mr. Kharbikar assured a “detailed probe” into the matter.

News Updates 01.06.13

Cops clueless in Dalit girl kidnapping case – The Tribune


The Tribune

Cops clueless in Dalit girl kidnapping case


Tribune News Service

Moga, May 31

Three weeks after a 17-year- old Dalit girl was allegedly kidnapped by a youth and his four family members while returning from school at Khosa Randhir village in the district, the local police has so far failed to recover her.

Not only this, the FIR was registered by the police on Tuesday after a delay of 20 days. The SHO of Kot-ise-Khan police station, Jasvir Singh, who is investigating the case, confirmed that Jaswinder Singh, a resident of the same village along with his four family members, had kidnapped the girl on May 8.

The girl’s father stated in his complaint that Jaswinder had allured his daughter on the pretext of marriage and abducted her.

In reply to a question, however, the SHO maintained that the parents of the girl were not sure that the girl had been kidnapped and they were looking for her. She often used to visit her relatives. After having confirmed that she was not with any of their relatives, a complaint for lodging a criminal case was made to the police due to which the FIR was delayed, the SHO said.

“I have set up special teams to recover the girl and raids are also being carried out on a regular basis at the possible hideouts of the culprits to arrest them. I hope we will soon recover the girl and nab the culprits,” the SHO added.

NewsUpdates 12.06.13

Tension prevails over denial of cremation to dalit woman- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Tension prevails over denial of cremation to dalit woman


NELLORE: Police resorted to mild force to disperse warring groups following denial of cremation to a dalit woman by people belonging to upper caste at Gandlavedu village in Atmakurmandal of Nellore district on Tuesday.

According to Atmakur police, a group of upper caste people objected to the cremation of D Kondamma (80), a dalit woman, who died in the early hours of Tuesday. The dalits wanted to cremate the woman in the vicinity of a crematorium belonging to upper castes.
This led to protests by dalits. With two groups resorting to physical attacks, tension prevailed in the village.

The police used force to disperse them.
Senior police and revenue officials rushed to the village and convinced the upper castes to allow Kondamma’s cremation. The revenue authorities promised to earmark land for an exclusive crematorium for the dalits. Deputy police superintendent Mahendra Naik supervised the law and order situation in the village.

NewsUpdates 14.06.13

Dalit girl raped in Sirsa – The Tribune


2 men allegedly abducted, raped 13-yr-old Dalit girl – IBN Live


The Tribune

Dalit girl raped in Sirsa


A minor Dalit girl was raped by a youth at Chautala village in Sirsa last night. The accused Satpal, a resident of the same village, enticed away the girl who had gone to the fields last evening. The accused allegedly took her to a secluded place, where he raped her.

The police has booked the youth under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC, relevant provision of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Vikram Nehra, SHO of Dabwali Sadar Police Station, said the Dabwali DSP was probing into the matter, as the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was involved in it.

IBN Live

2 men allegedly abducted, raped 13-yr-old Dalit girl


A 13-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped by two men in Churu district when she had gone outside her house to relieve herself, police said here on Thursday.

The duo abducted the girl on Wednesday, took her to an isolated place and raped her, they said. An FIR was registered with Sadulpur place station, they said, adding that the matter was being probed.

NewsUpdates 15.06.13

Youth held for raping a dalit minor-The Times Of India


Dalit girl report missing from Noida- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Youth held for raping a dalit minor


SIRSA: The police on Friday arrested an upper-caste youth on charges of raping a dalit minor girl in a village in Sirsa district.

The accused, identified as SatpalBishnoi, had raped the 16-year-old girl on Wednesday, said a police officer. The victim and her family had approached the police on Thursday and a case of rape was registered against the accused on Thursday after medical examination of the victim confirmed the crime.

The accused, a resident of the same village, has also been booked under various sections of SC/ST Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. According to the police complaint, Satpal had forcibly taken the girl to an isolated place near the village on Wednesday evening after finding her walking home alone and raped her there. The accused had also threatened the victim of dire consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone, the complaint states.

The Times Of India

Dalit girl report missing from Noida


NOIDA: A 14-year-old Dalit girl has been reported missing from the city for almost a week. Her mother has alleged that she has been kidnapped by some youths who live in the nearby Chowda village. Police have lodged an FIR for abduction and are probing the case.

Police said the girl and her younger sister had gone out of their house in Sector 24 after a fight with their mother. After some time, during which the mother looked for her daughters, some youths brought back the younger girl home. “I knew one of the two boys who came to drop her. I sensed they had abducted my older daughter, but when I told this to the police they took no action,” she alleged.

Police said they had brought in the accused for questioning after the woman’s allegation. “There is no evidence to link the boys to the abduction. We’ll soon find the girl as we have some very solid leads,” said a senior police officer.

NewsUpdates 16.06.13

Casteist bias alleged in dalit teacher’s eviction from school-The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Casteist bias alleged in dalit teacher’s eviction from school


TRICHY: A woman employee of a government-aided school in Trichy has accused the school administration of victimising her on casteist grounds by depriving her of the job. Even the education department in Trichy is accused of supporting the school in acting against the woman. Meanwhile, the school authorities are evading an inquiry ordered by the Trichy district collector after the poor woman’s father filed a complaint against the high-handedness of the school officials.

S Meada, who was working as a secondary grade assistant at Holy Redeemer’s Primary School at Palakkarai, has also complained that she was not paid salary despite working for two years since May 31, 2011. Though, Meada continued to work despite non-payment of salary, she was barred from entering the school on Monday, June 10, when the school re-opened after the summer holidays. Meada’s father T Stephen Raj alleged that the school, which appointed her on a temporary basis, is now easing her out as she is a dalit. “My daughter is being victimised because she is the only dalit to enter the school as a teacher in a century,” Stephen said. He also alleged that the education department in Trichy was hand-in-glove with the school management.

In fact, Meada had secured the job after obtaining an order issued by the top authority of the school management based in Chennai. The former correspondent of Holy Redeemers had even written to the Assistant Education Officer (AEO) on July 19, 2011 that “Selvi S Meada has been temporarily appointed from June 15, 2011 in place of P Lillimary who superannuated on May 31, 2011, and hence you are hereby requested to confirm her appointment.”

Trouble started for Meada in Januray 2012, when the then AEO informed the school correspondent that the surplus vacancy of a teacher’s post had been transferred to the director general’s pool! An expert in school administration said this move was not in order as in such cases the employee should be posted to any other school run by the same group before the closure of that academic year. In fact, an RTI statement obtained by Stephen in February this year revealed that there was a vacancy available at St Philomena’s Girls HSS run by the same school management in Trichy, but Meada was not posted there. Instead, an employee from the management’s Chennai-based school was posted at St Philomena’s school. “This transfer had been deliberately done by the school management to deprive Meada her once-in-a-life-time chance to work as a teacher,” said her father, a disabled who could crawl only on his palms to the Trichy district collector’s office to register the complaint.

Raising suspicion on the collusion of school authorities and the education authorities, both the school correspondent and the district education officer Jayakumar boycotted the inquiry scheduled for May 29. It was fixed by the PA general district collectorJayashreeMuralidharan. Jayakumar, however, put the entire blame at the doors of the Holy Redeemer schoolsaying that they should not have surrendered the post, and should not have appointed a Chennai-based teacher at their St Philomena’s school. “Since it is a minority school, it is they who should have taken care of the appointments,” Jayakumar reasoned.

Meanwhile, on May 1, the vicar general of Tiruchi diocese wrote to the Sr Provincial in Trichy saying, “The appointment of Meada was not approved by the department due to the inordinate delay (one year) of the correspondent in sending the proposal.”

Commenting on the issue, Folencia Mary, the new correspondent of the school from this academic year told TOI on Friday that “We are not in any way against the teacher concerned. It is the DEO’s office that has instructed us not to let the teacher sign the attendance register. We are ready to offer the teacher her due place if the government is ready to sanction the post in writing.”

News Updates 20.06.13

Unable to trace 2 Dalit girls, samiti flays police – The Tribune


The Tribune

Unable to trace 2 Dalit girls, samiti flays police


Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 19

Members of the Apharan Virodhi Jan Sangharash Samiti today condemned the police and the district administration for their failure to trace the two minor Dalit girls during a meeting at Cheemnawas village in the district.

Parul (7), daughter of Rajesh Kumar of Cheemnawas village, and Divya (5), daughter of Sonu Balmiki of Bhiwani district, were kidnapped on May 4 and May 20, respectively. Recently, a senior police official here announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for a person providing information leading to the recovery of the two kidnapped girls.

The Samiti gave an ultimatum to the state government as well as the police with a warning that if the two minor girls were not recovered within a month, they would again hold a convention at Cheemnawas village on July 21.

Samiti spokesman Rajender Singh said they would intensify their agitation with an active cooperation of citizens of four districts- Rewari, Mahendergarh, Gurgaon and Jhajjar. He said letters for support would also be sent to various political and other organisations to make it a statewide agitation.

News Updates 21.06.13

Minor Dalit’s rape: Haryana Police under NCPCR scanner ‘Take action against delinquent police officials in 15 days’ – The Tribune


The Tribune

Minor Dalit’s rape: Haryana Police under NCPCR scanner‘Take action against delinquent police officials in 15 days’


Pradeep Sharma, Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20

The inept handling of a minor Dalit girl’s gang rape in Shekhupur Daroli village of Fatehabad district in January by the Haryana Police has come under the scanner of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR).

On a complaint filed by ML Sarwan, a former Haryana bureaucrat and secretary-general of the Haryana Valmiki Mahasabha, the NCPCR has sought an action-taken report from the Haryana Police within 15 days.

“You are required to get the matter investigated and take necessary action in accordance with Section 21 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences(POSCO) Act,2012, and refer the child to the authorities concerned for substantial compensation and rehabilitation,” an official communication from NCPCR member Nina P Nayak, asked the Haryana DGP.

Sarwan had sought the dismissal of then Bhattu Kalan SHO Jagdish Prasad and ASI Devi Lal for dereliction of duty, including alleged delay of 12 days in filing an FIR in the case .

However, the NCPCR was all praise for the judiciary which ensured justice for the victim through speedy trial . However,the commission regretted that no action was taken against the delinquent police officials.

Even in his judgement, LN Jindal, Additional Sessions Judge, Fatehabad, had noted that “the prosecutrix and her father had to run from pillar to post to lodge a report but they were not heard and it was eventually on January 21,2013 (12 days after the crime) when their complaint was taken and the FIR registered.”

On May 1, 2013, the court sentenced four persons to imprisonment for 10 years each and sent a woman to jail for five years for helping the accused.

NewsUpdates 23.06.13

Minor raped, murdered in Barmer-The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Minor raped, murdered in Barmer


Jaisalmer: Tension prevailed at Samdadi village in Barmer on Saturday after a 10-year-old dalit girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered by some unidentified men. Her body, with throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon, was found in a hilly area near the town.

According to the police, the girl had left for the market to buy mobile recharge coupons on Friday morning, but she didn’t return. The family members kept searching for the girl for a few hours, but when they could not find her anywhere they lodged a complaint with the police.

“However, someone spotted the bodies in the hills some 10 kilometres from the town and informed the police. A police team was immediately rushed to the spot and the body was found,” said a police officer.

The family members alleged that her body was found in a naked condition and her throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon. Police suspect that some men kidnapped her and then threw her body after murdering her somewhere else.

According to SDM ChanchalVerma, after murdering, the body was thrown in the hills. The police have formed separate teams to nab the culprits and instructions have been given to arrest the culprits at the earliest.

On getting information about the incident, hundreds of people gathered in the town demanding to arrest the culprits, shouted slogans and jammed the roads.

“We have registered an FIR for kidnap, rape and murder. Further investigation is on. We have got some clues about the identity of the culprits,” said the officer.

NewsUpdates 24.06.13

Dalit woman raped in Haryana-The Times Of India


Minor raped, murdered in Barmer-The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit woman raped in Haryana


REWARI: A 25-year-old dalit woman was allegedly raped by a person for three years on the pretext of marrying her, police said on Sunday.

The woman, a divorcee and resident of Qutubpur colony here, in her complaint on Saturday alleged Jhajjar district native Vipin Kumar of raping her, they said.

Medical examination of the woman confirmed rape following which Vipin was arrested, police said.

According to the complaint, about three years back the woman went to Jhajjar to appear in an exam, where she met Vipin and developed a friendship with him.

On the pretext of marrying her, Vipin allegedly exploited the woman, police said.

Vipin got married to another woman on June 1, this year, they said.

On her complaint, a case under relevant sections of IPC and SC/ST Act was registered against Vipin, they said, adding the accused was produced in local court, which sent him to judicial custody.

The Times Of India

Minor raped, murdered in Barmer


Jaisalmer: Tension prevailed at Samdadi village in Barmer on Saturday after a 10-year-old dalit girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered by some unidentified men. Her body, with throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon, was found in a hilly area near the town.

According to the police, the girl had left for the market to buy mobile recharge coupons on Friday morning, but she didn’t return. The family members kept searching for the girl for a few hours, but when they could not find her anywhere they lodged a complaint with the police.

“However, someone spotted the bodies in the hills some 10 kilometres from the town and informed the police. A police team was immediately rushed to the spot and the body was found,” said a police officer.

The family members alleged that her body was found in a naked condition and her throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon. Police suspect that some men kidnapped her and then threw her body after murdering her somewhere else.

According to SDM ChanchalVerma, after murdering, the body was thrown in the hills. The police have formed separate teams to nab the culprits and instructions have been given to arrest the culprits at the earliest.

On getting information about the incident, hundreds of people gathered in the town demanding to arrest the culprits, shouted slogans and jammed the roads.

“We have registered an FIR for kidnap, rape and murder. Further investigation is on. We have got some clues about the identity of the culprits,” said the officer.

NewsUpdates 25.06.13

Tension in village as girl elopes with Dalit- The New Indian Express


The New Indian Express

Tension in village as girl elopes with Dalit


Less than a week after two lovers from different castes committed suicide in Kodaikanal due to opposition from their families, another inter-caste relationship, this time including a minor girl, triggered tension in another place in Dindigul district.

On Sunday, a caste panchayat in Murugampatti in Athoor Taluk summoned the family of a 20-year-old Dalit man after he allegedly eloped with a girl from the Hindu Yadav community earlier in the day. According to police, Marichelvan, a resident of Kallampatti near Murugampatti, was a college dropout. In 2012, he reportedly fell in love with the girl, a class-XI student.

The couple apparently managed to keep their relationship a secret. On Sunday morning, the girl told her parents that she was going to a temple. As she failed to return, her parents found out about the relationship when they came across love letters hidden in her schoolbag.

Suspecting that she had eloped with Marichelvan, the girl’s family lodged a complaint with the Murugampatti Police Station alleging that she had been abducted by the youth. Even as police began efforts to trace the missing couple, the girl’s family sought intervention of the Yadav community.

The caste panchayat summoned Marichelvan’s relatives. They demanded that his family make efforts to trace the couple and provide any information on the matter.

Meanwhile, Murugampatti Police filed a case and were investigating.

NewsUpdates 27.06.13

MP Dalit sarpanch begs for survival-The Indian Express


The Indian Express

MP Dalit sarpanch begs for survival


A Dalit sarpanch in Damoh district makes both ends meet by occasionally begging in the village where she is supposed to be in a decision-making role.

Unlettered, RajniBansal was elected as sarpanch of the reserved Bachhama gram panchayat seat in 2010 when she was forced to contest. It’s been more than three years but she has not attended the office.

The plight of the mother of five seems to have worsened because she does not even get the honorarium on time and the villagers have stopped employing her labourer husband. She is called to hoist the Tricolour because that’s customary, probably the only time she gets any invitation.

Moved by her plight after reading a newspaper report, BJP MLA from HataUmadeviKhatik has decided to help her. “It’s a poor, backward and undeveloped region. She does not know her job because she is uneducated,” she said.

Chief executive officer of HataJanpadPanchayatAnandShukla said he had sent “a fact-finding team” to the remote village where access has been made difficult by rains. He claimed it was unlikely that the woman has taken to begging as the government was providing food grains at nominal rate to BPL and Antyodaya families.

A previous panchayat secretary had been removed because he allegedly made her put thumb impression on files. Since then development work in the panchayat has stopped. Shukla and Khatik hinted there were irregularities in the panchayat’s accounts.

Executive director of SamarthanYogesh Kumar said mere reservation won’t bring about women’s empowerment. He said in Rajni’s case, there was a need for reforms because seats are reserved in accordance with the SC/ST population in the entire block. These reserved seats are randomly chosen creating a situation when SCs or STs are in much less numbers in that particular seat leading to unwilling candidates getting elected.


Dalit woman fights house demolition-Deccan Chronicle


Deccan Chronicle

Dalit woman fights house demolition


Hyderabad: A Dalit woman from Mahbubnagar district has approached the Andhra Pradesh Information

Commission against panchayat officials for submitting fake records in connection with a house allotment made to her under the Indiramma housing scheme.

The victim, Pochamma, complained that certain individuals had demolished her house, when she was not in her village, and constructed another structure in its place. When she approached the village panchayat secretary for records, there was no response. Following that, she filed a complaint with APIC against the panchayat secretary for denial of information.

The commission summoned panchayat secretaries on June 19, who submitted records stating that the house was not allotted on her name. But Pochamma smashed their claim by submitting original records. The case has been posted to July

NewsUpdates 01.07.13

Dalit woman axed to death after rape-Hindustan Times


Hindustan Times

Dalit woman axed to death after rape


A 35-year-old Dalit widow was allegedly axed to death after being raped by a man of upper caste at Rambasvillage of Mahendergarh district on Saturday.
The accused identified as Satbir Thakur, 36, a resident of the same village, who was arrested by the police onSaturday. The police have booked him for rape and murder, besides provisions of the SC/ST Act.

The accused had visited the house of victim in the wee hours of Saturday and asked the victim to accompanyhim to the jungle on pretext of searching his goats. The police said that the accused allegedly raped the victimin the jungle and then axed her to death.

The body was first spotted by women of the village who had gone to the jungle for attending nature’s call.

Thepolice reached the spot and sent the body for autopsy. Narnaul DSP Jaipal Singh said, “We have recoveredthe axe used in the crime from the spot designated by the accused and are interrogating him.”

NewsUpdates 02.07.13

Dalit headmistress seeks directive for police protection- Business Standard


Business Standard

Dalit headmistress seeks directive for police protection


A Dalit headmistress of a primary school has sought a direction for police protection alleging her colleagues

were threatening her after she lodged a complaint against two of them for asking Dalit students to clean toilets with their hands and legs.
Justice N Kirubakaran ordered a notice to the officials, including the District Elementary Educational Officer

and Inspector of Ayyapuram, among others.
Petitioner S Amali Annal submitted she had lodged a complaint on January 13 this year against two colleaguesat the panchayat primary school at Nayakarpatti for asking Dalit students to clean toilets. She claimed they had abused and assualted her after she did so.
The complaint was lodged three days after the incident.

She said she had gone on medical leave after the incident and joined duty on April 12. But the same day, eightpersons had barged into the school and threatened her. They left only after her relatives, whom she telephoned, came to the spot.
Though she again gave a complaint the same day, police asked her to go to the police station where the eight persons were present and they abused her there also, she said.
The Inspector, instead of registering a case, asked her to go for a compromise and withdraw the complaint,

which she did. Even after this, she continued to receive threats, she said.
The headmistress said she feared going to school without police protection. She said she had sent a complaint to the Superintendent of police, Tirunelveli and the DIG on the ‘inaction’ of the Inspector, but no action had been taken against him.
She sought a directive to register a case based on her complaint on April 12 2013 and also sought adequate protection to enable her discharge her duties.

News Updates 03.07.13

Dalit girl humiliated, ends life – The Hindu


The Hindu

Dalit girl humiliated, ends life


A Dalit teenage girl, a victim of alleged sexual harassment, committed suicide following humiliation and threats to her family. The 16-year-old girl of Kokkaneri village near Pazhavoor is said to be the second victim in the family.

The FIR says Krishnamoorthy (30) and Rajesh (26) of the same village humiliated the girl by tying her up and beating her.

According to Madurai-based NGO Evidence members who had conducted a field enquiry, Krishnamoorthy, belonging to Nadar caste, asked the girl’s mother to get her daughter married to him. However, she refused stating that the girl was a minor.

The girl consumed poison on June 22, three days after Krishnamoorthy and his friend Rajesh allegedly tortured her.

A.Kathir, Executive Director said five years ago, her sister committed suicide following sexual harassment.

NewsUpdates 04.07.13

Fair probe sought into Dalit woman’s rape, murder- The Hindu


The Hindu

Fair probe sought into Dalit woman’s rape, murder


A delegation of Dalit leaders has urged Prakasam district Collector G.S.R.K.R.Vijaykumar to ensure a free and fair probe into the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman in K.V. Palem village near Chimakurthi last week.

They tried to impress upon the Collector, who is also Chairman of the SC/ST Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, to ask the Superintendent of Police to handle the sensitive case personally and render justice to the victim’s family.

Briefing newsmen on Wednesday, Dalit Hakkula Parirakshana Samiti district president N. Nagendra Rao said the police should move the court seeking custodial interrogation of the seven persons arrested to unravel the conspiracy and book all the persons behind the attempts to set the woman’s body ablaze to suppress evidence.

News Updates 09.07.13

Teen girl attempts suicide after rape- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Teen girl attempts suicide after rape


LUCKNOW: A 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by a neighbour, attempted suicide by consuming poisonous substance on Monday morning. The girl is battling for life in Civil Hospital in the city. The incident took place on the outskirts under Nigohan police station on early Monday.
The accused, Ashok Pal, 25, gagged the girl while she was asleep in the front portion of her house, dragged her to a field and allegedly raped her. He also thrashed the victim to intimidate her. When the girl was found missing in the morning, her parents started a search for her.
Meanwhile, the girl gained consciousness and reached home. She narrated the incident to her family members and asked them to leave her alone for sometime. She then consumed peppermint oil kept in the room to end her life. The girl was taken to a community health centre around 7am from where she was referred to government female hospital in Hazratganj. When her condition did not improve even then, she was referred to Civil Hospital. Doctors have described her condition as “extremely serious”.
Meanwhile, her father lodged an FIR with Nigohan police against the accused Ashok Pal. He has been booked under rape charges and SC/ST Act. Police have arrested Pal and taken his clothes into custody.
“The girl’s condition is serious and Pal will be sent to jail for assaulting her,” said Saumitra Yadav, additional superintendent of police (rural). Victim’s father and Pal had clashed about six months ago, added Yadav. Both are farmers and own tracts of land in the same village, Yadav added. Pal has a child and his wife is a shiksha mitra.

News Updates 13.07.13

Dalit minor girl raped in Punjab- ZEE News


ZEE News

Dalit minor girl raped in Punjab


Moga: A Dalit minor girl was allegedly raped by a man here when she was on her way to a school, police said on Saturday.

Sewak Singh of Ghall Kalan allegedly kidnapped the victim yesterday when she was going to school. He then raped her and fled from the spot.

A case has been registered and a hunt is on to nab the accused, police said.

News Updates 15.07.13

Dalit woman allegedly raped, neighbour held- ZEE News


ZEE News

Dalit woman allegedly raped, neighbour held


Rewari: A Dalit woman has alleged she was raped by her neighbour when she was alone at her parental house in Buroli village, some 15-km from here, police said today.
42-year-old Ajit had been arrested in this connection, they said adding he was produced before a Magistrate who had remanded him in judicial custody.

In her complaint, the woman, who was separated from her husband, alleged Ajit, her neighbour, had forcibly entered her parental house in March this year when she was alone and raped her.

The woman was staying with her parents after separation from her husband in January this year, police said. A case of rape had been registered against Ajit last Friday.

News Updates 19.07.13

Man gets 7-year RI for raping minor Dalit girl- Business Standard


Business Standard

Man gets 7-year RI for raping minor Dalit girl


Press Trust of India | Rajgarh(MP) July 18, 2013 Last Updated at 19:35 IST

A special court here sentenced a man to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor Dalit girl.
Special Judge (Atrocities) Vibhawari Joshi awarded ten-year rigorous imprisonment to Kishan Lal Tanwar for raping a 12-year-old girl when she went to the forest for grazing her domestic animals on June 28, 2011, special public prosecutor Girish Gupta said today.
The court, while announcing the sentence two days back, also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Tanwar.
After raping the victim at Sangi village in the district, the accused fled from there following which she narrated her ordeal to her parents.
Later, a case was registered against Tanwar and he was subsequently arrested.

News Updates 20.07.13

Dalit gangrape victim alleges cop slapped her, forced her to withdraw name of main accused- The Indian Express


The Indian Express

Dalit gangrape victim alleges cop slapped her, forced her to withdraw name of main accused


Express news service : Lucknow, Sat Jul 20 2013, 09:20 hrs

A dalit gangrape victim, who had gone to lodge a complaint, was allegedly beaten up by station officer (SO) of Jahangirabad police station in Bulandshahr district on Friday. The SO was allegedly forcing her to withdraw the name of the main accused, who is the son of a local corporator.

The three accused, who were summoned for an inquiry, were allowed to go from the police station before the case was registered.

SSP Nitin Tiwari said a case of gangrape has been registered on the victim’s complaint and she has been sent for medical examination. A team from Mahila police station has also been sent to record her statement and action will be taken if the girl speaks about any harassment at the police station, Tiwari said.

The victim’s father, who is a roadside vendor, said his 16-year-old daughter was sleeping on the terrace of their house in Lodhan locality late on Wednesday night when local corporator Om Prakash’s son Shanker and his friends Vinod and Neeraj forcibly dragged her to a building in the same locality.

He alleged that Shanker and his friends raped his daughter and threatened her not to tell her family members or others about the matter.

The girl’s father, along with some locals reached the Jahangirabad police station Friday morning to lodge a complaint, where, he said, SO Manoj Pathak summoned the corporator, his son and two of his friends.

However, Shanker denied his involvement in the crime and claimed that the girl was having a love affair with a local youth named Ved, and that he had raped her.

While the girl denied having seen or met anyone by that name ever, the SO slapped her and asked a woman constable to beat her up, alleged the victim’s father.

News Updates 22.07.13

Youth arrested for allegedly raping Dalit woman – Zee News


Zee News

Youth arrested for allegedly raping Dalit woman


Indore: A youth was arrested by the police today for allegedly raping a married Dalit housewife after threatening her with dire consequences.

The accused has been identified as Suraj Pawar (19), Kudail police station in-charge Rajiv Tripathi told reporters. Pawar allegedly entered the house of the 22-year-old victim on July 17 when she was alone and raped her after threatening her and fled the spot.

The accused used to visit her residence quite often and also used to call her up over phone. A case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

News Updates 23.07.13

Indore youth held for raping dalit woman- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Indore youth held for raping dalit woman


INDORE: A 19-year-old youth was arrested inKhudel area of rural Indore on Monday for allegedly raping a married dalit woman in her house and threatening to kill her and her family if she made the matter public. SurajPanwar, 19, a resident of Om SaiVihar Colony under Khudelpolice station here, was arrested for allegedly storming into the house of the mother of two kids in the neighbourhood at midnight on July 17 and then raping her in front of her children.
The woman, who is three years elder to the accused, lodged a complaint at Khudel police station, alleging that Suraj stormed into her house on July 17, while her husband who works in a cement unit, was away and raped her in front of her two-year-old son and an year-old daughter. She alleged that Suraj had threatened to eliminate her along with family, if she made the matter public.
Police sources confided to TOI that both Suraj and the alleged rape victim, who live in the same locality, knew each other since last two months and were in touch with each other over phone frequently. “Suraj was arrested on Monday and has been booked under Sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 456 (Punishment for lurking house- trespass or house- breaking by night) of IPC, besides the SC/ST Act,” Khudel police station in-charge Rajiv Tripathi said.

News Updates 25.07.13

Mentally challenged girl raped by teachers in Haryana; one held- Hindustan Times




Hindustan Times

Mentally challenged girl raped by teachers in Haryana; one held


A mentally challenged student of Class 9 was allegedly raped by two of her teachers at Dudwa village near Dadri of Bhiwani district.
The victim, 14, who hails from dalit community was being allegedly raped for last six months by her physical training instructor and a junior basic training teacher.

According to complaint, the victim was mentally challenged girl and got pregnant after being sexually exploited by duo, who have been identified as Rafiq (JBT teacher) (48) from Lohar community and Vinod Kumar (PTI) (in mid tweenties) of Chiri village of Bhiwani district.

As per details of complaint, the accused used to threaten her of striking off her name from school, if she did not give in to their undue favour. When victim got pregnant, they got the pregnancy terminated with the help of same village ANM and ASHA worker. Sources said that the accused teachers did not show the attendance of victim after 28th March, the day, they got to know about her pregnancy to evade police action.

The matter came to light, after the termination of pregnancy and residents of Dudwa village got wind of the matter, who reached school and locked it demanding action against the accused teachers. After a protest of three hours, Dadri deputy superintendent of police Vijender Singh and district education officer, Nirmla Sheoran reached the spot and assured the protesters of arresting the perpetrators with immediate effect. Alleging the nexus of all teachers of school, the protesters demanded transfer of all staff members.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Bhiwani SP, Mitesh Jain said,”The accused were booked under 376(rape), SC/ST Act and Prevention of Children From Sexual Offences Act”. On the arrest, he said: “We are investigating the matter”. But sources added that one of the accused Rafiq has been arrested by police.

On the action taken against accused teacher, Bhiwani district education officer, Nirmal Sheoran said, “According to norms, the arrested teachers are suspended within 24 hours of registeration of FIR”. She said: “In my opinion, we should not directly jump on the conclusion and brand them as criminals and let police investigate the reality behind the incident”.

The Hindu




Two brothers were sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday by a local court and a penalty of Rs.5,000 was slapped on each for raping a Dalit woman.

The victim was raped by Jai Sigh Yadav and his brother Ajay Singh Yadav at Khaga in July 2009, prosecution sources said here. —PTI

News Updates 26.07.13

Bangalore: Korean man accused of sexual exploitation at his orphanage- IBNLive


Karnataka shocker: Dalit woman raped and filmed at Buddhist ashram for six years; alleges other girls face ‘similar treatment’- Daily Bhaskar



Bangalore: Korean man accused of sexual exploitation at his orphanage


Bangalore: A case of sexual exploitation has been reported in Bangalore where a Dalit girl has alleged that she and several others were repeatedly sexually abused at an orphanage run by a Korean national. She has claimed that the abusers’ associate is blackmailing her for sexual favours.

“I stayed in the orphanage from the time I was 3-years-old till I turned 19. He started abusing me when I was 9 years old and even gave us our baths. He later began abusing another girl. Whenever she wasn’t around he wanted me. We had no choice but to do what he asked us to do,” recalls the complainant.

An FIR has been registered against the Korean national who is the founder of the orphanage. The girl who has filed the complaint has been a former inmate in the orphanage.

A regional TV channel had also reportedly procured videos showing the accused sexually abusing a minor. The orphanage has now been shut down.

She approached the police after moving out from the orphanage. Joint Commissioner crime, Hemant

Nimbalkar, has assured the girl that the accused will be tried under the law of the land as he is staying in India. “We have received her complaint and registered an FIR against the accused. We are investigating the matter in detail. He is staying here so law of the land will apply to him,” says Joint Commissioner, Crime, Bangalore Police.

The girl has alleged that she was not the only victim facing sexual assualt in the orphanage. Several other girls also had to face the trauma. The police has said that they are questioning every person related in the case and will ensure that the accused he will be arrested if found guilty.

Daily Bhaskar

Karnataka shocker: Dalit woman raped and filmed at Buddhist ashram for six years; alleges other girls face ‘similar treatment’


Bangalore: Making her plight which she encountered for over six years known to police, a Dalit woman has accused an owner and workers of a Buddhist ashram in Kothanur of raping her since she was thirteen.

DNA reports that she approached Kothanur police on July 17 with the help of a Dalit organisation and alleged in the complaint that she was in the Peace House Ashram at Bhairathi Bande since she was nine years old, until her marriage at the age of 19.

She said Do Woong Choie, a director of the ashram, started to harass her when she was 13-year old. She alleged that he raped her regularly till she was 19 and got married. She alleges that another employee of the ashram, Manual Joysing, told her to co-operate with the director and also threatened her against revealing the matter to anyone.

He allegedly also recorded the rapes with his handycam. She remained quiet about the abuse. At the age of 19, she fell in love with a construction labourer who came to ashram for work.

She married him and left the ashram. Her husband came to know that several girls and women were allegedly raped in the ashram and suspected that his wife too might have been sexually abused. Owing to repeated questioning by him in this regard, she separated from him a few months ago.

A Dalit organisation came to know about her and advised her to complain about the matter with police. The police have registered a case of rape and threatening against Choie and Joysing. Both are said to be absconding. Kothanur police said a manhunt has been launched to nab the accused.

News Updates 27.07.13

Gang-raped Dalit girl commits suicide in Ghaziabad- NYDaily News


Victim hasn’t been to school for a month, accused in judicial custody- The Indian Express


Dalit girl goes missing, family alleges kidnapping- Business Standard


NYDaily News

Gang-raped Dalit girl commits suicide in Ghaziabad


Ghaziabad, July 26 — A minor Dalit girl, allegedly gang-raped by four people earlier this week, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in Farid Nagar town of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district, police said Friday.

The 10th standard student committed suicide Thursday morning at her relative’s house where the family had taken shelter, a police officer said.

According to the victim’s father, she was depressed over the mounting pressure on the family to arrive at a compromise with the accused. He also accused police of arresting only one of the four accused in the case.

“We had to leave our village as police arrested only one person involved in the crime while the other three were allowed to roam free,” he said.

He also alleged that a Samajwadi Party legislator has been protecting the accused.

“They are being protected by the local Samajwadi Party MLA. They were pressurizing us for a compromise. Even after shifting to my sister’s house in Farid Nagar, the pressure continued,” he added.

Terming the incident a “very sensitive matter”, Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police Dharmendra Singh Yadav said: “I am going to visit the police station where the case was registered and get all the details related to it.”

According to the victim’s complaint, she was abducted from her house in Galand village under Masuri police station of Ghaziabad and gang-raped by four people Monday night. She was later dumped by the accused, police said.

The Indian Express

Victim hasn’t been to school for a month, accused in judicial custody


The 15-year-old mentally challenged Dalit girl, who was allegedly gangraped by two of her teachers in Bhiwani, has not been attending school for the last one month. The girl, a Class IX student, was allegedly raped for over six months. To cover up their crime, the two school teachers also allegedly got her aborted with the help of two local nurses.

The incident, which came to light when the girl developed some post-abortion medical complications, has sparked off a protest at Dudhwa village Bhiwani’s Charkhi Dadri, with the villagers demanding transfer of all teachers of the government school.

The police have arrested the two teachers — a JBT and a PT teacher. They were produced before the court on Thursday, which sent them to judicial custody.

The identities of the two nurses accused in the case is yet to be ascertained.

According to the villagers, the victim’s father had stopped sending her to school about a month ago, when he learnt that the girl had developed some medical problem. She was taken to a doctor, where the parents learnt that the girl had undergone an abortion. When asked, she narrated the entire incident to her parents.

Following this, the two accused also reportedly got in touch with the girl’s parents and threatened the family not to make the incident public.

“It is inhuman on part of the teachers to commit such a heinous crime with a child. The girl being mentally challenged, it is a double trauma for her and the family. Her father works as a labourer and has two other children. The family had initially chosen to keep quiet to avoid humiliation, but when we learnt about the incident, we asked the police to take action,” village Sarpanch Ramesh said.

He added: “One can imagine how a poor labourer arranges money to send his daughter to school. The victim’s siblings are also reluctant to going to school.

The village stands united with the victim’s family and we will ensure that both the accused get the most severe punishment.”

On Wednesday, the girl was medically examined and provided counselling by a woman advocate.

Her statements were also got recorded before a magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC. “Since the victim belongs to the Dalit community, we have also booked the accused under Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. A DSP-rank officer is heading the investigation now,” Sub-Inspector Dalbir Singh, incharge of Adampur police post, said.

Business Standard

Dalit girl goes missing, family alleges kidnapping


A 15-year-old dalit girl went missing from her home in Chughe Basti area here, with her family members alleging that she was abducted by a youth who wanted to marry her.

Victim’s father said the teenager was found missing this morning when the family members woke up, police said.

In his FIR, the father accused a youth and his three family members of the same locality of being involved in his daughter’s kidnapping, police said.
Search for the missing girl is on and a manhunt has been launched to nab the four accused who are absconding, police said.

News Updates 28.07.13

Abducted girl rescued, one held- Business Standard


Business Standard

Abducted girl rescued, one held


A 16-year-old Dalit girl, who was allegedly abducted and raped, was rescued from Ambala railway station and one person arrested in this connection.
She was abducted from Lopon village here by Satnam Singh of the same village on July 21, police said.
Singh had lured the girl on the pretext of marrying her, they said.
Acting on a tip off, police team rescued the girl and arrested the kidnapper from Ambala railway station yesterday, SSP Surjit Singh Grewal said.
Satnam was produced in a local court which remanded him in three-day police custody.
The medical examination of the victim has confirmed rape, the police official said.

News Updates 30.07.13

Ex-Doon MLA charged with girl’s murder- The New Indian Express


Court frame charges against MLA in murder case- Business Standard


The New Indian Express

Ex-Doon MLA charged with girl’s murder


By Harpreet Bajwa | ENS – CHANDIGARH 30th July 2013 08:33 AM

A Panchkula court on Monday framed charges against Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the suspended Congress MLA from Himachal Pradesh’s Doon constituency, for the murder of a Dalit girl from Hoshiarpur in Punjab.

The charges are under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 471 (using forged document), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information) and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The court rejected the bail plea of Chaudhary, who pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chaudhary contended that the Panchkula police had not corroborated the evidence against him. The court said the trial against Chaudhary would begin on August 22.

Jyoti Kumari, a former employee of Chaudhary, was found dead with her head smashed on a road in sector 21, Panchkula on November 22,2012.

As per the post-mortem report, Jyoti had had an abortion before dying of head injuries.

Chaudhary, who is also general secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee, had been absconding but later surrendered before the court which remanded him in judicial custody. Chaudhary is the son of Lajja Ram, a four-time Congress MLA.

Business Standard

Court frame charges against MLA in murder case


A Panchkula court today framed charges against Ram Kumar Chaudhary, suspended Congress MLA of

Himachal Pradesh for murder of a Dalit girl and his trial would begin on August 22.
The charges framed against the MLA are under section 302 (murder), sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 471 (using forged document), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information) and the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
After the district and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi ordered that charges be framed against him, the MLA pleaded not guilty.
In his bail application, which was rejected by the court, Chaudhary had stated that Panchkula Police had not corroborated evidence against him and whole case was based on suspicion.
Jyoti (24), a Dalit girl of Bhunga village of Hoshiarpur who worked as an assistant of Chaudhary, was found dead on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula, on November 22, 2012, with her head smashed.
Elected from the Doon Assembly seat Chaudhary, general secretary of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee, went missing since his name figured in the murder of Jyoti, but later surrendered before the court and was remanded to judicial custody. He is the son of four-time Congress MLA, Lajja Ram.
Earlier the victim’s father Butti Ram, had filed a complaint with Haryana Police alleging that Chaudhary had close links with his daughter and could be involved in the murder.

News Updates 31.07.13

‘Harassed’ Dalit woman sarpanch to face no-confidence motion on Aug 1- The Indian Express


Protect Dalit woman, Dharmapuri SP told- The New Indian Express


The Indian Express

‘Harassed’ Dalit woman sarpanch to face no-confidence motion on Aug 1


A dalit woman sarpanch from Chadasana village of Becharaji taluka in Mehsana district, who had earlier this month written to various authorities complaining about alleged caste-based harassment by other “upper caste” members of the panchayat, is now facing a no-confidence motion from the other members of the panchayat on August 1. She has also alleged that the no-confidence motion is nothing but a ploy to remove her as sarpanch.

The dalit woman sarpanch has been identified as Santok Solanki. According to the details, Solanki was selected as the sarpanch of the village in December 2011 under the Samras Yojna of the Gujarat Government where instead of electing, villagers select the sarpanch and other members of the Gram Panchayat. And in turn, the panchayat gets special benefits from the state government. The seat of sarpanch was reserved for the Scheduled Caste as per the roster of the state Government then.

Earlier, in April this year, another dalit woman sarpanch in Lakhvad village of Mehsana district had alleged harassment by her predecessors belonging to “upper castes”. In fact, the woman was arrested by police in connection with a criminal case of breach of trust and criminal intimidation lodged by one of the persons against whom she had lodged multiple complaints of harassment.

Like Chadasana, Lakhvad is also a Samras village. The all-women panchayat of Chadasana consists of six members apart from the sarpanch. Apart from Solanki and one other dalit woman, rest of the members are belonging to “upper castes”.

According to Solanki, she started a lot of developmental works in the village. “However, a majority of these upper caste members did not like it when I started some works in the dalit dominated areas. And then they started scuttling all my proposals of developmental works and started approaching authorities against me,” Solanki said.

Following this, on July 5, Solnaki had written to different authorities complaining about the caste-based harassment she was being subjected to.

“However, now one of my opposites has brought a no-confidence motion against me on the grounds of mismanagement and irregularities voting on which is on August 1. This is a ploy to remove me as sarpanch,” Solanki said.

According to Solanki, the opposition against her is led by the Deputy Sarpanch Kaliben Desai and her husband Vasibhai. When contacted, Kaliben asked to talk to her husband and Vasibhai, in turn, denied the allegations saying, “They have committed irregularities and therefore the no-confidence motion has been moved. We are not discriminating against her on her caste. As, there is one another dalit member who is with us against her (Solanki).”

When contacted, District Development Officer H N Thakkar said, “I have inquired into this issue. I have got an impression that the woman sarpanch is not being discriminated against.” And so far as the no-confidence motion is concerned, it’s an internal matter of the panchayat being governed under the provisions of the Panchayat Act.”

The New Indian Express

Protect Dalit woman, Dharmapuri SP told


The Madras High Court has directed the Dharmapuri district Superintendent of Police to provide protection to Dalit woman S Sudha, who married an upper-caste man and thereby earned the wrath of the villagers and was ex-communicated.

This writ petition projected a sorry state-of-affairs prevailing in the State in general and more particularly in Dharmapuri, Justice KK Sasidharan observed on July 26. In a matter of this nature, the court had to strike a balance between the right of the petitioner to live in the village and the need to preserve the peace and tranquility in the area, the judge added.

It was open to Sudha to enter her village and live along with her in-laws. The police should ensure that she lived peacefully without any threat or attack by 21 persons named in her affidavit, or their men.

The police protection must be meaningful and they should ensure that the petitioner was permitted to take water and use other common amenities without any problem, the judge said while passing interim orders on a writ petition from Sudha. The judge also issued notices to the 21 persons, returnable by August 19.

News Updates 01.08.13

Minor girl killed, one injured in firing in UP- India Today


India Today

Minor girl killed, one injured in firing in UP


A 17-year-old Dalit girl was killed and a youth was injured when two groups opened fire at each other over a land dispute in Budha Saifi village in Bharthana area, police said on Thursday.
Alka died on the spot while Indresh, of the other group was injured and rushed to a local hospital, they said.
His condition is stated to be stable, police said, adding an FIR has been lodged in this connection.

News Updates 03.08.13

Girl’s death sparks tension- The Hindu


The Hindu

Girl’s death sparks tension


The suspicious death of a Dalit girl triggered tension in Tuticorin on Friday.

Twenty eight-year-old D.Selvakani, of Three Cent Anthoniyarpuram, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the railing of a staircase at her workplace. Angered over the girl’s death, her relatives blocked traffic at the four-road intersection on the Palayamkottai Road, seeking action against those instrumental for the death.

The girl, whose parents were deceased, was working in a private mobile phone distribution agency on Anna Nagar Main Road here. The Tuticorin South police were informed of the apparent suicide around 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Based on a complaint preferred by D.Kaniraj (24), brother of the deceased, the police filed a case under Section 174 (suspicious death) of the Indian Penal Code. Superintendent of Police M.Durai said the girl, who had worked at the agency for close to a year, reportedly had an affair with her relative and colleague Vijay.

When it resulted in a family dispute recently, the agency dismissed Mr.Vijay and asked the girl to leave the office after collecting her salary dues. This drove her to take her life, he said.

The girl’s relatives questioned the police action of removing the body without informing them.

The girl’s body has been sent for post-mortem.

News Updates 04.08.13

Family, relatives cry foul over Thoothukudi Dalit girl’s death- The New Indian Express


The New Indian Express

Family, relatives cry foul over Thoothukudi Dalit girl’s death


The trouble over conducting a post-mortem of the body of a dalit girl, who was found dead at a cell phone company showroom on Thursday, finally came to an end on Saturday as relatives accepted the procedure.

The body was later handed over to family members after the post-mortem.

Relatives earlier refused to agree to the post mortem procedure alleging foul play in the death of the girl and demanded the police to interrogate the owner of the showroom in the case. According to police, Selvakani, a Dalit girl working at Aircel showroom, had hung herself on Thursday afternoon and her body was taken to Thoothukudi GH for post mortem.

But, the girl’s relatives were informed about Selvakani’s death only after the body was taken to the GH.

Alleging foul play in the death of Selvakani, family members and relatives refused to agree to the post mortem procedure on Thursday and demanded the police to file an FIR and interrogate the owner of the showrooom.

Despite the protests police did not file an FIR. Relatives alleged that the owner of the shop was a relative of a political bigwig and that was why police were refusing to take action on him. But Thoothukudi DSP, Francis Pesky, claimed that the girl was in love with one Vijayakumar, who was also an employee of the showroom.

But he ditched Selvakani and married another girl. Even after the youth’s marriage, Selvakani was in touch with him, said Pesky.

The DSP said that Vijayakumar was dismissed by the owner two weeks back over some reason. After this, Vijayakumar did not come to the showroom.

Upset over not being able to meet the youth, Selvakani committed suicide, Pesky claimed and said that unless the post mortem was done, it could not be confirmed whether the girl was murdered or she committed suicide.

After hectic talks on Saturday, family members finally agreed for the post mortem.

Dismissing the allegations of relatives that FIR was not filed, sources said that it was registered on day one itself under section 174 of IPC.

News Updates 05.08.13

Assault on Dalit girls over dress raises tension in SC/ST meet- The Times Of India


Activists condemn police brutality against Dalit girls- The Hindu


The Times Of India

Assault on Dalit girls over dress raises tension in SC/ST meet


MANGALORE: A July 17 incident atGuruvayanakere where two dalit girls were assaulted for being ‘indecently’ dressed resulted in open fissures among community leaders at the monthly SC/ST meeting held here on Sunday.
While there was unanimity in that those who assaulted the girls should be booked, leaders were divided on police action on the girls. While a section favoured A July 17 incident that took place at Guruvayanakere in which two dalit girls were assaulted for being ‘indecently’ dressed created fissures among community leaders at the monthly SC/ST meeting held here on Sunday.police in that girls had a track record of behaving so, others were critical of police ‘inaction’ against those who assaulted them.
Asking if a section of society could impose a dress code on rest of society in general and dalit girls in particular, Honappa Kunder, convener of SC/ST Cell of District Congress Committee said workers of Bajrang Dal and a local Mescom lineman had taken on themselves to ‘moral police’ these girls over their dress and molest and beat them in public. The police rather than initiating an action against these persons booked a case against the victims, Kunder said.
Claiming that the two girls were made to sit in their undergarments in the station and beaten up by women police constables, Kunder said police personnel at Belthangady station even questioned their dressing sense. Claiming that one of the girls assaulted by the group was a minor, Kunder urged the superintendent of police Abhishek Goyal to book the accused under The Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
However, Shekar Laila, a dalit activist from Belthangady supported the police pointing that the girls had long history of behaving indecently in public. “These girls need counselling on how to conducting themselves in public,” he said, adding if police action fails to slow them down, they should be referred to healthcare professionals. Shekar cited an incident where these girls were allegedly caught in compromising position at Panambur.
However, his statement riled other dalit leaders including P Keshava, Girish Kumar, Parvathi and Geetha SP, who questioned if there was separate dressing code for dalits and those from other castes. When girls from upper caste dress skimpily in the manner they choose, it is deemed fashionable and the same deemed indecent when dalit girls do so, Geetha said and demanded that the district police crack down on people who ‘policed’ these girls in public.

Abhishek Goyal said he has received three sets of representations from dalit leaders – one for and the other against the girls, and a complaint from the girls themselves. He directed additional superintendent of police T P Shivakumar to carry out an independent probe and initiate action against whomsoever be guilt – including the police.
“Public sentiments for or against the girls will not help and the action will be dependent on findings in the probe,” he said.

The Hindu

Activists condemn police brutality against Dalit girls


Alleged police laxity and brutality in dealing with the assault of two Dalit girls in Guruvanyankere, Belthangady taluk, for their dressing sense, drew anger from numerous Dalit activists here on Sunday.

Raising the issue at the Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes grievance meet, activists demanded to know why not filed cases were filed against the men or the policemen who had allegedly assaulted them probed.

“Even if someone objects to their dressing sense, who has the authority to beat the girls up,” asked activist Sadashiv Urwastore. Similarly, Parvathi and other activists said Dalit girls in villages were being moral policed.

As reported by The Hindu on July 30, the two sisters –one of them a minor – claimed to have been harassed by men on July 17 who had asked them to “come to a lodge” after they saw them wearing sleeveless tops and skirts. When spurned, the men assaulted them in public, accusing them of being prostitutes, and hurling casteist slurs.

The girls were taken to Bethangady police station, where they were berated, beaten, and charged for being prostitutes. They spent three days in jail before being released on bail.

SP Abhishek Goyal said the case was “more complicated” than it was portrayed, and said a total of three complaints – one accusing them of being prostitutes, another case of the same nature filed by a Dalit organisation there which also produced 400 signatures supporting this claim, and lastly, a counter-case by the girls against the men – had been received. “The ASP will give his inquiry report within a week,” he said.

When asked as to how the police could have jailed a minor for three days, ASP T.P. Shivakumar said the “burden of proof” was with the accused, and “the police could not help it if the accused did not know the rules of Juvenile Justice.”

‘Bonded labour’

Tribal rights activist Vittal Malekudiya condemned the police’s induction of 21 Malekudiya as Home Guard. He called it “bonded labour”, with lesser wages than agricultural labour. Mr. Goyal said the posts were voluntary, and no one would be forced to take it up.

News Updates 09.08.13

HR-RAPE- The Hindu


The Hindu




A 22-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by a youth, who abducted her on the pretext of marriage and held her captive at a relative’s house for over a month, the police said on Thursday.

Accused Pawan Kumar (23) of Maseet village has been booked on charges of kidnapping, rape, wrongful confinement, administering sedatives and criminal intimidation on a complaint filed by the victim, who is a resident of Gindokhar village, they said. According to the police, the victim was abducted on July 5, as per a complaint filed by her family members. —PTI

News Updates 10.08.13

Dalit Girl’s Death: Villagers Demand Death Penalty- Out Look


Rape victim lives in fear, doesn’t name panchayat- The Times Of India


Out Look

Dalit Girl’s Death: Villagers Demand Death Penalty


The residents of a seaside village, from where a minor dalit girl died 12 days after being set on fire after attempted rape, today demanded capital punishment for the perpetrators.
With the Kharinasi village under Mahakalpara block in Kendrapara district in mourning, villagers who visited the home of the 14-year-old victim to pay condolence demanded that the rapists be hanged.
“We are moved by the outpouring of grief and emotion by people all over the state after the death of the girl,” Kharinasi GP Sarpanch Sumitra Manna said, adding that a condolence meeting was held in the victim’s memory.
There were reports of roads being blocked in places like Kendrapara, Ramnagar, Mahakalpada and Rajnagar, NH-5 (A) in the district.
The blockades for an hour were symbolic and no untoward incident occurred, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Nrusingha Charan Swain said.
The dalit victim, a student of a government-run school, was set on fire on July 28 after she rejected the advances of one of the accused persons.

The Times Of India

Rape victim lives in fear, doesn’t name panchayat


BHOPAL: Five days after a caste panchayat inTikamgarh district ordered a gangrape victim to undergo abortion, the police finally swung into action and arrested five people. But the prime accused, who repeatedly raped the Class VII student for four months, is still on the run.
The Dalit girl, a resident of Syawani village, recorded her statement with the police, but denied the caste panchayat ordered her abortion. Villagers say the girl was too terrified to take on the powerful caste panchayat and feared she could be ostracized.
Lidhora police station in charge, Dilip Pandey, said, “The girl said she was summoned to the house of a quack, Nakta alias Swapan Vishwas, 33, by his wife for domestic work. But when she went there, his wife Hema, went out and locked the room. Nakta and his aide, Surendra Ahirwar, gangraped her.”
“She kept mum out of fear as her parents were away. Both work as labourers in Delhi,” Pandey said.
She feared she could be pregnant and went to the quack, who gave her medicines.
After several doses, she underwent a urine test and discovered she was four months pregnant, the victim told police.
“The victim said the accused took her to another quack, who performed the abortion,” Pandey told TOI.
“On Sunday, she gained consciousness and came to know about the abortion. She informed her parents who rushed to Tikamgarh,” Pandey said.
Police have arrested, Nakta, his wife Hema, Gora, Kishan Ahirwar, and Bhuri Ahirwar. They are now searching for the prime accused Surendra Ahirwar.

News Updates 11.08.13

Normal life hit in Odisha over death of Dalit girl- Business Standard


Business Standard

Normal life hit in Odisha over death of Dalit girl


Normal life was hit in Odisha today during a dawn-to-dusk hartal called by BJP blaming the BJD government for the death of a minor Dalit girl, who was set ablaze after a rape bid.
Commuters were stranded as BJP workers resorted to road blockade and rail roko at many places during the 12-hour hartal as the party alleged that the 14-year-old girl from Mahakalpada area of Kendrapara district died on Thursday night due to the government’s apathy.
In the state capital, BJP activists blocked the track at Bhubaneswar railway station putting passengers into immense difficulty. The station was flooded with passengers with luggage as several long distance trains were stopped.
BJP workers also blocked roads at different areas including Khandagiri, Baramunda, Jayadev Vihar, Master Canteen, Rasulgarh square and Vani Vihar. Vehicles were stopped by the protesters who also burnt tyres on the roads at several places to stall vehicular movement.
Shops and business establishments were closed in many localities during the hartal which remained peaceful so far with no untoward incident reported from any place, a senior police official said.
Similar reports were received from places like Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Balasore, Baripada, Puri, Bhadrak and Rourkela.
The impact of the hartal was felt more in some areas of western Odisha and Mayurbhanj district where life was paralysed. Besides closure of shops and disruption of public transport, schools, colleges, offices and banks remained closed in these areas, sources said.
Elaborate arrangements were made by the police to deal with any eventuality during the hartal. Police personnel were deployed at all sensitive areas to prevent any untoward incident, they said.

News updates 13.08.13

Minor dalit girl murder issue: Controversy sparks over the age of rape accused in Odisha – Odisha Today


Odisha Today

Minor dalit girl murder issue: Controversy sparks over the age of rape accused in Odisha


Kendrapara (Odisha): Police have been investigating to ascertain the age of the two accused in the rape and murder of a dalit girl following a complaint to the Kendrapara Juvenile Justice Board today on a claim that both were minors.

“As per school records both are minors and despite grave nature of offence allegedly committed by them, law does not permit police to send them to jail,” human rights activist B K Pati said.
Pati said he had lodged a complaint with the chairman of the district juvenile justice board this morning.

“Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) will take up the matter as juveniles deserve a chance to reform instead of punitive action,” said district JBB member Bipin Bihari Barik.
Section 16 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act provides that a juvenile can only be kept at the special home till he attains 18 years, he said.
The 15-year-old school girl was allegedly raped and set ablaze by two youths in seaside village Kharinashi on July 28.
The girl succumbed to burn injuries on August 8.
Kendrapara Superintendent of Police Sarthak Sadangi said the matter was being investigated. Police was also verifying school records to ascertain the age of the accused.
Till date, nobody stated before police about the minor status of the accused. “We initially booked both under sections – 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (rape), 34 (common intention) of the IPC and a section of the SC and ST (Atrocity Prevention) Act,” he said.
Both the accused are currently in jail.

News Updates 17.08.13

15 Year Old Dalit Girl Gang-Raped in Haryana- Out Look


Dalit girl beaten up and gang-raped in Noida- The Times Of India


‘Dalit Girl in Odisha Wasn’t Raped Before Being Burnt’- Out Look


Out Look

15 Year Old Dalit Girl Gang-Raped in Haryana


A minor Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by two youths at Basdooda village, around 30 km from here, police said today.

The incident took place on Wednesday when the 15-year-old victim was on her way to a private school in the village, where her mother has been employed as a sanitation employee, they said.

The accused- Praveen Yadav and Mahender Yadav, who were in a car, forcibly abducted her and took her to an isolated place where they took turns to rape her.

Later, she managed to escape from their clutches and reached home where she narrated her ordeal to her parents.

A case has been lodged and efforts are on to apprehend the absconding duo, police added.

The Times Of India

Dalit girl beaten up and gang-raped in Noida


GREATER NOIDA: A dalit girl was gang-raped by three youths at a village in Dadri area on Thursday. The victim, a student of Class X, was picked up by the three youths when she went to a field to relieve herself, police said. The accused cornered and beat her up badly when she resisted their attempts to rape her.

After overpowering her, the three took turns to rape her and fled leaving her in a half-dead and brutally battered state, police said. Cops have arrested one of the three culprits while the other two are absconding.

Police said the incident occurred on Thursday evening. The three accused had allegedly followed the victim to the field and after raping her left her in a semi-nude condition. She later managed to alert the villagers and her family. The girl has been sent to a hospital for medical examination and treatment.

Cops said the girl has identified the three accused – Mohit, Sumit and Sunil – who are residents of the same village. While Sumit was nabbed after the victim’s family members lodged a complaint at the Badalpur police station, the other two remain at large. Cops have launched a manhunt for the other accused and said they will apprehend them soon. TNN

Out Look

‘Dalit Girl in Odisha Wasn’t Raped Before Being Burnt’


The minor dalit girl, who died on August 8 after being set on fire by two local youths in Kendrapara district’s Kharinasi village, was not raped, according to the latest police findings.

The perpetrators of the crime had attempted to rape her. But the victim had put up brave front and had thwarted the rape bid on her. The offenders had failed to sexually abuse following strong resistance by the victim girl, police said.

“Failure on their parts provoked the duo to burn alive the victim girl,” police said today citing the dying declaration made by the victim.
The 13-year-old school girl of a local government-run school was allegedly gang-raped and set ablaze by two youths in seaside village Kharinashi on 28th July. Later, the victim girl succumbed to burn injuries on her way to a hospital in Delhi on August 8.

FIR lodged in this connection had charged that the girl was raped. However the rape was not perpetrated as mentioned in the FIR, said Sub Divisional Police Officer (human rights protection cell), Shantanu Kumar Padhee.

The victim’s dying declaration was recorded by Kendrapara police in presence of a magistrate in SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack on July 29.

Earlier, the District Child Protection Unit (DPCU) had found that both the accused to be minors after verifying the school admission registers.

Police are looking into the ‘age-angle’ of the accused persons. If they are found out to be minors, they would be sent to child reform home. Their trial would take place at juvenile court, said Kendrapara Superintendent of Police, Sarthak Sarangi.

News Updates 19.08.13

Minor girl made to do 500 sit-ups for refusing to clean teacher’s toilet- Hindustan Times


Hindustan Times

Minor girl made to do 500 sit-ups for refusing to clean teacher’s toilet


Madhya Pradesh SC/ST Commission on Sunday lambasted the district education department and Betma police for showing leniency to superintendent of Betma’s Kasturbagram Government Girls Hostel, who allegedly punished a minor girl.

The commission ordered the education department to remove Superintendent Sandhya Tiwari from the post with immediate effect and ordered a probe against her.

Tiwari forced an eighth class Scheduled Caste (SC) girl to do 500 sit-ups after she refused to clean toilet at her resident on August 8. The girl fainted after completing 490 sit-ups.

The victim and her mother, who came to Indore all the way from Depalpur, narrated the whole incident to the commission member Jagdish Devera after police showed no interest in their case.

Victim Tanu and her mother Kalabai, wife of Shankarlal, resident of Singoda village under Depalpur tehsil alleged that Tiwari allegedly asked Tanu, who was residing at the hostel to clean her residence toilet. When she refused to follow her order, Tiwari ordered her to do 500 sit-ups.

The girl, who is still facing difficulty in walking even after 10 days of the incident, said Tiwari used derogatory words against her and her grandmother who came to her hostel on August 9 to take her back.

Victim’s mother said that even Betma police took the matter lightly and used derogatory words against her when she rushed to the police station to lodge a complaint against the hostel superintendent.

After taking statement of both victim and her mother, commission member Devera ordered education department to remove Tiwari with immediate effect and initiated probe against her. The commission also ordered Betma police to register an FIR against the hostel superintendent.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Devera said that after preliminary investigation commission found that the 15-year-old girl, who belonged to the SC category, was victimised by the hostel superintendent and the commission will take stern action against her if she was found guilty in an investigation by the commission.

“We don’t want her on the post till the investigation is going on as she might manipulate the investigation or will threaten the victim,” Devera said.
District education officers who were present during the meeting claimed that the department had formed three-member investigation panel to probe the incident after it came to the fore.

News Updates 21.08.13

Dejected woman consumes poison, dies- The Hindu


The Hindu

Dejected woman consumes poison, dies


A 25-year-old Dalit woman, who allegedly consumed poison after her boyfriend refused to marry her citing caste differences, died at the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS) on Monday. The police gave the name of the deceased as Komala, a native of Irukaravalli village in Belur taluk.

According to the police, Komala and her boyfriend, Kiran, had checked into a lodge on August 15. On August 16, the couple had an argument after Kiran told her he would not marry her. A distraught Komala then allegedly consumed poison following which, Kiran admitted her at HIMS and went away.

The Hassan city police took her statement on August 18 while she was being treated at the hospital. She said that she and Kiran, a resident of Chikkole village in Belur taluk, had been in a relationship for over four years. Kiran, who belonged to an ‘upper’ caste, had assured her that he would marry her. However, when the subject came up at the lodge, Kiran reportedly refused to marry her, saying that she belonged to a lower caste. In her statement, Komala appealed to the police to book a case against Kiran and take action.

Boyfriend arrested

Following her statement, a complaint was filed on August 16. Kiran was arrested after Komala died on Monday. The police have registered an FIR under various sections of the IPC and SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

News Updates 26.08.13

Dalit girl ‘raped’, killed in Jind, mob goes on rampage- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit girl ‘raped’, killed in Jind, mob goes on rampage


JIND: Tension prevailed in Haryana’s Jind on Sunday after a group of villagers pelted stones and blocked traffic at the bus stand following the alleged rape and murder of a dalit woman.
The 20-year-old woman had come to the town to appear for the junior basic teachers’ test on Saturday.
The police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd which pelted stones at the police and several buses.

The protesters including the family members of the woman staged a dharna at the bus stand with the girl’s body and blocked the Jind-Gohana road.
The girl had come to Jind for the exam on Saturday and did not return home. The police on Sunday found her body.
Once they heard the news, the parents of the girl came to Jind with other villagers and took the body to the bus stand before started a dharna blocking the traffic.
The villagers alleged that the girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. With the protesters resorting to violence, the police caned the crowd.
DSP Adarsh Singh said, “We found the body and sent it for autopsy but the villagers refused to bury the body and started a protest. A case of murder has been registered against unidentified people.”

News Updates 27.08.13

Man gets life imprisonment for repeatedly raping minor Dalit girl in 1994- IBN Live


Caste Hindus interfering in official work, alleges Dalit panchayat chief- The New Indian Express


Jind girl’s rape, murder: Oppn lambast Cong- Hindustan Times


IBN Live

Man gets life imprisonment for repeatedly raping minor Dalit girl in 1994


A man, on Tuesday was sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court for raping a minor Dalit girl.

According to prosecution, in January 1994, the 15-year-old victim was raped for several days by Kunwar Sen and Hawaldwar Singh in Kadarchowk town. Based on the evidences, Special Judge (SC/ST) Harihar Prasad sentenced Hawaldar Singh to life imprisonment, they said.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,500 on the accused. Another accused Kunwar Sen died during the course of trail, they said.

The New Indian Express

Caste Hindus interfering in official work, alleges Dalit panchayat chief


By Express News Service – MADURAI, Published: 27th August 2013 10:18 AM

Last Updated: 27th August 2013 10:18 AM

A Dalit woman panchayat president on Monday filed a complaint with the police demanding action against five caste Hindu members for causing her mental agony and not allowing her to perform her official works.

“If their torture continues, I have no other option except committing suicide,” said Vijayarani Muthaiah, the woman Dalit panchayat president of Kinni Mangalam village near Checkanurani in Usilampatti taluk after submitting her complaint at the Madurai SP office here.

Vijayarani Muthaiah claimed in the petition that five Caste Hindus M Bharani Thevar, P Mani Thevar, A Mani Thevar and R Periya Karuppa Thevar were often found sitting at Periya Nachi Temple located close to the panchayat office and verbally abused her using filthy language whenever she visited the office. “They scold me in derogatory words referring to my caste name,” Vijaya Rani said.

Speaking to Express, she said that though the seven ward members of the panchayat cooperated with her, the five caste Hindus were causing her trouble. “They are not allowing me to sit in the chair at my office,” she alleged. Nearly for one-and-half years, they did not allow her to sit in the chair. Only after she took up the issue with the district collector, they allowed her to sit in the chair for few days. But now, they were again preventing her from using the chair, she said.

After receiving her complaint, the police said that they would investigate the case and take action.

Hindustan Times

Jind girl’s rape, murder: Oppn lambast Cong


Condemning rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Jind, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) on Monday criticised the Congress-led Haryana government for “breakdown of law and order” in the state.

On Sunday, the 20-year-old Dalit girl’s mutilated body was found near a canal from Amarheri area in Jind district. Her family alleged that she was raped before being killed. They protested outside the bus stand by placing the body on road for more than three hours.

INLD leader and Ellenabad MLA Abhey Chautala, in a release, said the incident was a blot on the government and a pointer to lawlessness gripping the state, where no one was safe. Expressing shock over lathicharge on protesters, Chautala alleged that the government had not been giving heed to worsening law and order situation and, instead, was busy in looting the state.

HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi alleged that lawlessness in the state had assumed explosive proportions. The gruesome incident had blackened the face of the Haryana Police and exposed government’s inefficiency, he said.

Demanding resignation of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Hisar MP said it was shocking to note that in the past eight months, the state had witnessed 2,233 cases of crime against women, 450 of which were reported in CM’s hometown of Rohtak.

News updates 28.08.13

Petty quarrel snowballs, 4 dalit women attacked- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Petty quarrel snowballs, 4 dalit women attacked


MADURAI: Four dalit women were assaulted by a group of non-dalit men in Thodaneri village near Samayanallur in Madurai district on Tuesday after a petty quarrel snowballed.
A five-month-old infant was also injured when its mother was being attacked. The four women and the infant have been admitted to the government hospital with severe injuries. While the prime accused has surrendered, police have launched a hunt for two of his friends who allegedly assaulted the women.
Police said that Meenammal, 65, a non-dalit woman residing in North Street of Thodaneri village passed away on Tuesday morning and her grandson Ranjith, 27, was making arrangements for her cremation.

“Ranjith, who was allegedly in an inebriated state was speeding through the dalit-populated Kaliamman Kovil street on his motorcycle. Palaniammal, a 70-year-old dalit woman, chided him for riding the bike on the narrow street at high speed. This infuriated Ranjith, who abused her in inappropriate words,” said the police officer. Palaniammal’s daughter-in-law Easwari who heard Ranjith using foul language, came to the rescue of the former and picked up a quarrel with him. Soon, women from neighbouring houses also joined Easwari, who allegedly slapped Ranjith.
Ranjith hurried from the place but returned with two of his friends identified as Vivek and Kumar. “According to the complaint, they started assaulting the women indiscriminately. They also pulled out wooden logs and beat the women,” police said. One of the women suffered a fracture on her hand.

News Updates 30.08.13

‘Book attackers under SC/ST Act’- The New Indian Express


New Delhi: Daughter gang-raped, wife killed; man moves SC seeking protection- Bellvision


Viscera report hints presence of insecticide, kin continue protest- The Times Of India


Dalit girl rape & murder: Protest continues, committee formed- Business Standard


The New Indian Express

‘Book attackers under SC/ST Act’


A Dalit woman, who was allegedly verbally and physically abused and robbed, approached police on Wednesday and sought police action against the perpetrator under the SC/ST Act.

Nageswari, of Devipattinam and her husband Elankeswaran, both employed at a private school in Devipattinam as sweepers, stayed along with their two daughters near the school. According to Nageswari, on August 21, when she was on her way home, a man intercepted and pushed her down before attempting to misbehave with her. Although she managed to escape from the spot, her gold chain was snatched. The man used used casteist abusive language on her.

Based on a complaint lodged by her husband, Devipattinam police registered a case of woman harassment and chain snatching against a person. However, he wasn’t booked under the SC/ST Act.

Rajamanickam, member to the Adhi Dravidar Welfare Committee said the government should severely punishment the offender as he tried to spoil the life of a Dalit woman. A Devipattinam police official however said, the offender had been arrested and remanded in custody. He had only snatched her chain, the official claimed.

However, Nageswari told Express that the man pushed her down and when she tried to free herself, he snatched her chain and used abusive language against her caste. The Devipattinam police failed to book a case against him under the SC/ST Act, she added.


New Delhi: Daughter gang-raped, wife killed; man moves SC seeking protection


New Delhi, 29 Aug, 2013 : The gruesome gang-rape of Nirbhaya and a Mumbai photographer shook the nation’s conscience but equally disturbing is the suffering of a dalit family residing in a Haryana village just 150 km from Delhi.

A school-going 15-year-old girl was kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped in a car by the sons of influential persons in village Chotikalasi inHaryana’s Nilokheri tehsil on August 6 last year. The accused released her with a warning that if she did not return to them every 10 days, her parents would be killed.
The girl told her mother about the incident who in turn informed the father. A case was lodged and tests confirmed sexual assault. On learning about the incident, the school principal, instead of taking steps for the girl’s rehabilitation, struck off her name from the school rolls.
Less than a month after the assault, the accused carried out their threat by kidnapping the rape survivor’s mother and allegedly shot her dead. A distressed father went to the local police to register FIRs for the rape of his daughter and murder of his wife. The police tore up his complaint.
Finally, on September 24 last year, the rape survivor’s father travelled to the Bhutana police station in Karnal to register complaint about gang-rape of his daughter, subsequent threat and kidnap and murder of his wife. A chargesheet was filed by police on November 1 last year.
Filing of chargesheet did not end the woes of the dalit family as the father and daughter were constantly targeted by the dominant caste to which the accused belonged. Fearing for life because of constant pressure from the family of the accused to withdraw the cases, the father was left with no option but to move the Supreme Court seeking protection.
“The uncle and father of Aman (one of the accused) – Joginder Singh and Sultan Singh – threatened the petitioner that just as his wife was killed, he too would be killed,” the petition said.
Though the police arrested the uncle and father of the accused, the threat persists, petitioner’s counsel Colin Gonsalves said and requested a bench of Justices R M Lodha and Madan B Lokur to protect the man.

The bench reacted with disgust and shock. “Something appears to have broken down in society and in the law-enforcing machinery. The authorities need to explain,” it said and issued notices to chief secretaries of states and administrators of Union Territories asking them to detail remedial measures taken so far.
The petitioner said the Haryana government has paid Rs 60,000 to his daughter for the gang-rape and Rs 3.75 lakh for the murder of his wife.

The Times Of India

Viscera report hints presence of insecticide, kin continue protest


JIND: The viscera examination of the 20-year-olddalit girl from Jind at the forensic science laboratory (FSL) at Madhuban (Karnal) has revealed presence of insecticide in the victim’s vital organs. Jind superintendent of police (SP)Balwan Singh Rana said that the FSL report also ruled out rape of the victim, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances near a canal on August 25.
Rana also said that report of the third autopsy of the girl’s body at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi was yet to reach the district administration. “The person deputed to bring the report from AIIMS started late in the evening from Delhi. He will take a few hours to reach here. The report will be studied and then shared with the victim’s family,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, the girl’s family and sympathisers continued their protests on Thursday, which entered the fifth day, seeking arrest of those involved in her death. They have demanded a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the victim’s death, alleging that she was raped and killed.
The protesters laid siege to the Jind civil hospital and placed the victim’s body in a refrigerator while awaiting the autopsy report from Delhi.
President of Haryana unit of BSP, Naresh Saharan, and state party coordinator Rajbir Singh, along with Rohtak zone in-charge, Balraj Satroad, met the victim’s family members to lend their support.
Meanwhile, many Dalit organisations have come forward to support the family members of the girl and met them at their village on Thursday.

Business Standard

Dalit girl rape & murder: Protest continues, committee formed


The protest over the alleged rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit girl continued on the fifth day here today, with the protesters staging a dharna in the premises of local general hospital.
The protesters have been sitting on a dharna since Sunday. Their main demands include arrest of those who had allegedly raped and killed the girl, action against police officials who resorted to lathicharge on protesters, withdrawal of police cases lodged against villagers during the course of protest and monetary compensation to the victim’s family.
A 45-member committee has been constituted for deciding future course of action in this regard.
Speaking at the dharna site, Dharampal Singhmar, spokesman of the committee served ultimatum to the administration that if their demands were not accepted by tomorrow, they would start an agitation by placing the body of the girl on the local Gohana road.
He appealed to the people to join the agitation in large number.
The body of the girl of Baniakhera village was found on Jind-Amarheri village road on Sunday.

She had been to Jind town to appear for her Junior Basic Training examination on Saturday, but failed to return home.
The family members of the victim alleged that she was raped and murdered.
They had placed the body of the girl on the main road in-front of the local bus stand and held a demonstration against this crime.
Two post-mortem examinations were conducted at Jind and at PGIMS Rohtak, but these failed to satisfy relatives of the victim. They refused to believe the theory of police that the girl may have committed suicide.

They wanted a third post-mortem conducted at AIIMS, New Delhi. The body of the girl has been sent to AIIMS for the third post-mortem, whose report was still awaited, sources said.

News Updates 31.08.13

Dalit girl gang-raped brutally in Pratapgarh- The Times Of India


Two women gangraped in Bihar- PTI


Justice demanded for dead Dalit girl from Haryana- The Hindu


The Times Of India

Dalit girl gang-raped brutally in Pratapgarh


ALLAHABAD: A 17-year-old dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by seven people in Uttar Pradesh’sPratapgarhdistrict.
After raping the girl on Monday, the accused took the profusely bleeding survivor to a local quack and threatened her family. Her condition deteriorated on Thursday and she was shifted to Allahabad.
The girl was staying with her parents at a makeshift one-room hut as their house in the village was in danger of collapsing due to floods. At 10.30 pm on Monday the accused abducted her from outside her house and forcibly took her away to a desolate spot where they gang-raped her.
The culprits then took the unconscious girl back and threatened her parents of serious consequences if they opened their mouth. They later took her to a quack with her mother where the girl was administered injections.
On Tuesday the girl and her parents told her brother who lodged an FIR. A medical examination confirmed rape.

Her brother said that the girl had identified three of the seven accused. No arrests were made so far.
“A case has been registered against the accused and efforts are on to arrest them,” a police officer said.


Two women gangraped in Bihar


Begusarai, Aug 30 (PTI) In a shocking incident, two women, including a Dalit, were gangraped today in Bihar’s Begusarai district, police sources said.

A 30-year-old Dalit woman lodged an FIR under sections of the SC/ST Act and other provisions of the law alleging that she was gangraped by three persons in Mushari tola this morning when she had gone in field to attend to nature’s call, the sources said.

The Hindu

Justice demanded for dead Dalit girl from Haryana


“They brought the body to the morgue and asked the women to take a look. Her body was lying sprawled on the stretcher and her neck seemed broken. Her arm was twisted inwards at the wrist as if by force. Her feet seemed to have been tied with a strong rope and her salwar was drenched in blood. There were round burn marks around her neck and chest where the skin had turned white as if cigarette or bidi had been stubbed out on it. Blood was also flowing from scratch marks at her chest and legs. Only her face was clean and untouched.”

This is how the women of Baniyakheda in district Jind, Haryana, who saw the body of the 20-year-old Dalit girl, described its state to The Hindu.

Meanwhile, the authorities have given out contradictory statements that her death was due to suicide, poisoning and mosquito bites.

The story of her alleged abduction, rape and murder is playing out like a strange and dark tragedy for her family.

‘Alleged’ because almost a week after her mutilated body was found thrown next to an isolated canal near secluded fields in Jind, there is no news on the perpetrators of the crime.

According to a fact finding team that visited Jind on Thursday, there is no attempt being made by the local police to find or punish the perpetrators.

“The local administration and police want to hush up the case,” says a member of the fact finding team.

While the first information report filed in the matter mentions sections 376 and 302 of the Indian Penal Code, indicating rape and murder, a local newspaper quoted the Superintendent of Police, Mr Balwant Singh Rana as saying that the girl seemed to have committed suicide. Mr Rana later said that he could easily have been misquoted.

The villagers, most of them from backward castes and scheduled castes, have united over the issue. They have formed a committee and are holding onto the body of the girl, camping in the Civil Hospital of Jind, demanding justice.

“It is the sixth day and they have not yet cremated the body. They know that it is the only thing they have.

Once they cremate the body, no one will heed their cries of justice,” says Rajat Kansal, advocate. District officials and others are pressurising the committee to cremate the body.

The Girl

Going by the villagers’ accounts, the 20-year-old girl, daughter of a poor Dalit mason, was frail and simple and only wanted to study. She rarely went out. Last Saturday, she left home at 11am to appear for a compartment exam in Junior Basic Training course at the Jind district headquarters. She took a local vehicle to reach the bus stop, from where she boarded a bus to Jind. Another woman from the village, who was travelling to Jind on the same bus, saw the girl get off at the Jind bus stop. From there, she would have to take an auto-rickshaw to reach the school for the exam. She never reached the school and later somebody called to say they had found a polythene bag containing her papers lying near a canal. The next morning, her body was found thrown at an isolated spot along the canal close to secluded fields in Jind.

The family accompanied by villagers and relatives reached the hospital where the women were shocked to see the condition of the body. They carried it out to the bus stop and sat on a dharna. Before long, a huge police contingent arrived and started lathi-charging the protestors including women and family members. “A policeman kicked the dead body and slapped the father on the head saying go away, you won’t get anything here,” a villager present at the spot said. The act of alleged kicking was captured by a local television channel and flashed repeatedly before being taken off air. The Deputy Commissioner of Police Jind, Mr Rajiv Ratan, when asked about the incident said, “How do you know? Were you present there?”

After two post mortems, one in the civil hospital and the other in Rohtak PGIMS, human rights activists and organisations pushed for a third one at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the report of which has been submitted to the police in Jind but not handed over to the family yet. Moreover, the SP and DC of Jind came out with a statement saying it was death by poisoning. The doctor at AIIMS, Mr Sudhir Gupta, denied it, without revealing further information.

Meanwhile, a delegation including Vimal Thorat, Convenor-All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch, Vijay Bauddh, Founder Hans Do India and other activists from Delhi and Haryana visited Ms Selja Kumari, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and PL Punia, Chairman, National SC Commission. The Minister and Chairman promised to take action. A candle light vigil is being held in Jantar Mantar on Saturday to protest the “gross apathy and negligence in the investigation of rape and murder.”

(The writer accompanied the fact finding team to Jind)

News Updates 01.09.13

Third accused in Dalit girl burning case nabbed- The New Indian Express


Body of Dalit girl cremated- The Hindu


The New Indian Express

Third accused in Dalit girl burning case nabbed


By Express News Service – KENDRAPARA

One Gouranga Das (19) of Kharinashi village under Mahakalapada police limits was arrested on Saturday by police for his alleged involvement in the burning of the 15-year-old Dalit school girl on July 28 here.

Pradip Das and Ekadashi Das were arrested by police on July 29 and July 31 respectively for their alleged involvement in setting fire to the girl after the latter spurned Pradip’s advances. The victim, also a resident of Kharinashi suffered 70 per cent burn injuries, and died 12 days later on August 8. Police said the three youths were involved in pouring kerosene on the girl and setting her afire in the house of Pradip. Some locals, who reached there after hearing her cries, took her to the district headquarters hospital at Kendrapara. Later, she was shifted to SCB Medical in Cuttack.

SDPO (Human Right Protection Cell) SK Padhi said the girl had given a dying declaration as per the Section 32(2) of Indian Evidence Act, 1872, to the Magistrate on July 29 at the SCB Medical.

As per her declaration, Gourang Das was arrested, he added.

The Hindu

Body of Dalit girl cremated


Family still to get third autopsy report done at AIIMS

Body of the 20-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly abducted, raped and murdered in Jind, Haryana, was cremated by family members in her village Baniyakheda on Saturday morning. The decision to cremate the body was taken after the third autopsy was performed on the body at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here.

The family members along with villagers had been sitting on a week-long agitation at the Jind civil hospital with the body and refused to cremate it till justice was done. A committee comprising of villagers, who are mostly from the backward castes and scheduled castes, had been formed to look into the matter.

Though the report of the autopsy had been handed over to Jind police late on Thursday evening but till Saturday night it was not handed over to the family despite continued attempts.

The first two autopsies that were performed, one at Civil Hospital Jind and the other at Rohtak PGIMS ruled out rape but the family and women from the village who had seen the body refused to believe it.

“It is definitely a rape case, I can testify. The body and private parts were mutilated badly, we have seen it with our own eyes,” said a woman from the village to The Hindu .

Last Saturday, the girl had gone missing after she headed to the district headquarters in Jind to appear for a Junior Basic Training exam. The next morning her body with grievous injuries and burn marks was found thrown next to a canal.

The police have not reported any headway in catching the culprits but they beat up the villagers when they were protesting with the body. On Saturday evening, a candle light protest was organised by All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch and other human rights activists in Delhi.

News Updates 02.09.13

17-year-old girl gang-raped in Surendrangar village- The Times Of India


Criminal rapes 8-year-old girl; arrested- IBN Live


Dalit girl rape case: Police claim rape accused is adult- Odisha Today


Jind: Nine days, three autopsies later, dalit girl’s death remains a mystery- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

17-year-old girl gang-raped in Surendrangar village


RAJKOT: In a gruesome incident, 17-year-old girl was gang raped in Khandiya village in Limbdi taluka of Surendranagar district.

A case was registered against four persons for abduction and rape on minor Dalit girl. The accused have been identified as Ravirajsinh Zala and Dasrathsinh Zala. Two other who helped the accused were also booked by police.

The case has been registered with Chuda policestation on Friday evening. According to sources, the accused abducted the minor girl on Friday and allegedly raped on outskirts of Khandiya village. Later on, they took her in the village primary school and raped on her again. Then, according to complaint, took to Dhandhuka and raped on her.

Sources said that minor victim later on brought to village and handed over to her relatives by accused.

Natubhai Parmar, Dalit rights activist, who accompanied the victim’s family, said that victim was first taken to hospital in Limbadi but there was no gynecologist. So, later on the victim was taken to Surendranagar and then civil hospital in Ahmedabad.

“It was a terrible story of gang-rape on minor. The community members of the accused tried to stop victim’s family to register the complaint but victim’s family were terrified and firmed and registered a case against accused.

IBN Live

Criminal rapes 8-year-old girl; arrested


An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth in the Ram Raipur locality ofBhadohi, police said on Monday.

The girl was sleeping outside her house when Sonu took her to a field and raped her on Saturday night, they said. He then fled the spot, leaving the girl writhing in pain, they added.

When the girl’s family found her missing after the midnight, they started a search and found her in the field, police said.

An FIR was lodged on Sunday and Sonu, who has over a dozen criminal cases pending against him, was arrested, they said.

Odisha Today

Dalit girl rape case: Police claim rape accused is adult


Kendrapara (Odisha): Accused of violating the Juvenile Justice Act, police today claimed that the third accused in the July 28 alleged rape and fatal burning of a minor dalit girl was an adult as per the ossification bone test.
“We conducted the ossification bone (age determination) test of the third accused at district headquarters hospital here. As the test showed he was not a minor, he was remanded him in jail following rejection of bail plea,” police said.

Human Rights activists, however, claimed that all the three alleged offenders were minors as per their school certificates.
Chief District Medical Officer Shantilata Sharma, however, maintained that the headquarters hospital here was not equipped with age determination test facility as it did not have an orthopaedic specialist to conduct the specialised test.
The14-year-old tribal girl was raped and set afire on July 28 in Kendrapara district and she died on August 9 in hospital.

The Times Of India

Jind: Nine days, three autopsies later, dalit girl’s death remains a mystery


JIND: It was just another Saturday morning, recalls Murti Devi. As usual, her 20-year-old daughter woke up around 8.30am, helped her with household chores, tucked in two chapattis for breakfast, got ready and left for Jind, 22 km away from her village Baniya Khera, to take a junior teachers’ exam. She never returned home.
Around 4 pm, her father Surat Singh, a dalit who worked as a daily wager, got an anonymous phone call saying his daughter’s identity papers were found in Ambredi village near a bus stand. Her body was found by a canal the next day. Her dupatta, purse and sandals were missing.
“Her eyes were still wide open with fear. Nobody bothered to straighten her curled fingers. And nobody tried to close her mouth. It was as if her last scream was still inside her throat,” says Singh, his eyes fixed to the ground, fingers trembling.
Now, nine days and three post-mortems later, including one at AIIMS, nobody knows who snuffed out her life.

Her murder has been the focus of media in these parts of Jat-dominated Haryana. Scores of demonstrations by enraged Dalits and activists have rocked Jind. But when her body was finally cremated on August 31, after National Commission for Schedule Caste chairman P L Punia and local police assured protesters that the culprits will be caught, there were plenty of unanswered questions.
“We can’t pinpoint any particular community’s members responsible. Investigation is on,” said Rajiv Rattan, deputy commissioner, Jind. The protests continue. On Sunday, a crowd of 800 agitated in Rohtak.
By all accounts, the young dalit girl, whose name is being held back, was special. “Of the 20-odd Dalit families in the village, she was perhaps the only girl who was a graduate. Her younger and elder sisters are married. Some neighbours said this was unusual,” says her mother.
Post-mortem reports said the girl wasn’t sexually assaulted. However, the family’s lawyer Rajat Kansal claimed she was tortured. “People who saw the body near the canal said her salwar was bloodstained and there were cigarette burns on her body. But cops want to avoid communal tension and are playing down atrocities on dalits. They are trying to pass it off suicide,” Kansal alleged.
Life is tough for dalit women in Haryana. As per police records, 22 dalit women were raped in the past 45 days in the state. Activists claim the real figure is higher. “Of 10 rapes, only one gets registered. There are cases where a family member was murdered for speaking up against the rape of a woman in his family,” says Beena Pallical, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights. In October 2012, the abysmal condition of women, particularly dalit, made Congress president Sonia Gandhi visit Jind.
It’s heart-rending when Surat Singh and his sons relive the moments they first realised that something had gone horribly wrong. “When I checked with the school authorities after that phone call, I found that she had never reached there,” he recalls. He then called his son who lives in Jind. On the way back home, Singh filed a complaint at Pillukhera police station.
“We stopped at various places and asked if someone had seen my daughter. But I was beginning to feel she was no more,” says Singh. After the body was found, cops took it to the civil hospital. While doctors were tardy with post-mortem, public anger rose. Enraged villagers took the girl’s body out of the mortuary and protested.
“I didn’t know what was happening. I remember from being very angry to losing hope to going numb. I could hear people screaming but the voice I longed to hear was gone,” says Singh.
After the first post-mortem was hushed up at a civil hospital leading to mobs going on rampage, cops ordered another post-mortem. “There’s a reason why the mob was angry. The doctors’ and police attitude towards dalit victims and rape survivors is uncaring,” says Asha Kowtal, general secretary, All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch.

News Updates 03.09.13

Is the Haryana government covering up what killed the young Dalit girl in Jind?- First Post India


Lodge owner booked under Nirbhaya Act- The Hindu


First Post India

Is the Haryana government covering up what killed the young Dalit girl in Jind?


It is almost a year since public anger against the Haryana government’s notorious record for crimes against women, triggered by a spate of rapes – 19 in one month, forced UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to visitone of the rape victims in Jind.

But to what effect?

The resistance of the state police to register and investigate sexual crimes against Dalits remains undiminished, say women’s rights activists. The resistance is especially strong in a district like Jind, which has a violent history of brutalities committed against women from the Dalit community, they say.

A recent incident involving the mysterious death of a 20-year-old Dalit girl has sparked widespread protests in the state against the police for not bringing the guilty to book.

Since 25 August, when the body was found, three post-mortems have been conducted. The first two, conducted in Jind and Rohtak, concluded the death was a suicide. The result of the third post-mortem conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has not yet been disclosed.

Jagmati Sangwan, vice-president of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) and president of the Haryana state unit said, “It is based on the medical report that we can pursue this case further. The circumstantial evidence indicates that there has been rape and murder. The first two medical reports said that there was poisoning and that there was no rape and murder. The third medical report can be a reliable report.

We are trying to get a copy of that report.”

Residents of the village of Baniya Kheda had a chance to see the girl’s body: “They brought the body to the morgue and asked the women to take a look,” the Hindu reports. “Her body was lying sprawled on the stretcher and her neck seemed broken. Her arm was twisted inwards at the wrist as if by force. Her feet seemed to have been tied with a strong rope and her salwar was drenched in blood. There were round burn marks around her neck and chest where the skin had turned white as if cigarette or bidi had been stubbed out on it. Blood was also flowing from scratch marks at her chest and legs. Only her face was clean and untouched.”

On 29 August, a fact-finding team led by All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) and comprising journalists, lawyers and activists visited Jind to investigate the case.

Relating the sequence of events, Deepika Shokeen of AIDMAM and a member of the fact-finding team said, “The girl left the house at 11 am (for a Junior Basic Training course exam at the Jind, 22 km from her village).

At about 4 pm, the family got a call from someone who had found her bag. The family then tried to lodge a complaint at the nearest police station in Pillukhera but were shunted out. The girl’s body was found the following day at around 8 am near a canal in the fields.”

The body was then taken to Jind Civil Hospital, outside which residents of the village would later hold a week long protest, holding on to the girl’s body. The body was cremated on Saturday (31 August) after the family and the people of the village were promised that the culprits would be brought to book, said Shokeen.

Speaking about the family’s harrowing experience, she said, “Despite there being bruises and burn marks on her body, the doctors at Jind Hospital called it a suicide. The body was then taken to a hospital in Rohtak, which also concluded it was a case of suicide. The police, in a press briefing conducted a day after we arrived in Jind, said that poison had been found in the girl’s body,” said Shokeen.
The family’s hope now rests on third and final post-mortem report by AIIMS.

Speaking about the state police’s record when it comes to acting against sexual violence against Dalit women, Sangwan said, “There have been incidents where action has not been as swift and serious as it should have been. That is why people don’t believe what the administration and the two medical reports conducted in Haryana are indicating. There is a long history of this type of discrimination. Young girls from the Dalit community who are aspiring for upward mobility are being made to pay with their lives and honour.

The circumstantial evidence in this case is very strongly indicating rape and murder.”

Sangwan said she was hopeful that the SIT (Special Investigation Team) that has been constituted would get to the bottom of the issue.

“We would like appeal to the government that the family of the girl should be supported in every way. What they are going through is extremely traumatic. The AIIMS post-mortem report should be taken on record as soon as possible and there should be strict punishment against police officers who misbehaved with the family,” she said.

Supporting the protests that broke out, Sangwan said, “The protest was necessary. The girl’s family came to the hospital with the body at around 8 am. Till 4 pm, nobody took them seriously. Their protest was justified.

Students also protested. About 2000 people took part. This kind of thing is needed more and more in Haryana.”

Relating two more instances of rape of Dalit girls in Jind in recent weeks and the police’s “inexcusable lack of commitment to tracking down the criminals,” Sangwan said, “In July, near Narwana town, a Dalit girl was gang-raped in the fields. Our activists took her to police station. And from 6 pm to 3 am they were kept in police station. In another incident, near Julana town, parents of a girl who was raped came to the police station at 8 am and no action was taken till 2 pm. Only after the family contacted us and we put pressure on the police, did they register a case.”

The AIDMAM-led fact-finding team will release its investigative report on the “gross negligence of Haryana police in the investigation of alleged rape and murder of Dalit girl in Jind, Haryana” on Tuesday (3 September).

The Hindu

Lodge owner booked under Nirbhaya Act


Kothapet Police have booked a case under Nirbhaya Act against a lodge owner after charging him with illegal confinement and outraging the modesty of a 40-year old Dalit woman.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Guntur Urban, B.V Ramana Kumar on Monday said five accused, including Eepuru Sudhakar, owner of New Mayuri Lodge at Kothapet, were arrested and cases slapped against them under Sections 354 (B) Nirbhaya Act and Prevention of Atrocities (SC&ST) Act.

Police said the woman from Vatticherukuru mandal has been working in the lodge for the last two years. On August 30, the lodge owners alleged that the woman stole Rs.18,000. When they confronted her, the woman tried to escape but the former caught hold of her and confined her in a room.

Since then, they have been allegedly harassing her in the name of her caste even stripping her and beating her with electric wires.

The woman was able to wriggle out of their confinement and lodged a complaint with the Kothapet Police.

An enquiry was conducted by OSD, Urban and based on his report, five persons, including two brothers of the owner and his father, were arrested.

Station House Officer of Kothapet, Ashok, OSD, Guntur Urban, Gopinath Jetty were present.

News Updates 04.09.13

Dalit girls in Jind scared to go to school- The Hindu


Some rapes are more newsworthy than others in India – – NIB


Youth held on charges of molestation, attempt to murder- Business Standard


“Have CBI probe into Jind case involving dalit girl”- PTI


Jind rape-murder case: Distraught father to move court for girl’s 3rd autopsy report- Zee News


The Hindu

Dalit girls in Jind scared to go to school


The immediate casualty of the alleged abduction, rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit girl from Baniyakheda in Jind district of Haryana is that girls from the village are refusing to go to school. The mutilated body of the girl was found more than a week ago, after she had gone missing while on her way to write a compartment exam in Basic Teacher Training.

“My daughter and other girls are just refusing to attend school,” said a villager, who was beaten up by the police while participating in a silent protest against police negligence in Jind. Perpetrators of the crime are still at large and Dalit girls are scared to step out of their homes.

“Will Dalit girls stop studying now?” said Vimal Thorat, national convenor for the All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) at a conference to release the report of a fact finding team from Delhi that visited Jind on August 29. The girl’s father, who was in the Capital to collect the third post-mortem report from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, addressed journalists and said: “Half the village has suffered injuries from police lathi charge. We want justice.”

It is the fifth day and the family has not received a copy of the report yet.

“AIIMS told us to collect the report from Jind police,” said advocate Rajat Kalsan, counsel for the girl’s family.

“When the family first went to the police, they did not register a missing person’s case, nor did they send out a search party. They told the family to go looking for the girl on their own. An entire night passed before they did anything. And this happened because she was a poor Dalit’s daughter. Had she been the daughter of a Superintendent of Police an or a politician, the entire Jind would have been cordoned off at that very instant,” he said.

The fact finding team, comprising Asha Kowtal of AIDMAM; Kalyani Menon Sen of Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression; Nisha Kumari of Action Aid; Jenny Rowena of Savari and others, is demanding the transfer of the case to the CBI or an independent inquiry into the matter.

Pointing to subversion of facts and misleading of public opinion, advocate Vrinda Grover said the police must make the post-mortem and viscera reports public as soon as possible.

“It is unclear as to whether inquest proceedings were held at all in this case,” she said. As per Section 166 (A) of the Indian Penal Code, action can be taken against any police personnel found to be delaying or subverting the investigation of a case.

“It is an open challenge to the Haryana Government to show that they have taken action against a single police person under 166 (A).”

Giving a call for a separate Dalitstan in Haryana, Ms. Thorat said: “From Gohana to Mirchpur to Kaithal, it seems like a conspiracy to drive Dalits out of Haryana. Should we ask for a separate State for Dalits where our girls will be safe and attend school?”

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, more than four Dalit women are raped everyday and this figure is under reported. Compiling data from news reports, People’s Media Advocacy and Resources Centre states that 101 heinous crimes were committed against Dalit women from the December 16 gang-rape case to the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s case.

“Where is the public outcry when a Dalit girl is raped?” said Asha.


Some rapes are more newsworthy than others in India –


Since the famous or, more appropriately, infamous, Delhi rape case hit global headlines last December, every newspaper carries a daily dose of rape crime reportage from all over India. Many of us Indian women are in a state of perpetual, simmering rage as we read these reports – as should be the case. Tolerance for sexual violence is at a historic low in urban, middle class India.

Last week, a new rape case made the headlines in Mumbai. It set every TV channel ranting and raving because traditionally, all of us consider Mumbai to be India’s safest city for women. I lived there for eight years in the 1970s and took taxis back and forth to the airport at midnight with little fear. In 2000, my daughter moved to Mumbai at 17 for university and I felt no apprehension whatsoever about her safety, whereas Delhi was always a no-no for most parents. The newest Mumbai victim was a photojournalist which shocked the media and totally jolted everyone out of their complacency. ‘It could have been one of us!!’ was the understandable media reaction.

All sexual harassment, violence and rape is abhorrent. And women’s groups in every corner of India are screaming ‘enough!’. But Dalit groups are asking a different question, a very valid question: ‘why are some rapes more outrageous than others? Why does the Indian media scream from the rooftops about middle class girls from Delhi and Mumbai, but ignore the daily attacks on poor, mostly Dalit, women and girls?’ These routine rapes, and I cringe as I write this phrase, barely merit inside column inches on a dull newsroom day.

Forget Dalit rapes making headlines, they are just not newsworthy. They are dismissed as rapes that do not interest readers.

Why are these rapes under-reported? Why are they never sensationalized like the infamous Nirbhaya rape in Delhi? December 2012 is seared into our brains, into our collective, national memory. All of us are outraged that the most brutal rapist will walk free in three years because he is a minor. ‘Castrate the bastards’ was a popular sentiment when the verdict was announced a few days ago. The nation expressed outrage and anger all over again.

But when Dalit women are raped, the silence is deafening. The indifference is palpable. A few newspapers diligently report the incidents but even passionate young reporters, journalists who really care, cannot inspire anger or outrage in a cynical, blasé readership. India is enveloped in ennui when the violated women are Dalit – rural or urban, domestic servants or adivasi (indigenous) people.

Yesterday, I received a shocking report entitled ‘101 brutal atrocities/heinous crimes against Dalit women: from the Damini incident (16 December 2012) to the Aasaram arrest (31 Aug 2013)’. It listed crimes against Dalit women and girls from all over over India: Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka. The list went on, its cases came from the north, south, east and west. None of them inspired interest or outrage. Few made headlines.

I get these missives every day and I read them with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. But it’s only when you see a dossier, all the incidents neatly chronicled one after the other, all the newspaper clippings, the information from the public domain that the sheer horror, the rank injustice, the absolutely indigestible bitter truth hits you.

We need special fast track courts with individuals who are passionate about combating caste atrocities. We need anger and outrage, media coverage and public action. We need a concerned proactive judiciary. We need a comprehensive plan to combat rape and sexual violence, and we need it right now.

Business Standard

Youth held on charges of molestation, attempt to murder


A 19-year-old Dalit girl was today allegedly molested by a youth at Bharawas village, around 7 km from here, police said

The victim, a student of BA (Part II), was molested by the Rahul (21) when she was on her way to her college, they said.

Later, when she resisted, Rahul inflicted grievous injuries on her with an axe, police said.

However, hearing her cries for help, the locals rushed to the spot and nabbed the accused, who was thrashed by them.

Later, the youth and the victim were rushed to hospital, where their condition was stated to be stable.

A case of attempt to murder and molestation has been registered against the accused, police added.


“Have CBI probe into Jind case involving dalit girl”


New Delhi, Sep 3 (PTI) Alleging discrepancies in autopsy reports of a 20-year-old dalit girl who was allegedly raped and murdered in Jind, an NGO has demanded that the case be handed over to CBI or an “independent inquiry” ordered at the earliest.

Zee News

Jind rape-murder case: Distraught father to move court for girl’s 3rd autopsy report


New Delhi: The distraught father of the 20- year-old dalit girl who was allegedly rape and murdered in Jind, on Tuesday claimed he was not being given the report of her third autopsy conducted at AIIMS here and will move court.
The third autopsy was conducted after her family contested Haryana police claim that she had committed suicide and the two previous postmortems were allegedly botched and there were discrepancies in their reports.

The counsel for the victim’ family Rajat Kansal said that they will now move court to obtain a copy of the post-mortem report that was conducted in AIIMS on Wednesday and handed over to the Jind police on Thursday.

A native of Baniya Kheda and a daily wager, the father had come to Delhi today to collect the report.

The two earlier postmortem examinations were by doctors in Jind and doctors of PGIMS, Rohtak in Haryana.

“Hayana police is not showing us the post-mortem report given by the AIIMS. They asked us to get it from the hospital. Now that we have come here, the hospital told us that they have already handed over the report to the investigating agencies and that we should take it from them,” he said.

The father said that the case should be handed over to CBI, a demand echoed by activists including those of All India Dalit Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM).

“We are poor and dalits and that is why police and authorities are treating us this way. They have not yet arrested the culprits,” the girl’s father said while struggling to hold back tears.

Remembering his daughter, he said she was more educated than other girls in the village and wanted to be teacher.

The 20 year-old was found dead on August 25, near Amarheri area in Jind, Haryana where she had come to appear for the Junior Basic Teachers Test. The family members of the victim alleged that she was raped and murdered though police said they suspected suicide. Following protests, Haryna authorities decided that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of state police will probe the case.

“I and my daughter shared a close bonding. She would always make sure that I eat properly before leaving and after returning home from work.

“She was good at studies and wanted to become a teacher. As she more educated than other girls in the village, people were jealous of her,” the father said.

He said he will continue his fight for justice.

“I want the case should be transferred to CBI. I want justice and that the culprits should be put behind bars,” he said.
Meanwhile, a “fact finding team” constituted by AIDMAM alleged discrepancies in the first two autopsy reports.

It claimed to have found that while the first post mortem report stated that the hymen was ruptured, the findings of the second autopsy at Rohtak state that the hymen was intact and said it “clearly indicates callousness on the part of the authorities”.

It also alleged that the post-morten was delayed and was conducted “with a shocking lack of care probably by an unqualified member of the mortuary staff and the two botched post-mortems have destroyed valuable evidence in the case”.
The mother and other women who had examined the girl’s body found that her salwar was drenched in blood, there were scratches and wounds on both of the girl’s thighs and calves and there were cigarette marks on her upper torso, it said.
The team on the basis of their findings today demanded that the case should be transferred to the CBI or a separate committee should be constituted to conduct an independent enquiry. -PTI

News Updates 05.09.13

Dalit woman draws water from well in upper caste area, thrashed – India TV


India TV

Dalit woman draws water from well in upper caste area, thrashed


Kendrapara (Odisha): A Dalit woman was allegedly beaten up by members of upper caste for drawing potable water from a government-dug deep tube well in their area at a village in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, police said today.

The woman faced the wrath of upper caste groups in Pikirali village, about 25 Km from here, on Monday as lower caste groups are not allowed to draw water from these wells, they said.

About 10 dalit families of the village were depending on one tubewell in their locality. But since last month, the sole tubewell in Dalit Sahi was defunct and scheduled caste persons were forced to subsist on polluted water of a pond.

Driven by compulsion, a Dalit woman Kalpana Sethi (25) decided to fetch water from a tubewell in front of the house of an upper caste person, Bhamara Jena, for which some upper caste persons assaulted her and took away her bucket, police said.

The woman yesterday filed an FIR against Bhamara, Umakanta Jena and Kishor Jena (all belonging to the upper caste) in the local police station and alleged that they hurled abusive language and assaulted her for drawing water from the village tubewell.

The woman also alleged that some influential upper caste persons have been preventing the Dalits, including women and children, to take water from the village tubewell.

Earlier also, upper caste members abused some dalits for using the tubewell to draw water but the frightened people did not lodge any FIR against them, Sethi claimed.

“Acting on the FIR lodged by the complainant, cases under sections 354, 294, 341, 506 of IPC and section 3 of SC and ST (atrocity prevention) Act have been registered against persons named in the FIR. The matter is being investigated,” said Kendrapara Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Nrusingh Charana Swain.

News Updates 06.09.13

One-member SIT to probe death of Dalit girl in Jind- The Hindu


The Hindu

One-member SIT to probe death of Dalit girl in Jind


A one-member special investigation team has been instituted by the Haryana Police to probe the mysterious death of a 20-year-old Dalit girl in Jind about 10 days back.

Hissar Superintendent of Police Satish Balan has been appointed to look into allegations made by her family members of rape and murder.

The constitution of the SIT follows sustained protests by villagers and activists in Jind demanding a thorough investigation, which they alleged had not been conducted. The girl’s mutilated body was found in an isolated stretch next to a canal.

Two male members of the family, a cousin and the deceased girl’s brother-in-law, had been picked up by the police for interrogation. They were later released.

“This morning, the entire family was called for interrogation. They have now been allowed to go home,” said Rajat Kalsan, an advocate with Human Rights Law Network and counsel for the girl’s family.

Meanwhile, a week after the third post-mortem was conducted at AIIMS and the report submitted to the police in Jind, the family or advocate is yet to get a copy of the report.

“We will wait till Sept 7, if we still do not get access to the post-mortem report or no visible results are shown in the case, we will agitate again,” Rajat said

News Updates 07.09.13

Dalit minors lured from school, raped in Khandwa village- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit minors lured from school, raped in Khandwa village


INDORE: Two minor dalit schoolgirls were raped by two youths in a forest near Patajan village in Khandwa. The girls had stepped out of their school to buy stationery when they were lured by the accused. The FIR was lodged at the Roshni Policecheck-post against two accused.

Police said the girls are residents of Rehnai Village in Khandwa district and used to commute about 4km from their village to school. They said that the two girls went out of the government school to buy some stationery, when the two accused identified as Saddam Qureshi, 22, and Hamid Qureshi, 22, approached them in a four-wheeler (MP47 D 0240) and said that the mother of one of the girl is unwell and they had come to take her home.
Worried on learning about it, the girl agreed to accompany the two and her classmate too joined her. The accused instead of taking them home threatened them and took both the girls to a nearby jungle in Dhawdi forest and raped them.
They also threatened the rape survivors of dire consequences if they informed anybody about the incident. They were later dropped on way to their homes,” said the investigating officer RR Mugalde posted at Roshni Chowki.

He said that both the accused belong to Harda district and were working at the farm of one of the girls family.

The girls managed to reach home and informed their parents about the incident. Later, the parents approached police station and registered a complaint. Taking cognizance of the severity of the case, police sent the girls immediately to Khandwa government hospital for medical examination, which later confirmed rape on them.

The police registered case against the accused.

After the complaint, a hunt is on to nab them. “Both the accused are on the run. We have launched a search to nab them,” said Mugalde.

News Updates 08.09.13

55-year-old Dalit woman raped, police on lookout for accused- The Hindu


The Hindu

55-year-old Dalit woman raped, police on lookout for accused


The police are on the look out for a 35-year-old caste-Hindu man for allegedly raping a 55-year-old Dalit woman of a village in Tiruchengode Taluk on Friday night.

The police said neighbours who came to know about the incident on Saturday, admitted her to Tiruchengode Government Hospital and informed the police.

According to the police, preliminary investigations revealed that the woman was in the pump shed of her landlord, when the accused, R. Senthil (35), who belonged to the same village, raped her.

The woman told the police that she was beaten and tortured by the assailant. She did not tell anyone about the assault on her as the man threatened to kill all members of her family if she revealed it to anyone.

Agitated villagers urged the police to arrest the accused without delay. The police said he had gone into hiding after the incident came to light. Superintendent of Police P. Kannammal told The Hindu that a case was registered under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and various Sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. A search was on for the accused.

News Updates 10.09.13

HARYANA’S SHAMEGirl raped after family given sedative-laced food – The Tribune


The Tribune

HARYANA’S SHAMEGirl raped after family given sedative-laced food


Tribune Reporters

Jind, September 9

A youth allegedly gave sedative-laced food to family members of a 20-year-girl and raped the Dalit girl at Bhambewa village of the district last night.

Five members of the family, including the victim, have been shifted to the hospital. The police has registered a case but no arrest has been made so far. Reports said the victim told the police that the youth identified as Naseeb came to her house last night and mixed some sedatives in vegetable which she had prepared. While the girl and her family members, including her mother and her two sisters, who consumed the food fell unconscious. With no male member of the family around, the accused took the girl to a secluded spot and raped her.

It is revealed that the victim, in semi-conscious state, narrated everything to her father, who reached the house late at night. The girl and other members of the family were rushed to a hospital, where they had been undergoing treatment. Though a medical examination of the rape victim had been conducted, the report was still awaited, said a doctor. The victim told the police this morning that the boy was her neighbour.

News Updates 11.09.13

Three cops suspended for molesting dalit woman- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Three cops suspended for molesting dalit woman


CHANDIGARH: Haryana police have suspended three cops for “molesting” a dalit woman in Kaithal district on Monday, when a group of women was returning after attending a state government employees’ rally in Panchkula.

The cops allegedly misbehaved with two other women also. All of them work in Haryana women and child development department. According to a complaint, when the brother of a woman tried to help the women, the cops took him to police station and put him behind bars. He was released after the women informed the police helpline.
The employees of several departments on Tuesday staged a demonstration at Kalayat town where the incident took place. Deputy superintendent of police, Kaithal, Surender Singh Bhoria told TOI that ASI Ishwar Singh, head constable Vijender and another cop Karambir were suspended in connection with the incident.
The three women had reached Kalayat town at 11pm on Monday from Panchkula. According to the complaint, when they were walking towards their houses, one of the cops deployed sitting in a Gypsy used abusive language. When the women tried to run away from the spot, the cops followed them and put them in the police vehicle.
The cops allegedly snatched a gold chain and Rs 3,350 from a woman before molesting her. On being informed, husband and brother of a woman reached the spot. The cops then pushed the women from the vehicle and took the men to the police station and threatened them.
Later, the three women and brother of one of them were admitted in a hospital who were discharged on Tuesday.

The DSP said that a two member team including a lady police officer would probe the matter. The accused cops were medically examined on Tuesday.

News Updates 12.09.13

25-year-old booked for raping minor dalit girl- The Times Of India


Cop booked for molesting Dalit girl, accused on the run- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

25-year-old booked for raping minor dalit girl


AURANGABAD: The Paithan MIDC police have booked a 25-year-old youth from Shivur Takli village in Paithan taluka for allegedly raping a 15-year-old dalit girl for a year under the pretext of marrying her. The police have lauched a manhunt to trace the suspect, who fled from the village about three months ago.
Speaking to TOI, Vitthal Yedke, constable of Paithan MIDC police, said that the suspect was taking undue advantage of the girl and physically assaulting her for the past one year. “The accused had established a relationship with the girl, who belongs to the same village and was working as a labourer in his farm,” Yedke said.
The girl lodged a complaint with the police in this regard on Tuesday evening, in which she stated that the accused lured her by promising her a house and marrying her in order to maintain the illicit relationship.
According to the police, the accused used to repeatedly call the girl at different isolated places around the area and raped her on several occasions. However, when the girl demanded to fulfill the promises, the accused rejected her demands, the police said.
“Moreover, he threatened to kill her and warned her of dire consequences if she disclosed their illicit relationship to her parents,” Yedke said.
Thereafter, the accused snapped all contacts with the girl and disappeared from the village, the police said.

When the girl could not contact the accused for three months, she reported the incident to the police and lodged a complaint.
The Paithan MIDC police station has filed a case of sexual assault under Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

The Times Of India

Cop booked for molesting Dalit girl, accused on the run


INDORE: A police constable has been booked for molesting a young Dalit girl in Samoyi village of Jhabua district.

The case was lodged against Keshav Parmar (30) at Ranapur police station in the district on Tuesday evening, but the cop who is posted at Jhabua police line is on the run.
According to Ranapur police station in charge, CC Panwar, the constable had gone to attend some function at a relative’s place in Samoyi village.
On Tuesday afternoon, the constable went to a hand pump, where a 20-year-old Dalit girl was filling water.

The constable allegedly made an indecent proposal to her, but when she objected to his advances, he tried to drag the girl into an adjacent agricultural plot. But when the girl started screaming for help, the constable fled.
Jolted by the incident, the girl’s family reported the matter to the police, after which a case of molestation under Section 354 of IPC was lodged against him. “A case of molestation has been lodged against the constable, who is on the run. Efforts are being made to nab him,” the Ranapur police station in charge added.

News Updates 15.09.13

Dalit girl raped, murdered near Bellary- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit girl raped, murdered near Bellary


BELLARY: A minor dalit girl was allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered on Saturday by an unidentified person near Hagaribomanahalli, some 60 km from Bellary, police said.

The 15-year-old girl went missing in the morning, according to a complaint filed by her father,Bellary superintendent of police Chetan Kumar Rathore said.

The girl, a ninth standard student of a government school, was not going to school for the last one month.

Today she went missing and her father went in search of her. Later, the girl’s body was found in an agricultural field, Rathore said.

However, the body had no injury marks, he said, adding, doctors are conducting medical examination to confirm rape.

Police are searching for the culprit, Rathore said.

News Updates 16.09.13

‘Harassed’ by youths, minor Dalit girl commits self immolation in Haryana- Zee News


Zee News

‘Harassed’ by youths, minor Dalit girl commits self immolation in Haryana


Kaithal: Unable to bear constant harassment by two youths, a 14-year-old dalit girl on Sunday allegedly committed self immolation in Kalayat town.
Her family alleged she was constantly tormented by two youths of the same town.
The girl’s father complained to the police that his daughter, a student of Class VIII, was harassed by the two youth following which police have registered a case under Section 306 IPC (abetment to commit suicide) against them.
The complaint said that after the victim told her father about the boys’ conduct, he approached their families. However, the boys’ families did not show any interest in setting things right which resulted in exchange of heated words among them in the recent past.

The girl, after being harassed by the youths again this morning, came home where she poured kerosene on herself and set herself ablaze.
When the girl’s father heard her cries, he rushed into the house and saw her in flames.
She was taken to Indira Gandhi Multi-Speciality hospital at Kaithal where the doctors referred her to PGIMER Chandigarh in a critical condition.
However, she succumbed to her burns on the way. The body was handed over to family after post-mortem.

News Updates 17.09.13

1 arrested for driving minor dalit girl to immolate self in Haryana- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

1 arrested for driving minor dalit girl to immolate self in Haryana


KAITHAL: A youth has been arrested on Monday for allegedly driving a 14-year-old dalit girl toimmolate herself in Haryana’s Kaithal district.
The Girl immolated herself in Kalayat on Sunday. A case has been registered against Amit Kumar (19) and Vikram (17) for allegedly harassing the victim. Both the accused are also from the Dalit community.
The girl set herself on fire after pouring kerosene over her on Sunday evening. She died on way to hospital.

A team from the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes(NCSC) visited Kalayat on Monday accompanied by the Kaithal superintendent of police, to look into the details of the incident and seek quick action against those responsible for it. Assuring support to the family members of the victim, NCSC team also demanded compensation for them.
The scheduled commission director Raj Kumar Channena, who visited the girl’s family, said, “We met the family members and assured them of proper action the accused. We also promised to provide them police protection for their safety. I have asked the Kaithal SP to ensure arrest of the accused and also give security cover to the victim’s family.”
Kaithal SP Kuldeep Yadav said, “A case against the accused has been registered and Amit has been arrested. We hope to nab Vikram soon. As told by NCSC director, police protection will be given to the family of the girl on priority.”
The girl’s father has mentioned in his complaint to the police that both the accused used to harass his daughter. “On being pressured by the villagers, the boys stopped teasing her for a while. But they again started tormenting her due to which my daughter got depressed and killed herself as she was not able to bear the humiliation at being molested everyday,” he alleged.

News Updates 18.09.13

16-year-old athlete raped- DNA


Foul play alleged in Dalit woman’s death- The New India Express



16-year-old athlete raped


A 16-year-old Dalit athlete was allegedly raped by a youth of his neighbouring village while she was exercising with her younger sister.

The accused Charnpreet Singh has been arrested, SSP (Khanna) Sushil Kumar said.

The girl was forcibly taken to a secluded place in Palmajra village, some 45 kms from here, yesterday by the 22-year-old accused, who then sexually assaulted her, he said.

Her younger sister, who was with the athlete, informed the matter to her parents, who then rushed to the spot.

The New India Express

Foul play alleged in Dalit woman’s death


Relatives of a Dalit woman who died suspiciously five months after her marriage, besieged a police station here on Tuesday, demanding action against her husband and his parents.

Sources said, R Sakuntala (27), the only daughter of Dalit couple Ramasamy and Kaliammal of Venganur village near Tirumanur in Ariyalur district, was married to M Senthil Kumar (30) of Varanavasi in Ariyalur.

Their marriage took place at Tirvanaikoil here on April 15, this year. It is said that soon after the marriage, the couple were living at Samayapuram No 1 tollgate here, with Senthil Kumar’s parents.

On Monday, Sakuntala died in a suspicious manner. Senthil Kumar and his parents told Sakuntala’s parents that she had committed suicide by hanging. Suspecting foul play, parents and relatives of Sakuntala gathered in front of the No 1 tollgate police station. They claimed that the woman must have been murdered by her husband and her in-laws, and later framed as suicide. Since the woman died within five months of marriage, Lalgudi special tahsildhar Jeyendrabanu Reddy, conducted an inquiry and held talks with the agitating relatives of Sakuntala.They refused to accept the body demanding the arrest of Senthil Kumar and his parents.

Following this, Senthil Kumar, his father Maruthi and mother Vijayarani, were secured by the police. Kaliammal, Sakuntala’s mother said there was no possibility of her daughter committing suicide. “She is very bold and will never take such extreme steps. We know her (Sakuntala) very well. It is undoubtedly a murder,” claimed Kaliammal.

News Updates 21.09.13

Violence on against Haryana Dalit women- The Hindu


Man held for attempt to molest girl- The Hindu


Four Booked for Raping Dalit Woman- Out Look


Dalit woman blames cop for suicide bid- The New Indian Express


The Hindu

Violence on against Haryana Dalit women


This is what a week in Haryana for a Dalit looks like — gang-rape of a Dalit woman at Luhari Ragho village in Hisar; gang-rape of Dalit girl at Gamra village in Hisar; attack on a Dalit basti at Talwandi village in Hisar where 10 people were injured; suicide by Dalit minor girl at village Kalayat in Kaithal district; caste-based atrocity with a Dalit boy in Hisar city; rape of Dalit girl at Pillukhera village in Jind and attack on a Dalit basti at Ballabhgarh in Faridabad district.

As atrocities against Dalit women in Haryana continue unceasingly, there is a demand to review crimes committed against them and declare atrocity-prone areas in the State under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

It has also been over three weeks since the alleged abduction, rape and murder of the 20-year-old Dalit girl from Jind and her autopsy report from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences is yet to be given to her family by the police.

“What is so secretive about the report that the police cannot share it with her family? Or are they waiting for orders from above to guide them in the matter?” asked a woman’s rights activist at the demonstration for justice outside Haryana Bhavan here.

“This is ridiculous. What is the understanding of governance in this country? All the governments should resign if they cannot provide security to their women. Daughters in Haryana have stopped going to school because of this incident. Where are we headed?” asked historian Uma Chakravarti.

“We have tried everything in this case with no results. What else should we do for justice and to make the authorities more accountable?” asked Asha Kowtal of the All-India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch.

Students from universities and representatives from civil society organisations handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister’s Office. They demanded the activation of the defunct State Commission for Women in Haryana and ensuring that the Haryana State Legal Services Authority provides legal aid to survivors and families.

The Hindu

Man held for attempt to molest girl


  1. Krishnappa (33) of Beckily village near Bagalur was arrested on charges of alleged attempt to molest a 13-year-old girl.

Police sources said that the man intercepted the girl while she was on her way home at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The girl, out of fear, suffered an epileptic seizure. Seeing her condition, the man fled the spot.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by the girl’s mother, All Women Police have registered a case under section 354 (assault on woman with an intention to outrage her modesty) of Indian Penal Code, Section 11 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act read with Section 3 (1) (ii) of SC/ST Act. Further investigations are on.

The accused was arrested and produced before the Hosur Judicial Magistrate I. He was remanded in judicial custody for 15 days and has been lodged at the Hosur Sub Jail, police said.

Out Look

Four Booked for Raping Dalit Woman


Four persons have been booked on charges of rape and criminal intimidation on a complaint lodged by a Dalit woman, police said today.

The 27-year-old victim in her complaint lodged with the police alleged that she had been repeatedly raped over last several months by three brothers – Daljit Singh, John and Rishi – all residents of Chachoki village.
She alleged that her 5-year-old daughter was also made captive by Kamaljit Kaur who forced her to have physical relations with the three accused, who were Kaur’s sons.
The victim alleged that the accused wanted to push her into flesh trade. The accused were absconding, police said.

The New Indian Express

Dalit woman blames cop for suicide bid


A 28-year-old dalit woman attempted suicide by consuming sleeping tablets as she was upset over alleged derogatory words used against her by a woman inspector of All Women Police Station in Cuddalore. She is undergoing treatment at the government hospital.

S Pramila, of Koothapakkam in Cuddalore, married Sriram, a brahmin and native of K K Nagar in Chennai in December, 2011. It was an arranged marriage.

The suicide note said, “My husband is a drug-addict and he always drinks alcohol. I came to know about this after one month of our married life. He has illicit relationships with many women. Yet I lived with him for one year in Chennai.”

The note alleged that her in-laws and her husband’s aunt tortured her for dowry and used derogatory language citing her caste.

Pramila complained about the same to the AWPS in Cuddalore a few months ago. She blamed inspector Amudha for not conducting a fair investigation and using derogatory words and intimidating her. The matter was forwarded to district social welfare officers. The social welfare officers said that there was not any dowry problem.

When contacted, Inspector Amudha said, “At first, she gave the complaint to me. Since it was a dowry case, social welfare officers investigated. Again, she lodged a complaint. I tried to reconcile the couple but failed. Sriram’s family approached IG Kannappan with a petition. Then the matter went to the DSP.”

News Updates 23.09.13

Minor Dalit girl shot dead in Muzaffarnagar- Zee News


Zee News

Minor Dalit girl shot dead in Muzaffarnagar


Muzaffarnagar: A 15-year-old Dalit girl was shot dead allegedly by some unidentified men at Harjmajpur village in Shamli district, police said on Sunday.

The girl had last evening gone to a hand pump near her house in Harjmajpur village to fetch water when some unidentified men shot her dead, Additional SP Atul Saxena said. PTI

News Updates 24.09.13

Dalit girl raped by known persons, no arrest yet in Haryana- The Hindu


The Hindu

Dalit girl raped by known persons, no arrest yet in Haryana


SHO of Ellenabad station refused to register rape complaint

Rubbing salt into their wound, the Station House Officer of a police station in Haryana’s Sirsi district refused to register a complaint of rape made by relatives of a 19-year-old Dalit girl, who was gang-raped on Saturday allegedly by three boys from the dominant caste, all known to her. None of the accused has been arrested yet.

In fact, “when the girl mentioned the names of the boys, a woman police officer intimidated her into not revealing their names,” said Rajat Kalsan, advocate with Human Rights Law Network, who gave her version of the incident.

The first B.A student was was waiting at a bus stop on her way to college when the three boys, riding a car, offered to give her a lift. But they took her to an isolated spot and took turns to rape her. Then they drove to another location and were attempting to rape her again when one of the boys got a call on his cellphone.

“The caller said the relatives of the girl had gone to the police and they [the boys] might get into trouble,” Mr. Kalsan told The Hindu. On hearing the phone message, the boys forced her to take a sedative and drove off.

The girl’s relatives later found her unconscious at a secluded location and went to the Ellenabad police station but the SHO refused to register a complaint of rape. When the relatives and local activists protested, an FIR was filed under Section 365 (kidnap) of the Indian Penal Code.

The girl was then taken to a hospital in Sirsa for medico-legal inspection, where, according to the advocate, she was subjected to a two-finger test. The Supreme Court has held the conduct of this test on victims of sexual assault intrusive and advised the government against it. People accompanying the girl were horrified and decided to take her to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Rohtak for an examination. Mr. Kalsan said he would move the High Court if the the police tried to scuttle the case.

News Updates 25.09.13

Girl abducted from Sheopur, raped- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Girl abducted from Sheopur, raped


BHOPAL: An 18-year old girl was abducted from Sheopur district and taken to Jaipur where she was raped for more than 10 days by two persons. Wife of one of the accused had also helped in the crime.
A police team from Sheopur rescued the girl from Rajasthan on Sunday night, following the complaint of her parents.
Police said that the girl a resident of Kumhar Mohalla was taken to Saganer area in Jaipur, Rajasthan after making her unconscious by accused Pawan Rajjak, resident of Giriraj Ghat area in Sheopur town and Rashid, resident of Mewada village.

Wife of accused Rashid, Pooja also helped in the crime, said police.

She used to keep guard on the girl when the accused were not present, police said.

In her complaint the girl said that she was on her way home on September 13, when the accused made her smell something after which she became unconscious and then they took her to Saganer in Jaipur.

There she was kept confined in a room and the accused took turns to rape her, she alleged.

A missing person complaint was made by parents of the girl on September 13. Last week the girl somehow managed to make a call to her mother and narrated the incident, to her.

The kin then informed police and a team rushed to Jaipur to rescue the girl, said sources. Police have registered case and launched a hunt to nab the accused.

News Updates 26.09.13

Immolation bid by dalit woman foiled- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Immolation bid by dalit woman foiled


RAJKOT: Police prevented a 52-year-old dalit woman from immolating herself outside the district panchayat office in Rajkot on Wednesday.
Shantaben Vadher of Aji dam chowkdi is employed as a health worker in primary health centre at Sardhar.

She came with kerosene cans to the district panchayat crossroads at around 11 am and tried to immolate herself.
The police had prior information about her plan and there was heavy deployment at the spot. The cops prevented her from taking the extreme step.
Sources said that she was allegedly being mentally harassed by her co-workers and verbally abused over her caste. She has also alleged that she was recently transferred to Chitravad village in Jamkandorna taluka of Rajkot district without any reason.
“I presented my case to senior officials but no one took any action in this regard. Therefore, I decided to take this step,” she told the police.

News Updates 27.09.13

Ex-BJP leader gets life term for rape of Dalit girl- The Hindu


The Hindu

Ex-BJP leader gets life term for rape of Dalit girl


Victim’s relative who facilitated crime awarded 10-year jail.

A former BJP leader, Pramod Gupta, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court on Thursday in a 2008 case of gang rape of a Dalit girl. A relative of the victim, Ashok Kumar, was awarded 10-year jail by the Additional District and Sessions Judge for having facilitated the crime on April 19, 2008.

Ashok Kumar lured the girl to a hotel on Rajpur Road on the pretext of a meeting with an official who would get her government job.

There Gupta and a few others raped her.

The Congress, then in the Opposition, staged several demonstrations seeking action against Gupta.

“The verdict has come as a victory of a poor girl over a powerful demon. It will serve as a deterrent to those who feel that they could get away with anything on the strength of their power or wealth,” said activist Renu D. Singh, with whose help the rape survivor is now pursuing law.

The Samadhan Dalit Women’s Helpline and rape crisis intervention centre, of which Ms. Singh is chairperson, not only convinced the girl to pursue higher studies but also got her married to a boy of her own choice in her community at a function attended by parents and relatives from both sides.

News Updates 02.10.13

Eight held for gangrape of minor Dalit girl- The Hindu


The Hindu

Eight held for gangrape of minor Dalit girl


The police arrested eight people on the charge of gangrape of a minor Dalit girl recently. While four accused are known to the victim, the other four accused are strangers, the police said.

According to the complaint, the main accused 19-year-old Umesh Kangude on the pretext of attending a function in the neighbourhood village took the victim, a 16-year-old Dalit girl to the nearby Dedar Gaon dam and gangraped her along with his friends.

“The boys had planned to rape the girl and therefore under the pretext of visiting their relatives in the neighbouring village took her to an isolated spot near the dam and took turns in raping her,” said Chandrakant Gavali, the investigating officer of the case.

The boy photographed the girl and threatened to upload the clip on the Internet if she dared to complain to anyone. They then abandoned the girl and left. The ordeal of the girl did not end there. While the victim was returning home she was stopped by a bunch of labourers who witnessed the girl being raped by the men and they also took turns in raping her.

The case came to light when the police were interrogating some labourers who were picked up in connection with a dacoity case.

“A dacoity took place on September 28 and therefore we had detained these labourers in connection with the case. They narrated the story during the interrogation. We checked our records but there was no case registered but since the girl was threatened we suspected she won’t come forward. We then activated our Mohalla community network who told us that the boys visited the spot on September 24.. We rounded up the boys and cracked the case,” added Mr.Gavali. The girl narrated her ordeal only after she was counselled, the police said.

All the eight accused have been booked for gang-rape under various sections of the newly constituted the Protection of Children against sexual offences as (POCSA) Act and that of the Prevention of Atrocities Act.

They have been remanded to police custody until October 5.

News Updates 03.10.13

Mehsana stays suspension of Dalit woman sarpanch- The Indian Express


The Indian Express

Mehsana stays suspension of Dalit woman sarpanch


Mehsana district administration has stayed implementation of a no-confidence motion moved against a Dalit woman sarpanch of Chadasana village of Becharaji taluka, while holding that the gram panchayat did not follow prescribed rules to suspend the sarpanch.

Chadasana is a Samras Gram Panchayat where the villagers adopt selection method to form gram panchayat instead of election. And the woman sarpanch has alleged caste-based discrimination against her by majority upper caste members of the panchayat.

The Dalit woman sarpanch has been identified as Santok Solanki. According to the details, Solanki was selected as the sarpanch of the village in December 2011 under the Samras Yojna of the Gujarat government where instead of electing, villagers select the sarpanch and other members of the gram panchayat. And in turn, the panchayat gets special benefits from the state government. The seat of sarpanch was reserved for the Scheduled Caste as per the roster of the state government then.

The all women panchayat of Chadasana consists of six members apart from the sarpanch. Apart from Solanki and one other Dalit woman, rest of the members are belonging to “upper castes”.

According to Solanki, she did a number of developmental works in the village and her opponents did not like that. And so, she alleged that they started discriminating her on the basis of her caste and ultimately moved a no-confidence motion in August this year. Before that, Solanki had made representations to various authorities seeking help against the discrimination she was being subjected to.

In August, the gram panchayat moved the no-confidence motion against Solanki. And based on the motion, the panchayat passed a resolution suspending Solanki as sarpanch, while handing over charge to the deputy sarpanch.

Solanki has challenged her suspension before the Appeal Committee of the Mehsana district panchayat. She has contended that the panchayat had not given her any hearing at all in spite of the fact that she had submitted written submissions. She has also taken a ground that the panchayat did not follow the rules of voting prescribed under the Panchayat Rules, while registering the votes on the no-confidence motion.

Last month, chairman of Appeal Committee of Mehsana district panchayat, J L Patel, stayed the implementation of the suspension order passed by the Chadasana Gram Panchayat against Solanki. In his order, Patel has observed that prima facie it appears that the voting procedure did not take place as per the rules. He has also observed that it was necessary for the panchayat to give Solanki hearing before passing the impugned resolution of suspending her.

News Updates 04.10.13

Neighbour held for abduction, rape of minor girl- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Neighbour held for abduction, rape of minor girl


NEW DELHI: A 14-year-old girl was allegedly abducted and raped for two days by a youth from her neighbourhood, police said on Thursday.
The girl was rescued last night and the youth, identified as Vikas (22), was arrested on Thursday after the victim’s medical report confirmed rape, police said.
The teenage girl, who lives in New Ashok Nagar, Block B, had gone missing last Tuesday after stepping outside her house, following which an FIR was lodged.
“Vikas, who lives in the girl’s neighbourhood, too, was missing since Tuesday. After it was learnt from sources that he was holding the girl captive in the Shashi Garden area of Pandav Nagar, a raid was immediately conducted and the girl rescued,” police added.
The girl in her statement told police that the accused, a who is a labourer by profession, allegedly raped her several times during the last two days.
After her medical report confirmed rape, a case under Sections 363, 376, 342 of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered.

News Updates 06.10.13

Woman abducted, gang-raped- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Woman abducted, gang-raped


BHOPAL: A 29-year-old tribal woman was allegedly abducted on gunpoint form Chhatarpurand gang-raped continuously for a month by four persons in captivity in Delhi. The survivor reached Chhatarpur on Saturday and lodged a police complaint against the accused. She has been disowned by her husband and in-laws, said sources. The survivor is a resident of Gadasadna village and a missing person’s complaint was lodged by her father on August 30.
“She has named four persons in the case. Efforts are on to arrest them,” said Chhatarpur SP Lalit Shakyawar.

News Updates 07.10.13

Minor dalit girl raped in Haryana village- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Minor dalit girl raped in Haryana village


CHANDIGARH: A dalit girl studying in Class-X has been raped by an upper caste jat boy in a village of the Jind district in Haryana.
Identified as Raj Kanwal alias Sandeep alias Kannu (19) , the accused, who is also a resident of the same village has been arrested. A case under sections 342,376, 506 of IPC, section 6 of POSCOAct and various sections of SC/ST Act has been registered against him at Aleva police station.
DSP Safidon, Virender Singh said that the medical examinations have confirmed that the victim was subjected to abuse. “further investigations are in progress and the accused will be taken to the place where he raped the victim,” Singh said.
According to police the incident took place on September 25 when victim was returning home to have food during school recess. As she reached near a shop, the accused, who is Jat by caste , allegedly dragged her and took her to a room behind the shop.
“The accused not only abused her but also threatened her of dire consequences if she narrated the incident to anybody or any family member. Since victim’s father had returned home on Saturday, hence she narrated entire incident to him who approached police today for lodging the case,” the DSP said further while referring to delayed filing of FIR.
Since the girl comes from dalit family and she had been abused, hence the addition of charges under POSCO Act as well as SC/ST Act had to be added.
Contrary to the denial by DSP, it has been alleged that boy’s family had been pressurizing the victim’s family to withdraw its complaint. It was only after the villagers met the Jind SP B S Rana, the police started the investigations after registering the case. Victim’s family as well as other dalit families of the village had threatened to migrate to some other place.

News Updates 08.10.13

arrested for gang-raping Dalit woman in Odisha- Hindustan Times


Hindustan Times

3 arrested for gang-raping Dalit woman in Odisha


The police on Monday arrested three persons for allegedly gangraping a Dalit woman a day earlier in Odisha’s Cuttack district.

The incident triggered outrage in the area with locals blocking a state highway demanding action against the culprits and free medical care and compensation for the victim.

The three accused accosted the 28-year-old divorcee on Sunday afternoon when she was working alone at the small vegetable farm owned by her parents on the outskirt of their village, about 30 km east of Bhubaneswar.

They dragged her to a secluded place and raped her, the police said.

Villagers found the unconscious woman in a critical condition in the evening, informed the police and admitted her in the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

“There are serious injury marks on her private parts indicating that she was raped by more than one person.

We immediately started a search operation and arrested 38-year-old Gundicha Samal, 26-year-old Abhaya Pradhan and 30-year-old Krupasindhu Jena,” said sub divisional police officer Ramesh Panigrahi.

The accused persons are engaged in local liquor trade.

News Updates 10.10.13

Atrocities against Dalit women occur more in south: study- The Hindu


The Hindu

Atrocities against Dalit women occur more in south: study


Madurai, Tirunelveli, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Theni and Dindigul recordeda higher number of crimes against Dalits

Over the past five years, Tamil Nadu has witnessed a sharp rise in atrocities against Dalits, especially in Madurai district.

According to a recent study carried out by Madurai-based NGO Evidence, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Theni and Dindigul recorded the highest rate of violence and crimes against Dalits, especially women, among the districts

The report reveals that, except for the Dharmapuri violence in November 2012, Dalit victims have not been compensated or rehabilitated across the State over a period of 18 years.

The NGO studied 124 cases registered under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989, between January 2009 and August 2013 in 25 districts of the State. The victims in all these cases were women. The cases included 45 cases of physical assault, 36 rape cases, 17 sexual harassment cases, eight attempt to rape cases and 16 murder cases. The findings showed that of the 16 murder cases, only one resulted in conviction.

“After the Dharmapuri incident, 20 case studies were done by the NGO. In most cases, the government had blamed the victims for not reporting the crimes, whereas the victims blame the police for not registering cases,” said A. Kathir, Director, Evidence.

Mr.Kathir pointed out that a police officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police should conduct the investigation into any case of atrocity against a Dalit. Instead, many officers delegated the responsibility to their subordinates, the NGO director quoted Dalit victims as saying.

He pointed out that as per Section 4 of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, any district collector or senior police officer who failed to fulfil his duty could be punished. “A majority of the rape victims asserted that they were not subjected to proper medical examination,” he claimed.

Despite several representations made to the district collectors, superintendents of police, chief secretary, and officials of the Adi Dravida Welfare Department, no action had been initiated against the suspects in most cases, the report said.

The study found that the families of the Dalit victims were neither rehabilitated nor provided relief by the government. When there were provisions for providing a government job to one of the victim’s family members, or for offering a consolidated monthly pension of Rs.3,000 or granting agricultural land to the victim, less than one per cent of the victims’ families might have benefited from this rehabilitation.

The study recommends that those who intervene or interfere in cases involving atrocities against Dalits should be detained under the Goondas Act.

The other recommendations include appointment of a woman SP to probe into cases involving Dalit women, training programmes to sensitise police personnel to human rights and investigation of Dalit-related issues, formation of a grievance cell comprising Dalit advocates to deal with complaints of police inaction, a Government Order to initiate action against erring police officials, inclusion of syllabus on untouchability and equality for women in schools; and provision of job opportunities for Dalit women in rural areas.

The study also suggested the setting up of a monitoring committee comprising social activists, journalists and advocates in every district to deal with crimes against Dalit women, a directive to officials to take suo motu action in cases involving Dalits; and a minimum relief amount of Rs.10 lakh for victims of sexual harassment and Rs.5 lakh for victims of violence.

News Updates 12.10.13

Two accused of raping a Dalit girl escape from police custody- IBN Live


IBN Live

Two accused of raping a Dalit girl escape from police custody


Two boys, accused of raping a girl, escaped from police custody after giving cops a slip at a roadside eatery near Sehore in the wee hours on Friday, police said. The two accused, Kheru (20) and Babloo (28), were taken by the police from Guna to Indore for some investigation, they said. While they were returning to Guna, the duo, who were handcuffed, slept at the food joint on Indore-Bhopal road near Sehore at around 2 am along with four policemen escorting them, but they were found missing in the morning, police said.
Both of them had been arrested by Guna police sometime back for allegedly raping a Dalit girl, police said, adding that they were taken to Indore for a probe as they had sold the victim’s jewellery over there. A case has been lodged in this regard, police said, adding that a search was on to trace the duo.

News Updates 19.10.13

Dalit woman alleges police inaction- The Hindu


The Hindu

Dalit woman alleges police inaction


A 56-year-old Dalit woman, allegedly intimidated and abused by caste Hindus over a land dispute in Kodangipatti village under Palamedu police station limits, has complained of police inaction.

According to the complainant, Rajammal, she was alone at home on September 22 when Swaminathan, his son Venkatesan, and another person barged into her house and attempted to kill her for refusing to part with her property. With the help of her brother, Lohidasan, she lodged a complaint with the Palamedu police on October 4. The police registered an FIR against the trio under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

However, no arrests have been made so far. “Since the accused belong to the upper caste, the police officials have turned a blind eye to my family’s suffering,” Lohidasan contends.

It is alleged that Swaminathan sold 48 cents of land to Rajammal in 1998. But the following year, her family left the village, along with other Dalit families, in the wake of caste clashes. However, the property remained in her possession, though no sale deed was registered in her name for over a decade.

“Taking advantage of the situation, the accused had transferred the patta of the land to his name without the knowledge of Rajammal and threatened her family to vacate the land,” said Sivalingam, Rajammal’s lawyer.

When contacted, Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan said the complaint appeared to be “exaggerated.”

News Updates 23.10.13

Caste Hindu abuses Dalit women, held- The New India Express


The New India Express

Caste Hindu abuses Dalit women, held


A caste Hindu man was arrested for allegedly abusing two dalit women and calling them by their caste name in a derogatory manner, at Vallanadu near here on Monday.

Police said that Mariselvam, a dalit resident of Seidhunganallur, was running a hotel on highway at Vallanadu with the help of his wife Rajeshwari (36).

On Monday, Rajeshwari and Lakshmi, a worker at the hotel, went out to attend to the call of nature when Mari, Murugan and Esakki, all caste Hindus, allegedly tried to molest them.

When the women retaliated, the trio verbally abused them by calling their caste name. Soon a heated argument ensued, in the course of which Mari allegedly slapped Rajeshwari injuring her.

Later, Rajeshwari lodged a complaint with Murappanadu Police station. Thoothukudi Rural DSP, Narayanan filed a case under section 294(b), 323, 506 (ii) of the IPC and section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Harassment of Women Act and arrested Mari.

News Updates 27.10.13

Haryana: Severed Head, Limbs of Dalit Girl Found- Out Look


Out Look

Haryana: Severed Head, Limbs of Dalit Girl Found


The body of a 13-year-old Dalit girl, kidnapped on October 20, was found with severed head and limbs, which were recovered from different areas of Khedi village of Mahendergarh district.
The torso of the girl was found on October 24 and a day later her severed arms were recovered, according to police.
Her head was found today in the Ateli area, about 50 kms from here, they said, adding the minor’s post mortem was conducted at PGIMS, Rohtak.
The Class VII student was kidnapped by unidentified persons on October 20 and four days later her torso was found, triggering protests by the family members and villagers.
Seeking a high-level probe into the matter and the arrest of assailants, irate villagers blockade on the Ateli-Behror road yesterday and continued with the protest today.
The protest was called off following a request of DSP Jaipal Singh, who assured of a speedy action into the matter.

A case of murder was registered and probe initiated into the matter, police said.

News Updates 28.10.13

Dalit maid raped in Haryana , gives birth to child – India TV


India TV

Dalit maid raped in Haryana , gives birth to child


Sirsa: A 20-year old Dalit woman delivered a baby boy on Saturday morning in a civil hospital in Haryana’s Sirsa district.
The woman has alleged that she was raped and as a consequence she became pregnant.
The victim has alleged that she was raped by a landowner, Baljit Singh, from Jagmawali village on September 12. The victim registered her case before an advocate, Mamta Bana and reported that she worked as a maid at Baljit Singh’s house. On that fateful day, while she was cleaning, Singh dragged her into a room and raped her.

Singh had threatened the victim of dire consequences if she did not remain tight lipped about the incident. After the victim was sent for a medical examination by Kalanwal police, the victim turned out to be pregnant. The accused was sent under police remand following the court orders. The accused was also booked under SCST act.

The victim demands a DNA test to be conducted on her new born son which can be used as evidence to prove that accused Baljit Singh is the father of her child.
If the DNA tests prove that Baljit Singh is the father of the child, in that case the child will become liable to receive as much share of his property as his legitimate children will receive.

News Updates 31.10.13

Two rape accused arrested- PTI



Two rape accused arrested


Moga (Pb), Oct 31 (PTI) Police today arrested two persons for allegedly raping a 15-year-old Dalit girl in the district over a month ago.
The accused — Angrez Singh and Manpreet Singh of Mahesari Sandhwan village — were arrested, a day after Dera Sacha Sauda followers protested against the inaction of the district police.
The girl is the daughter of a Dera follower.

News Updates 03.11.13

Minor dalit girl raped in Faridabad- The Times of India


16-year-old Dalit girl abducted- Zee News


The Times of India

Minor dalit girl raped in Faridabad


FARIDABAD: A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped here by a youth in the Nehru Colony area of the district, police said.
According to police, the youth, who is a neighbour of the victim’s, allegedly committed the rape at his residence.

After raping the minor dalit girl, the accused threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident, they said, adding that an investigation is on in this regard.
Meanwhile, in a separate case in the district, a woman has accused three persons, including a couple, of kidnapping her minor daughter.
The woman has complained that one Rinku, a neighbour, had kidnapped her 17-year-old daughter with the help of a couple.
In another case, a woman has accused her in-laws of harassing her for dowry in Garg Colony inBallabhgarh area of the district.
A case has been registered in this regard and a probe is on, police said.

Zee News

16-year-old Dalit girl abducted


Moga: A 16-year-old Dalit girl has been allegedly abducted by five persons here, police said on Satuday.
A case was registered yesterday on the complaint of the girl’s father.

In his complaint, the girl’s father, a resident of Jiwan Nagar, has alleged that his daughter, a student of Class X, was kidnapped on October 31 while she was returning from school.
He has accused five persons, including two women, of kidnapping his daughter.
Two of the accused have been identified as Harpreet Singh and Shinder Kaur, while the identity of the three others has not been disclosed.

News Updates 05.11.13

Two minor dalit girls raped in Bhagalpur- The Times Of India


Tribal woman gang-raped- The Hindu


The Times Of India

Two minor dalit girls raped in Bhagalpur


BHAGALPUR: At the time when people across the globe were busy celebrating diwali, two minor dalit girls (one studying in class eight and other in class six in a middle school) were raped by two middle aged persons near Asuraha village under Chandan police station in Banka district. One of the accused is 45-years old and the other is of nearly 34-years, said sources adding both the accused persons are close relatives (brother-in-laws).

According to sources, the victims were kidnapped while they were returning to their village after collecting fire woods on Sunday evening. The victims were taken away on a two-wheeler to a remote place on seeing them without any senior member and were raped by the kidnappers, said sources adding the kidnappers had also threatened the victims of dire consequences if they informed the police.
Confirming the incident, the Banka SP Pushkar Anand said that the victims in their statements said that they were kidnapped by Manjul Ansari (resident of Karmatand village) and Inamul Ansari (resident of Asuraha village). The victims, in their statements before police, narrated that they were raped by the duo and were abandoned at isolated spot, said the SP adding the victims were recovered by police on being informed by local people on Monday.
Statements of the victims have also been recorded in the court under section 164 of CrPC, said the SP adding the victims have been sent for medical examination besides for pathological tests. FIR against the accused persons has been lodged and Manjul Ansari (one of the accused) has been arrested and police is looking for the other accused, the SP added saying police have taken the matter very seriously and will see that justice is done to the victims.

The Hindu

Tribal woman gang-raped


A married tribal woman was allegedly gang-raped by five persons on last Sunday, but she reported the matter to police after one week of the incident. The incident took place in a remote forest village on the outskirts of Donkarai village on the borders of East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.

According to Rampachodavaram DSP Chaitanya Kumar, the 21-year-old woman was sent for medical tests to Rajahmundry government hospital by police after registering a case against the five accused under Section 376 D Criminal Amendment Act 2013, Section 341, 506 read with 149, Section 3 (2) (v) of SC, ST Act. The accused include one Sheik Kishore (25), Pangi Raju (23) and three others. The accused have been taken into custody.

The DSP said that last Sunday (Oct.27), the woman left for her mother’s house from Donkarai, which is about 4 km by walk to get firewood. On the way, she was waylaid by Kishore and Raju who took her to nearby bushes where three others were present. All the five gang-raped her after threatening her, the DSP said. “It is practically difficult to reach the spot where the rape had taken place and the entire terrain is not accessible. We are trying to elicit more information about the accused ,” he said.

News Updates 08.11.13

Taunted in college, Haryana dalit rape survivor writes to National Commission for the Scheduled Castes- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Taunted in college, Haryana dalit rape survivor writes to National Commission for the Scheduled Castes


HISAR: A dalit gang rape survivor has accused the Hisar district administration and her college of being indifferent to her suffering. In a letter written to the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes (NCSC), she has alleged that she was forced to stop going to her institution after being taunted by other students belonging to upper castes.
NCSC north zone director Raj Kumar Channena has assured the survivor that her allegations will be probed and he would take up her case with the administration.
The dalit girl, who was raped by a group in Dabra village of Hisar district, told TOI, “The Delhi gangrape victim was taken to Singapore for treatment as her health deteriorated, but I am still being treated at the general hospital here. There is no proper medical facility provided to me despite my poor health.”
She further alleged that she had stopped going to her college for the past three weeks as some upper caste students had used filthy language against her. “I even informed the college principal about it, but all in vain,” she added.
Accusing the administration of callousness, she said four persons accused in the case had been acquitted on May 3 and alleged that her family was receiving threats from them. “We have been given a gunman for security, which is not enough. My family is suffering a lot,” she said.
A dalit activist and her lawyer Rajat Kalsan said the district authorities had assured job to a family member of the survivor, but the promise was yet to be fulfilled.
When contacted, Channena said, “I have just received the complaint via e-mail. I am studying its contents and will issue a notice to the authorities to look into the matter and address the girl’s concern at the earliest.”

Sep 9, 2012: A minor dalit girl gang-raped by 10 upper caste men of Dabra village
Sep 18: Survivor’s father commits suicide
Sep 19: Police register a case of rape, abetment to suicide and committing atrocities on a person from a Scheduled Caste
Sep 23: Autopsy of survicor’s father at civil hospital, Hisar
Jan 9, 2013: Accused chargesheeted
Feb 4: Witness in the case appears in court
May 2: Arguments completed in the court
May 3: 4 accused held guilty and 4 others acquitted

News Updates 09.11.13

Gang-rape victim faces taunts at college- PTI


Dalit rape victim writes to Schedules Castes commission- One India



Gang-rape victim faces taunts at college


Hisar, Nov 8 (PTI) Faced by taunts and harassment at her college, a 17-year-old Dalit gang-rape victim has alleged that she continues to be a victim of humiliation and apathy despite a year since she was raped by four men.

One India

Dalit rape victim writes to Schedules Castes commission


Hisar, Nov 8: Unable to take the insult anymore, a dalit gang rape survivor in Haryana wrote to the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes (NCSC) for justice. She has accused the Hisar district administration and her college of being indifferent to her suffering, reports Times of India. In a letter written to NCSC, the girl has alleged that she was forced to stop going to college after being taunted by other students belonging to upper castes. NCSC north zone director Raj Kumar Channena has assured the survivor that her allegations will be probed and he would take up her case with the administration. Upper caste students at college used filthy language against the girl The dalit girl, who was raped by a group in Dabra village of Hisar district, said “The Delhi gangrape victim was taken to Singapore for treatment as her health deteriorated, but I am still being treated at the general hospital here. There is no proper medical facility provided to me despite my poor health.” She further alleged that she had stopped going to her college for the past three weeks as some upper caste students had used filthy language against her. “I even informed the college principal about it, but all in vain,” she added. Accusing the administration of callousness, she said four persons accused in the case had been acquitted on May 3 and alleged that her family was receiving threats from them. “We have been given a gunman for security, which is not enough.

My family is suffering a lot,” she said. A dalit activist and her lawyer Rajat Kalsan said the district authorities had assured job to a family member of the survivor, but the promise was yet to be fulfilled. When contacted, Channena said, “I have just received the complaint via e-mail. I am studying its contents and will issue a notice to the authorities to look into the matter and address the girl’s concern at the earliest.”

News Updates 10.11.13

Dalit woman raped in Bhopal- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit woman raped in Bhopal


BHOPAL: Search for her missing husband landed a young woman in net of a rapist on the streets of the state capital.
Failing to hear from her husband working here for three long months, the 26-year-old woman travelled with her new-born all the way from Rajgarh in his search. New to Bhopal, the dalit woman managed to find the shop were her husband worked. Promising to take her to her husband, the shop-owner instead took her to a house where he threatened to kill her daughter if she resisted and raped her.
The incident took place on November 7. A case was registered in Jehangirabad police station on Friday.
Around three months back, the woman’s relative had called her husband to work in a meat shop in Barkhedi area here. Since the woman could not contact her husband ever since he reached Bhopal, she came to the city and started search of him. When she found the meat shop where her husband worked, its owner Nafees Qureshi asked her to wait and told that her husband would come in some time.
Later, the shop-owner took her to a house on a bike and committed the crime. When she objected, he hit her daughter, beat the woman and threatened to kill her daughter.
The accused fled the spot after the incident while the woman managed to approach the police and got a case registered. The woman says she has no clue of the location where she was taken.
Besides, rape case, the woman also lodged a missing person report about her husband. The accused has been arrested.

News Updates 11.11.13

16-Year-Old Dalit Girl Raped by Youth in Muzaffarnagar- Out Look


Bihar: Dalit girl’s rape, murder triggers violence- Hindustan Times


Out Look

16-Year-Old Dalit Girl Raped by Youth in Muzaffarnagar


A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth at Joli village in the district, police said today.
The Dalit girl had gone to collect water from a public handpump yesterday when the youth took her nearby on some pretext and raped her, they said.
A complaint has been lodged by the father of the girl against the youth, who is absconding.
The girl has been sent for medical examination, police added.

Hindustan Times

Bihar: Dalit girl’s rape, murder triggers violence


An angry mob attacked police on Sunday after an 11-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and then murdered in Vaishali district of north Bihar.

The body was found on Saturday night in a wetland at Khapura village, 1km from the victim’s native Harpur Gopal village.

The class-4 student is suspected to have been gangraped before she was killed. Police are waiting for the postmortem report to confirm the rape.

The child had gone missing three days ago, said Vaishali superintendent of police (SP) Suresh Prasad Choudhary.

“She had gone out of her house to buy a packet of incense sticks to be used for the Chhath festival (which concluded on Saturday), but did not return,” the SP said.

On Sunday, protesters resorted to stone-pelting and gheraoed the Bidupur police station, about 40km north of state capital Patna.
Four police personnel were injured in the stone-pelting.

Some protesters even lobbed crude bombs. One person, identified as Sudhir Paswan, sustained splinter injuries and was admitted to the Hajipur Sadar hospital.
Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the mob and riot police were brought in from neighbouring police station areas.

The protesters were pacified only after Vaishali district magistrate Jitendra Srivastav announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the victim’s kin and the SP promised that the culprits would be nabbed soon.

He said so far a woman had been arrested in connection with the murder while eight people were held for rioting.

The SP said the arrested woman ran a toddy shop, where criminals used to assemble.

He said police had lodged an FIR against the rioters.

This is the second time in less than two months that the Bidupur police station was assailed by the public protesting a rape.

In late September, the police station was attacked with stones and a police vehicle was set afire by a mob protesting the gangrape of two minor girls in another Bidupur village.

Locals alleged that the culprits in this case were yet to be arrested.

News Updates 17.11.13

Teacher rapes Dalit girl at Bhiwani village school- Hindustan Times


Angry over girl’s ‘rape’ by teacher in Bhiwani, villagers lock school- Related StoryThe Tribune


Another gang-rape- The Tribune


‘Attitude change imp to fight cases of violence against women’- Zee News


Hindustan Times

Teacher rapes Dalit girl at Bhiwani village school


A Bhiwani village school-teacher has been booked for allegedly raping a Dalit girl on the school premises.
The accused, Shiv Charan, a Sanskrit teacher at the government school at Nigana Kalana village under Tosham police station of Bhiwani district, allegedly committed the crime on November 6.

According to details, the victim, 16, stopped going to school after November 6 and when the family asked her the reason behind this, she did not say anything.

The police said she reported the matter to her mother on Friday alleging that the accused had raped her after he asked her to bring water for him into a vacant room. When she went there, the accused committed the crime and threatened her against reporting it to anyone, she alleged.

On Friday, the kin of the victim reached the school and reportedly manhandled the accused teacher, following which the police had to intervene. Protesters locked down the school and demanded the immediate arrest of the accused.

The Tosham police said a case under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC, SC/ST Act and the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act had been registered against the accused. The police said they were trying to arrest the accused.

Meanwhile, school headmaster Ramesh Kumar told reporters that he would write to the authorities for a departmental action against the accused.

Related StoryThe Tribune

Angry over girl’s ‘rape’ by teacher in Bhiwani, villagers lock school


The Tribune

Another gang-rape


Bhiwani: A Dalit student of Industrial Training Institute in Tosham town of Bhiwani was allegedly abducted and gang-raped by four youths at her native Pataudi village on Saturday evening. Three of the accused have been identified as Vikram, Sunil, residents of Pataudi village, and Chhotu from a neighbouring village. The victim’s family members reported the matter to the Tosham police. Hunt is on to arrest the accused. — TNS

Zee News

‘Attitude change imp to fight cases of violence against women’


New Delhi: In the wake of increasing cases of violence against women and children, especially in rural areas, a Dalit women’s rights body on Saturday said women belonging to lower sections are most vulnerable and an attitude change in the society can correct the problem.
“There are certain characteristics of sexual violence committed on women from the marginal section in rural areas that are uncommon in urban spaces of the society,” said Asha Kowtal from All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM).

Kotwal claimed that perpetrator in such cases are mostly upper class men and age-old practices of parading women naked, treating them as ‘witches’, harsh verbal abuse, forceful consumption of excreta among other things are still performed to degrade the victims.
“Whenever there is progression of any form in the backward communities, like girls going to school or seeking jobs, rape and abuse cases start cropping up,” she said.
Noted actress and celebrity advocate, UNICEF, Nandita Das said, “I feel its a double whammy for the marginalised women. She is a victim from two aspects, firstly because she’s a woman and then that she belongs to a certain section of society.”
The actress is known for her role in movie ‘Bawandar’, based on real life rape case of a dalit woman named Bhanwari Devi.
The condition in the urban spaces is not any better, claimed social activist Kalpana Vishwanath from ‘Jagori’, an NGO.
“There is a silence over the sexual abuses especially domestic violence and violence in public places. This silence must be broken,” she said.
Kalpana has also co-founded a smartphone application named ‘Safetipin’, which crowdsources and maps information about safety in neighbourhood and cities.
The panel also included Dora Giusti, Child Protection Specialist from UNICEF, Anju D Pandey from UN Women, Pamela Philipose from Women’s Feature Service, Mannika Chopra and Aruna Singh from IWPC.
A panel discussion on ending violence against women and children was organised by Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC), UNICEF and UN Women.


News Updates 18.11.13

Accused in Dalit girl rape case still at large- Hindustan Times


Hindustan Times

Accused in Dalit girl rape case still at large


A Sanskrit teacher, who was booked by the Bhiwani police for allegedly raping a minor Dalit girl at Ningana Kalan village, continues to be at large.

As per details, Shiv Charan, a Sanskrit teacher at Ningana Kalan government school, had allegedly raped a Class-10 girl on November 6, after he called her to a vacant room on pretext of bringing water for him. After the incident,the victim stopped going to the school and did not reveal anything to her parents. When the family insisted, she broke down in front of mother on Friday and narrated the incident that occurred on November 6.

Her family reached the government school and manhandled the accused and demanded his immediate arrest. The police had to intervene and pacify the protesters by assuring them of speedy action in the case.

The protesters also demanded transfer of two other teachers of the same school, which was assured by school headmaster.

Bhiwani civil surgeon Dr Ram Chandra said the rape could only be confirmed after report comes.
On the arrest of the accused, Bhiwani SP Mithesh Jain said the matter is under investigation and police are doing their job.

News Updates 20.11.13

Deaf, mute dalit widow molested by caste Hindu trio in Thoothukudi- The New Indian Express


The New Indian Express

Deaf, mute dalit widow molested by caste Hindu trio in Thoothukudi


A 36-year-old differently-abled dalit widow, was allegedly molested by a caste Hindu trio, who also abused her using her caste name, at Thoothukudi on Monday.

Sources said that Amutha, widow of Mariappan and a resident of T Saveriapuram here, was both deaf and dumb. After the death of her husband Mariappan seven years ago, she was living with her father, Sakthivel, who worked as a watchman.

On Monday evening, she, along with her 13-year old niece, Kanagavalli, took her goats for grazing to a field on the western side of the Komaspuram village.

While she was herding the goats, a caste Hindu trio closed her mouth with their hands and forcibly took her away. When she resisted their attempts, they abused the woman using her caste name, according to her niece.

Kanagavalli, who was alarmed by the brutality of the trio, rushed to Thalamuthunagar police station and informed about the ‘kidnap’ of her relative.

When police rushed to the spot, the trio fled the scene leaving the woman in the same place.

However, police managed to catch two of them. They were identified as Selvam (36), son of Munisamy, and Saravanamuthu(23), son of Shanmugavel, both from Davispuram in Thoothukudi. The third person, Lakshmana Kumar, son of Soundarapandi, took to his heels.

A case has been filed against the trio under various sections of the IPC and 3(1)(XI) of SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Subsequently, police arrested the two persons. On Tuesday morning, during a search police arrested the third person, Lakshmana Kumar.

News Updates 21.11.13

Dalit woman in Rajkot gang raped, two held- DNA



Dalit woman in Rajkot gang raped, two held


A 21-year-old married dalit woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by two persons on Tuesday evening at an abandoned railway quarter in Rajkot. Two persons have been arrested in this connection, police said.

According to police, Gulam Mohammed Katariya alias Guliya, who recently came out of jail, and Sultan alias Latif, were arrested late on Wednesday evening for raping the dalit woman.

“We have arrested two persons and soon the other two, Imtiaz alias Bado and Kishore Koli, will also be arrested,” commissioner of police, Rajkot, HP Singh, said.

The woman, in her complaint, stated that she was abducted by Guliya and three others while she was returning home with his brother-in-law (husband’s younger brother).

“They attacked my brother-in-law with a knife and forcibly took me to an abandoned railway quarters behind the fast track court building on a motorcycle. There Guliya and one of his friends raped me,” the woman said in her statement before the police.

Guliya was arrested and sent to jail under PASA (Prevention of Anti-Social Act). A few weeks ago he was released from jail.

Incidentally, before abducting and raping the woman, the four were on a rampage near Morbi Road of the city.

In an inebriated state they ransacked a mini-truck by breaking its wind screen and also attacked one person who tried to stop them. The incident took place around 5 on Tuesday evening.

News Updates 24.11.13

Minor Dalit girl raped in Sonepat, 2 arrested- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Minor Dalit girl raped in Sonepat, 2 arrested


CHANDIGARH: A 14-year-old Dalit girl from Sonepat district was allegedly kidnapped and raped by three while police arrested two in this connection.

The victim, a class VIII student from a village in Sonepat, was allegedly kidnapped and raped by the trio three weeks back and the incident came to light when the girl’s father lodged a complaint with the police yesterday.

“Police arrested two main accused, aged 18 and 19, from Sonepat last evening. One more, a minor, is at large, and we will nab him soon,” SSP Arun Nehra, adding, that both the accused, also from the Dalit community, were being questioned while the victim was produced before a Magistrate and her statement was recorded last evening.

Asked if the accused had prepared a video film of the act and threatened the accused, Nehra said, “Investigations are on and we will look into all allegations. The accused will be dealt with as per law.”

The incident, happened, three weeks back when the victim was returning home from school and was allegedly kidnapped by the three and raped. The trio had threatened the girl of dire consequences before dumping her on the roadside, the victim’s father alleged in his complaint.

News Updates 26.11.13

College student held for rape- The Hindu


The Hindu

College student held for rape


Police have arrested a college student on charges of raping a 14-year-old Dalit girl, who is five months pregnant, at Kolandi village near Kalayarkoil in the district.

All Women Police, Sivaganga, arrested M. Govindaraj (21) on Monday under Section 376 of Indian Penal Code and Section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA), 2012, for sexually abusing the girl, studying class X in a local government school, for nearly a year.

He was produced before District Sessions Judge S. Thangakani who directed the police to detain him at the Borstal school in Thanjavur as he was below 21 years, police said.

  1. Vimala, Sub-Inspector of Police, who enquired into the matter, said Govindaraj, studying third-year B.Sc., was in love with the girl and had been sexually abusing her for nearly a year. The girl became pregnant and it came to light early this month when her school teacher noticed and informed her parents.

Without informing the police, the two families tried to sort out the issue by asking the boy to marry her. As he refused to marry her and bought her tablets to abort the pregnancy, Ayyavu, the girl’s father, a goat herd, lodged a complaint with the All Women police on November 11.

The boy, who was evading police enquiry for the past 10 days, appeared before the police on Monday and offered to marry the girl, police said. However, when the police brought the issue to his notice, N. Sivakumar, District Probation Officer, Department of Social Defence, advised the police to register a case against the boy and arrest him.

The marriage could not be solemnised any way as the victim was a minor, he said.

Even if it was consensual sex, the boy was liable to be arrested as the girl was a minor, he told The Hindu .

If the case was compromised, the police could be proceeded against for failure to record the case, and the parents of the victim for failure to report the case under POCSOA, he warned.

News Updates 29.11.13

Fearing threat to life, Dalit woman seeks gun licence- The Hindu


The Hindu

Fearing threat to life, Dalit woman seeks gun licence


Apprehending threat to life and property, a Dalit woman on Thursday petitioned to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes here seeking its help to obtain a gun licence.

  1. Sudha of Veppamarathur village in Dharmapuri district has alleged harassment and repeated threats to her life even as the police have provided her with a round-the-clock security cover.

The woman claimed in her petition that three years ago she got married to Suresh, who belongs to the Vanniyar community.

After Dalit villages in the district were allegedly attacked by Caste Hindus, following the sensational Ilavarasan-Divya marriage in 2012, her family was ostracised from the village. Even her husband’s family was not allowed to draw water from the common tap or enter the temple.

Having suffered social boycott, Ms. Sudha lodged a complaint with the Bommidi police, who registered a case under the provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989. Since no action was taken against the accused, she filed a petition in the Madras High Court, which directed the Dharmapuri district administration to provide adequate protection to the petitioner.

Alleging that some Caste Hindus continued to harass her and her family members, the victim said she was also accused of attacking and abusing some men.

Though the issue was taken to the notice of government officials, they only acted in favour of the Caste Hindus, she alleged.

News Updates 30.11.13

Give security to Dalit woman, Commission tells DGP- The Hindu


The Hindu

Give security to Dalit woman, Commission tells DGP


The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has asked the State Director-General of Police to ensure adequate security to S. Sudha, the Dalit woman of Dharmapuri district, who had sought the commission’s help in obtaining a gun licence.

“The victim claims that she was continuously harassed and threatened by Caste Hindus. We have written to the Tamil Nadu DGP asking him to provide adequate security to Ms. Sudha and her family,” C. Chandra Prabha, an official in the National Commission for Scheduled Castes here told The Hindu on Friday.

Ms. Sudha, who married a Vanniyar man three years ago, had alleged threats to life and discrimination on caste basis. In her petition to the commission on Thursday, she said criminal cases were foisted on her and family members. Making an appeal for withdrawal of the cases, she sought action against the erring officials under the provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989.

Referring to the death of Ilavarasan, the Dalit youth of Dharmapuri who married Divya, a Vanniyar girl in 2012, the woman feared suicide or suspicious death in the family and sought protection.

When contacted Dharpmapuri Superintendent of Police Asra Garg said adequate security was given to the woman and her family as per the directions of the Madras High Court. Ms. Sudha could not be reached for her comment despite several attempts.

It would be pertinent to recall that Ilavarasan-Divya marriage in 2012 triggered to caste violence in Dharmapuri and other parts of Tamil Nadu. The issue came to the Madras High Court on the basis of a habeas corpus petition filed by the girl’s mother. After Divya announced that she would prefer to live with her mother, the body of Ilavarasan was found along the railway track in Dharmapuri on July 4, 2013. Police filed an affidavit in the court that Ilavarasan had committed suicide.

News Updates 02.12.13

Shocking: Six professors thrashed for gang-raping ‘dalit girl’ for four months, five get life term Daily Bhaskar


Daily Bhaskar

Shocking: Six professors thrashed for gang-raping ‘dalit girl’ for four months, five get life term


Ahmedabad/Patan: In a case of gang-rape of an 18-year-old Dalit girl by her teachers, Gujarat high court on Saturday awarded life term to five accused while reduced the sentence of one of the convicts.

The high court observed that a gruesome crime had been committed on the girl that traumatised her to the extent that she suffered from frequent bouts of fainting. So, this was certainly a case of crime where no leniency was justified.

After hearing the appeal against the sentence by the six convicts, a bench, comprising Justice Aqil Kureshi and Justice ZK Saiyed, confirmed the sentence of life imprisonment given to Kiran Patel, Ashwin Parmar, Suresh Patel, Mahendra Prajapati and Manish Prajapati.

While Atul Patel, the sixth convict in the crime, the HC observed that since he was engaged in only one crime and not involved in the conspiracy or the act of gang rape, he was charged under Section 376 and sentenced to a 10-year-rigorous imprisonment.

In 2009, Justice SC Srivastave of a special fast track court had declared all the six guilty and sentenced them for life.

In 2007 and 2008, a Dalit girl was repeatedly raped over a period of four months by her professors at the government primary teachers’ training college in Patan.

The victim is one of the five children of a landless agricultural labourer, the accused were thashed by locals for perpetrating the crime.

News Updates 03.12.13

Dalit minor gang-raped in Bihar, critical- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

Dalit minor gang-raped in Bihar, critical


SHEIKHPURA: A seven-year-old Mahadalit girl from Bihar’s Sheikhpura district was on Monday hospitalized in a critical condition two days after two people gang-raped her while she was sleeping at home.
SHO Ravikant said the girl and her five-year-old brother live with their grandmother, an octogenarian who suffers from hearing impairment and other physical infirmities, while her parents stay in Patna.
The girl told police she was sleeping when the two, covering their heads, raped her.
The SHO said quacks were treating the girl before she was rushed to hospital as her condition deteriorated. “Her relatives reported the case to police late Sunday evening and she was brought to hospital for treatment and examination on Monday.”
He said the girl’s condition was stable and will be produced before a magistrate on Tuesday to record her statement.

News Updates 04.12.13

Odisha: Dalit Woman Raped, One Arrested- Out Look


Out Look

Odisha: Dalit Woman Raped, One Arrested


A 25-year-old dalit woman, mother of two children, was raped at Patalipanka village in Marshaghai police station of Odisha’s Kendrapara district.
The accused who has been arrested committed the sexual assault by trespassing into the house and after tying the victim last night, police said.
The offence was committed in the absence of male members of the family, the police said.
“The accused Jayaram Mallick was arrested under IPC sections 376, 557, 342 and 506. He has confessed to the crime. Both the victim and the accused were medically examined,” Inspector Marshaghai police station, Sushanta Patra, said.
The accused would be forwarded to the court tomorrow, he said.

News Updates 07.12.13

MIT’s dalit girl student refuses to withdraw case – The Times Of India


The Times Of India

MIT’s dalit girl student refuses to withdraw case


The writer has posted comments on this articlePriti Nath JhaPriti Nath Jha,TNN | Dec 7, 2013, 04.12 AM IST

MUZAFFARPUR: The Dalit student of MIT, Shomna Sagar, on Friday refused to withdraw the case against eight girl students and the hostel warden as the college authorities failed to give a written guarantee to the police for her protection on the campus. Sagar lodged the case under various sections of IPC and SC and ST (Protection of Atrocities) Act when she was denied a bed in the three-seat room of the girls hostel by her batchmates.
The officiating principal of MIT, P C Gupta, called her father, Shankar Paswan, on Friday for “counseling”. A three-member committee of the college tried to persuade Paswan to withdraw the case for the sake of restoring peace on the campus. But when Paswan wanted a guarantee of his daughter’s protection and its intimation to the police, the meeting ended in deadlock. The MIT principal, Kumar Surendra, presently in Patna, said the girl’s father had been called to help the college run in a peaceful manner. He refused to acknowledge that the invitation letter contained any objectionable comment on the girl’s character. But the girl’s father claimed that through the letter, the college administration had blamed his daughter’s character.

He admitted that a Dalit student was helping his daughter seek justice for the torture she has suffered.
Sagar informed that she is living in the same room which was allotted to her initially. The two other girls who stayed in the same room have already shifted to another room and hence she feels that girls of other communities have not yet relented over the caste issue. She reiterated that so long the college does not give a written guarantee on her protection, she will not withdraw the case.
Her father said the college authorities and some students warned his daughter repeatedly to withdraw the case or face consequences. “Any pressure would have no result so long a guarantee letter is not issued to the police by the college administration,” he added.
Forty five girls have written to the college that they are not ready to share room with Sagar. While the college administration is in a fix, DM Anupam Kumar spoke to the girl’s father on Friday evening and to the principal on Saturday for thrashing out the problem. SSP Saurabh Kumar, meanwhile, said the case was under investigation.

News Updates 11.12.13

Youths abduct minor Dalit girl, burn her face- Business Standard


Business Standard

Youths abduct minor Dalit girl, burn her face


In a shocking incident, two youths allegedly abducted a minor Dalit girl and burnt her face with matchsticks over some enmity with her family in Khurrampur village, about 21 km from Rewari.
The eight-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by Jag Ram and Pawan, who were later joined by their associate, Kala Jat, on December 8. The trio allegedly burnt her face at a deserted place using matchsticks, police said today.
The accused committed the crime over some enmity with the minor’s family, they added.
Later, when the girl narrated her ordeal to her parents, her father Mukesh Kumar yesterday filed a complaint following which the police registered a case of abduction, causing grievous hurt by means of a blazing substance, unwelcome physical contact and under the SC/ST Act against Jag Ram, Pawan and Kala Jat.
The medical examination of the minor was carried out yesterday at the community health centre of Bawal. Police said efforts were on to arrest the accused.

News Updates 12.12.13

3 booked for torturing dalit girl- The Times Of India


The Times Of India

3 booked for torturing dalit girl


REWARI: Rewari police booked three persons, including a father and son, for allegedly torturing an eight-year-old dalit girl by burning her face with matchsticks in Bawal village of Rewari district. Jagmal and his son Pawal and their accomplice Kala were also booked for their bid to sexually assault the girl.
According to a complaint by victim’s father Jagmal, Pawal and Kala had stopped his daughter when she was on her way to school and burnt her face with matchsticks and tried to rape her. However, the girl had managed to escape.
Police said that the girl’s medical examination had been conducted at a local general hospital and a case has been registered.

News Updates 14.12.13

Man Dumps Dalit Girl After Affair, Held- The New Indian Express


The New Indian Express

Man Dumps Dalit Girl After Affair, Held


A youth was arrested on Friday for luring a 23-year-old Dalit girl into a physical relationship after promising marriage and later cheating her.

Ramya (name changed) of Kagithapattarai in Vellore, and J Selvaraj (27), a Vanniyar of Vadugansathu in Arni, fell in love when they were working at a textile showroom at Tollgate in Vellore in 2009. On learning about their relationship, the showroom owner sacked them. However, they continued their relationship, said the police quoting the girl’s complaint. Selvaraj had promised to marry Ramya and lured her into a physical relationship.

But recently he stopped meeting and talking to her.

Ramya, who learnt that Selvaraj was going to get married to his relative’s daughter on Thursday, went to the marriage hall and demanded that he marry her. The bride’s parents called off the marriage after knowing about his relationship with Ramya. After Selvaraj refused to marry her, Ramya approached the All Women Police in Vellore and lodged a complaint. Police filed a case and forwarded it to the DSP of District Crime Record Bureau and in-charge of Vellore, V M Ganeshan, who inquired into the case and arrested Selvaraj.

“Selvaraj’s parents said they were not aware about his affair with the girl,” said the DSP. Police registered a case against Selvaraj under section 417 (punishment for cheating), 376 (rape) read with 3 (1) (XI) and (XII) of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989. He was remanded to the Vellore Central Prison for Men.

News Updates 15.12.13

NCSC issues notice to officials in Dalit girl attack case- The Hindu


The Hindu

NCSC issues notice to officials in Dalit girl attack case


The NCSC has also requested officials to ensure protection to people from Scheduled Caste

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has issued a notice to the Director General of Police, Dharmapuri District Collector and the Superintendent of Police to furnish the action-taken report against those responsible for the December 4 attack on the family of Dalit girl who married a Vanniyar in Veppamarathur near Bommidi Pappireddipatti taluk.

In a letter faxed to the officials, D. Venkatesan, Director, State Office of the NCSC, also requested the officials to ensure protection to people from Scheduled Caste in the village. The commission enclosed the copies of the newspaper reports along with the copy of the representation submitted by G. Suresh, husband of the Dalit woman S. Sudha.

Mr. Venkatesan also pointed out that in spite of two earlier letters from the commission to take immediate and suitable action, the Dalit woman’s family was attacked. The woman approached the commission last month and sought gun licence for self- protection saying that the family was facing continuous boycott and discrimination and harassment from caste Hindus.

News Updates 18.12.13

Spurned ‘lover’ arrested for murdering dalit woman- PTI



Spurned ‘lover’ arrested for murdering dalit woman


Jind, Dec 17 (PTI) A youth was arrested for the murder of a dalit woman three months ago in Julana area here, police said today.
Anil alias Sonu was in a relationship with the woman, Manju, and when she refused to elope with him, he slit her throat and murdered her at her residence in Julana on September 4, Julana police station SHO Sahdev said.

News Updates 22.12.13

Mangalore: Rape of minor Dalit girl – Convict gets 10 years in jail- Daiji World


Daiji World

Mangalore: Rape of minor Dalit girl – Convict gets 10 years in jail


Mangalore, Dec 21: The second additional district and sessions court on Saturday December 21 sentenced a man to 10 years in jail for raping a Dalit girl.

On Friday December 20, Anil, a resident of Kutrupady, Puttur was held guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl twice, in October 2012 and January 2013.

The girl, daughter of coolie workers, was studying in standard 9th.

Judge Uma M G sentenced him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 8,000, which is to be given to the victim.

He was sentenced under IPC section 376(1) for 7 years of rigorous imprisonment and Rs 3,000 fine, under section 506 for 6 months imprisonment and Rs 1,000 fine, under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act for two years and Rs 1,000 fine, and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, for 10 years of imprisonment and Rs 5,000 as fine. Among them, the maximum punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment will be considered.

C Venkataramanay Swamy was the public prosecutor.

News Updates 25.12.13



The Pioneer



Depressed over panchayat’s diktat awarding just five slaps to an accused who tried to rape her, a 19-year-old Dalit girl allegedly tried to commit suicide in Pahasu area of Bulundshahr on Monday.

According to reports, a powerful resident of Sohi hamlet of Pahasu in Bulundshahr had called a village girl to work in his fields on Sunday. When the victim reached for work, the accused called her and tried to pull her in a secluded place to rape her. Luckily, the victim somehow released her from clutches of the accused and rushed towards her house and informed the incident to the family members.

Reports further said that the family took the matter to the village panchayat on Monday but instead of taking serious cognisance, the sarpanchs tried to bail out the accused after they awarded just five slaps to the accused. Disturbed over the incident the girl tried to to commit suicide by jumping into a canal here on Monday.

However, she was rescued by passersby. Local police claimed that they took cognisance of the matter and were trying to arrest the accused.

Meanwhile in another incident reported from Gorakhpur, a woman was allegedly attacked by a man for opposing lewd comments. Reports said that on Monday evening, the accused passed lewd comments on a woman when she was going to a bank with her mother-in-law in Sumersagar area of Gorakhpur. When she opposed, he pushed down the woman to ground and tore her clothes. When the victim’s mother-in-law raised an alarm, the accused left the woman and absconded.

Following the incident, the victim’s brother-in-law reached the accused’s house but he rang up the police and lodged a fake complaint against her kin. When the victim came to know about her brother-in-law’s arrest, she reached the SP city’s office and narrated the entire episode only then his brother-in-law was released. It may be mentioned that on Sunday also, in another such incident in Gorakhpur a girl was beaten-up by miscreants in Khorabar police station area for resisting their teasing bid.

News Updates 27.12.13

Madhya Pradesh SHAME: Five gangrape and burn the private parts of a Dalit woman- Daily Bhaskar


Five gang-rape 45-year-old woman, burn privates- Related story-The Times Of India


Daily Bhaskar

Madhya Pradesh SHAME: Five gangrape and burn the private parts of a Dalit woman


Bhopal: The recent gangrape of a 45-year-old Dalit woman in Harda district by five persons who then burned her private parts highlights the level of atrocities and discrimination faced by the dalits in the state.

The incident that happened on Saturday night came to light after a 45-year-old woman lodged a complaint with the police on December 25.

The victim alleged that she had gone to file a complaint at the police station after the incident but was turned away by the police who refused to file the FIR saying that she was lying.

Four days after the incident, the victim told the doctors at the district hospital as to how the police had refused to act on her complaint. The doctors then informed the police who arrested one of the five accused.

Investigations revealed that the incident had taken place in Singhanpur village and one of the accused, Ram Baksh (60), has been arrested while the other accused are at large. Ramesh Piplodia, station in charge of the Rahatgaon police station said that the victim in her complaint accused five people of abducting and gang raping her on the night of December 21. He also added that she had made the complaint on December 25.

Piplodia disclosed that of the five accused, three are of 60 years of age and barring the arrested person, other four are her relatives.

Piplodia disclosed that the medical examination of the victim have confirmed burning of her private parts and her hips were also branded.

Dr Manjusha Parate, who is treating the victim at the district hospital said that during interaction, the victim had told her that after the incident on Saturday she had gone to the Rahatgaon police station but her complaint was not entertained. The victim added that she came to the hospital after the pain became unbearable.

Dr Parate alleged, ‘‘The police registered the case after we informed them about it. Police didn’t entertain the complaint earlier as they kept saying she cooked up the tale.’’

However police sources refuted all charges against them saying that the victim, in the past had complained of molestation and it was registered. They added that if the police had registered her complaint in the past, there was absolutely no reason for them in refusing this time.

Related story-The Times Of India

Five gang-rape 45-year-old woman, burn privates


News Updates 30.12.13

Class XI student gang-raped by three in UP- Zee News


Zee News

Class XI student gang-raped by three in UP


Mathura: A class XI Dalit student was allegedly abducted and gang-raped by three men here, police said on Sunday.
According to the complaint lodged by the girl’s father, on December 26, while the girl was returning home from college, Annu along with his friends Rajesh and Lalit offered her a lift in his car, police said.
When she refused, they abducted and gang-raped her, they added.

However, the girl managed to reach her home in the Nagla Hansi area under Raya police station and informed her family.
The father of the girl alleged that when they approached the police on the day of the incident, their case was not registered and policemen did not even take the girl for medical examination.
He claimed that he then approached SSP Gulab Singh, after which the complaint was lodged.
Police said the case was registered against the accused today and the matter is being investigated.


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