3 women detained for witch hunt in Tapi
The police have finally woken up and taken action in the Tapi witch-hunt case where a 38-year-old woman was allegedly branded a witch and brutally thrashed by her neighbours due to their superstitious beliefs. Mirror had reported about the police inaction in the case.
The local police have filed a complaint against three women for assaulting her. The action was taken after a senior IPS officer intervened to get the ball rolling. The victim was so badly bruised that the 181 Abhayam team, which went to her rescue, had to call an ambulance to treat her for her injuries. Mirror had spoken to ADGP Anil Pratham, the head of the Women and Child Cell for Gujarat, regarding the issue. PSI Pratik Amin of Valod police station said, “We have booked and detained the three accused in this case and sent them for a Covid-19 test. If it returns negative results, we will promptly place them under arrest.”
In the FIR, victim Ranjan Rathod stated that on July 24 morning, when her son had gone to Valod town, three women from the neighbourhood — Ratan Rathod, Manju Rathod and Tina Rathod —arrived at her residence with sticks. The FIR states that Ratan Rathod told the victim, “You are a witch and because of your activities, my son keeps falling off his motorcycle.” When the victim replied that she was not a witch and had nothing to do with the accidents of her son, the accused began hitting her with the stick.
When she tried to run away, she tripped and fell, following which, the three accused women ganged up on her and began hitting her. Manji and Tina then pulled her hair and continued thrashing her. The FIR alleges the three accused then dragged her to an electrical pole and tied her. The three accused have been booked Dr Rajul Desai, Member of the National Commission for Women, said, “The issue has been brought to our notice and the NCW will take a formal cognisance of this matter.”
Neeta Hardikar, a social activist with ANANDI NGO that works against witch-hunt IMG practices in Dahod and the Panchmahals districts, said, “Usually, the practice of witchhunting is not just based on superstition but has a more insidious motive of dispossessing women of their belongings and a patriarchal objective to discredit outspoken women in society.”
Dalit youth abused, assaulted in Bavla
A 23-year-old Dalit youth from Baldana village in Bavla taluka was allegedly abused and beaten up by some fellow Koli Patel villagers when he objected to their hurling casteist slurs at him. On Saturday, complainant Prakash Vegada was returning home when a 14-year-old boy belonging to the Koli Patel community allegedly passed casteist remarks against him. Vegada reprimanded the teen, who went home. Soon, the boy’s family reached his place and assaulted him for reprimanding him. Later a complaint was filed with Bavla police under IPC and the SC/ST Atrocity Act against the 14-year-old boy, his mother Induben, uncle Pravin and grandfather Jibhubhai Patel.
Courtesy : Ahmedabad Mirror