NCSC seeks detention of youth who beheaded 14 yr-old dalit girl under Goondas Act
Chennai: The National commission for scheduled castes (NCSC) has directed the Salem district administration to detain the youth, accused of beheading a 14-year-old dalit girl on October 22, under the Goondas Act. Dinesh Kumar, 27, a driver, was remanded and lodged in Salem prison.
After the intervention of the commission, which took suo motu cognizance of the case, the authorities invoked the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) act and Protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) Act against the perpetrator, NCSC vicechairman L Murugan told reporters in Chennai on Wednesday. “We have asked the authorities to detain him under Goondas Act,” he said.
The minor girl was beheaded by Dinesh Kumar on the night of October 22 in Sundarapuram Kattukottai village in Attur in Salem district. The youth stormed into the victim’s house with a sickle and hacked her, after pushing the girl’s mother aside. He dragged her out of her house and beheaded her, leaving her mother shell shocked
“The commission took up the case suo motu and ordered an inquiry. The district collector and superintendent of police (SP) have been asked to submit a status report to the commission,” he said. The victim’s family has been given an interim compensation of Rs 4,12,500 as per the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The district administration has also asked to take necessary steps to provide additional relief to the family under the act.
The commission has also asked the authorities to provide employment to one of the family members of the girl. As the murder is being probed under POSCO, the administration has been asked to file the chargesheet of the case in the Mahila Court within 15 days.
The commission said the fund meant for development of the SCs in Tamil Nadu has been diverted to other schemes. Unlike neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, TN does not have a separate scheme for the upliftment of members of the SC community.
Citing the diversion of funds allocated to procure eggs for children from SC community, he said that no penal action has been taken against the errant officials.