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Woman stripped, beaten up in presence of cops in Bihar

Woman stripped, beaten up in presence of cops in Bihar

Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 17.07.14

Woman stripped, beaten up in presence of cops in Bihar- Zee News
Award Winning Virudhunagar Village Hasn’t ‘Cast’e It Away- The New IndianExpress
CBI Reveals New Twist in Badaun Case; Girls’ Families Hold Back Crucial- TIR
 ‘Couples going for inter-caste marriage should get protection’- The Hindu
Protest against Tsundur Judgment at AP and Telangana High Court- Two Circle

Zee News
Woman stripped, beaten up in presence of cops in Bihar

Patna: In yet another shocking incident, a middle-aged woman was stripped and badly thrashed by some unidentified men at a village in Bihar's Jehanabad district, just 50 kilometres away from the state capital, late on Wednesday night. 

Media reports on Thursday said that the incident took place at around 1:30 am in the intervening night of July 16 and 17 when some unidentified people barged into the house of Sangita Devi and forced her out of house. 

The attackers first vandalised her house and then stripped, kicked and punched the woman in front of her neighbours. 

What is even more embarrassing is that the entire incident took place in presence of some local policemen, who did nothing to save the woman. 

It has emerged that the woman was attacked in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a local youth Shakti Singh, who was involved in a land deal with Sangita Devi. 

The attackers alleged that the woman was involved in the kidnapping. 

The woman has sustained severe injuries and is being treated at the Bihar Medical College in Patna. 
With the national media taking up the issue, the Jehanabad SSP has assured that action will be taken against all those involved in the incident. 

The video footage of the incident will be examined by the police to identify the locals involved in the incident and appropriate action will be taken against them, the SSP said. 

Meanwhile, Bihar unit chief of National Commission for Women (NCW) Anjum Aara has strongly condemned the incident and called for stringent action against the culprits. 

Jehanabad Member of Parliament Arun Kumar has also criticised the incident and demanded strict action against those involved in it.

Bihar's ruling Janata Dal (United) spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan has expressed shock over the barbaric incident and assured that his government will ensure speedy justice to the victim. 

The incident once again raises the plight of women living in the rural areas of Bihar and UP where crime against them is on the rise despite several measures taken by the Central government to ensure their safety.

Few months back, two minor Dalit sisters were gang-raped and murdered in the Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident triggered a national outcry and evoked sharp criticism for the ruling Samajwadi Party government there.

The New IndianExpress

Award Winning Virudhunagar Village Hasn’t ‘Cast’e It Away

VIRUDHUNAGAR: At tea stalls in Soolakkarai village near Virudhunagar, the benches are reserved for caste Hindus. Scheduled Caste customers can sip the brew only seated on the floor.

Such discrimination in a southern district is not new. But what raises eyebrows over its prevalence in Soolakkarai is that only a couple of days ago the village was awarded `10 lakh after the Adi Dravidar Welfare Department declared it as an “untouchablity-free hamlet”.

A visit to the village on Wednesday brought to light disturbing instances of humiliation that the Dalits were being subjected to. “We are not allowed to enter the main streets. We are baffled as to who misled the officials into believing that we were living harmoniously,” said an Arunthathiyar local resident.

Panchayat president Muthuramalingam, who received the award MONEY however, claimed that over 500 inhabitants belonging to different communities were living equitably in Soolakkarai.

According to him, the Dalits were allowed to worship in temples, collect drinking water from the common tap and bury the dead in a common graveyard.

In reality, the village has four graveyards and Dalits are ‘banned’ from lighting firecrackers or playing traditional music during funeral processions.

However, the Dalits have built a separate temple for themselves as they are not allowed in other temples.

“If there is no untouchability, why does our village still have a colony (a local reference to Dalit communities),” asked a villager. The ‘colony’ inhabited by 30 Arunthathiyar families is located 1 km from the village.

“If we accidentally enter areas dominated by caste Hindus, we are beaten up,” an elderly resident alleged. Scheduled Caste villagers have to sit or bow before caste Hindus while conversing with them.

When contacted, Collector Hariharan, who had handed over the award money, promised to inspect the village and take necessary action.

TN Untouchability Eradication Front district secretary Gnanaguru said before selecting a village for the award, officials are required to hold a meeting of the Adi Dravidar Welfare Committee headed by the Collector.

“No such meeting was held here for the last two years,” he charged.

CBI Reveals New Twist in Badaun Case; Girls’ Families Hold Back Crucial

The horrific gang-rape case wherein two minor Dalit girls had been raped and murdered and were left hanging on a tree in a small village of the Badaun District of Uttar Pradesh is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

As soon as the CBI started investigating the matter, several inconsistencies in the statements of the families of the two young girls had been reportedly found dead, emerged.

The CBI that had been handed over the case amid a global outrage over an alleged gang rape and murder of two cousins, aged 14 and 16 years, has reportedly recovered the slippers of the older girl, being seen as crucial evidence in the investigation into their death.

The slippers had been found, sources said, after the girl’s family revealed under duress where they were. The slippers bore “physical marks,” according to sources, but did not elaborate what these where. They have been sent for forensic examination.

The CBI said that earlier, the family had allegedly withheld information on the whereabouts of a cellphone belonging to the older girl and about 20 days ago, gave it to the CBI in broken condition.

The CBI, reportedly suspicious about the family seeming to withhold information, has already administered a polygraph or lie-detector test on the parents of the two girls and the results are awaited.

The two girls had gone missing from their house on the night of 27th May, this year. At the break of dawn, the next day, their bodies had been found hanging from a mango tree in the village. Autopsies had confirmed that they were raped before they died.

The families have alleged that their daughters had been abducted, gang-raped and murdered by five young men of a family in the village. The families also alleged that the local police had refused to register an official complaint and act over it later on.

The families alleged that they were abducted, gang-raped and murdered by five young men of a family in the village. They also alleged that the local police had refused to act on their complaint the night the girls went missing.

All the five accused have been arrested and they too have been made to undergo polygraph tests as the case takes unexpected twists and turns and throws up more questions than answers.

 The Hindu

‘Couples going for inter-caste marriage should get protection’

In the aftermath of the Ilavarasan-Divya episode that led to the premature death of the former at Dharmapuri the acrimony against the Dalit community has assumed serious proportions.

Of late, the Dalits who marry girls of other communities with their full consent and their supporters have become the target of attacks.

Therefore, the government should frame suitable rules to give due protection to those who opt for inter-caste marriages, according to R.Murugappan, coordinator of the Social Awareness Society for Youths, a human rights forum.

Mr Murugappan told The Hindu that the fact finding team of his forum that visited the Asur village near Tindivanam, following a recent attack on the Dalit colony there over a love affair, came out with the revelations that the caste Hindus had become zero tolerant to inter-caste marriages.

He pointed out that the Union Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment had been giving FINANCIAL assistance to the State governments and the Union Territories to give incentive for inter-caste marriages in which one of the spouses belongs to Scheduled Castes.

The Tamil Nadu government too had been encouraging inter-caste marriages by giving away incentives ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 of which a part would be paid in cash and a major portion deposited in the National Savings Certificate.

Mr Murugappan said that however inter-caste marriage had become an anathema to the caste Hindus.

They have made it a habit to unleash violence against the Dalits who dare tie the knot to girls of other communities, by way of carrying out physical assault and ransacking their properties.

A human rights forum says that Government should frame rules to protect those who opt for inter-caste marriages

Two Circle

Protest against Tsundur Judgment at AP and Telangana High Court

Hyderabad: On Monday, the Tsundur Dalits Struggle Committee For Justice, comprising seventy-five people’s organization, protested against the Andhra Pradesh High Court judgment which released the twenty-one accused in the Tsundur Dalit massacre case. The protest was a part of the long struggle the committee has taken up. In the history of dalit movement, this was the first time a protest has been staged in front of a High Court demanding justice for the Tsundur dalits. All of the protestors taken into preventive custody and were released in the afternoon.

The Committee wanted to represent the issue to the Chief Justice of AP and Telangana High Court, but they were not given an appointment. Hence a press meet has been organized on July 15 against the same.

Activist T.Sandya said "We reject the Tsundur judgment and we will fight till we get the justice. We have been protesting against the judgment since it was pronounced. Under the leadership of Bojja Tarakam we formed the solidarity committee. Since its formation we have been giving several representations and have protested on several occasions. We have protested at the district collector office and have given our representation there. We also gave representation to the Governor and the Chief Minister. We demand to know who butchered dalits and threw their bodies in the Tungabadhra river. The High Court judge says there is no accused in the case then who has killed these dalits, we ask. Who will tell us? Will the police tell us or will the court tell us, who is responsible for the blood that flowed in the Tungabadra river? Even after the witnesses testified against the 21 accused, the Brahmanical judge did not yield. If the judgment is not taken back we will keep protesting for justice.

The Judiciary and police should be accountable for their action. This judgment only makes people lose their faith in the Judiciary."

Vimala Akka said "if we protest against the judgment, they come and arrest us. It is sad that even the High Court is supporting the culprits in Tsundur case. Dalits do not get justice anywhere."

On August 6, 1991 around 300 savarnas including Reddys and Telaga attacked dalits in Tsundur village. Eight dalits were brutally murdered, in which two bodies were hacked into pieces,packed in gunny bags which were then thrown in the Tungabhadra drain.

A charge sheet was filed against 219 people under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989. It was the first time in history a special court was formed. The Trial court convicted 21 accused and sentenced 35 accused for imprisonment for 1 year.

An appeal was filed against the Trial Court judgment in the AP High Court which pronounced the judgment releasing the 21, who were earlier convicted, on April 22, 2014. The state has filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court. Since the judgment was pronounced, activists across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are protesting it, asking who killed the eight dalits if none were found guilty?

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