Dalit woman gang raped

A married Dalit woman was reportedly gang raped on Sunday near here at Sripuram village in the limits of Sindhanoor town police station. Chandramma, wife of Anjaneya Harijan, was the victim.


According to the sources, on Sunday Shivappa Kabber, Narashimhalu, Murthy and Amaresh raped Chandramma when she had gone to collect firewood near the stream in sripuram village. They also threatened her. On a complaint lodged by Chandramma, a case has now been registered in Sindhanoor police station against all the accused.


A Dalit woman who went to collect sticks was reportedly sexually assaulted by three persons at Sripuram of Sindhnur taluk today.


The accused are said to be Shivappa Kabbar, Narasimhalu Murthy and Amaresh belonging to the same village. While she was returning back after collecting the sticks, the trio are said to have teased her. Later, they sexually assaulted her, according to the complaint filed.


Tension prevailed in the village and police have made elaborate security arrangements. The accused have been arrested and inquiry is being conducted.


ANOTHER CASE: Another incident of sexual assault took place at Vidyanagar Camp near Sirivar of Manvi taluk.


A woman, who was alone in the house, was sexually assaulted and threatened in case she disclosed the matter to anyone, according to a complaint filed.

For the past 374 days, Chatrabhai Savabhai hasn’t taken a break in his fight to get justice for his son. Even for his daughter’s wedding. She got married on Friday from the same shack in the compound of the Banaskantha District Collectorate in Palanpur that the 55-year-old has been living in for the past year, demanding that the upper-caste ”murderers” of his son be brought to book.


Chatrabhai moved into the shack the day a post-mortem on his son Easabhai blamed ”uncertain” causes for his death. Easabhai had gone missing three days earlier and his bloated, dismembered body had been found behind some bushes in Morikha village of Vav taluka, where the family lives.


”I will die here if I am not given justice but I will not move from here,” says Chatrabhai. ”Many Dalits are killed in our villages, but the upper caste killers go unpunished.”


Chatrabhai insists his son was done to death by some members of the dominant upper caste of the village, with whom he had had a fight, mentioning six names. On the day he disappeared, Easabhai had said he was going to another village with one of the men with whom the family has had a 15-year-old quarrel over a plot of land.


Chatrabhai points out that the post-mortem report said the left arm was missing, Easabhai’s eyeballs were out of their sockets, the lungs were blue and the second rib was fractured. ”And yet it says the cause of death was uncertain,” he says.


When his daughter Radhaben’s marriage was fixed, he decided it would be held in the shack. Some 50 Dalits gathered for the wedding on Friday, despite a ban on such gatherings in the collectorate compound. There was no music, no mehndi ritual. The bride wore a simple sari, and the baraat arrived just half an hour before the rituals began.


There was hardly any display of joy, with the ghost of Easabhai hanging over the ceremonies. Radhaben herself said: ”I am not excited at all. My marriage is being held here to bring my brother’s killing out in the open. How can I be happy?”


Collector M.K. Das, away to a shrine near Mt Abu on some “urgent work”, was unavailable for comment. But Deputy Collector M.B. Patel said Chatrabhai is being obstinate. ”We have found no evidence against the accused. It emerged that they were somewhere else when the alleged killing took place.”


Patel also alleges that Chatrabhai might be trying to get a more costly piece of land in compensation. ”He wants 10 acres of land, worth Rs 5 lakh, in another village against the Rs 5,000-worth plot we are offering in his own village in compensation.” About the wedding, Patel says: ”We tried to persuade him to hold the wedding in a hall, but he would not listen. But what difference will this (the marriage) make?”

Enacted in mainstream rural society, the mirch masala-laden script of this incident is attractive for the Badshahs of realistic parallel cinema.

However, the characters involved have kicked up a controversy involving the issue of protection of life and property vis-a-vis protection from and prevention of atrocities on Dalits.

Earlier this week, upper caste landlords from Chanaiyan-bandh village under the Mijhawlia police station handed over one Dasai Manjhi with a firearm to the local police. The Dalit was forwarded to jail on the allegation that he was felling timber of the landlord, Parmanand Shahi.

However, the incident soon took a sensational turn as hundreds of Dalits met the district magistrate, alleging perpetration of atrocities by upper caste landlords.

Manjhi, meanwhile, filed a complaint in the court of the chief judicial magistrate, alleging that he had been falsely implicated because he refused to work on the landlord’s fields on paltry wages. He has alleged that the Shahis dragged him out of their house, tied him to a pole and shaved his head. Further, the Dalit prisoner has alleged that one of the landlords forced Manjhi to drink his (landlord’s) urine.

Vinay Shahi, member of the zila parishad, has, meanwhile alleged that members of his family have been implicated in a false case at the instance of powers- that-be. “The local police found the case lodged by my family members prima facie true and forwarded the wrong-doer to jail,” Shahi alleged. “Dasai Manjhi was caught with firearms and was handed over to the police, he added.

The zila parishad member, however, alleged that provisions of the Dalit Atrocities (prevention) Act have been invoked only because his family protested against trespass and theft of its property.

West Champaran district magistrate Ravi M Parmar, meanwhile, told The Times of India that the local SDO had prima facie found the allegations to be true. “No one has the right to assault anybody in a civil society,” the DM said, adding the allegation of urinating in the Dalit’s mouth is “serious and alarming”.

The DM declined to be drawn into any controversy regarding the alleged misuse of Dalit Atrocities (prevention) Act. “The matter is before the court,” he said

The jogin system that perpetuates the sexual exploitation of young Dalit girls in the garb of tradition is a social curse that is widely prevalent in the Telangana areas of Andhra Pradesh. In the first major step towards their rehabilitation, 10 jogins were married in Nizamabad, as their children looked on.


Becoming a demure bride was something Lakshmi had thought would happen only in her dreams. When she was three, Lakshmi was made into a jogin by a symbolic marriage to God, which meant she could be exploited sexually all her life. Today, that has changed. “I never thought anyone will come forward. He came, so I am getting married,” observed Lakshmi.


Lakshmi like many others had been condemned to live the life of a jogin, who by social custom is a village asset and is not allowed to marry. The children of a jogin never have the father’s name.


Jogin women have the social sanction to beget children. According to the Indian Evidence Act, children are legitimately fathered only by a man to whom the mother is wedded or the two should be known to have been publicly living together.


Three other couples like Balamma and Raju, who have been living together and have children, have taken the brave step to legalise their relationship. “The exercise that was undertaken today is an attempt to change the mindset of the people, especially the women themselves that they can marry,” explained Ashok Kumar, Collector, Nizamabad district.


Though the administration has taken over the role of a parent in solemnizing the marriages, they have an arduous rehabilitation task ahead with as many as 5,000 jogins reported in Nizamabad district alone.

Hyderabad, Oct. 28: They may not have gone to school and may be toiling their guts away in abject poverty but the spirit to learn has seen these poor Dalit and tribal women emerge as a major economic force in the countryside. They will now embark on an IT journey by manning specially-designed Internet kiosks.


After creating a world record in thrift, women’s self-help groups are all set to change the face of rural Andhra by utilising information and communication technology. The kiosks will be utilised to reduce poverty and foster economic dependence among rural women.


The ICT project – a first of its kind in the country – will be taken up on a pilot basis in 50 villages covering the districts of Srikakulam, Adilabad, Anantapur, Chittoor, Mahbubnagar and Vizianagaram. It will be extended gradually to far-flung rural areas all over the State.


Each kiosk will be maintained by a village organisation consisting of 10 to 15 women self-help groups. The State-run Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty will provide the necessary support including development of software and training and loan assistance from banks to SHG members.


Chief Executive Officer of SERP K Raju told Deccan Chronicle that the kiosks would not only provide communication access in inaccessible areas but also serve as poverty alleviation agencies for those living below the poverty line in rural areas. The project would be ready within a month.


A notable feature is the development of software in Telugu. The SHG women will have access to the latest news, remunerative government prices for farm products, day-to-day prices of vegetables and fruits, mandal and village information and details about various government services.


According to Raju, the key aspect of this programme is provision of communication, education, e-governance and entertainment and improvement in the economic condition of the poor.


The programme also involves e-mail, chat, voice mail, voice chat, VoIP, focus on English and mathematics through Telugu, availability of important forms online, an online grievance system with the local administration, improving agricultural outputs and reducing input costs and other crucial information.


The investment in equipment is around Rs 40,000. The revenue stream for the kiosk is Internet usage, telephony – local and STD, movies on VCD. Even at the very basic levels, the break even for the kiosk is one year.

2 dalit girls raped

: Two dalit girls are undergoing treatment at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Hubli, after allegedly being raped by two youths, who have been remanded to judicial custody.


The accused are Mutanna Phakiraiah Iligera and Suleiman Babasab Nadaf, both 18 years of age.


The incident occurred on Thursday night, when the two girls went to the fields to relieve themselves.


Both the victims and the accused are residents of Hiremullalli village in Savanur taluka. It is said that Mutanna and Suleiman, who were waiting in the fields, dragged the two girls and raped them.


The Savanur police have registered a case and further investigation is on.