Posts Tagged ‘Dalit women’

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.


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The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has directed the ADGP with commission to inquire, within three weeks, about an alleged kidnapping and beating case of two women of Tusse village, that took place last week and the alleged police inaction on their complaint.


In an alleged land grabbing case, some persons had kidnapped and beaten up the two women, Dalip Kaur and Balwinder Kaur, in Tusse village. The accused as well as the victims were Dalits and related to each other. Both the groups were already fighting legal battles over a piece of land worth Rs 1.5 lakh. Cases had been registered against both the parties earlier also.


The Jagraon police has denied the allegation of the alleged victims? family. It produced an FIR?s registered on their complaint. Mr Arvind Puri, SHO, Sudhar police station said the police was clean in the case and had acted according to the law and circumstantial evidence.


A copy of the PHRC orders said that Baljinder Singh of Tusse village had, in his complaint, to the PHRC, alleged that police had not acted on his complaint. The orders said the allegations were very serious and pertained to the inaction of the local police on the asking of a former MLA of the present government. The complaint was substantiated with the medico-legal reports of Dalip Kaur and Balwinder Kaur which revealed that the two had been subjected to torture. The facts mentioned in the complaint were brought to the notice of the Jagraon police but according to the complaint it did not address to the grievances of the complainant.


The orders said in the light of the serious offenses, it would be appropriate if the ADGP of the commission enquired into the matter. The ADGP had been accordingly directed to conduct this inquiry personally and could take the help of a police officer by deputing the DSP of this commission to forthwith visit the spot and to make enquiries into the allegations In this context he may also take into consideration the evidence the complainants may wish to give him. The officer would specifically give his findings as to why, if so, the FIR was not registered. He would consider taking the version of the concerned police officer also.


However, Mr Arvind Puri, SHO, Sudhar police station, said the police had taken timely action and reached the alleged crime site within minutes. He said on the complaint of the two woman and their relatives, a case was registered on October 23 under Sections 342, 506 and 148 of the IPC. He said seven out of the eight accused persons were arrested in this connection.


He said the accused party had claimed that they had been wronged and the allegations levelled by the two women were false. He said the police in an unbiased role had registered a case on their complaint also.

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