Saturday, December 12, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Dalit family sold for Rs 2.75 lakh in Rajasthan

Dalit family sold for Rs 2.75 lakh in Rajasthan
Kshitiz Gaur, TNN 12 December 2009, 04:34am IST


AJMER: A court in Rajasthan has asked the police to register a case
against an influential Rajput family in Ajmer district for allegedly
selling an entire Dalit family for Rs 2.75 lakh to a Tonk-based
furnace factory to work there as bonded labourers.

Mahaveer, his wife Sharda and their children Rakesh, Mukesh, Ghisalal,
Chitar and his wife Sajani were sold last year, but the incident came
to the fore when the family escaped from captivity. One year after the
alleged transaction, the seven members of the Dalit family escaped and
reached their native Sunariya village in Ajmer. They took refuge in a
jungle after they were brutally beaten allegedly by the Rajput family
members who also burned down their house. The court order came after
an Ajmer-based lawyer decided to take up their case.

On Friday, a court in Sarwar asked the police to register cases
against the alleged culprits, including Gopal, Bhupender, Prahalad and
Hanuman Bheel. ''Last year Gopal, Bhupender and Prahalad took us to
Tonk on a jeep and left us at the furnace factory. We had to work
there for 15 to 16 hours daily,'' recalled Mahaveer. He said factory
owner Mustakim Bajigar refused to pay any wages saying he had already
paid money. ''We used to get very less to eat and were not allowed to
go out,'' said Sharda.


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