Tuesday, October 12, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalit woman raped for objecting to discrimination



Dalit couple killed for 'witchcraft'

DALTONGANJ: A dalit couple was killed at Jorapur village under Paton police station in Palamu district on Sunday night. The dalits were of the Bhuiyan community. The killers assaulted the two with a tangi (axe- like weapon.

Palamu SP A T Mathew said the couple was killed as villagers suspected them of practicing witchcraft by villagers. The barbaric killing of the two was the result of this superstition during Navratra, the SP added.

The deceased have been identified as Saheedi Bhuiyan and Samanti Bhuiyan. Both were in their fifties.

Mathew said Paton police have registered a case of twin murder and investigation in this connection is on.

Sources said three people who had their faces covered barged into the hut of the dalit family on Sunday night and took the couple away . Their bodies were found about 33 km away from here on Monday.

Read more: Dalit couple killed for 'witchcraft' - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/Dalit-couple-killed-for-witchcraft-/articleshow/6732535.cms#ixzz12Ce6Jz99

Dalit woman raped for objecting to discrimination

Hemender Sharma , CNN-IBN
Posted on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:18

Jait, Madhya Pradesh: A 50-year-old Dalit woman who had complained of being denied entry into a temple in Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh's village, Jait, about three months ago, has now alleged that she was raped by two men for speaking against the upper castes.

The woman had spoken out against discrimination by upper castes in Jait three months ago and that complaint had caused major embarrassment to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan since Jait is his native place.

The National Minorities Commission ordered an inquiry and Chauhan visited Jait soon after to declare that Dalits were being treated as equals. But now, three months after the issue was supposedly resolved, the same woman has alleged that she was raped and banished from the village because she had dared to complain.

She said, "Liladhar and Bimlesh these two men barged into my house, cut off the electricity and raped me. Now I have been forced out of the village. No one is registering my complaint. I have no where to go."

Seizing the opportunity to embarrass the Chief Minister, Congress took the victim to the state Director General of Police who in turn ordered an inquiry.

Aruna Rao, Inspector General of police said, "The DG has asked me to conduct an enquiry and we are looking into the complaint."

Chauhan so far has refused to comment on the woman's complaint even as efforts are on to reach a compromise.

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