It is indeed a travesty that Dalit women, who are doubly disadvantaged for being Dalit and women, are most vulnerable to harassment, assault, oppression and humiliation. People perpetrating such crimes must be severely punished regardless of the faith of the perpetrators.
It is interesting that the Times of India link sent by Piyush talks about two cases where Dalit girls were gangraped. In one case, 3 caste Hindus were accused of the gang rape, while in the other case the accused where 4 Muslims.
The headline of the Times of India story also says "Two Dalit girls gangraped near Delhi" however, Mr. Piyush and his communal compatriots seemed to have consciously communalized that headline by altering it into "Dalit Hindu girl gangraped, set on fire by four Muslim men in Bulandshahr " to fabricate a Hindu/Muslim angle. A Dalit by defintion is not a Hindu as s/he is an outcaste and falls outside the pale of the Hindu varna system, so the very headline they have fabricated is a lie. They have also cleverly deleted all references to the other gang rape story mentioned in the very same article where caste Hindus raped another dalit girl in the same region, video taped that rape and distributed it widely over MMS!
Mischief mongers like Piyush have a part of their humanity missing! Rather than contemplating with soberness on the tragedy that has befallen on the doubly disadvantaged Dalit women, they see it as an "opportunity" to spin the issue and peddle hate against minorities! Piyush and his ilk know full well that Dalit women are raped, paraded naked, urinated upon and burnt by caste Hindus on a daily basis in India. If he doesn't believe so, I can send him a daily doze of such news articles. Piyush & company are also fully aware that the primary oppressors against Dalits are caste Hindus, not Muslims -- yet they choose to cherry pick stories involving Muslims, modify and distort them and amplify it to peddle their hatred.
For your reference, I am including the full text of the original article whose link Piyush has forwarded with distorted headlines and selected excerpts:
Two Dalit girls gangraped near Delhi
GREATER NOIDA: In two separate cases, two Dalit girls were allegedly gangraped in Greater Noida and neighbouring Bulandshahr town, police said on Wednesday.
In the first incident, four Muslim men abducted and later gangraped a 20-year-old Dalit girl of Lahugala locality. When the girl threatened to report the case to the police, the accused poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. The accused were identified as Saddam, Bhura, Sazid and Mazid.
She was taken to a local hospital from where she was referred to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. She is critical with 90 percent burns.
In another incident, Anuj Chaudhary and Lala - two locals of Gopalgarh locality in Greater Noida - gangraped a 15-year-old Dalit girl at gun-point when she went to relieve herself in an agricultural field.
Dalit gangraped, set on fire in western UP
Read more: Dalit gangraped, set on fire in western UP - The Times of India
GREATER NOIDA: Even as unprecedented security measures were put in place in western Uttar Pradesh before the Ayodhya verdict, a dalit woman was gang-raped and set on fire in Bulandshahr's Gulaoti area and a dalit minor was gang-raped at gunpoint in neighbouring Greater Noida.
The Bulandshahr victim sustained over 80% burn injuries. She has been admitted to a hospital in the capital and doctors say chances of her survival are bleak.
According to police sources, four persons abducted a woman from her home in Lahogla locality in Gulaoti on Tuesday evening. The four accused Saddam, Boora, Sajid and Majid are residents of two neighbouring villages. They took the woman to a secluded field in a village and raped her by turn.
Then, the four actually dropped the victim to her home threatening her to not inform the police. She told them she would get them arrested. Her younger sister had also been raped a few months ago.
Fearing imprisonment, the four men picked up a bottle of kerosene from the victim's house, poured it on her and set her afire. Police arrested two of the perpetrators, while two are absconding.
In the Gopalgarh area in Jewar in Greater Noida, a 15-year-old girl had gone to the fields to relieve herself on Wednesday evening when two Jat neighbours, Anuj Chowdhary and Lala, kidnapped her at gunpoint. They raped her at a nearby secluded spot. Both the men are absconding.
In another incident a 40-year-old dalit woman, who has five kids, was raped by 20-year-old Yogesh in Palenda in Greater Noida. The accused was known to the victim. The village panchayat gave her Rs 60,000 as compensation and tried to hush up the incident. When the victim was approached by police, she remained evasive.
--- On Fri, 10/1/10, Mike Ghouse <MIKEGHOUSE@aol.com> wrote:
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