Sunday, September 4, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Affair assault on dalit teen triggers protest

Affair assault on dalit teen triggers protest
TNN | Sep 3, 2011, 04.24PM IST

Hazaribag: A dalit teenager was confined to a room, his head was
partially shaved and thrashed for allegedly having an affair with a
Muslim girl at Guruwa village under Hazaribag Mufassil police station
area on Tuesday, creating resentment among the dalit families of the
area for the past four days.

Family members of the teenager, a Class X student of Amritnagar High
School, alleged that the boy was accosted by some 20 to 25 people led
by Md Rafique, the girl's father, when he was going to school and was

The mother of the boy alleged that her son was locked in a room for
more than four hours and was severely beaten up on Tuesday following
which he had to be admitted to the Hazaribag Sadar Hospital.

He has been shifted to the RIMS in Ranchi on Thursday when his
condition deteriorated. She also alleged that prior to his
confinement, the boy's head was partially shaved and he was paraded in
the village with a garland made of shoes for his alleged affair with
the girl.

The action by the relatives of the girl was protested by the Dalit
villagers, who said that if the boy was punished for his alleged
affair, the girl, too, should be punished for the same "offence" as
she was equally responsible. The girl, they alleged, was exchanging
letters regularly with the boy for the last few months. The villagers
demanded that action against the girl's parents and kin be taken under
the SC/ST act.

When the situation turned serious, a meeting was called with the
members of both the communities in the village. The relatives of both
the boy and girl attended the meeting. The village elders issued an
order asking the boy's family to leave the village and settle
elsewhere and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on them for the "offence".

Later, when the boy's father expressed his inability to pay such a
heavy amount, the "fine" was reduced and he was directed to pay Rs
3,000 .

Hazaribag SP Pankaj Kamboj said cases had been lodged by the parents
of the victim and girl's father. In addition, a separate case under
the SC/ST act was also registered with the Hazaribag Mufassil police
station following a complaint lodged by the boy's parents .

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