Pune, January 11, 2012
Dalit woman paraded naked in Chavan's hometown
A 42-year-old Dalit woman was beaten, stripped and paraded naked by
five persons belonging to an upper caste at Mulgaon village in
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's hometown of Karad.
The incident occurred on Monday afternoon. Five persons have been
arrested so far.
An upper caste girl had eloped with the victim's son over a month ago.
Upset at this, the girl's parents and relatives assaulted the woman
publicly in the village in Karad taluka of Satara district, police
The victim said the police refused to entertain her complaint when she
approached them on Monday. "They told me that such incidents keep
happening in our community, and that they cannot do anything about
it," she told a television news channel.
Narrating the incident, she said: "The women pushed me to the ground,
took off my sari and started beating me up with chappals and a stick.
They pulled my hair. This continued for almost two hours."
With the help of Dalit activists, she was admitted to a hospital at
Karad on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday, five persons of the family which assaulted the Dalit
woman, including the girl's parents, were arrested. Patan Deputy
Superintendent of Police F.M. Naikwadi told The Hindu that the accused
were booked under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of
Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Speaking to reporters at Chandrapur, Home Minister R.R. Patil called
for a strict investigation. "All the offenders will be brought to
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