Sunday, January 15, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalit youth's family seeks protection

Dalit youth's family seeks protection
TNN Jan 14, 2012, 07.22AM IST

MYSORE: The family of Govindaraju and organizations on Friday asked
for a CBI investigation into the controversial death of Suvarna from
Abalawadi in Mandya. They staged a sit-in even as they petitioned
southern range IGP to extend security cover for the family members.
IGP A S N Murthy, who spoke to them for 45 minutes, asked Mandya SP
Kaushlendra Kumar to provide security cover for Govindaraju's family,
who were in hiding. Suvarna, was in love with a dalit youth,

The girl's family opposed the relationship and allegedly hanged her to
death in her lover's house on December 6.Govindaraju's mother
Tholasamma, brother Thimmappa and sister-in-law Thayavva along with
the social activists met Murthy at his office and sought his
intervention. The family accused Mandya police of laxity in
investigation and sought IGP's help. "They asked me to handover the
case to DySP-level officer besides seeking protection. I've instructed
Mandya SP to act on the demands," Murthy told The Times of India.The
family is expected to meet Mandya SP on Saturday.

This comes on a day when the family got support from PUCL and Samatha
Vedike, a women's organization and writers-activists Kalegowda
Nagawar, K S Bhagwan, former director of Rangayana C Basavalingaiah
and social activists S G Vombatkere and K S Shivaramu, who sat with
the family on dharna at the DC's office. They sought CBI probe into
Suvarna's death saying that Karnataka police are not doing their job.
They accused home minister R Ashoka of interference in the
investigation. Govindaraju's family said they have not got back to
their house in Abalawadi ever since Suvarna was hanged. Activist
Shivaramu said they plan to meet DGP Shankar Bidari in the weekend to
seek protection.

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