Sunday, January 15, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Maharashtra govt order probe into Dalit stripping, 5 arrested

Maharashtra govt order probe into Dalit stripping, 5 arrested
Published: Friday, Jan 13, 2012, 8:00 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The state government has ordered a high-level probe into the alleged
stripping of a Dalit woman by upper caste people in Satara district.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the state government has taken
serious view of the incident and no person involved in the crime will
be spared.

The state home department has deputed Inspector General of Police KL
Bishnoi to probe the matter.

"He has been asked to probe the case and submit the report at the
earliest," said UC Sarangi, addional chief secretary, home.
He said a group led by the main accused assaulted the victim brutally.

The shocking incident took place in Mulgaon village of Patan tehsil in
Satara where a group of influential people assaulted and paraded Rekha
Chavan naked after her son eloped with the daughter of the main

Kisan Desai, the main accused in the case, and four others-Hambirrao
Desai, Shantabai Desai, Vimal Desai and Sunita Desai-have been
arrested under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the
Protection of Civil Rights.

Rekha's son eloped with the 17-year-old daughter of Kisan nearly three
weeks ago. Desai and his wife assaulted Rekha with the help of few
others when she was fetching water from a well next to her house.

The main accused instigated the mob to punish Rekha for the "wrong"
committed by her son. According to the officers from the home
department, the girl has written a letter to the police saying that
she was safe and sound and her parents should not worry about them.

Various Dalit organisations and political parties have condemned the
assault and demanded stern action against the accused.


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