Bihar minister's husband 'beats' Dalit women
Santosh Singh Posted online: Sat Feb 18 2012, 01:36 hrs
Patna : Bihar minister Renu Kumari's husband, also a JD-U leader,
Friday allegedly beat up four Dalit women who were demanding houses
under Indira Awas Yojna at Uda Kishanganj in Madhepura.
As Renu Kumari holds the disaster management portfolio, the four women
of Piprakarauti panchayat had gone to see her husband, Vijay Kumar
Singh, on Friday.
Police said Kajati Devi, Ruma Devi, Gita Devi and another woman, whose
houses were destroyed in the 2008 floods, alleged that Singh and his
bodyguard and Piprakarauti mukhiya Chhotelal Poddar beat them.
As the police did not register a case, the women's relatives blocked
the road for two-three hours. The Uda Kishanganj sub-divisional
magistrate then asked the police to register the case against the
minister's husband and two others under provisions of Prevention of
Atrocities Act and IPC. No arrest has been made so far.
Singh, however, told The Indian Express: "All allegations against me
are baseless and part of political conspiracy. As my wife is disaster
management minister, it could be an attempt to tarnish her image."
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