#India – Irked by dalit’s buffalo, man kills girl #Vaw #WTFnews


HISAR, TNN : Infuriated over a dalit’s buffalo rubbing its back against the wall of his house and dirtying it, a man allegedly drowned a 12-year-old girl in a pond at Banbhori village in Hisar district on Wednesday. The police registered a case of murder against the accused and arrested him.

According to the police complaint lodged by the girl’s grandfather, Ram Kumar, she was pushed into the pond by Rakesh Kumar alias Raka, a 24-year-old Jat.

“My granddaughter had gone to the pond where the buffalo was drinking water on Monday,” Ram Kumar said in the FIR. “Rakesh told her not to bring cattle near the pond or he would push her into the water.” Rakesh’s house is located on the way to the pond

According to DSP Barwala Jai Prakash, the complainant said his buffalo, which his granddaughter Munni took to the pond every evening, habitually rubbed its back against the wall of Rakesh’s house. On Wednesday, the animal instinctively repeated the act. When Rakesh saw the wall had been dirtied, he allegedly pushed Munni into the pond.

“When Munni did not return home till late evening, I told my neighbours about it and started searching for her,” Ram Kumar said. “When we reached the pond, we saw her body floating.”

“A case under Section 320 of the IPC and the SC/ST Act has been registered against the accused,” said Rahul Sharma, superintendent of police, Hisar. “Police teams have arrested the accused. They will produce him in court and demand his remand.”

Prakash said the police were recording the statements of the girl’s family and probing the matter.

Village sarpanch Chandi Ram claimed the two parties held a three-hour meeting on Thursday and struck a compromise. “The girl’s father will submit an affidavit to the police and the court regarding the compromise,” he said. “It seemed unlikely the youth had drowned the girl.”

 

 

Haryana – Family commits suicide after Dalit girl’s rape #Vaw


Haryana’s harsh reality: How a rape ruined a family
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Blood lust mars India’s Tiananmen moment #Vaw #delhigangrape

Bhairi Akbarpur (Hisar), Apr 28
Rape cases have nearly doubled in Haryana in the first three months of the year, according to government figures. Till March 31, 214 rape cases were reported as against 121 in the same period last year. Exactly a week ago, a family of five consumed poison in Bheri Akbarpur village, 50 km from Hisar, allegedly tormented by the police over the whereabouts of their elder daughter, who is missing after being raped last year, and on account of poverty.

An eerie silence prevails in the one-room dilapidated house where Mohan (all names changed to protect identity), his wife Sunita, their 13-year-old daughter Sandhya and sons Amit (11) and Rajiv (9) consumed celphos in the early hours of Monday. Mohan is the lone survivor and is recuperating in PGIMS, Rohtak.

Mohan’s eldest daughter, all of 15, was allegedly kidnapped and raped for two days by a villager, Rohtash, on May 15, 2012. He was arrested on May 17 and has been on trial for rape and abduction. On July 6, 2012, the victim disappeared. Mohal alleged that not only would the police keep pressing him to locate her, but the family had been suffering humiliation at the hands of the villagers as well.

While the suicide by the family has shaken the conscience of people across the state, those living around Mohan’s house seemed indifferent to the tragedy. “We had no interaction with the family,” says Ram Kumar, Mohan’s immediate neighbour. Mohan, a Dalit, had bought this house in an area of upper caste Jats after selling his old house some time back.

Ram Kumar says Mohan would usually leave in the morning for neighbouring Uklana town about 1.5 km from the village with his loading rickshaw, which he used to rent out. “His wife used to work as and when she got work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme. The three children used to go to school. The family seldom interacted with others in the village,” he adds.

Inquiries reveal that the family had been living in isolation ever since Mohan’s 15-year-old daughter eloped twice, was raped and then disappeared within two months of her recovery last July. In fact, Mohan had sold off his house in the Dalit Basti at the south end of the village and purchased a rundown house in the north end where upper caste Jats and others lived to escape taunts from his community members.

“We tried to counsel him and advised him to marry off his daughter after we heard of her first elopement. But he did not listen to us and, instead, shifted to a new neighbourhood,” say Mohan’s uncles Kanshi Ram and Dayanand amid receiving mourners.

“Mohan went into a shell after his daughter disappeared and did not discuss his problems with anyone,” says Dayanand. “We did not know he was under immense police pressure to produce his missing daughter. They wanted to produce her in a Hisar court on April 30 to record her statement. We came to know about this only after the family consumed poison.”

The day Mohan and his family consumed poison, the SHO of Uklana police station is alleged to have told Mohan to find his daughter and warned him of dire consequences if he failed to do so.

“Ladki ko dhoond ke la nahi to tujhe ulta taang doonga (find the girl or I will hang you),” he is alleged to have said. The SHO has since been sent on leave by the SP, though the allegation has been denied by the police.

“My nephew did not know his daughter’s whereabouts. How could he have produced him before the SHO?” asks Kanshi Ram.

Villagers also say the family’s financial condition was bad and Mohan had sold his rickshaw some days back. Mohan told mediapersons from the hospital that his children had not eaten in two days. He said other members of his family chose to end their lives with him rather than lead a “hopeless life”.

Unable to cope with police pressure, fed up with his poverty and with no support system to bank upon, Mohan appears to have taken the extreme step.

The Head Teacher of the Government Primary School in the village remembers 11-year-old Amit and nine-year-old Rajiv as good students, but sensitive by nature. “Both Amit and Rajiv were extremely good in studies and very docile and submissive. Children often quarrel and sometimes hit each other, but these boys would come to me teary-eyed if a classmate said anything,” says said Mohinder Singh. The girl Sandhya, who studied in the adjoining middle school, is also described as a quiet student, who did not have many friends in class.

Ironically, the children’s last journey was also quite silent, as very few villagers turned up at the cremation or to mourn their death.

Victims of circumstances

  • The family sold off its house in the Dalit Basti and purchased a rundown house where upper caste Jats and others lived to escape taunts from community members after its minor girl was raped
  • The day the family consumed poison, Uklana SHO is alleged to have told the girl’s father to find her and warned him of dire consequences if he failed to do so
  • Villagers say the family’s financial condition was bad and the rickshaw-puller had sold off his rickshaw some days back
  • The family had not eaten in two days at the time of the suicide and the rape victim’s father said other members chose to end their lives with him rather than lead a “hopeless life”

Mohan went into a shell after his daughter disappeared and did not discuss his problems with anyone. We did not know he was under immense police pressure to produce his missing daughter. They wanted to produce her in a Hisar court on April 30 to record her statement. We came to know about this only after the family consumed poison..
— Dayanand, Mohan’s uncle

Haryana – Ex-Armyman kills daughter for ‘honour’ #Vaw #honourkilling


TNN | Mar 30, 2013, 02.02 AM IST

ROHTAK: In a case of honour killing, a retired Army man allegedly strangulated his married daughter to death in Sherla village of Bhiwani district on Thursday, for tying the knot against his wishes.

The family cremated the body without informing the police in an attempt to destroy the evidence. The police, however, rushed to the village late Thursday after getting tipped off by some villager and started investigation. The police also contacted the victim’s husband, who lodged a complaint suspecting that she had been killed by her father.

The police registered a case under Section 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) against Satpal, the accused father, and arrested him on Friday. According to police, the victim, identified as Shashi Rani, 21, was a student of BA final year in Hisar. She was having an affair with a youth Gautam Singh Khapadwas, 23, from a village in Bhiwani, who was also a student in the same college.

Police officers said the victim approached her family revealing about their relationship and expressed willingness to her. Though both did belonged to different castes, her father still objected to it and rejected the marriage proposal.

However, they eloped from their houses on February 28 and tied the knot at an Arya Samaj temple in Bahadurgarh of Jhajjar district the same day. The couple started living at a rented accommodation in Hisar after the marriage. However, the victim’s husband alleged that her father took her back to their village about a week back on the pretext that they had accepted the marriage.

Behal police SHO Ashok Sharma informed TOI that police rushed to the cremation ground on Thursday evening after some village informed about unnatural death of a young woman. The deceased’s father stated that she had died of electrocution during ironing clothes but failed to provide convincing replies to police questioning and finally confessed to have killed her on Thursday.

 

 

#India-20- year- old girl hacked to death on Hisar university campus #Vaw


B Tech student killed on Hisar university campus

By , TNN | Nov 27, 2012, 02.55 AM IST

B Tech student killed on Hisar university campus

HISAR: A 20-year-old college girl was hacked to death in full public view within the campus ofGuru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology in Hisar on Monday afternoon.

Police said Geetika Mehta was murdered by another student identified as Pradeep Nain, 21, for rejecting his ‘friendship proposal’. The gory murder was witnessed by students of the university and shopkeepers who were sitting near where the girl was attacked. They caught Pradeep and handed him over to the police.

Police officials said that Pardeep attacked Geetika, a student of BTech (computer science) and resident of Faridabad, at around 5.24 pm right after the girl had stepped out of an ATM located within the campus. According to eyewitnesses, Pardeep, a BTech (mechanical) student and resident of Hisar, had a heated argument with Geetika for few minutes and then suddenly attacked her with an axe. The accused hit her once on the neck and twice on the head with the axe, said an official. The girl died while being taken to hospital.

Sources said Pardeep and Geetika were ‘friends’ but she had refused talking to him after his ‘proposal’. Pardeep was feeling dejected ever since and wanted to teach her a lesson, said officers who interrogated the accused. University proctor Rajesh Malhotra said, “Student sitting near the crime spot caught hold of the accused and handed him over to the police.”

Earlier on August 10, another girl student was stabbed to death at the same place on the campus by an outsider for rejecting the ‘friendship proposal’. Chetan Sheoran, 21, was arrested by the police for killing 18-year-old Varsha Yadav, who had also succumbed to her wounds before medical aid could reach her

 

Fact Finding Report: Gang Rape of Dalit Girl , Haryana #vaw


Fact Finding Report: Gang Rape of Dalit Girl by Dominant Caste Youth and Suicide of Girl’s Father- Dabra Village, Hisar, Haryana

October 11, 2012

That the Hindus most often succeed in pulling down Untouchables is largely due to many causes. The Hindu has the Police and the Magistracy on his side. In a quarrel between the Untouchables and the Hindus the Untouchables will never get protection from the Police or justice from the Magistrate. The Police and the Magistracy are Hindus, and they love their class more than their duty. But the chief weapon in the armoury of the Hindus is economic power they possess over the poor Untouchables living in the village.
—Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in 1943

On 1st October 2012, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) facilitated a fact- finding visit to Dabra Village of Hisar District in Haryana where a Dalit man committed suicide after his minor girl was gang raped by the dominant caste youths.

The fact-finding team comprised Seema Misra Adv., MARG; Adv. Ambalika; Dr. Ajitha WSS ; Ms. Pradnya Deshpande, PUCL; Ms. Sunitha Thakore, Jagori; Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Delhi Forum; Ms. Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of AIDMAM; Ms. Sumati, JNU; Ms. Abirami, NDMJ; Ms. Savitha, State Secretary, AIDMAM-Haryana; Mr. Rajesh, State Secretary, NDMJ-Haryana .

The team members met the Victim, the family members of the victim, civil society Committee and SP of Hisar.

The key findings of the fact-finding team are:
1. Dabra Village, Police Station – Sadar Hisar, is just around 15 Kms. from District Hisar Head quarter. The common opinion amongst the civil society groups; the people of Daabra and the SP was that the accused were known bad elements. It is surprising that they were not under the radar of the police or any preventive measures were taken.

2. A committee consisting of 21 members including activists, local leaders, 2 advocates has been formed to support the rape survivor by providing legal assistance and monitoring the case till its conclusion to ensure that she gets justice.

3. The victim has been provided 24-hour security by the police and 2 lady constables from 8am to 8pm and two male constables outside the house at night. Inspite of this the fact finding team feels that there is likelihood of the family being pressurized into settling the matter. The family and neighbors of the family revealed that well known local politicians had come to tell them that it was a matter of the village and should be resolved in the village. They also said that outsiders and media should not be allowed to discuss this case. We were also informed that some days ago the some people belonging to the Jat community had broken cameras of a well known television channel’s crew who came to cover this incident.

4. The arrest of the accused was a result of brave and insistent protests of the Dalits group and Women’s group of the village who refused to cremate the body till the immediate arrest of the accused.

5. Dalit’s of this village are still under fear. The relatives of the rape survivor said that after the incident many people had stopped sending their daughters to school even in the village and the older girls to college in Hisar.

6. The community people informed us that the village panchayat met on 20th Sept said that outsiders and media will not be allowed to intervene in this case. The panchayat will take the required actions. They said that outsiders were ruining the atmosphere of the village. The SP, DDPO were present in the panchayat meeting.

7. The rape survivor is 16 and half years old and is a bright girl interested in further studies. She informed the team that her favourite subjects were Economics and Sanskrit.

About Dabra Village
Dabra Village is located about 15 Kms of Hisar District Head quarter.It is populated with more than 6,000 people, comprising about 800 Jat households, 150 Chamar households, 150 Dhanuk households, 10 Nai households, 5 Valmiki households, 8 Baniya households, 10 Khati households, 6 Lohar households and other communities. The Chamar community is largely economically dependent on the Jat population in their village for their regular livelihood based on farming.

About the incident:
1. On 9th September when the Dalit girl namely XYZ (16) D/o Kishan, belonging to Scheduled Caste (Chamar) community, r/o Dabra village, Hisar, was on her way to her uncle’s house , she had been kidnapped by around 8 dominant caste youths to a nearby field situated on Tosham road. A youth gave her some tablets and later seven persons raped her while the other five were guarding the area. Due to fear the girl didn’t disclose this matter to her family members on the same day.

2. On 18th September, 9 days after the incident, the victim XYZ revealed this unpleasant incident to her mother after her mother continuously enquired why she was so subdued and quiet. Her mother who then informed her husband Krishan, a labourer. Krishan raised the issue with the elders of the village who then started questioning the boys allegedly involved in the incident. The accused allegedly threatened the family that they would make the girl’s objectionable pictures public if the matter was reported to the police. Apprehending public humiliation, Krishan allegedly consumed poison and died on 18th September.

3. An FIR has been registered under section 376-G, 506 IPC and u/s 3(1)(x), 3(1)(xii), 3(2)(v) SC & ST (PoA) Act against accused Sonu, Ajay, Pawan and Vikas, residents of Dabra village and eight other unknown persons.

4. As the police officials did not arrest any accused till 21st September, the angered residents of Dabra village who on 22nd September staged a protest demanding the immediate arrest of all the accused. It was only after assurances by Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar Aggarwal and SP Mr. Sateesh Balan did the protesters allow the body of the girl’s father to be taken for post-mortem. The body was cremated at his native village on 23rd August 2012.

5. Till now the police department has arrested 11 accused. The family informed us that a cheque of Rs. 65,000/- was received . We were informed, by SP that Police Security has been provided to the victims and it will be continued until needed. The Administration has assured free education till she completes her higher studies and also assured job. SP informed us that a Child Psychologist visits the victim regularly and is providing counselling. The accused have been arrested through the active support of the villagers including a few people fromJat community.

Our Demands
We urge you to make use of your good office to initiate intervention to provide justice and protect the Dalit victim. Hence forth, we pray that;

1. Charge sheet should be filed immediately as per S. 167 CrPC and Rule 7 (2) of SC/ST (PoA) Rules 1995.

2. Ensure that the relief and compensation money is put in a bank account in the rape survivor’s name or in a fixed deposit to be used after she becomes an adult.

3. Proper Compensation of Rs. 3,00,000 /- be paid to the rape survivor. as per Rule 12(4) r/w Annexure I S.NO.10, 12, 20 of SC/ST (POA) Rules 1995. [3(1)(x) – 60,000, 3(1)(xii) – 1,20,000 and 3(ii)(v) – 1,20,000 ]

4. The case be tried in the courts set Exclusive Special Court to be set up for Speedy Trial.

5. An experienced criminal lawyer be appointed as special public prosecutor for this case as provided under the SC/ST (POA) Act.

6. The rape survivor be provided a legal counsel of choice to her throughout the trial as per the decision of the Supreme Court in Delhi Domestic Workers Case.

7. Ensure that a conducive atmosphere is created in the court while the rape survivor is deposing so that she can do so without fear and pressure. During examination and cross examination of the girl in court a screen is provided so that she does not have to see the accused.

8. That the economic support promised by the administration to the family that is job for the brother and higher education and job for the rape surviour be given. Besides this to provide rehabilitation to the family as per their wishes.

9. Take steps to ensure the girl’s security so that she is able to attend school regularly as per her wishes.

10.Take all necessary steps to ensure that the family is not pressurise into a compromise . The National Commission for Women should appoint an observer for the trial.

11. Provide adequate protection to the victim’s family and prevent from appraisal.

12. TA/DA to be given to the victim as per Rule 11 of SC/ST (PoA) Rules 1995.

13. As the number of rape cases in Haryana are increasing day to day the State and the police must take proactive steps to create an atmosphere and environment to ensure that girls and women are safe. One suggestion is creating awareness and spreading the message, through posters, wall writings and radio and television messages that any sexual harassment and assault on women will is an offence and strict action will be taken.

14. To establish State level SC/ST commission in Haryana

15. NHRC should conduct a Haryana State level public hearing and include the cases of violence against Dalit women to depose before the jury.

Source: Sanhati

 

Change the terminology- Survivors, not victims #VAW # Justice #mustread


 

This we know: On September 9, a 16-year-old Dalit schoolgirl in Dabra village, Hisar was kidnapped, raped and photographed allegedly by a group of upper caste Jat boys. This we know: The girl complains to her father. The photographs are circulated in the village. The father tries to  lodge a complaint, fails, and kills himself nine days after his daughter was raped.

This we know: It takes media outrage, street processions and the threat of job suspensions by the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes before the Haryana police arrest nine of the 12 accused (one is the nephew of the INLD district chief and three are said to have links to the Congress). But even before interrogation can begin, comes news of a copycat rape: another Dalit woman, also gangraped, also filmed, also in Haryana, only this time in Jind district.

The silence in Hisar has an echo in Jind. At the time of writing, the National Commission for Women is yet to rouse itself. Leave alone a visit to Hisar, it has not even bothered with a statement laced with the mandatory clichés of outrage, shock etc.

But more than predictable statements, perhaps the time has come to change the rhetoric of rape. Rape, like murder, is a terrible, heinous crime. But that is just what it is, a crime. Take away the attendant accessories of ‘honour’, ‘humiliation’ and ‘fate worse than death’ and you take away the sting; the motivation behind the continuing rape of vulnerable women.

When Dalit women are targeted for rape by upper caste men, the message is clear: Terrorise an entire community. When the rape of a woman is tied in with a man’s honour (because she is his property), then the motive is not sexual desire — in rape it almost never is — but a desire to subdue those who you believe are beneath you. “There is a lot of tension in villages where Dalits are moving ahead in terms of education and employment,” says Asha Kowtal of the All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch. “You have to see the rape of this girl in the context of caste tensions in the state.”

In a culture where a woman’s honour is tied to notions of her sexual ‘purity’, rape as a weapon will continue to be used to punish her or her brothers, her father, her husband, her community. It is this culture that leads to women agreeing to marrying their rapists or committing suicide after being cast out by their families. It is this culture that led the father of the 16-year-old in Hisar to kill himself. It is this culture that leads young men with a sense of entitlement to believe they can rape and they can photograph but they will not be caught because the women they rape will be too ‘ashamed’ to complain.
These are attitudes that find resonance in the police. A sting operation by Tehelka earlier this year interviewed one officer who said no self-respecting woman would report a rape out of a sense of shame. Those who did were extortionists, he said.

The media’s subtext in reporting sexual assault is not above reproach. Even the most well-intentioned reports swing between voyeurism and syrupy sentimentality. There is an inordinate focus on urban rapes, while those in the hinterland get a cursory paragraph — if at all. Guidelines that rape survivors should not be named subscribe to the notion of stigma. A woman raped is a woman shamed, hence her identity must be protected. Photographs of course are out of the question. But accompanying visuals of helpless women huddled in fear perpetuate the stereotype of how we as a society believe survivors of rape should behave. Even the nomenclature is misplaced: a person who is raped is not a victim. She is a survivor.

Women who have been raped want justice more than sympathy. They want their rapists to be shamed, not have to bear the burden of stigma on themselves. They want rape to be treated as it is: an awful crime. A crime minus the added sting of honour.

- Namita Bhandare is a Delhi-based writer. The views expressed by the author are personal.

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India- Dalit woman gang-raped at gunpoint, then filmed #VAW


 

TNN and NDTV  | Sep 27, 2012,

PILLU KHERA (JIND): Haryana is rapidly climbing up the gender crime graph in India. A week after the rape of a dalit schoolgirl rocked Hisar, another case of gangrape came to light on Wednesday – a  30 yeard old Dalit woman and mother  of sic year old girl  has been gang-raped in her home at gunpoint. The attack in the Jind district was also filmed on a phone camera and the MMS was circulated in her village.

The police said that two of the three alleged rapists have been arrested.. In the earlier case of gangrape of a 16-year-old girl in Hisar’s Dabra village, after which the victim’s father committed suicide, the main accused are yet to be nabbed. The Jind rape caught media attention on Wednesday after a few villagers protested against police inaction and approached the SSP.

According to police, the woman in Jind, originally a resident of Dharoli village, was gang-raped around noon when she was alone at her house. Her daughter returned from school and found the house bolted from inside and heard her mother cry. She peeped inside and saw her mother surrounded by the three men. Neighbours were alerted when the girl started screaming for help but the assailants escaped. The neighbours simply went back and didn’t call the cops.

Pillu Khera police said the victim came to the station that evening accompanied by her husband, a mason and gave a statement, naming two of the three youths as sons of Azad Singh, an upper caste man, and Mahavir Singh, a dalit from Dharoli. Head constable Mahender Singh said a case was registered under Section 376 (rape) of IPC and a manhunt has been launched.

Jind SSP Saurabh Singh said one of the accused Suraj Kumar, son of Mahavir Singh and Sandeep’s father Azad Singh were arrested on Wednesday. Azad has been accused of sheltering his son, who is absconding.

Regarding the MMS clip made by the accused, the SSP said, “As of now, the police do not have any material evidence. Still, we are invest-igating and if we get any proof, we will slap charges.” He said the victim’s family has also sought police protection on Wednesday.

Seven more arrested for Hisar gangrape

Meanwhile, Haryana police on Wednesday arrested seven people in connection with a 16-year-old dalit girl’s gangrape in Hisar district‘s Dabra village on September 9. But the main accused, Mahender, who is said to wield political clout in the region, remains on the run.

Police said the seven were arrested from Almora of Uttarakhand. “Nine accused in the case have been arrested now. Two of them were nabbed two days back. Rest of the accused will be arrested soon,” said DGP Ranjiv Singh Dalal. He said that the Hisar superintendent of police had been directed to approach the district and sessions judge with a request to set up a fast track court to hear the case.