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Dalit Minor raped: here are the recent cases that went unnoticed

Arti Ghargi




A 14-year-old Dalit girl died at Max Hospital in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh in July 2016. She was raped, tortured, and forced to drink a corrosive substance.


On October 7, 2015, a two-and-a-half-year-old Dalit girl went out to buy a chocolate and never came back. Her family dried tears in search of her but to avail. Two days after the incident, they found her in a pile of garbage, motionless!

Baby Gudiya (Name Changed) lived with her Dalit parents in a small one-room kitchen situated in a slum in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar. Her parents Laxmi who is a domestic help and Nagesh who works in Housekeeping have been working to fend the needs of the family. They had big dreams for their little child. But their world collapsed when they saw the body of their three years old girl dumped on the pile of garbage two days after she went missing.

The post-mortem report revealed that the child incurred Vaginal injuries which clearly indicated that she had been a victim of rape. Not only she was subjected to brutal sexual assault, she was killed and her body was thrown from the top of a hill on a garbage pile.

The police, who were supposed to take swift action turned the family down. They registered an FIR but only after several requests. The copy of FIR was not given to the family. When HW News investigated further, we found a trail of sheer negligence on part of the police.

The police not only underreported the crime but also harassed the family. The police only applied Section 363 which is related to kidnapping. The police did neither apply POCSO nor SC/ST Act.

While HW News has taken it as a responsibility to put up a fight demanding justice for #BabyGudiya, here is a list of some of the cases Dalit women who have been subjected to Sexual crimes:

The Haryana Horror:

Two minor Dalit girls were allegedly raped and killed in separate incidents in Haryana in January this year. According to police, one of the girls, a 15-year-old Class X student, had been brutally assaulted and her private parts mutilated. She was abducted by two men when she had gone out of her house to throw garbage in the village dump yard. After abducting her, the accused took her to a house, where they allegedly raped and strangled her. They also burnt her clothes in a bid to destroy evidence. Her body was found near a canal at Budha Khera village in Jind district’s Safidon town on Saturday, the police said. It said the girl’s body was found with 19 severe injuries and signs of ”unspeakable torture”.

Delhi’s another Nirbhaya:

A 14-year-old Dalit girl died at Max Hospital in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh in July 2016. She was raped, tortured, and forced to drink a corrosive substance, allegedly by a man who had raped her earlier as well. Talking to a news media, the girl’s uncle said, “For two months she suffered every day. She was forced to drink an acid-like substance after which she could not eat anything. Drinking water was also painful. She would vomit blood. Only one accused has been arrested while four are walking free. We want them to be arrested and punished.”

The DCW chief Swati Maliwal who pressed on the issue also expressed her outrage on twitter saying that the Delhi failed it’s another Nirbhaya.  “She died just now. Delhi again failed her Nirbhaya. She suffered so much pain. N her perpetrators were roaming free! When will this end? How long will Delhi’s girls be thrown to the wolves? This Nirbhaya was also raped by the system. Can anybody hear her scream?” Swati Maliwal said.

Tamil Nadu’s Dalit Family awaits justice:

A decomposed body of a minor Dalit girl was found raped and murdered in January 2017, in Tamil Nadu’s Ariyalur. The girl was abducted in the month of December. However, the family had to run from pillar to post to even get the FIR registered.  The girl’s friend had told the family that she was in a relationship with a man named Manikandan. “We had informed the police about it and asked them to check if she was abducted by him, but the police did not investigate properly.  The Family raised suspicion on the police investigation and demanded an immediate CB-CID investigation.

Raped Dalit minor became pregnant, forced to abort:

A minor Dalit girl who became pregnant following her gang rape was forced by a local panchayat in Kharkhauda area of Meerut to settle the case in exchange of Rs 3 lakh. Police took cognizance of the crime on Friday and lodged an FIR. “We had learnt about the settlement in a panchayat. A case has been lodged and teams have been formed to nab the accused,” Rajesh Kumar, SP (rural), said. According to police, the girl was not only gang-raped but was also forced to abort after she became pregnant.



Section 144 imposed in areas surrounding Sabarimala temple after violence

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Thiruvananthapuram | Section 144 has been imposed in parts of Kerala after violence erupted near the Sabarimala Temple as protestors tried to stop women from entering the temple premise.

The local administration has imposed Section 144 which prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area has been imposed in Pampa, Nilakkal, Sannidhanam and Elavungal areas near the Sabarimala Temple.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, various protestors blocked female journalists and women devotees from entering the temple premises. The protesting crowds took control of the Nilakkal area and pelted stones at Police vehicles, including the KSRTC buses on way to Pamba. The women were forced to get out of there vehicles who were on their way to the shrines. To bring the situation under control the police lathi-charged and pelted stones at the protestors opposing women’s entry from age 10 to 50 in the Sabarimala Temple at the Nilakkal base camp in Kerala.

Addressing the media on the violence, Kerala Minister  EP Jayarajan said,” 10 KSRTC buses were damaged. Devotees from other states were beaten up & sent back. RSS-BJP is behind all of this. Supreme Court rule applies to all, the govt is just following & implementing it.” Jayarajan further blamed BJP’s political ideologue RSS for the violence at the Nilakkal base camp. He said, “RSS criminals hid in forests and attacked the Ayappa devotees. 10 media personnel, 5 devotees and 15 policemen were attacked.”

The Supreme Court on 28 September in a historic judgement allowed women from the age of 10 to 50 to enter in the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. The five-judge constitutional bench headed by former Chief justice Deepak Misra in a 4:1 verdict allowed the entry of women of all age in the Sabarimala Temple. Delivering the Judgement the bench aid, “Right to worship is given to all devotees and there can be no discrimination on the basis of gender.” The bench further added that “The practice of barring women in age group of 10-50 to go inside the temple is violative of constitutional principles.”

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7-yr-old girl, returning home from school, raped in Haryana’s Rewari





Chandigarh: A seven-year-old girl, who was returning home from her school, was allegedly raped by a man in Haryana’s Rewari district, police said on Wednesday. The man grabbed the child and took her to the fields and raped her there on Tuesday, they said.

The girl was profusely bleeding when she reached home, police said. She narrated the ordeal to her mother following which police were informed, they added. The child was admitted to a hospital in a serious condition, police said. A case has been registered and efforts are on to nab the accused, they said.

The girl’s parents are said to be migrant labourers.

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Ten killed in car-truck collision in Odisha





Bhubaneswar: Ten people, including four women, were killed in Odisha’s Nuapada district early on Wednesday when their car collided head-on with a truck, a senior police official said. The victims, mostly members of one family, were on their way home to Pithora in Chhattisgarh after offering prayers at the Vaishno Devi temple in the district when the accident occurred near Silada on NH-35 around 2.30am, Nuapada Superintendent of Police Smit P Parmar said.

The impact of the collision was so severe that all 10 persons on board the vehicle, including four women and the driver, died on spot, he said. The truck driver, however, abandoned his vehicle and fled the spot, Parmar said. “After getting information, police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the site and pulled the bodies out of the mangled vehicle,” the SP said. The bodies have been handed over to the family members after post-mortem, he said.

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