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

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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.

 

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PM announces immediate relief of Rs 500 crores to flood-hit Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram  |  Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today an immediate financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the rain-battered Kerala, after reviewing the flood situation in the state.

Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement said.

“The prime minister announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state. This is in addition to Rs 100 crore announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 12,” it said.

After a high-level review meeting in Kochi, the prime minister made an aerial assessment of the damage caused due to floods in some of the affected areas of the southern state.

He was accompanied by Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister K J Alphons and officials during the aerial survey in the worst-hit Aluva-Thrissur regions.

Expressing grief over the unfortunate deaths and damage caused to property due to floods, the prime minister observed that rescue of people who are still marooned remains the topmost priority.

Vijayan later tweeted that the prime minister has sanctioned Rs 500 crore as immediate relief.

“As per the initial estimate, the state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 crore. The actual loss can be ascertained after the water recedes in the affected areas. The state has sought an immediate assistance of Rs 2,000 crore,” he said.

Modi, who reached the state capital last night, proceeded to Kochi in the morning and reviewed the flood situation during a meeting with Vijayan and the state government officials.

The prime minister’s visit comes a week after Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state and conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas.

Modi also assured the state government that relief materials, including food grains and medicines, would be provided, as requested.

Insurance companies have been asked to hold special camps for assessment and timely release of compensation to the affected families and beneficiaries under social security schemes and directions have been issued for early clearance of claims under the Fasal Bima Yojana to agriculturists.

The prime minister also directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to repair the main national highways damaged due to the floods on a priority basis.

The central public sector undertaking like the NTPC and the PGCIL have been asked to render all possible assistance to the state government in restoring power lines.

Villagers, whose ‘kutcha’ houses have been destroyed in the devastating floods, would be provided the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin homes on a priority basis.

Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme, 5.5 crore person days have been sanctioned in the labour budget 2018-19.

Any further request for incurring the person days would be considered as per the requirement projected by the state.

Under the Mission for the Integrated Development of Horticulture, farmers would be provided assistance for replantation of damaged horticulture crops.

The prime minister also complimented the state government for the efforts made in meeting the challenges of the unprecedented situation, the PMO statement added.

Meanwhile, rains lashing several parts of the state since this morning is causing concern as it could hamper the rescue and relief operations.

As per information from the control room of the State Disaster Management, since August 8, 194 persons have lost their lives so far and 36 are missing.

Over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

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PM reviews flood situation in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram  |  Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed today the flood situation in rain-battered Kerala at a high-level meeting in Kochi.

Earlier, there were reports that the prime minister’s helicopter could not take-off for an aerial survey of flood affected areas due to bad weather. But, there was no official confirmation from the state and the Union government.

“The prime minister is reviewing the flood situation in Kerala at a high-level meeting. @CMOKerala,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.

Modi, after an overnight stay in the state capital, left for Kochi this morning for the aerial survey and the review meeting to get a first-hand knowledge of the enormity of the mayhem caused by the southwest monsoon.

Meanwhile, rains lashing several parts of the state since this morning is causing concern as it could hamper the rescue and relief operations.

Chengannur in Pathnamthitta, Chalakudy in Thrissur and various parts of Ernakulam district are among the worst hit where rescue efforts are likely to be concentrated today.

Since airlifting is the only option in some remote areas, where people are marooned since the past four days, the state government has sought more helicopters for airlifting them, the Chief Minister said.

Chengannur MLA Saji Cherian pleaded for more help and said thousands of people were stranded in houses without food and water, if immediate steps are not taken to evacuate them, their life will be in danger.

“For the past five days, people are without food in many places. We urgently need food, medicines, water. People need to be airlifted urgently. Evacuation by Army, Navy and Air Force are urgently needed,” Cherian told a television channel this morning.

The leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said the government machinery has to be properly coordinated to ensure all the needy get help.

As per information from the control room of the State Disaster Management, since August 8, 194 persons have lost their lives so far and 36 are missing.

Over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

The maximum deaths have been reported from Thrissur (42), Idukki (37) and Malappuram (35).

According to the latest weather report, heavy rains accompanied with gusty wind speed reaching 60 kmph is expected in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki and Ernakulam districts.

The state is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers in spate.

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Dalai Lama condoles Vajpayee’s demise, hails his eloquent support to Tibetan people

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Dharamsala  |  Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has condoled the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying he was an “eloquent” supporter of the Tibetan people and a “friend”.

In a letter to Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya yesterday, the Dalai Lama said with his passing away, India has lost an eminent national leader.

“We met regularly during the course of his career and I continued to visit him at (his) home after he retired. Shri Vajpayee was a truly dedicated politician. With his passing away, India has lost an eminent national leader. His eloquent support of the Tibetan people began in the late 1950s. Since then, he regularly took Indian governments to task in Parliament, prompting them to take a stronger stand on Tibet,” he said.

“I feel privileged to have known him and am honoured to have counted him as a friend,” the spiritual leader added.

He also offered his condolences to Vajpayee’s relatives, friends and colleagues.

Vajpayee, who served as India’s prime minister three times, died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in Delhi yesterday following a prolonged illness. He was 93.

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