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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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Amarnath Yatra: Security forces asked to maintain synergy

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Jammu | Ahead of the annual Amarnath yatra, security forces have been asked to maintain “highest level of alertness” and “synergy,” police said today.

The two-month long pilgrimage to the 3,880 metre high cave shrine of Amarnath will commence on June 28.

All border police stations , posts and check-points have also been directed to be strengthened and activated to neutralize any attempt of infiltration by terrorists from across the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC), a police spokesman said.

He said the directions were passed at a high level meeting chaired by Inspector General of Police, Jammu, S D Singh Jamwal here last evening and attended among others by senior police, Army, paramilitary forces and state and central intelligence agencies.

The meeting was convened to discuss and review security arrangements for the pilgrimage.

“All officers have been directed to maintain highest level of alertness and synergy among themselves and also to share intelligence on real time basis so that nefarious designs of anti-national elements and their mentors can be thwarted, the spokesman said.

He said a detailed briefing was given by officers of Intelligence agencies and Army and police with regard to security arrangements to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of the pilgrimage.

Addressing the meeting, the IGP stressed upon the need to organise night patrolling on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway regularly and maintain close cooperation with all forces deployed in their area of jurisdiction.

Singh asked senior superintendents of police to ensure adequate security in their respective districts particularly at base camp Bhagwati Nagar here, the spokesman said.

The Jammu police chief stressed upon officers of border districts to lay joint check points and ensure patrolling on all probable infiltration routes.

He also directed that all border police stations, posts and check-points should be strengthened and activated so as to neutralize any attempt of infiltration by terrorists from across the IB and the LoC.

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Subramanian’s resignation no surprise; experts fed up by financial anarchy: Congress

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The Congress today said the resignation of Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has not come as a surprise as all ‘financial experts’ in Modi government are fed up of its ‘colossal economic mismanagement” and are stepping down.

Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala cited examples of ex-Niti Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya and former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan in this regard.

“Financial experts’ of Modi government are completely fed up by its colossal economic mismanagement, tepid economic reforms and financial anarchy,” he said on Twitter.

“CEA, Arvind Subramanian’s resignation after the stepping down of Niti Aayog’s Arvind Panagriya and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan comes as no surprise!” he said.

Subramanian will be leaving the finance ministry after nearly 4 years because of “pressing family commitments” and return to the US,” Union minister Arun Jaitley said today.

He was appointed as the CEA to the finance ministry on October 16, 2014, for a period of three years. In 2017, his term was extended by a year.

“A few days ago Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian met me over video conferencing. He informed me that he would like to go back to the United States on account of pressing family commitments. His reasons were personal but extremely important to him. He left me with no option but to agree with him,” Jaitley wrote in a Facebook post.

The minister, however, did not say as to when Subramanian will relinquish the office.

“Profoundly grateful & humbled by these extraordinarily generous words by Minister @arunjaitley announcing my decision to return for personal reasons-to researching & writing. CEA job most rewarding, fulfilling, exciting I have ever had. Many many to thank,” Subramanian tweeted minutes after Jaitley’s post.

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Saradha scam: Nalini Chidambaram fails to appear before Enforcement Directorate

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Chennai | Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram on Wednesday failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate after she was summoned for questioning in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam in West Bengal.

Nalini Chidambaram was given interim relief by the Madras High Court bench of justices Anand Venkatesh and MM Sundresh after it reserved its order. Nalini Chidambaram had earlier challenged the April 24 order of the court which had rejected her petition against ED’s summon asking her to appear personally as a witness in its money laundering probe in the Saradha chit fund case.

The Enforcement Directorate had first summoned Chidambaram in September 2016 as a witness in the Saradha chit fund scam case. KTS Tulsi who appeared for Nalini Chidambaram accused the ED of “political vendetta”, Tulsi argued that no other advocate appearing for Saradha group had been summoned by the central agency so far.

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