The Sunday Guardian reports about a dalit rape,murder passed Off as suicide.
Dalit rape,murder passed Off as suicide
The Sunday Guardian | 14.03.2010 | New Delhi 5
Dalit rape, murder passed off as suicide
A 24-year-old Dalit school teacher was gang raped and murdered in Charki Dadri in Haryana on her way to school. Her body was recovered
on 31 December 2009 along with a note identifyingthe culprits, while the postmortem report said that the death was due to strangulation. The case is caught in caste politics despite strong evidence available against
the culprits. The Haryana police registered the case under a wrong clause, because of which they have not been able to the file a challan. Harswaroop, the girl’s father is now seeking a CBI inquiry. “I have no
hopes from the local police,” he says. Mina (name changed) went missing on 31 December and that evening, the police recovered her body with a note elaborating how she was picked on the way to school and raped. The note, a copy of which is with The Sunday Guardian,
mentions the names of the four persons involved. Owing to the negligence of the Jhajjar SHO, the case was registered under a wrong clause of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. According to Veena Sharma, a lawyer in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who has agreed to take up the case, “Even if the police used the wrong clause, the first challan should have been issued within 30 days, which has not happened.” Rajesh Kumar, state secretary of National Dalit Movement
for Justice in Haryana, said the DSP accepted his mistake on 12 February.
However, till date no challan has been submitted. Balwan Singh Rana, DSP of Jhajjar told The Sunday Guardian, “A challan can be submitted only after anyone is arrested. We are also not sure about the authenticity of the letter as we recovered a photocopy.” When asked
whether any action would be taken against those responsible for the “mistake”, he said, “Since the case was registered under the SC/ST Act, there is nothing wrong with the intention.” Rajesh Kumar also said that the persons accused by Mina in her note were interrogated
for a day and then released unconditionally. Mina’s mother Shanti
asked, “If my daughter has mentioned the names of the culprits, then why are they being let free?” Desperate, she tearfully says, “ Police
unki, judge unki, log unke, maare vaste koi kam kyo kare? (It is their — uppercaste— administration and the people involved also belong to them. Why would they work for us?)”