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

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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.

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Two held in Haryana gang-rape cases (thehindu.com)

source: http://kractivist.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/india-dalit-woman-gang-raped-...

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camarnet's picture

Thank you for sharing

What a completely horrific experience. I hope these men are caught and fully prosecuted. I can't even imagine going through something like that. I hope these women can heal with time.

There are no words to express the brutality faced by the women and their loved ones. It is sadly a common human rights violation against women & girls around the world who are not safe even in their own homes. Laws must be established to protect girls and women against these unspeakable crimes. Thank you for being an advocate to stop the violence and to create a world court to bring to justice the perpretrators and humanity to the victims.

I look forward to hear more about the action taken against the arrested and solutions in creating a safe environment.
It is not easy to stand up against a system and power structure that may not give equal rights to women. I applaud your courage, strength and determination to take the first step.

May one day we can celebrate the freedom of all women!

All the best,

Linda Ando

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Dear Kotrvai, it must be so frustrating following up on these cases. For sure women in India should be blessed to have an advocate like you because you are speaking on their behalf. Laws need to be amended to protect women and girls from such horrific experiences. We must act and be more vocal. Please keep updated on what happens to these perpetrators. They need to be seriously punished. Stay blessed and continue in the struggle.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

kotravai's picture

thanks

thanks

Kotravai
M.A.S.E.S - Movement Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexism

Debra Engle's picture

Excellent report

The crimes you're describing are horrific. I commend you for reporting them in such detail. This lends strength and power to your voice, and will make it a powerful tool for change. Thank you for writing such an important piece and shining the light on these crimes.

Deb Engle

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