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Social activist Bela Bhatia threatened, asked to leave Bastar in 24 hours

This comes days after Bela Bhatia accompanied an NHRC team to Bijapur to record statements of rape and assault victims.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 23, 2017 6:26 pm
bela This comes days after Bela Bhatia accompanied an NHRC team to Bijapur to record statements of rape and assault victims. (file photo/Youtube)

Social activist Bela Bhatia was allegedly threatened by a group of men who barged into her home in Bastar on Monday morning. Around 30 men arrived at Bhatia’s home in Parpa village and gave her 24 hours to vacate the house.  They threatened to burn it down if she refused to comply. This comes days after Bhatia accompanied an National Human Rights Commission team to Bijapur to record statements of rape and assault victims. The NHRC recently released a report, accusing Bastar Police personnel of raping 16 tribal women in the area.

Statement signed by Bela Bhatia today under pressure. Statement signed by Bela Bhatia today under pressure.

Bhatia reportedly called the local police for help, but they failed to restrain the men, except for when they tried to enter her house again. Similar intimidation tactics have been used in the past to apply pressure on activists fighting for tribal rights in Bastar. In 2016, lawyers representing the Jagdalpur Legal Aid group were also similarly asked to leave after a few unidentified persons had put pressure on their landlord.

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    Majed
    Jan 23, 2017 at 7:13 pm
    These kind of things make India ashame in global community
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      Majed
      Jan 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm
      You forget Gujarat and Bombay riots, and so on to add
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        Majed
        Jan 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm
        You forgot Gujarat, am and Bombay riots, please dont justify one wrong thing with another...
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          Dost
          Jan 23, 2017 at 9:43 pm
          I read in History books that stan was created for Muslim and India for Hindus. So, why are you in India. 4 wives, instant male authority to replace any non performing wife,pigry sized families in poor india... Why. IF YOU WANT TO FOLLOW ISLAM THEN FOLLOW FULLY, LIMB CHOOPING, FLOGGING IN EVERY CITY FOR MUSLIM AFTRER JUMMA NAMAZ. NO BABAR OR GAURI HERE.. GO TO STAN AND MEET YOUR RELATIVES
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            Dost
            Jan 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm
            Since when Muslims start believing in Indian courts. Indian hanged two terrorists on courtd order and they become your SHAHID. Instead of muslims funeral, you should have spit on them.
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