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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              Dost
              Jan 23, 2017 at 10:03 pm
              Why you care... Are you Indian? Your name sounds muslim and you divided my country and your muslim ummah goes to mosque in Kashmir and come out not peacefully but throwing stones at our security forces. It is not me but w non muslims world spits on you. See how Myanmar is getting things right. It is going to happen here... just a matter of time.
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                Desi Facts
                Jan 23, 2017 at 6:33 pm
                If we don't watch out we will be divided again. Muslims collaborated with Christian British and divided India in the name of Islam. They got what they wanted. Yet we didn't put a smile plan where we should have moved all Muslims from India in 10 years. Why do we still have Muslims in India once they divided India and got their own land and converted into their homeland PUREland stan. Nehru failed to become Congress President. Yet he became. Then he was forced on us to become PM. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now these foreign funded NGOs want to divide India again. Where are these NGOs when policemen are kiIIed? Where are these NGOs when soldiers die to protect our country? Where are the candles? If they are non biased they will be there when any human value is lost. But when you only show up as an NGO to accomplish your goal to divide India again it smell of white Christian funded NGOs colliding with Islamic terrorists.
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                  r
                  Jan 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm
                  Gunda raj of Feku and Kallu mama
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