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Punjab and Haryana High Court seeks report on dalit families of Bhagana village

The court has also directed the state govt to inform as to whether it has filed any appeal against the acquittal of the accused in the alleged abduction and gang rape case of four Dalit minor girls of the Bhagana village.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Wednesday sought a complete status report from the Haryana government about the Dalit families agitating against the alleged threat by the dominant caste in Bhagana village of Hisar district. The directions came from Justice Paramjeet Singh while hearing a petition filed by Ambedkar Welfare Samiti, Bhagana.

The court has also directed the state government to inform as to whether it has filed any appeal against the acquittal of the accused in the alleged abduction and gang rape case of four Dalit minor girls of the Bhagana village. The accused were acquitted by the Hisar fast track court on August 12.

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The petitioner’s counsel contradicted the reply submitted by Hisar deputy commissioner Chander Shekhar Khare earlier on September 14 in the court. The court was informed that it was wrong that all the villagers who had moved out of the village earlier have returned to the village and still there are a number of villagers who are at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, in their protest. The court was also informed that there are a number of such protesting families who have converted to Islam.

The petitioner’s counsel also sought directions from the court to the state government to make a rehabilitation policy for the villagers like in case of Kashmiri pandits of Jammu and Kashmir.

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The petitioners association had approached the high court last year seeking security and proper investigation into the FIR registered at police station Hisar Sadar on March 25 last year on account of gang rape of four minor girls on March 23 last year.

It has been alleged that around 90 families had to leave the village in the night of March 25 due to lack of security and at the time of filing of petition in the high court were protesting at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. The petitioner association has also sought rehabilitation of the villagers. In August first week this year over 100 dalit families of the village had converted to Islam in New Delhi. The court has now directed the state government to file its detailed reply in the case on October 7.