A DALIT woman was murdered allegedly by a man from an upper caste at Charel village in Rajkot district on Tuesday. After the incident, the accused consumed poison in an attempt to commit suicide and his condition was reported to be critical. The victim’s husband has alleged that the accused had tried to rape her. However, police said they are yet to find the motive behind the murder.
Police said the incident took place at around 7:30 am when the victim and two other women, who were working as labourers, were on their way to an agricultural farm at the village.
In his complaint, the victim’s husband stated that when his 27-year-old wife and two other women were walking their way to agricultural field, accused Yuvrajsinh Jadeja stopped them at a deserted place. “Jadeja grabbed my wife’s hand with an intent to rape her. When she resisted, he hit her on her head with a handle of shovel,” the husband stated in his complaint.
Police said that the Dalit woman, a mother of two, died on the spot. According to police, Jadeja also assaulted the two other women. Police said that the victim and the accused were residents of the same village.
“The accused consumed pesticide after assaulting the women and is in an ICU (intensive care unit) at a Gondal hospital. His condition is critical,” Superintendent of Police of Rajkot rural police Balram Meena said told The Indian Express.
The SP said that the motive of the murder was yet to be established. The SP added that the two women, who witnessed the crime, had not reported any attempt to rape.
“We are verifying if it was something personal or otherwise,” said Meena.
The police officer, however, said that he didn’t see any caste angle to the crime at this stage. “Because both are from the same village it never came to us that something was boiling there in the name of caste,” said the SP addinzg that investigation in the case was at primary stage.
Based on the complaint filed by the victim’s husband, Jadeja has been booked for murder, voluntarily causing hurt, wrongful restraint, criminal force to a woman with an intent to outraging her modesty, sexual harassment and under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Meanwhile, Jignesh Mewani, MLA from Vadgam constituency, has demanded that Chief Minister Vijay Rupani should take action as Rajkot is the native district of the chief minister.
“In the district of Vijay Rupani, an upper caste man murdered a Dalit girl (sic) because she refuse to share bed with him. There is no right to life nor dignity. Does Manusmruti rule here? CM, sir, please, do take action,” Mewani tweeted.
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