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SC panel hears cases of Dalit atrocities

Five rape incidents were among the 28 atrocity cases against dalits that were presented before the Schedule Caste Commission,Punjab,by the Dalit Dastan Virodhi organisation during a public hearing on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Jalandhar |
September 12, 2012 1:02:51 am

Five rape incidents were among the 28 atrocity cases against dalits that were presented before the Schedule Caste Commission,Punjab,by the Dalit Dastan Virodhi organisation during a public hearing on Tuesday.

Chairman of the commission Rajesh Bagha along with another member listened to the cases and assured justice to the victims. The commission had earlier visited various districts in the state to listen to atrocities on dalits,in which,police had allegedly forced a compromise instead of registering cases. On Tuesday,the Commission received 28 complaints pertaining to rape,assault and social boycott.

Among the prominent was the case of Shanti Devi of Ferozepur district. She alleged that her teen age daughter was raped by two youths of the village in which police had registered the case but charges were not levelled under SC/ST Act.

Baljinder Kaur of the same district too alleged that she was working as a domestic help in the house of a upper caste landlord family and her elder daughter was helping her. “After my elder daughter’s marriage,my younger daughter started helping me and one day when I could not go to my work my daughter went with her brother,” she said before adding that on finding her alone,the landlords attempted to rape her.

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