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Friday, August 20, 2004  
India News
19 August 2004

Dalit crime file gets thicker in Bihar

A Dalit woman was gang raped, another was beaten, stripped and molested and a third minor girl was subjected to a group of men attempting to rape her inside her own home - all in the space of 48 hours in Bihar.The incidents, more entries in Bihar's crime file against the underprivileged castes, took place in various districts of the caste-ridden state.


And in Jehanabad district, a group of men forced their way into the home of a landless labourer and attempted to rape his minor daughter.The incidents come after a 45-year-old Dalit woman, Sumitra Devi, was stripped and had acid thrown on her private parts on the orders of a village headman in Muzaffarpur district last month.

Ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad is largely perceived as a messiah for the downtrodden and will now have to answer to opposition attacks on the increasing incidence of crime against Dalits.Bharatiya Janata Party leader Giriraj Singh said crimes against women were on the increase despite a woman chief minister, but "Dalit women were being targeted like never before". This was an alarming development, he said.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004  
16 August 2004

Dalit MLA prevented from hoisting tricolour
by Narad in Bhopal

A Dalit MLA of the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh was not only prevented from unfurling the National Flag at an Independence Day function in Damoh district but also manhandled and called by names by none other than the Janpad president and police personnel.
Janpad president Raghuveer Singh and policemen allegedly did not allow Sona Bai, an MLA from Patharia in Damoh district. They also called her 'Chamar' and also manhandled her when she approached to hoist the national flag after her name was announced from the dais.

Later when the injured MLA reached the police station to lodge a complaint, she was turned out. She then spoke to the Chief Minister Uma Bharti who had reportedly assured her of strict action against the guilty.

Damoh Collector Sandeep Saxena has meanwhile gone to Patharia to record the statement of the MLA and others.


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