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Rajasthan: Dalit girl harassed by Gujjars leaves home

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ajmer, January 30, 2014

First Published: 18:51 IST(30/1/2014) |

Failed to withstand threat pressures from community of Dumada village a girl and her family left their village home on 29 January to take shelter at a safer place. Dalit rights activists here informed that fearing a backlash from the Gujjar community the family has left their home to a safer place.

The family was living under constant pressure from Gujjar community for filing a molestation case against one of them. The community had threatened to strip their 13-year-old in public if the case was not withdrawn.

Hindustan Times had highlighted the incident in its edition dated January 28. The teenager alleged that 55-year-old Raghunath Gujjar of the village allegedly molested her after forcibly dragging onto a room on his farm.

The girl was shepherding cattle and some of them entered onto the fields of the accused. The father of the girl, who works as labourer was in Ajmer while her mother was away at work on a Nerga site at the time of incident. Later as case was registered against the accused.

Dalit Rights Activists alleged that police failed to provide protection to the family.

“Despite our repeated complaints to the police about threats they did not take an action for the safety of the family, alleged Ramesh Chand Bansal District Coordinator of Center for Dalit Rights. We have written a latter to Women’s Commission for intervention in the case, he said.

DySP Preeti Chaudhary was unaware of the family’s migration from the village. “We will inquire into the incident and if threat perception to the family was found true stern action would be taken against people who are threatening the family,” she said.

 

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