Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Justice to dalit survivor

Case Details of File Number: 8924/7/3/2015
Diary Number
Name of the Complainant

Name of the Victim

Place of Incident

Date of Incident
Not Mentioned
Direction issued by the Commission
The Commission has come across a distressing newspaper report dated 21.10.2015 published in the 'Indian Express' captioned '2 Dalit kids burnt alive in revenge killing by rajputs in faridabad'. According to the report, two children (Vaibhav aged 3 years and Divya, nine months old) of a Dalit family died and their parents suffered burn injuries after their home was set on fire, allegedly by upper caste rajputs in Sunpedh village, Faridabad. The Commission took cognizance of the matter and called for reports from the concerned authorities. Pursuant to the directions of the Commission, The Dy. Commissioner, Faridabad, vide communication dated 19.12.16 has informed that an amount of Rs.5,62,500/- has been given by the District Welfare Officer, Faridabad to Shri Jitender, father of the two deceased children, as per the relevant rule of SC/ST(POA) Act. It is further informed that the District Administration has also provided the medical help to the victims through Red Cross Society, Faridabad. The District Red Cross Society, Faridabad has paid an amount of Rs.49,759/- against the bills duly verified by the doctors to the next of kin of two deceased children. Ambulance service was also provided eleven times to the victims for dressings and regular check up at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. The DGP, Haryana vide communication dated 20.01.17 has informed that as per the action taken report received from Commissioner of Police, Faridabad a case FIR No. 325 dated 29.10.15 u/s 147/149/452/432/302/307 IPC and 3/33/89 SC/ST(POA) Act was registered at PS, Ballabhgarh and the same is being investigated by the CBI. An amount of Rs. 5,62,500/- has been paid to Shri Jitender, father of deceased dalit kids as compensation. As per written statement of Shri Jitender, a total amount of Rs.Ten Lakhs has been received by him as compensation from District Welfare Officer, Faridabad. The Commission has considered the reports. The Commission is satisfied with the action taken by the District Administration and Police and decides to close the case along with the linked files.
Action Taken
Concluded and No Further Action Required (Dated 3/20/2017 )
Status on 6/28/2017
The Case is Closed.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: anup srivastava <>
Date: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 1:22 PM
Subject: Urgent Petition
To: akpnhrc <>, covdnhrc <>, ionhrc <>, jrlawnhrc <>
Cc: Lenin Raghuvanshi <>, "Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi" <>, Irshad Ahmed <>

The Chairperson
National Human Rights Commission,
New Delhi.

Respected Sir,

I want to bring your kind attention towards the news published in the national news paper " Times of India" on 21 October, 2015 regarding  "Man Incident in Haryana village highlights caste divide"  (Newspaper clipping and link annexed).

Incident in Haryana village highlights caste divide
The author has posted comments on this articleDurgesh Nandan Jha, TNN | Oct 21, 2015, 12.22AM IST
Page 1 of 4
SUNPED (Ballabhgarh): The deaths of two children and the burn injuries suffered by their mother and father when their house was set on fire in Sunped village in Ballabhgarh has brought the simmering tension between Dalits and upper castes in Haryana to the forefront once again. In Mirchpur in 2011 and in Bhadana in 2012, Dalit families had been forced to flee their homes after being targeted by musclemen belonging to upper-caste communities.

On Tuesday, as news about the death of three-year-old Vaibhav and eight-month-old Divya, children of Jitendra Kumar and his wife Rekha, went around, the unrest among the reserved community was palpable. Hundreds of Dalit men and women from neighbouring villages thronged Sunped throughout the day.

"We have been suffering at the hands of the upper caste for years. They abuse us and harass our daughters. Today, they killed innocent infants. We cannot tolerate this any longer," said Ram Prakash, a Dalit boy from Sahupur village who had reached Sunped to show his solidarity with Kumar's family.
Sunped village has around 500 houses, of which around 50 belong to Dalit households. The Thakurs, who are alleged to have set Kumar's house on fire over an old feud, are the dominant community. Recalling the lingering tension, Lal Chand, Kumar's neighbour, said, "On October 5 last year, a fight ensued when a group of Thakurs ordered Dalit boys, including Kumar's younger brother, to pick up a mobile phone from a drain. In the altercation, three Thakur men were killed." Caste relations have remained tense since then.

With this history, the police had to quickly post around 500 policemen in the village on Tuesday even as the atmosphere became fraught with the visit of political leaders, including former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and Dalit leaders like BJP MP from North-West Delhi Udit Raj and Rajya Sabha member Ramdas Athawale, who offered their support to victim's family.

Kumar, who suffered burn injuries on his hand while trying to save his wife and children, was inconsolable. His 80-year-old mother was in shock and repeatedly murmured, "Mujhe mere bacchhon ke paas bhej do. Mujhe bhi maar do."

Santosh, a family member, said that in addition to the year-old acrimony over the mobile phone, what had also got the Thakurs' goat was the election of Kumar's relative as sarpanch of the village a few years ago. "Since it was a reserved seat, he won. But the upper caste community never forgot the humiliation," Santosh said.

Therefore it is kind request please take appropriate and immediate action in this matter.   

Thanking You,

Sincerely Yours,

Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi
Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights
An Initiative of Jan Mitra Nyas
SA 4/2 A Daulatpur, Varanasi - 221002

No comments: