(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 22, 2012
AIDWA Flays Attack on Dalit Woman
IN a statement issued on January 13, the All India Democratic Women’s Association said that it is deeply shocked at the stripping and beating of a dalit widow in Satara village by upper caste residents of the same village, because her son reportedly eloped with an upper caste girl from that village. It condemned this outrageous violation of human rights, and demanded exemplary punishment for the perpetrators.
AIDWA national secretary and president of the Maharashtra Janwadi Mahila Samity, Kiran Moghe, along with other AIDWA leaders from the state have visited the victim in hospital, and have demanded stringent action from the police authorities. The press release issued by the state leadership is below:
The woman has been a resident of the village for the past thirty years. Ever since her son married the daughter of her upper caste neighbour a month ago, she has been targeted with verbal casteist abuse. On January 9, 2012, members of the Desai family brutally assaulted her. When she managed to reach the Patan police station, the constable on duty refused to entertain her complaint. We strongly demand that the policemen on duty who failed to understand the gravity of the situation and turned her away should be suspended forthwith, and strong action be taken against them. Moreover, there have been earlier incidents of attacks on other members of her family, one of which has been registered with the Patan police station. We also demand that the village level Tanta Mukti Samiti at Mulgaon should be dissolved forthwith since it did not intervene to pre-empt this serious incident of assault.
A delegation of the Akhil
Janwadi Mahila Sanghatana (AIDWA) consisting of state president Kiran
Satara district president Anandi Avghade, alongwith Satara district
Manik Avghade, Saleem Attar, J S Patil and others met the victim at
Karad late in
the evening on January 11, 2012 and
spoke to her at length. It is shocking that the district SP and
not even bothered to visit her and make enquiries about her situation.
appears that the state government has learnt nothing from the
incident and the state administration and police department remains as
insensitive and discriminatory when it comes to atrocities against
latest crime statistics for the state of
The delegation also went to meet the deputy SP Patan, F A Nayakawadi at the Patan police station late last night and enquired about the progress in the investigation. He immediately agreed to their demand to give police protection to the victim while she is in the hospital. They also demanded that the police independently verify the age of the young girl and not rely on the parents’ version. They also asked for police protection to the couple. A memorandum of demands has been submitted to the SP and collector.