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3 convicted in Jharkhand Dalit atrocity case after 15 yrs

Peoples Voice on April 7, 2016 - 8:24 pm in Society

Ramdev Vishwabandhu
Freelance journalist, Dalit & Adivasi activist

Dalit the Black untouchable of this holy land, denied their basic human right. In rural  areas they are suffering from myriad of problems ill health , malnutrition, poverty, unemployment, migration and  blind faith etc. Dalit women are not twice but thrice sufferer of Caste atrocity,i,e caste, untouchability and gender inequality. Around 13% Dailts are residing in Jharkhand.

A Gang rape of a Dalit women Smt. Reena Devi (Name changed) took place on 5th April,2001 in Village Choura, Block Jamua and Distt, Giridih (Jharkhand). Case was filed against the five accused persons . FIR no. is 47/2001. Accused were  Shankar Roy, Mahesh Roy, Ramanand Roy, Sachin Roy and Naresh Roy. All are Upper caste Bhumihar of the same Village Choura. Jharkhand State Backward classes (SC/ST/backward & minority) federation had set –up a fact finding team under the leadership of Senior Advocate Nandlal  Gope. In month of April,2001. This team visited the village and made a probe into the matter. This team prepared a report and sent it to the National Human Right Commission Delhi. NHRC demanded detailed Report from DC and SP of Giridih Distt. Jharkhand state Backward classes Federation fought for justice, staged Dharna and demanded immediate arrest of the accused persons. The then SP, Sanjay Anand Latker (IPS) took a move and arrested all the five accused. It was strange and unbelievable news for this area.

First time an upper caste accused were behind the bar in the Dalit Atrocity case. Molestation and rape of a Dalit women by upper caste or dominant caste is not an uncommon thing in our society.

FIR was lodged against the accused under IPC 147,342,452,376(G) 379,504 ander SC/ST PoA 1989 of ¾. Charged was  framed in July 2001. Final charge sheet was filed in the court on October 15,2001. Medical Report proved the Rape.  During this long judicial process of 15 years two accused  were dead. Rest three accused are alive, Shankar Roy, Mahesh Roy and Sachin Roy.

In the Court Of Distt and Session Judge (First) Pradip Kumar Choube three accused were found guilty in the gang rape case.  Shankar Roy, Mahesh Roy and Sachin Roy were convicted by the court. They were fined 10 thousand per person were sentenced to 10 years of imprison. This judgement was given on 29th March,2016. This was the historical judgement  and perhaps the first of this kind for this area. It is the rare judgement.

Most of the cases of rape and molestation is being negotiated in the village level. Few cases are not taken cognizance by the court.  In the cases of Dalit atrocity ,rate of conviction is very low.

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