A woman along with her three children has been forced to regularly travel between Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat for livelihood after being allegedly banished by her own village in Alirajpur district of MP four years ago over the murder of a fellow villager by three men, including her husband.
Mohili Bai’s ordeal has worsened after a local court convicted her husband Ram Singh for the murder six months ago and sentenced him to life in prison in Indore. Since then Mohili along with three children -- Ramesh (21), Rita (18) and Nilesh (17) – has been going through hard times for the crime that her husband committed.
“Just after my husband was arrested with two others, including his cousin Karan Singh and friend Kenar Singh four years ago in that murder case, relatives of the victim , Ramesh, forced us out of native Bari Hatwi village and threatened to kill us if we ever tried to return,” a tearful Mohili alleged on Thursday.
Since then Mohili along with her son has been living at relatives’ houses, including one at her maternal village Darkali (15 km from Bari Hatwi village). But now her brother is asking her to go back to Bari Hatwi, the woman is in a difficult situation.
“I along with my daughter and younger son have no option but to go to Gujarat where my elder son Ramesh works at a construction site,” Mohili said.
“Twice in last six months we tried to return to Bari Hatwi, but the victim’s relatives didn’t let us enter the village. Some of them, including one Jagat Singh, even tried to attack us with a sickle forcing us to flee away,” said Nilesh.
Nilesh who wanted to become a teacher and his sister Rita who aspired to become a doctor were forced to drop out of school in Class 9.
“Even before my father was sentenced to life imprisonment six months ago, my mother implored Hatwi villagers to forgive him and allow us to return, but the victim’s family asked us to pay Rs 11 lakh. Even if we had sold the three pieces of land and a small house that we own, we could have only managed up to Rs 5 lakh, which was not sufficient to fulfill their demands,” added Nilesh.
Mohili alleged that she reported the matter in the past few months to the Nanpur police station but the cops refused to intervene in the matter and told us that we should cooperate with the villagers.
After failing to find any help from police, Mohili and Nilesh met officiating Alirajpur district Congress president Mahesh Patel on Thursday and sought his help to return to Bari Hatwi village.
When contacted in the matter over phone, Alirajpur superintendent of police Kumar Sourabh told Hindustan Times that “the matter has not been brought to his notice till now. I will look into details of the case and do the needful to help the family.”