Justice eludes a teenage Dalit girl who was allegedly beaten, her face and hands seared on a tractor's hot silencer by a Jat farmer for protesting him driving the vehicle through an agricultural field.
Though the alleged incident took place at Mundasar village under the Balaji police station about 60km from district headquarters on March 14, an FIR was registered two days later only after the Meghwal community sat on a dharna (protest) outside the district collectorate.
Subsequently, the victim and her family submitted a memorandum to the additional district magistrate for demanding necessary action against the accused, Rameshwar Jat.
“Even though 16 days have passed, the police have made no arrest. We have knocked every official’s door in the district but we have got nothing barring verbal assurances, the victim’s father, Burda Ram Nayak, said.
Recollecting her ordeal, the girl said: “Rameshwar forcibly dragged me near his tractor and placed my hands on the hot silencer of the tractor. When I still resisted him, he then placed my face too on the silencer.
The girl added that she had earlier raised objection to playing loud music on his tractor while he drove by her house.
“Police is asking us to furnish evidences that the (Rameshwar) Jat is responsible for the crime. The accused is freely roaming in the village and threatening us to withdraw our FIR,” Nayak claimed, adding threats were also issued to the family.
The police, meanwhile, gave contradictory statements regarding the case.
We are searching for the accused but have been unable to arrest him yet," circle officer, Nagaur, Goardhan Lal said.
But ASP Pyare Lal Shivran expressed his ignorance about the case, saying he was not aware about the facts of the case.