In a repeat instance of atrocity on scheduled castes, a Dalit woman was described as a witch, beaten and paraded half-naked in a village in Bhilwara district last week, the police said on Monday.
Rani (name changed) of Phulia Khurd village, about 70 km from Bhilwara, said in her FIR filed on Sunday that four villagers entered her house on September 27, dubbed her a witch and beat her up.
In Bhilwara in the past six months this is the third incident where a Dalit woman has been beaten up and branded a witch.
“The villagers – Gheesu Jat, Chothu Mali, Balu Mali and Godu Mali – insulted and tortured me. They wanted me to leave the village,” she told media persons in hospital.
She has injuries on her head and hands.
“A couple of days ago they harassed me on the road and threatened me to leave the village. I am scared. How can I live in such a place where people are after my life?” she asked.
Acting station house officer Shahpura Fatah Lal said the victim’s son had filed an FIR, naming the four accused.
The son said his mother was cooking when the accused broke the door and started beating her. “They assaulted her and tore her clothes. Then they paraded her half naked in the village.”