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?Tribals being forced to fight for their dignity?

LEADER OF Opposition in the State Assembly Jamuna Devi on Tuesday accused the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government of being indifferent towards atrocities against tribals.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 14:25 IST

LEADER OF Opposition in the State Assembly Jamuna Devi on Tuesday accused the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government of being indifferent towards atrocities against tribals.

She said the incident in Guna district, where a police officer and a tribal was killed in the attack of Bhils bore testimony to the ‘fact’ that tribals were feeling forced to fight for their dignity on their own in the absence of police patronage.

Addressing a press conference along with a Bhil woman from Nahargarh village, who was allegedly raped by four men, and other persons of her community, Jamuna Devi said the woman was raped on August 20 while she was going with her husband to her parents’ home.

Her two-year-old daughter was thrown into a water-logged ground, where she died. Her husband was also beaten up and the woman raped, leading to the abortion of three-month baby that she was expecting.

Ever since the incident, the woman and persons of her community had been making rounds of the police station to lodge a complaint.

A complaint was ultimately lodged at Chachoda police station on August 24 but despite the name of the accused mentioned in the report, they were not arrested nor was the woman sent for medical examination.

When no action was taken by the police till September 9, a Mahapanchayat of Bhils was organised in which Bhils from three districts -Jhalwad in Rajasthan, Guna and Rajgarh- were present and they decided to fight the battle of their dignity on their own. Following this, 5,000 Bhils attacked houses of accused persons at village Kaunyakala and in the ensuing conflict a police officer and a tribal was killed.

Demanding the immediate arrest of persons involved in the incident of rape, she said transfer of Guna SP and station house officer (SHO) of Chachoda police station was not enough to placate the feelings of tribals.

Jamuna Devi, who visited village Nahargarh along with State Mahila Congress chief Shobha Oza on Monday, said the village had been converted into a police bastion.


Minister flays opposition leader for parading rape victim
MINISTER FOR School Education Narottam Mishra on Tuesday condemned leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Jamuna Devi for presenting a rape victim in a press conference.  

In a press statement, Mishra said that when a rape victim was brought to Mahila Panchayat by some NGOs recently, Jamuna Devi had felt so bad that she had demanded resignation of the Chief Minister.  He further said that Jamuna Devi’s conduct was typical of Congress culture, where double standards seem to be order of the day. 

Mishra said that Jamuna Devi had nothing to do with dignity or welfare of women and her only interest lie in deriving political mileage from any perceptible issue or incident.  Her press conference on Tuesday was also an attempt in the same direction and an example of her double speak’, he added.