In a state where the government is making tall claims of the providing good administration to the people a minor girl is struggling to get a case registered against a man who allegedly made obscene remarks on her despite trying to establish relation with her. Following her refusal the man threatened her and her family.
The victim was one of 28 others belonging to schedule castes, who allegedly reported atrocities by the upper caste , to Rajesh Bagha, chairman of the state commission for scheduled castes, during a public hearing at Ambedkar bhavan on Tuesday.
The programme was organised by Dalit Dastan Virodi Andolan (DDVA), an NGO, working for the dalits. Narrating their stories, the victims told the commission that the police did not take any necessary action against the culprits, and demanded justice from the commission.
The minor while complaining to the commission said that the incident took place on September 5 when her mother, Balwinder Kaur, who had been working as a domestic help in the house of the accused fell ill, and sent the victim to work in her place.
She along with her 10 years old younger brother went to the house. The accused finding her alone passed obscene comments on her and also tried to establish a relation. But she managed to flee for the house and narrated the incident to her mother who also stopped going to his house.
She said that now the accused has been threatening her and the family of not telling the incident to anyone and also forcing them to join work again. The case was also not registered, she said.
Another gang rape victim from Ferozepur district while narrating her story said that after six people of her village Basti Dulla Singh raped her, the police booked six upper caste persons identified as Bhakhshish Singh and his five other accomplices but only none of them was arrested.
Sukhwinder Kaur(36) of Taran Tarn complained against a brick kiln owner Harpal Singh of Machhike village of Taran Taran who misbehaved with her in Khem Kharan police station in front of ASI Narinder Singh when she went there in support of bonded labourer who were rescued from the brick kiln of the accused.
She said that this incident occurred in February, 2011 and since then she had made various representations to the deputy commissioner, SSP Taran Tarn but no case was registered.
Pawan Kaler a victim of Nangal Fida village in Jalandhar said that he along some other people were attacked by upper caste men in the village on June 20 after their one of them defeate an upper caste man in a village wrestling match. He said that they stioll feel threatened in the village.
In a similar case Hakam Singh(25) complained that some upper caste men attacked him after he stopped playing kabbadi in their club as he was not given due share in cash prize money.
Gurmel Singh of Nayan Kalan village of Patiala district and Sidhoria Khan of Kaithal, Haryana told the commission how they were forced to work as bonded labourers.
Jai Singh the patron of DDVA said that such public hearing have been arranged only to ensure that that the commsion takes prompt action against the accused.
Rajesh Bagha said that the commission would ensure justice for the victims and would also take preventive measures to curb such incidents in future.