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2 MP women battered for refusing to enter sex trade

The sisters, who are tailors, had lodged a police complaint, but no action had been taken against the culprits.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 19:11 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Two Dalit sisters in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday lodged a complaint with the state women's commission saying that upper caste villagers were physically abusing them for refusing to plunge into flesh trade.

"Villagers ransacked our house, tore our clothes and beat us because we refused to succumb to their pressure to enter flesh trade. They have threatened to kill our brother," Seema, one of the sisters, said in her complaint.

The incident took place on May 12 at Pipariya town in Hoshangabad district.

The sisters, who are tailors, said they had lodged a police complaint, but no action had been taken against the culprits.

Incidence of crime against women has increased manifold in the past five years. From 1,505 complaints received by the women's commission in 2001-02, the number has increased to 3,514 in 2005-06.

The chairperson of the women's commission, Relam Chauhan, attributed the rise to increasing awareness among the people.

"The commission is organising awareness camps to make women aware of their rights. This is why more and more women approach us with their complaints," Chauhan said.

She said that the commission would hold an inquiry into the complaint received on Thursday and ensure that the culprits were punished.

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 17:25 IST

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