Sunday, September 22, 2002

Dalit woman paraded naked in U.P.

Pratapgarh Sept. 21. A Dalit woman was allegedly paraded naked by some police and tehsil employees in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh district.

In a complaint lodged with the National Human Rights Commission, the SC-ST Commission and the Chief Minister, the victim has alleged that she was kept in the police lock-up for a night. The incident occurred in Katka Manapur village on Friday.

The victim, who is a widow and works in Mumbai for the Railways, alleged that the police and tehsil employees paraded her naked before locking her up along with two women relatives.

The woman, who was released by a court today, alleged that the land on which her house was constructed had been allotted to some one else on lease by the Tahsildar.

Despite there being a court stay on her eviction from the land, police was trying to ``forcibly evict her'', she alleged.

She demanded action against the SHO of Antu police station and the Tahsildar.

In another incident in Ratlam (M.P.), 10 persons were held on Friday for allegedly disrobing a young Adivasi woman and parading her naked in Koida village near Salina sub-division of the district, police said. The incident took place on Thursday. The accused were allegedly `punishing' her as they suspected her character. Cases have been registered.

Source: The Hindu, September 22, 2002

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