Thursday, July 31, 2003

Mother, daughter sentenced to 4 years for 'burning' Dalit girl

THANJAVUR: A woman and her daughter who were found guilty of dousing a Dalit girl with kerosene and setting her afire were sentenced to four years imprisonment each by the Sessions Court here on Wednesday.

According to the prosecution, Chitra (18), daughter of Selvaraj, a Dalit of Rettakudi in Sembanarkovil police limits, was employed as a domestic servant in the house of Fauzia Begum (55), wife of Sheik Allaudeen in Arangakudi village. Suspecting that her son Thameem Ansari might be having illicit relations with Chitra, Fauzia had been quarrelling frequently with Chitra.

On March 13, 2002, Chitra had collected her belongings and was getting ready to go back to her parental home, when Fauzia and her daughter Pappa Kani (22) attacked Chitra. Fauzia had poured kerosene on Chitra and set her alight. Chitra sustained serious burns and even after the wounds had cured, could not move about freely.

Mayiladuthurai DSP filed cases against Fauzia Begum and Pappa Kani under the Protection of Civil Rights Act and on charges of attempted murder.

Principal Additional Sessions Judge S Chandrasekaran who tried the case found both the mother and the daughter guilty and sentenced each of them to four years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 each. He also ordered that Rs 90,000 of the amount be paid to Chitra as compensation.

Source:, July 31, 2003


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