Monday, November 15, 2004

Suraj Bhan to visit Bihar for probe into atrocities on dalits

National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes Chairman Suraj Bhan would be visiting Patna on December 5 to probe into complaints of atrocities on dalits in Bihar.

Bhan said on Sunday he would also visit the residence of the dalit girl of village Madha in Vaishali district, who was allegedly "raped and later murdered by some persons stated to be close to a leader of ruling party there."

He said the Commission had received a complaint in this regard from the family of the victim.

Bhan said he had summoned the Director General of Police and Director General of Health of Bihar to New Delhi on November 2 to asses the follow up action of the Bihar administration in the matter.

The Chairman said the administration had compensated the victim's family by providing "simply one quintal of wheat so far."

Source: Hindustan Times, November 15, 2004

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