STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 3 September
The father of a 20-year-old Dalit girl, who was brutally raped and murdered in Haryana’s Jind district on 24 August, today appealed to the government to listen to his plight.
The hapless father, whose appeals for an inquiry into the incident have gone unheard, was presented to the media here by the All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM). Ms Vimal Thorat, national convener of AIDMAM, told a Press conference that the condition of the Dalit community is worsening in Haryana. "Every other day, we hear more than 10 cases of sexual violence, mostly with Dalit girls," she said
She added, "According to the official statistics of the National Crime Records Bureau, more than four Dalit women are raped in our country daily, but hundreds of cases of rape with Dalit women are not even registered. The question of conviction is thus a distant dream."
The victim’s father said, "After this incident, other girls in the town are not willing to study any more. My daughter was on her way to write an examination. Her body was found near a canal the next day by police. There were cigarette burn marks on her body and significant signs of sexual violence. It is clear that she was kidnapped, raped and murdered."
Activist and lawyer Rajat Kalsan, while criticising the government and administration, said, "Police did not register the case first. After it was finally registered, the postmortem examination was not conducted properly. The reports are being mismanaged. Till now we haven’t received the postmortem report."
The victim’s father said, "I have lost all hope in the government, in the police, the judiciary, the elected representatives and civil society. Today again, I am going to try, to get my daughter’s postmortem report. I am not sure, if I will get it or not."