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The relevance of Kawasi Hidme’s unheard story by Sushmita Verma (Art by Sushmita) – ‘Colours of the Cage’

Being an adivasi, a woman and being born in a region desired by greedy multi national companies does not serve one well. That is the story of Hidme and many more like her in the regions of Bastar, Chattisgarh. Kawasi Hidme was a young girl, full of energy from Borguda village in Sukma, Bastar region. She helped her widowed aunt till a small piece of land. The rice grown was just enough for them and Hidme would, during the season, sell Mahua in the local market. Like every girl of her age, she would be excited about the occasional fairs from where she can buy colourful bangles and other items which were otherwise not available in the local market.

In January 2008 just after harvest, as in previous years, a fair was organised in Ramram, the nearby village. Kawasi accompanied her aunt and her other cousin sisters to the fair and to buy ribbons andchoodis. There she joined a group of other tribals who were dancing and singing. Having danced vigorously, she soon became thirsty and approached the nearby hand-pump for water. But as soon as she held the pump, someone very forcefully grabbed her. She looked up angrily and was shocked to see Police personnel. They had surrounded her and began dragging her by her hair towards their vehicle parked outside the fair. With hands and feet tied, she was thrown on the floor of the truck and driven to the Police station.

IMG_20150425_020702This was just the beginning- the start of the atrocities that were to be perpetrated on Kawasi Hidme for the subsequent seven years or so. As the staff at one police station would satisfy themselves, she would be sent to another. Repeated torture resulted in a death like situation for her. The policemen however, got apprehensive that she might die in the station itself. That would be a major problem. Her detention had to be formalised and she had to be sent to prison. This was not something uncommon for this area- adivasi girls like Hidme were detained and tortured for months on end and would ultimately be falsely charged under draconian laws such as the Chattisgarh Public Security Act, UAPA, etc.

However before sending her to the prison, the formality of producing her before the court remained. Kawasi’s condition was such that she had to be admitted to the hospital. It was only after a few days that she was produced before the local Magistrate. The Police had conveniently accused her of an offence that related to the murder of 23 CRPF personnel and the Magistrate remanded her to the Jagdalpur prison. On reaching the prison, the excessive physical and possibly sexual torture ultimately paid its toll and her body suddenly ejected her uterus. She bled profously. Horribly scared, she somehow attempted and suceeded in putting her flesh back into her body.

IMG_20150425_021009Till then, she couldn’t share her experience with anyone, but now in prison she would be comfortable to talk to the other Gondi speaking women inmates. The next day as her uterus was again thrown out of her body, Kawasi decided to cut it off. She asked an inmate for a blade and when all the girls had gone out of the barrack, she sought to operate herself so as to end the pain. As she was about to act, a girl entered the barrack and screamed on seeing the bleeding Hidme. The other women inmates gathered. The blade was taken away from her and the jailor was called, who sent her to the city civil hospital for treatment. After a surgical operation at the hospital she was brought back into jail.

In court, the fabricated case against Kawasi was not progressing. The Police had mentioned two women and two policemen as witnesses. The two women never came to depose before the court and the two policemen denied having any information about her involvement. The evidence put up was itself suspicious at face value. The offence in which Kawasi was alleged to be involved, took place on the 9th September 2007. Statements of police personnels (with ‘remarkable memories’) were recorded on 5thDecember 2007, mentioning names of around 50 Naxalites supposedly calling out to each other. This list did not contain Kawasi Hidme’s name. However after 15th December 2007 when the police personnels added a few more names, her name suddenly appeared in newly recorded statements. And finally in court they denied her involvemnet.

Soni Sori, an adivasi teacher, was also in prison during this period and could interact with Kawasi. Soni Sori had undergone a similar treatment in police custody. She was administered electric shocks and stones were inserted in her private parts. After her release Soni Sori had informed human rights activists about Hidme’s condition who in turn, with sympathetic lawyers, started raising their voices for Kawasi. One such lawyer argued before the Court that as all the witnesses were complete, orders to release Hidme should be given. The judge replied that since she had already spent seven years in jail, there should not be a problem in spending a couple of months more! So Hidme stayed incarcerated for many more subsequent months. Finally in late March 2015, as none of the charges against her could be proved the Court ordered her release.

On the date of her release, Soni Sori and her nephew, Linga Kodopi went to receive her from Jagdalpur jail. When Linga took her back to her village, her friends failed to identify her and as she called out to each one of them, they started weeping. Though she was now free, her body was almost completely wasted. She had undergone multiple operations for gallstones. And each operation resulted in further exhaution. The mental injury is almost beyond repair. She regularly faces depression and sudden mood swings. On the other hand, the IG of Bastar, Kalloori has planned to fabricate Kawasi in a further case as she continues to speak of her violations and join Soni Sori in their fight against these injustices

This is not just the story of Kawasi Hidme, but rather the story of thousands of Adivasi women and men incarcerated for longest years of youth and vitality.The hard question we need to ask here is, who is going to compensate for their lost years? In the absence of legal aid, the torture these young women and men have undergone are never proved . The even more shocking part is that we do not hear such stories in the mainstream media. Soni Sori was one of the few women whose voice did reach mainstream media, the reasons being her own courage and the extent of gruesome torture she underwent. Though among aware citizens, it is not unknown that the Police frame adivasis and vulnerable people in regions like Bastar in false cases by branding them as naxals, but serious documentation on it especially when it comes to women still remains minimalistic. But all this fades in the midst of the footage that mainstream media devotes to coverage of the IPL, paid-news reports or events that do not concern us. This has created an illusion in the minds of our youth that a good life means a good job and abundant money with no concern for society at large. The few courageous women who decide to stand up against the mighty and powerful state apparatus face hostility at every step of their work. Recently when Soni tried to help Bhima Madkam, a local injured in a police firing, from Madenar village in Bastar to file a complaint, the police started harassing and threatening her saying that they will send her back to the jail by getting her bail order cancelled by the Court on grounds that she is ‘instigating people against the State’.

Apart from investigatng the case and arresting people, the police in these areas also assume the role of delivering justice. The growing impunity they enjoy is disturbing. The power that comes from holding the gun with absolutely no accountability is indulging. They assume the role of the overarching patriarchal figure who under the pretext of ‘protecting’ society, extracts ‘small’ (sexual or otherwise) favours, ‘teaches’ the accused a lesson and gets away easily unnoticed. Unless we broaden the discourse and dialogue on these issues, there is faint hope that anything is going to change for the better.

Hidme’s question keeps haunting us: “I was never involved in any Maoist activity… What was my fault?” We, as concerned citizens, have to decide if we are prepared for more such questions or are we going to stand up and challenge these injustices?

(Note : Support for the facts related to Kawasi Hidme’s case has been taken from Jagdalpur Legal Aid group’s lawyer, also a large part has been translated from information available in Hindi on activist Himanshu Kumar’s facebook page. The relevance of Kawasi’s story in our lives is becoming more important than ever before, hence I chose to talk about her story. All views expressed are mine)

source: https://.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/the-relevance-of-kawasi-hidmes-unheard-story-by-sushmita-verma-art-by-sushmita/

6 year old child was raped and murdered by her own grandfather

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It is reported that a 6 year old girl child was raped and killed by her own grandfather. This brutal incident has been reported from a place called kallaavi jadayan palayam, oothangkarai near krishnagiri district. The victim Pooja (6 years old) is the daughter of Gopala Krishnan a lorry driver. Pooja’s mother was dead when the child was 6 months.

Following this Gopala Krishnan had married muthulatchumi (20). She is 5 months pregnant now.  Krishnan would be often on travel and Pooja would be under the care of her step mother and her grandfather Pazhani Gounder (63) and her grandmother Muthammaal.

Pooja studies in U.K.G in a nearby school. Day before yesterday she had gone to school and as usual returned home. She had slept next to her grandpa in the night. Her Aunt and grandma had slept at another room

Pazhani Gounder woke up in the night reporting that Pooja was missing. Following that the grandma, the aunt and neighbors started searching for the Child. To everyone’s shock the child’s body was discovered from a nearby well.

People were doubtful about Pooja’s death and they reported in Kallavi Police Station. Police rushed to the spot, acquired the body and sent for Postmortem to Dharmapuri Government Hospital. It was reported that the child was raped and murdered.

Following the investigation made by the police it was found that Pooja was raped and killed by her own grandfather, threw her body in the well and acted innocent. Police has arrested him.

Additionally they also arrested her aunt Muthulatchumi.

Below is the statement issued by Pazhani Gounder:

I had an affair with my 2nd daughter-in-law muthulatchumi. I promised to give all my property to her and demanded her to have sexual relationship with me in exchange for this. We both used to have sex often. In the course of time, Muthulatchumi was a bit skeptical about the property rights and asked how is it possible for me to give the property to her when Pooja is still alive.

So I decided to Kill Pooja. Day before yesterday while all were sleeping, I took Pooja to nearby cow shed. On the way I raped her, inspite the fact that she is my Son’s daughter. When Pooja screamed Muthulatchumi came out, I ordered her to go inside. Then I murdered Pooja, threw her body in the well and walked home innocent.

Source: http://www.dailythanthi.com/2015/02/06012454/Grandfather-arrested-raped-and-killed.vpf

Activist’s car stoned in Hyderabad after she launches campaign against rapists – D.C

Hyderabad: Stones were thrown at the car of activist Sunitha Krishnan in Hyderabad after she launched a campaign against rapists who have shared videos of the horrific assaults.

Two separate videos were posted on YouTube by the activist on Thursday and are being shared on WhatsApp. In one of the videos, five men were seen smiling as they took turns to gangrape a woman even as she pleaded to let her go.

Reportedly, the videos are believed to be at least six months old and were discovered by Krishnan, who runs an anti-trafficking NGO named Prajwala in Hyderabad.

Activist Sunitha Krishnan’s car stoned in Hyderabad (Photo: Twitter)

The activist posted the video online hoping to start a national campaign to shame the rapists, find them and get them punished.

Sunitha Krishnan, who is herself a rape survivor, tweeted on Friday that her car was stoned in the morning, minutes after she announced her #ShameTheRapistCampaign.

On her Facebook page, Krishnan wrote she was alerted to the horrific video by a young man who received it on WhatsApp.

She further wrote, “If you know of anybody who has received any such videos, inform me at sunitha_2002@yahoo.com.”

The videos have been posted by anti-trafficking NGO named Prajwala on YouTube 

Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150206/nation-current-affairs/article/activist%E2%80%99s-car-stoned-hyderabad-after-she-launches-campaign

What the hell is this? I just can’t believe this… So disturbing… Whatever we say of Patriarchy… this is hard core perversion and these guys needs to be bloody punished.

#Sunithakrishnan #Rape #VAW

HC directs Maharashtra government to appoint protection officers The Bombay High Court on Friday directed

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to recruit within six months full-time protection officers for each teshil, as required under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. A division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka said the protection officers play a very important role in assisting the aggrieved women.
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The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to recruit within six months full-time protection officers for each teshil, as required under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. A division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka said the protection officers play a very important role in assisting the aggrieved women.

Advocate General Sunil Manohar submitted that the Woman and Child Development Department has created 142 more posts of protection officers, in addition to the existing 216.

Appointment letters have been issued to 105 candidates so far, he said, noting that recruitment of 65 candidates was in the last phase and the government has earmarked 45 seats for Maratha and Muslim candidates which will be filled soon.

The AG said that the filling up the newly created 142 posts will take about six months and during the same period, 358 multi-purpose employees and assistants to the protection officers will also be recruited. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by advocate Rajendra Anbhule, which has contended that protection officers have not been appointed in many districts.
source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-hc-directs-maharashtra-government-to-appoint-protection-officers-2053248

Honor Killings in the recent past in Tamil Nadu

Honor Killings have been an inherited culture and accepted ‘crime’ amongst few casteist groups  of Northern and Eastern India, now this killing culture seem to be on rise in Tamil Nadu as well.

Recently Reported Incidents:

Incident 1:

1.  11.111.2012 in Villupuram – a vilage by name Pallinellinoor.  Here a Pariyar girl and an Arunthathiyar boy fell in love. The girl and the boy have been in love for over 8 years. They seem to have done register marriage and lived separately in their respective houses on account of fear and acceptance.  When the girl’s family know about this marriage they have expressed sever opposition for marrying a ‘low caste boy’. So they tried getting the girl married to another boy, as the girl resisted, parents seem to have asked her to call for the boy to ‘honor’ the love and marriage officially. The girl has conveyed this to her husband and went to sleep. It is reported that the parents of the girl killed her by thrusting a pillow on her month and next day burned her body.

The next day when her husband heard the news and went to collect the body they rejected and burnt the body without any postmortem. Angered husband gave a complaint to the police station, the police as usual did not file FIR, rather he started getting threatening phone calls from Pariyars in the village. Scared for his life he and his family left the village, however the Pariyars in the village has beaten the husbands uncle for not withdrawing the complaint and the uncle has been missing for some time and no trace of him.

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Incident 2: 

Eettiyampatti Village, near Dharmapuri District – a boy by name muthalaiyan belongs to Arunthathiyar Caste and a girl by name Dhanalakshmi belong to Pariyar Caste. Both have been in love and did register marriage. The girls family could not bear their girl marriying a ‘low caste’ boy hen they have threatened the entire 18 families living in and around the village. It is reported that entire arunthathiyar community have vaccated the village and is hiding out..

The news is said to be reported in  Junior Vikatan 2.3.2011 dated issue.

Incident 3:

Chennai: After Haryana, a case of honour killing came to light in Tamil Nadu. A 21-year-old woman was brutally murdered by her father and relatives in Tirupur district as she married a Dalit youth. Sripriya, who belonged to the backward Kallar community, had fallen in love with A Badhrakali, a Dalit, while she was doing an internship for B.Ed. The couple eloped and got married in Salem on Sept

ember 29. Police say Sripriya’s father Srinivasan and two relatives came to Madathukulam, near Udumalpet in Tirupur, on Wednesday. Srinivasan asked Sripriya, who was staying with Badhrakali’s sister in Madathukulam, to come to Trichi to visit her ailing mother. “She refused and told them she would decide after her husband returned home. The trio left quietly,” Badhrakali’s brother-in-law Chandrasekar said. “But later the two of them returned. When my wife Rani questioned them, one man threatened her with a knife while the other stabbed Sripriya,” said Chandrasekar. Sripriya later succumbed to her injuries. Udumalpet DSP C Raja said the police have arrested Srinivasan (65), his nephew Asaithambi and Pannadi (30).
source: http://indiapulse.sulekha.com/forums/coffeehouse_honor-killing-in-tamilnadu-for-marrying-a-dalit-982633
The above incidents clearly indicates that it is a matter of Women Rights Violation and Female Genocide. Honor Killings usually claim the lives of the female sex more than men. The Male dominant Patriarchal feudal system has its deep roots in the Indian Caste System and it has always target the womb of women. It has laid down several codes of conduct and laws of ‘feminity’ to control women.
Women have been denied of their rights to choose their life partner. The feudal lords and other dominant forces was afraid of loosing their family wealth to an ‘outsider’. Especially they could not let the family wealth being taken away by a ‘low caste’ person / family. The  history tells us that the child marriage and denial of ‘Love’ marriage etc has been a result of wanting to retain the ‘wealth’ within their family. The Brahminical Hindutvas laid them as rules by their Manu Smriti and other sutras and puranas which has proven to be of greater influence in the society, not only among the dominant caste but even within the Dalit Community.
Incident 4:
The much spoken incident of the Dharmapuri Dalit Villages – Naththam, Kondampattia and Annanagar.

Three colonies of Dalits (of the Adi-Dravida community) near Naikkankottai in Dharmapuri district of western Tamil Nadu remained benumbed on Thursday by the fury unleashed on them by a rampaging mob of caste Hindus on Wednesday.

As many as 268 dwellings – huts, tiled-roof and one or two-room concrete houses – were torched by the mob after a caste Hindu man, Nagarajan, committed suicide over his daughter marrying a Dalit boy from one of the colonies. Police said there was no casualty as occupants of the houses escaped and took shelter in another village. Ninety persons were arrested by Thursday evening and cases registered against another 500 “unidentified” persons.

The prime target of the attack was Natham Colony, whose resident, Ilavarasan (23) had married N. Divya (20), a caste Hindu. But, the mob’s fury was also directed at the adjoining Anna Nagar Colony and Kondampatti Old and New Colonies.

It is said that Ilavarasan and Divya got married in a temple a month ago. Fearing attack by caste Hindus, the couple approached the Deputy Inspector of General of Police, Salem Range, Sanjay Kumar, only a week ago for protection. Though the police assured them safety, a kangaroo court directed Ilavarasan’s family to return the girl on Wednesday. The girl refused to go with her father, who later hanged himself at his house in Sellankottai, just half a km from the Dalit colonies. And then, the mobs went on the rampage.

According to police, one group of incensed members of his community protested on the Dharmapuri-Tiruppattur Road, blocking traffic with the trees they felled as well as with boulders and signboards. At the same time, another group entered the Dalit colonies and set ablaze the dwellings. The Dalits alleged that their houses were looted and the valuables taken away. The attack started around 4.45 p.m. and went on till 7 p.m. Police reinforcements and fire tenders could not reach the spot in time because of the hurdles placed on the road leading to the colonies. Some vehicles of the Dalits too were torched. The mob fled when police reinforcements arrived.

Superintendent of Police, Krishnagiri, M. Ashok Kumar, reached the spot and took control of the situation, as Dharmapuri’s SP Asra Garg was away in Madurai. Mr. Garg, however, reached the spot at night.

Police personnel drawn from five districts restored order. Fire tenders put out the blaze in the colonies and recovery vans were deployed to clear the road blocks.

A core police team headed by Mr. Sanjay Kumar worked out strategies to keep the situation under control. Inspector-General of Police (West Zone), visited the colonies on Thursday and supervised the security arrangements and the investigation into the attack. Police said Ilavarasan and Divya were safe and under police protection.

After spending the night in shock, fear and without shelter, close to 1,500 Dalits were on Thursday accommodated in Government schools.

District Collector R. Lilly visited the affected persons and ordered relief for them.

source: http://sanhati.com/tweet/5787/

following this incident another such attack was unleashed in another Dalit Village near cuddalore district:

Eight houses of a Dalit colony at Pacharapalayam in Kurinjipadi block were ransacked and set on fire by a mob on Tuesday. While three houses were completely burnt, five others were partially scorched.

The steel almirahs in the houses were pierced open and gold jewellery and other valuables stolen. Two minivans and 10 two-wheelers were damaged in the attack.

In the ensuing clash, scores of people from Dalit and intermediate communities were injured. Superintendent of Police A. Radhika said both sides had filled complaints.

Soon after violence broke out, a strong police force brought the situation immediately under control. SPs A. Radhika (Cuddalore) and Prabhakaran (Ariyalur) are camping there.

D. Kathiresan and his wife Jothimani, two of the victims, told TheHindu that in the morning a gang barged into their house, broke a kerosene lamp and sprinkled fuel all over the place before setting it on fire.

Supporters of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi staged a road roko, condemning the attacks at Kurinjipadi, Cuddalore, Reddichavadi, Kondur and Marudhadu.

Two versions are doing the rounds about the motive behind the attack. One was eve teasing of a girl, which created a tense situation and another being torn up posters on Dharmapuri incident.

About 20 persons from both sides had been detained.

source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/eight-houses-of-dalits-ransacked-set-afire/article4140936.ece

It is high time that our Government bans the open propaganda against Love Marriage and Inter caste Marriages by the casteist parties, groups and leaders like Kattu Vetti Guru, P.M.K, Kongu Vellalar Peravai, Mukkulaththor Peravai and casteist individuals like Pazha. Karuppaih. Government should arrest these ‘men’ and groups who talk against the Fundamental Right of a women or a person granted by the Indian Constitution and also ban the respective groups and parties.
The Casteist groups and political parties seem to take this up as their propaganda to retain their vote banks and it is the duty of the Government to put an end to this Caste Based Violence and Violation of Human Rights and esp. Women’s Rights.
Government has to initiate a campaign on Fundamental Rights of Women, work on gender equality and also issue warnings against honor killings, casteist propaganda against inter-caste marriages.
State and Indian Government should
1.  adopt a comprehensive law against Honor Killings, Denial of Fundamental Women’s Rights to choose her life partner.
2.  adopt a comprehensive law against the casteist propaganda against inter caste marriages
3.  should arrest people who have already spoken against inter caste marriages and also ban the concerned casteist groups and parties. 
Relevant posts:

சாதியம் – மற்றுமொரு கொலை

தர்மபுரி சம்பவத்தின் சூடு தணியும் முன்பே, அடுத்த பிரச்னை விழுப்புரத்தில் ஆரம்பம். விழுப்புரம் மாவட்டம், கண்டமங்கலம் அருகே உள்ளது பள்ளிநேலியனூர். அங்கு கடந்த 10-ம் தேதி கோகிலா என்ற பெண் இறந்துவிட, ‘அவரது பெற்றோரே அடித்துக் கொன்று விட்டனர். காரணம் சாதி’ என்று அவரது கணவர் போலீஸில் புகார் கொடுத்து இருக்கிறார்..

கட்டட வேலை செய்து வரும் கார்த்திகேயனை சந்தித்தோம். ”நானும், கோகிலாவும் எட்டு வருடங்களுக்கு முன் கண்டமங்கலம் வள்ளலார் மேல்நிலைப் பள்ளியில் ஒன்றாகப் படித்தோம். அப்போதே எங்களுக்குள் காதல் அரும்பியது. நாங்கள் இருவரும் தாழ்த்தப்பட்ட சமூகத்தைச் சேர்ந்தவர்கள் என்றாலும் வெவ்வேறு பிரிவினர். எங்கள் திருமணத்துக்குச் சம்மதம் கிடைக்காது என்பதால், கடந்த 1.12.2010-ல் ரகசியமாக கடலூரில் பதிவுத்திருமணம் செய்து கொண்டோம். பெற்றோர் சம்மதம் கிடைக்கும் வரை, அவரவர் வீட்டிலேயே இருப்போம் என்று முடிவு எடுத்தோம். கோகிலா மருந்து கம்பெனியில் வேலை செய்து வந்ததால், அடிக்கடி சந்தித்துக் கொள்வோம்.

எப்படியோ எங்களது விவகாரம் கோகிலாவின் பெற்றோருக்குத் தெரிந்துவிட்டது. அதனால், உடனே அவளுக்குத் திருமணம் செய்துவைக்க முடிவுசெய்து மாப்பிள்ளை பார்த்தனர். கோகிலா கடுமையாக எதிர்ப்பு தெரிவிக்கவே, அவளது மாமா வீட்டுக்கு அனுப்பி விட்டனர். திடீரென கடந்த 8-ம் தேதி, ‘உன் காதலனுடன் சேர்த்து வைக்கிறோம்’ என்று அழைத்து வந்திருக்கிறார்கள்.

மூன்று நாட்கள் அவளை ஒரு ரூமில் அடைத்து வைத்து, தற்கொலை செய்துகொள்ளச் சொல்லி மிரட்டியுள்ளனர். இதையெல்லாம் கோகிலா எனக்கு ரகசியமாக போன் செய்து சொன்னாள். சம்பவம் நடந்த 9-ம் தேதி இரவு நான் கோகிலாவுக்கு போன் செய்தேன். ஆனால், ஸ்விட்ச்ஆஃப் செய்யப்பட்டு இருந்தது. காலையில், கோகிலா இறந்த செய்திதான் எனக்குக் கிடைத்தது.

கோகிலாவை அவளது பெற்றோர்தான் அடித்துக் கொன்று விட்டனர். உடனே, நான் கண்டமங்கலம் போலீஸில் புகார் செய்தேன். விசாரணை நடத்தப்போன இன்ஸ்பெக்டர், போஸ்ட் மார்ட்டம் செய்வதற்கு கோகிலாவின் உடலை எடுத்துச் சென்று விடாமல் தடுத்து, பெட்ரோல் ஊற்றி எரித்து விட்டனர். இப்போது, புகாரை வாபஸ் வாங்கச்சொல்லி என்னையும் மிரட்டுகிறார்கள். புகாரை திரும்ப வாங்கும் வரை நிம்மதியாக வாழ முடியாது என்று கொலை மிரட்டல் விடுக்கின்றனர். ஆனால், நான் அவர்களுக்குப் பயப்படுவதாக இல்லை. என் மனை விக்கு நேர்ந்த கொடுமைக்கு நீதி பெறாமல் விட மாட்டேன்” என்றார்.

கோகிலாவின் தந்தை நாகராஜனிடம் பேசினோம். ”அவங்க திருமணம் செய்துக்கிட்டதா சொல்றாங்க. ஆனா, அது எங்களுக்குத் தெரியாது. நான் அவளிடம், ‘யாரையாவது காதலிச்சு இருந்தா, வந்து பொண்ணு பாக்கச் சொல்லு’னு கேட்டேன். அப்பவும் அவ எதுவும் சொல்லலை. பிள்ளையார்குப்பத்தில் மாப்பிள்ளை பார்த்தேன். அவனைப் பார்த்து பிடிச்சிருக்குன்னு சொன்னா. அப்புறம் ஒரு நாள் திடீர்னு எனக்குக் கல்யாணம் வேணாம்னு சொன்னா. ஏன்னு கேட்டதற்கு, ‘எனக்கு தைராய்டு நோய் இருக்கிறதால அடிக்கடி நெஞ்சு அடைக்குது’னு காரணம் சொன்னா. அந்த நோயால்தான் அவ செத்துட்டா. ரெண்டு வருஷத்துக்கு முன்னாடியே திருமணம் செஞ்சதா சொல்றவன், இத்தனை நாளும் பொண்டாட்டியை ஏன் தனியே விட்டிருந்தான். இப்போ, நான் கொலை செஞ்சதா சொல்லி புகார் கொடுத்து எங்களையும் அசிங்கப்படுத்துறான்” என்று அழுதார்.

கோகிலாவுடன் வேலை செய்த சிலரிடம் பேசினோம். ”கோகிலா காதலித்தது உண்மைதான். கோகிலாவை கார்த்திகேயன்தான் வண்டியில் அழைத்துப் போவார். ‘நாங்க திருமணம் செஞ்சிக்கிட்டோம். எங்க திருமணத்தை அப்பாவிடம் சொல்லப் போறேன்’னு சொல்லிக்கிட்டே இருப்பா. ஆனா, சொன்னது இல்லை. கேட்டா, ‘எங்க அப்பா கௌரவமா வாழ்ந்துக்கிட்டு இருக்கார். என்னால் எந்தப் பிரச்னையும் வந்துடக் கூடாது’னு சொல்வா. அதேநேரம் அவ தற்கொலை செஞ்சிக்கிற அளவுக்குக் கோழையான பொண்ணும் கிடையாது” என்றனர் சோகத்துடன்.

கண்டமங்கலம் இன்ஸ்பெக்டர் சரவணனிடம் பேசினோம். ”உடலை எடுக்க விடாமல் கோகிலாவின் குடும்பத்தினர் எங்களைத் தடுத்தது உண்மைதான்(?). நாங்கள் செய்த விசாரணையில் அந்தப் பெண் தற்கொலை செய்திருப்பது தெரிய வந்திருக்கிறது. தற்கொலையை மறைத்தது தவறு. அதற்கான நடவடிக்கை நிச்சயம் எடுப்போம். அந்தப் பையனின் உறவினர்கள் அதே ஊரில்தான் வசிக்கின்றனர். அவர்களுக்கு இதுவரை எந்தப் பிரச்னையும் இல்லை. கார்த்திகேயனுக்குப் பாதுகாப்பு கொடுக்கத் தயாராக இருக்கிறோம்” என்றார்.

Casteism within Dalits takes a girls life

Ravi Chandran‘s status in FB:

Dharmapuri violence: Give me a brake
Recently in Dharmapuri a caste clash took place in the name of love marriage. Let me not say love marriage, a marriage where women is from Backward caste(vanniyar) and male is a dalit(pariyar). There is a hue cry over the issue its true and every one has to condemn the vandalization but what is the stand of Viduthalai chiruthaigal on ‘love marriage’. And why no one is speaking about the women? Anyway I am not here for that issue rather I want to take everyone to another violence which took place on 11.111.2012 in Villupuram. Here a Pariyar girl and an Arunthathiyar boy fell in love. For 8 years they were in love and got registered in 2010 and kept it as a secret for two long years. Two weeks before the girls family found out that they were registered and tried to pursue the girl with violence for another marriage the girl disagreed while she was beaten she made a phone call to her husband for help. Her husband recorded the voice and went to the police station and the girl said not to file any complaint, because my parents might die. Whatsoever tomorrow I will come out of the house, just wait for the next day. The same evening the girl made another call to her husband and told my parents have agreed for our marriage hence tomorrow along with your family come to my house for official marriage purpose. And she also told her husband that tomorrow I ll have many work to do hence let me take rest. She went to sleep, her parents along with uncle kept the pillow and murdered her. The next day when her husband heard the news and went to collect the body they rejected and burnt the body without any postmortem. Angered husband gave a complaint to the police station, the police as usual did not file FIR, rather he started getting threatening phone calls from Pariyars in the village. Scared for his life he and his family left the village, however the Pariyars in the village has beaten the husbands uncle for not withdrawing the complaint and the uncle has been missing for some time and no trace of him. In this village 40 houses are Pariyars and only 3 houses are Arunthathiyars. In this area Thol. Thirumavalavan’s party is very strong. Aparaently one of the advocate Louis of VCK told that his party cannot do anything rather be part of any movement on this issue. Even in the past there was same kind of an incident where in that case the arunthathiyar boys sister was raped by pariyars in the village and VCK stood with the pariyars. I am not able to imagine that how much castism it is to kill their own daughter and its not upper caste dalits population which are fighting against discrimination and for equality.
Now what is the stand of Thol. Thirumavalavan and other Pariyar intellectuals on this issue. Willthey take a stand as they took against PMK. And the dalit intellectuals who wrote about Dharmapuri could they also say something.

 

I am very sorry to say that none of the dalit movement has seriously thought of Gender issue, as a result of it only males rule and they rule with their chauvinism.

Pariyar and arunthathiyar are dalits community in Tamil Nadu. Pariyar are dalits and Arunthathiyars are scavenging and leather working community in Tamil Nadu. Pariyars many think that arunthathiyars are low and discriminate them. In the present case a pariyar women fell in love with an arunthathiyar for 7 years. And recently they got registed their marriage, when the family came to know the issue. The girls family put a pillow on the girl while sleeping and murdered the girl. The body was not given for postemortem and burnt the girl