Polisen drev dalitkvinna till självmord

En dalitkvinna tog livet av sig efter att polisen dagligen under en period hade stormat in i hennes hem. De tvingade även henne att stå solen på polisstationen i flera timmar. Nu samlar sig folkrörelsen till en stor protest.


Protest intensifies against alleged police atrocity

By Express News Service – KOCHI 15th July 2013 08:10 AM
The Joint Action Council that is fighting the police atrocity that led to the suicide of Sunitha Babu, a Dalit woman at Tripunithura, is organising a massive human rights protection rally by the end of this month. P P Santhosh, chairman, action council told City Express that many human rights activists will address the gathering. According to the council, a minister from the district is trying to sabotage the case.

“The authorities are trying to make the case a low profile one. Their strategy is to destroy the fighting spirit of the action council by showing an indifferent attitude towards the case. But, we are determined to fight it,” Santhosh said.

The action council and ‘Streekutayma’ had organised a protest meeting at Kakkanad the other day which was inaugurated by Meena Kandaswamy. Kandaswamy had severely criticised the state government for its lackadaisical attitude towards the custodial torture that led to the suicide. Quoting from a Fact Finding Report prepared by Streekutayma on circumstances that led to the suicide, Santhosh said the police succeeded in creating a impression that Sunitha committed suicide as she was guilt to have revealed the hideout of her husband to the police. “Most of the media reports narrated this version. But that the police harassed the Dalit family was not revealed, he said.

“For two weeks, the police frequented the house of the accused. The police harassed the women and the children in the guise of trying to get information about the accused,” the report says.

It adds that after reaching the station, Sunitha was made to stand in the hot sun for hours. She was also physically harassed at the staion,” the report says.

Abdhul Bhari of Association of the Victims of the Police Atrocities, who is also the member of the action council, said the Tripunithura police had clearly violated the section 160 of the CRPC which give clear guidelines about how police should question women and minors. “The higher ups in the police is trying to save the SHO who is responsible for the tragedy. But all material evidences are against the SHO,” he said.

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