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Trigger warning: r*pe, violence

 

A 19-year-old Dalit girl from Modada, Gujarat went missing on 1 January 2020. For four days, the police denied an FIR to her family members.

 

Protests emerged after she was found hanging from a tree. Sources revealed that she was gang-raped before being murdered.

 

Her death was avoidable -- if the police had registered the case and carried out a timely investigation, she may have still been alive. Police inspector NK Rabari must resign for negligence.

 

It’s been reported that she was kidnapped in broad daylight by one of the accused. When the family shared this information with the police, they refused to believe them and instead told them that she eloped with her lover.

 

The police are supposed to look into the cases without any bias. The case highlights recurring police negligence. We not only expect them to uphold the law but to be the first-point of contact for the family. Far from this expectation, the police did not even register an FIR. Ask for resignation or suspension of the police officer who failed to perform his duty.

 

Caste-based gender-violence is not new to India. We also need to understand that there is a lack of mainstream media coverage for this case. Only when you and I come together to break the silence over caste-based violence can we hold public officials accountable to their job.

 

Sources: 

Dalit girl gang-raped, hanged in Gujarat’s Modasa; villagers rise up in protest, demands arrest of culprits and suspension of police officer - Firstpost

In Nirbhaya-like case in Gujarat, Dalit woman raped, killed - The Hindu

Gujarat village erupts in protest after 19-year-old Dalit woman gang-raped and hanged - The Wire

 

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The police are supposed to look into the cases without any bias. The case highlights recurring police negligence. We not only expect them to uphold the law but to be the first point of contact for the family. Far from this expectation, the police did not even register an FIR.  Ask for the resignation or suspension of the police officer who failed to perform his duty.

 

Caste-based gender-violence is not new to India. We also need to understand that there is a lack of mainstream media coverage for this case. We even saw an outrage on the Hyderabad rape case. This case deserves a similar concern. It’s only possible when you and I come together to break silence over caste-based violence.

 

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