Atrocities against Dalit women discussed

Atrocities committed against women of Dalit communities at their respective work places were discussed at an Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe meeting held here at superintendent of police office on Saturday.

The Dalit leaders said there have been several cases where women have been tortured and police failed to offer protection. Raising the issue, Dalit leader and advocate Manjunath Giliyaru referred to an incident where a helper in the library belonging to City Municipal Council (CMC) was attacked and harassed by some people in the vicinity. He said the police were against lodging the complaint as the atrocity was committed by the people with influential background. The woman has been removed from the employment. The police demand caste certificate to ensure justice to the woman who is being harassed and threatened.

Quoting another instance, Dalit leader Sunder Master said that the Shiriyar gram panchayat president Jyoti was boycotted by the members of the body for not supporting the illegal deals. She could not discharge her duties due to lack of cooperation by the fellow members. The police, when approached, reluctantly registered an FIR. Even after registering the FIR, no inquiry was taken up and the case was filed under B report.  He said another fresh FIR would be registered and demanded fair and impartial inquiry.

Jayan Malpe said that police do not take the cases filed under charges of dalit atrocity charges seriously and most of the times, they avoid the inquiry and file B report. The accused in the cases come out on bail immediately as there would be no strong accusations charged against them.

Dalit leaders unanimously demanded the suspension of the DySP Kumaraswami for being lethargic and intolerant towards Dalits and their grievances. They said he treats Dalit complainants rudely and sees that the cases would have inconclusive ending. SP K T Balakrishna said he would look into the matters and take action against whoever is found guilty.

Dalit leader Uday Kumar Tallur said no action had been taken against people behind an objectionable FB post, which shows the irresponsibility of the police officials. He said two months have passed following the incident. ASP Vishnuvardhan said the matter has been referred to Cyber Crime Police and the issue would be sort out within a week. The investigation is delayed as the post had been deleted immediately and police could not retrieve the information and trace the culprits. The Dalit leaders threatened that if the accused are not nabbed within 15 days, they would stage protest demanding justice.
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