124 dalit plaints, only 1 conviction: NGO
By Express News Service – MADURAI
Published: 09th October 2013 07:45 AM
It took a lot of courage for 124 Dalit women to shed off inhibition and come forward to file police complaints against Caste Hindus for inflicting caste-based atrocities, including sexual abuse and rape. Yet, only one case has ended in conviction, reveals a survey conducted by Evidence, a Madurai-based NGO.
The survey collected samples of criminal cases filed by the Dalit women across 22 districts in the state, between January 2009 and August 2013. “Analysis revealed that a case filed by one Anitha at Pollachi in June 2011 against a Caste Hindu for making sexual advances under the pretext of marriage, has ended up in conviction,” said A Kathir, Executive Director of Evidence.
Of the total complaints, FIR was registered in 112 cases, 57 cases are pending in court, 48 are pending for the completion of investigation with police and 11 were dismissed. Out of the 124 cases of atrocities against women including abuse using derogative caste remarks, sexual remarks, sexual nagging, caste and sexual teasing, physical assault, forced sexual assault, attempt to rape and rape; the accused were arrested in 74 cases and 40 women have received compensation, said Kathir.