Dalit man who helped file rape case in Haryana stripped, paraded

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A Dalit man who runs a school was allegedly thrashed, stripped and paraded around a Sohna village in Faridabad district of Haryana by a group of 40, all of them purportedly from the dominant caste group in the locality, from for helping a 19-year-old rape survivor file a police complaint.

An FIR was filed on Sunday against four men under charges of kidnapping, gang rape and other sections of the IPC. None of them has, however, been arrested. The woman, a Dalit, alleged in her complaint she was locked up in a room for nine days and sexually assaulted repeatedly by the accused, who plied her with sedatives that they injected.

The woman returned home to Sohna after the accused left her at Ballabhgarh bus stand on July 8. One of those who stood by her and her family was Ajit Singh, who owns a school in the same village. Singh alleged about 10-15 men entered the premises of his school, assaulted him, dragged him out and stripped him. As they paraded him around the village, more people from the community joined in and beat him up till he fainted.

When Singh regained consciousness, he found himself locked inside the school. “They left me for dead,” he said, adding that he was taken to a doctor by his family members. The accused also allegedly damaged his school. “As the woman’s neighbour, I had helped her, for which I was assaulted and threatened,” said Singh.

The group of men, he added, threatened other villagers that if any of them supported the Dalit woman, the women in their families would be sexually assaulted as well. The four accused men are trying to mobile people on the basis of caste, Singh claimed. A case was registered at Sohna police station for the assault on Singh under sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt), 379A (snatching), 427 (causes damage) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Arms Act.

The woman, meanwhile, has been in the hospital for the past two days and her shoulders are swollen due to the sedative injections. She had alleged she had been taken in a car towards Faridabad by three of the accused – Chintu, who was known to her, and his two friends Deepak and Sanju on June 30.

She fell unconscious after being given water laced with sedatives. When she regained consciousness, she was in a room. Over the next nine days, the only faces she saw were of the four accused who would visit as they wished and sexually assault her. She was allegedly given sedatives every evening.

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