Then while one man watched the broken
entrance door, one held Ganganna in the other room and one held my legs
down and the fourth one sexually assaulted me. Then one by one they took
turns to rape me while the other took turns to hold Ganganna. This whole act
continued for about an hour after which they left the house. They were
from the security forces because they spoke in Hindi and one among the
four was wearing a military uniform.
Before leaving, they threatened me with dire
consequences and death if I complained to police or shared anything with
anyone else. After they left, Ganganna came and I could realize that he
untied my blindfold, mouth gag and my hands with his mouth. He asked me
what had happened but I did not tell him anything. He went out to call
my parents. My parents were sleeping in the small temporary hut near our
agriculture fields. (During the harvesting seasons, tribals build
temporary huts near their agriculture fields in order to protect their
crops from being eaten by wild animals). For three days I could not
step out of my home as I was in a lot of pain. (However, on being
asked, she confirmed she had no internal bleeding).
As narrated by Ganganna Sirika (12 years):
Four security personnel entered my uncle’s home by
breaking open the door with kicks. They caught me by the neck and tied
my hands and gagged my mouth with a cloth and blindfolded me. Then they
began to beat me with a thick stick on my back. They held me very
tightly and I could realize they were taking turns to hold me. After
about an hour, they left and when everything was quite, I managed to
loosen my mouth gag and slip it enough to be able to open my mouth. I
went to the other room and found my sister. I untied her hands, her
mouth gag and blindfold. I asked her what happened but she did not tell
me anything. I went out to their fields and called her parents.
Narrated by girl’s maternal uncle Kiya Sirika:
Out of fear she did not tell anything to anybody, not
even her parents, of what
happened to her. But since villagers knew the
police had entered their village on the night of 19th April 2011 and we
saw that she was not able to get up from her cot or walk we realized she
might have been raped because such incidents have been happening in many
villages near Taladekapadu. We asked her and even her parents
and tried to find out what happened with her but she did not say anything. Meanwhile Ganganna
narrated whatever had happened to him and we were almost confirm that
the minor tribal girl might have been raped by all four security
personnel. I asked many senior men in our village about what should be
done and they suggested we meet some lawyer in Koraput and file a case
against the security personnel.
I tried to convince the minor tribal girl’s parents
to file a case and take the matter to the police but they were too
afraid of police and the expenses involved in fighting a case. But we
had a meeting in our village and decided to go to a lawyer first before
going to the police. We have realized that if we do not raise our voice
then we will face even more violence and repression (daman was the
word he used). This is the third time our village is witnessing
brutal assault by the security personnel. On 11th February, at about 1
am in the night they had attacked my temporary hut in my field and stole 15
of my chickens and Rs.2500.00. They also attacked Benu Sirika’s hut and
stole 10 of his chickens and Rs.5000.00. They also beat our wives when
they tried to stop the security personnel from beating me. They took us
to Narayanpatna Police Station and kept us there till morning. At 10 am
they let me go but took Benu to Koraput. He is now in Koraput jail.
Before that, in February 2011, they had entered our village, beaten
members of one family and stolen their gold ornaments. But this is the
first time such an incident has happened.
From the three attacks on our village and from
attacks that have taken place in other villages like Dumsil, Basnaput,
Palaput, Podapadr, etc we have realized that the Shanti Committee
members are helping the police in identifying homes of supporters of
Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) and giving information to the police
about many of us and also identifying us in person. Some tribal people from our
village and from nearby villages have become members of the Shanti
Committee. It is very sad and makes us angry to think that our own
people are spying on us and betraying us by putting in such unexpected
Similar incidents were happening in our nearby
villages like Dumsil, Basnaput, Palaput, Podapadar, etc but they kept
raising their voice against these attacks by the security forces.
Gradually now the forces have stopped attacking these villages. We
realize that we must also raise our voice against this violence.
Action taken to get justice:
On insistence of villagers and some social activists,
the minor tribal girl filed a complaint through
registered post with AD to Koraput Superintendent of Police as she was
afraid to go to Narayanpatna Police Station fearing threat to her life
and that of Ganganna and parents. Ganganna has also filed a complaint
before Koraput Superintendent of Police by registered post with AD.
Copies have been marked to Chairperson of NCPCR, New Delhi, Orissa Human
Rights Commission and Orissa State Women’s Commission along with the
DIG, South-Western Region and Home Secretary, Government of Orissa.
villagers and the activists expect the Superintendent of Police to register a case and file an FIR.
In order to ensure justice to the victim and the villagers, people may
knock the doors of Orissa High Court if no
action is taken at the local or district level.
(Author is a human right activist worked in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh and
the bordering districts of neighbouring States)