As per reports, one woman Khulana who lost her necklace complained that Rupei,
another woman of the same village, had stolen it. The villagers sat to decide
the case and as Rupei explained her innocence and blamed the complainant of
lying, the village guardians then ordered both complainant and the alleged to
dip their hands in the boiling water that was mixed with cow dung. Even the
daughter of the complainant had to face the ire of the village guardians and dip
her hand as well. All three are now seriously injured with severe burn injuries
in their hands.
Fearing further ire of the village men,
nobody lodged any complaint in the local Police station against such
atrocious and sadistic act. The incident came to notice only after as a
local TV Channel aired the news. So, the case is not just atrocity and
cruelty, but terrorising the victims not to complaint about it!
Boy tonsured, painted black on face and
Two days back, on September 9, 2012, a
group of people tonsured a minor boy in public and paraded him in a bare
body and faces painted black on the road alleging that he had stolen 30
rupees from someone's pocket.
As per news, the 14-year old victim of
Subhadrapur village was picked up by some workers of a nearby Hume pipe
factory at Sunguda who accused him of stealing Rs 30 from the pocket of
a worker of the factory. As the boy expressed his innocence and denied
to the charge, the group hired a barber and tonsured him in public. Then
members of the group pained the face of the boy with lime and black
Mobil and the boy was paraded on the street as punishment. From
tonsuring till parading, everything happened in front of the boy’ mother
whose repeated requests to hand over the boy to police couldn’t even
convince the miscreants to restrain themselves from doing all these.
Here also, the boy didn’t dare to go to
police and register a complaint. Somehow, after intervention of some
local media persons, the police took note of the case and went to arrest
people involved in the case.
Dalit Woman assaulted and tonsured by
In the third incident, took
place on September 6, 2012, a Dalit woman was snatched out of her house,
assaulted and tortured in public and, finally, tonsured by her villagers
who held the woman responsible for the death of a village youth. The
incident took place in Sambalpur district.
As per reports, 18-year-old daughter of
the Dalit woman was in an affair with a village boy and the duo had
eloped from the village on August 11, 2012. But, to the misfortune of
the woman and her daughter, the eloped boy fell ill on the way and was
declared dead at the government hospital at Jharsuguda. The villagers
held the victim woman and her family responsible for the death of the
boy. Forced by the villagers, the victim woman and her family stayed
away from the village at her elder daughter’s house. On the day of
incident, the targeted woman came for a while to take some household
goods from her village house.
Here, over 10 persons have been arrested
by Police on the basis of an FIR lodged by the victim.
It seems, such incidents are growing or
are increasingly coming to public notice because of the competitive
media atmosphere in the state. But the question is, what makes people
crazy to behave like this? In spite of their knowledge of the police
department and the laws against such acts, why people take law into
their hands and try to claim or deliver instant justice? Is it because
the police forces have grossly failed in winning the trust of people as
a law establishing and protecting agency? Is it because people have been
frustrated with lingering court cases and indefinitely delayed justice?
The cases give an opportunity for the
various departments – in charge of establishing and protecting law – to
introspect and act promptly to make people trust them and rely on the
laws of the land.