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Odisha: Crazy and inhuman acts by people become frequent

 
Monday June 09, 2014

ODISHA, SOCIAL JUSTICE, ATROCITY, ASSAULT, POLICE

 
"It’s hardly a week when a woman and a minor boy in two different parts of Odisha have been beaten and tonsured in public by some locals and three women have been forced to dip their hands in boiled water mixed with cow dung. The cases indicate how, for a few smaller reasons or, at times, for no reason, social rights and justice of people are threatened in Odisha."  
Basudev Mahapatra  
 

Some of the recent cases in Odisha where a few crazy people in different parts of the state took law into hands, may be, to establish instant justice in a very inhuman and unlawful manner, have been more alerting than just shocking. It’s hardly a week when a woman and a minor boy in two different parts of Odisha have been beaten and tonsured in public and three women have been forced to dip their hands in boiled water mixed with cow dung. The cases indicate how, for a few smaller reasons or, at times, for no reason, social rights and justice of people is threatened in Odisha.

Women forced to dip hands into boiled water

In the most recent incident that took place in a village near Athgarh of Cuttack district, three women were forced by their village people to dip the hands in boiling cow dung water mix, while deciding a case of jewellery theft.

 

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 paraded

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 villagers

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.

 
 

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