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52 Tribals and Dalits were sexually harassed and held captive for 3 years in Karnataka! But no outrage as it is a non-BJP ruled state

The outrage in India has a strange formula. When an alleged crime happens in a BJP ruled state, then the intensity of outrage will reach the skies. But if a cruel crime happens in a non-BJP ruled state, then the so-called protesters will be taking a good nap.

A similar incident has taken place in the Congress- JD (S) alliance ruled Karnataka where 52 tribals and dalits were sexually harassed, man handled and tortured from last 3 years. What was shocking is that these captives who were aged from 6 years to 62 years were forced to work.

The report said “For close to three years, 52 Dalit and tribal persons, including 16 women and 4 children, were “enslaved” in a heavily guarded, small shed and forced to work as labourers for 19 hours a day without wages across Karnataka, said the police, adding that protests led to beatings with a horse whips and the women being sexually harassed”.

On 16th December, the Hassan police had conducted raids as they received inputs about this bonded labor racket after a man escaped after jumping a 12-feet wall.

As of now two are arrested but a total of five are accused in this inhumane act. Munesha, Krishnegowda, Basavaraja, Pradeep and Nagaraja are the men who did this act of bonded laborer. Presently an FIR has been lodged under sections 323, 324 (wrongful confinement), 344 (theft), 356 (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Bonded Labour System (Abolition Act) and the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act).

An officer said “We are worried that there might be more such cases in the area” whereas another said “Two auto drivers would target migrant workers at railway stations. Either these were workers looking for work, or the ones in transit they would walk up to them and offer a day’s work for Rs 600 or so. But afterwards they would capture them and virtually enslave them”.

“They were locked up at night. As a result, they would complain at night that they needed to go to the toilet. Finally, a pipe was installed inside the shed and they were asked to use that corner as a toilet. Women would have to use it, and their husbands would hold up a towel as a curtain to try and protect their privacy” said M. Prathima from International Justice Mission.

She added “The work operated on a demand and supply basis. So during the brick kiln season, they worked there. When they were rescued, they had been working at a ginger farm. Their work day would start at 3am and they’d work up to 10pm”.

It is really strange to see that Mayawati, Jignesh Mewavni and many other torch bearers of human rights are numb on this heinous crime. Is it because it is a non-BJP ruled state?

Source: News 18


Hansika Raj

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