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Ground Report ; Dalit Girl Gang Raped, Murdered, Body Hung From Tree Only Because Police Didn't Act Timely

Ground Report ; Dalit Girl Gang Raped, Murdered, Body Hung From Tree Only Because Police Didn't Act Timely


  • A panel of doctors at the Ahmedabad civil hospital on 8 January conducted the postmortem after the police lodged a case of kidnapping, gangrape and murder against four people.
  • The victim had gone missing on 31 December, 2019, after which her family approached the police on 1 January to lodge an FIR but, the local police refused.
  • According to the report, on 3 January, police inspector at the Modasa police station NK Rabari informed the family that the girl had married a man from the same community and would come back.

Protests are simmering in after the body of a 19 year-old girl was found hanging from a tree after she was allegedly gang-raped. According to the family, the girl had gone missing on December 31 and her decomposed body was found hanging from a tree in Saira village of Modasa on January 5.

The family alleged that despite them filing a police complaint about kidnapping the cops did not act for days. A relative of the victim said the family had received a threat that the girl will be kidnapped, but even after this, the cops implied that she had eloped and claimed that she will return with a marriage certificate.

Girl's aunt as saying, "When she went missing, her father went to file a complaint, but the police did not accept it. They did not file the rape FIR till two days after the body was found."

The family of the victim had initially refused to accept the body until the accused are arrested.  Several Dalit groups also protested outside the police station demanding the arrest of those behind the rape and murder of the BA student and demanded action against the police officials.

Following the protests police registered a case of kidnapping, gang rape and murder against four persons from the region under the provisions of IPC and Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Based on the family's statement the cops have named four men as accused in the case Bimal Bharvad, Darshan Bharvad, Satish Bharvad, and Jigar.

Kirti Rathod, a Dalit activist, was quoted by The Wire as saying, "We have two demands. The perpetrators of this horrific crime should be arrested and the police inspector should be suspended for his actions. Only then will the family accept the body."

According to the FIR, the girl was last seen alive sitting inside an i20 car driven by Bimal. When confronted by the victim's family, Bimal reportedly told them that he had kidnapped her and that the family can do whatever they want to.

Even as the protests continue the cops are clueless about the four accused, who they say is on the run. Initial reports suggest that the girl died due to “asphyxia as a result of hanging”. However, other details, including if she was raped, will be clear only once the postmortem report is out.

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has issued a notice to Aravalli District collector and district superintendent of police in Gujarat over the gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman.

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