policeman kicked part of my body from where I urinate," A nine year old boy do not
know the word ‘penis’. This is the way he explains attack on his private parts.
But, in Gujarat, the police who have been de-humanized since 2002 know exactly how
to instill fear even among the most innocent creatures on earth. On
25 June 2012, after the death of a local Dalit youth Gunvant in Thorala area of
Rajkot, police tyrannized Dalits.
On that fateful day, Karan was taking his
lunch with his family members. Some policemen entered his home. One of them
kicked Karan and another started beating his elder brother Mukesh. Their mother
Jaya was so frightened that she started screaming and lost her consciousness.
“Police arrested my other two elder sons,” Jaya told us. She has sent them to
their native place.
30 June, 2012 we met Karan and other victims of police violence in Thorala.
Raju Parmar, member of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) was also
in the city to visit Thorala victims. We talked with Mr. Parmar and informed
him about the atrocity on innocent kids. He asked us to come to collector
office where almost all district officers were present. At collector office,
Karan stripped his pent and showed injury on his private parts. Poor karan!
Will he ever know that in his state entire administration has stripped of its
cloths and it has been in a state of eternal nudity since 2002?
Police atrocity in Rajkot after murder of a Dalit youth.
Gujarat is a state where accused are aquitted in 96 percent cases filed under Atrocity Act every year, where police stations display hoardings of land mafia,
where drop out rate among Dalits is higher than state average, where government
is diverting funds allocated under SCP (scheduled caste plan) to Garib Melas
and Dalits are pampered by 'falatu' schemes like Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra
Maranottar Sahay Yojana ( a scheme to give Rs. 1500 for last rites of a Dalit).