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Dalit Women

ID Number: 47485
Maker: Act Now for Harmony And Democracy (ANHAD); The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights; Nidhip Graphics
Technique: offset
Date Made: Circa 1999
Place Made: India
Measurements: 55.7 cm x 43.3 cm; 21 15/16 in x 17 1/16 in
Main Subject: Police Brutality; Women
Materials: glossy paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

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Hidden Apartheid Dalit Women Amta, 30, of Randevi village, under the jurisdiction of the Nakud Police Station, had her face blackened and her bottom thrashed in front of the Panchyat for naming two of her Jat neighbours in a case of theft at her house (Hindustan Times, Sept. 18, 1997) Bihar: 01 Dec., 1996-Laxmanpur-Bathe Massacre: Five teenage girls were raped and mutilated in an attempt by land lords to reassert authority over increasingly vocal Dalits. All five girls were shot in the vagina and their breast were cut off. Tamilnadu: 21 Feb., 1975: Poonkothai, 20, and her mother, 48, of Vannarapettai, were taken to the police station for questioning by police in search of her brother, a suspected murderer. At the station, Poonkothai witnessed the rape of her mother by police who later brought her home and set her on fire. Police registered the case as a suicide. (Smita Narula, "Broken People: Catse Violence against India's 'Untouchables'", Human Rights Watch, USA, 1998, pp. 61, 112-121) "The drama usually played by police is just this: They come in search of the offenders and finding them absconding, whisk away the womenfolk to the police station and outrage their modesty." (Source:Tamil Nadu Women's Forum, "Report of the Conference on "Women's Rights are Human Rights' at Madras, April 28-29, 1995," cited in Smita Narula, "Broken People:Caste Violence against India's Untouchables", Human Rights Watch, USA, 1998 p.121) Andhra Pradesh: 18 Sept., 1999 - A Dalit woman was paraded naked by upper caste people, following a petty dispute over using water from a bore well, at Malasamudram village in Anantapur district of Andrga Pradesh last evening. District Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Tejdeep told UNI over phone that 13 upper caste people were arrested in this connection. The Dalit woman, Gangrantnamma, had urged with upper caste women about her right to use the borewell. This led to a clash between two castes and the Dalits were told that they would no longer be allowed to draw water from the bore well. Later, the upper catse people went on the rampage, damaging houses of Dalits and beating up the womenfolk. They dragged Gangaratnamma out of her house and disrobed her. (The New Indian Express, Sept. 19-1999) Act Now for Harmony and Democracy dalits, a people, a culture, a history NCDHR Printed by: Nidhip Graphics, M: 94260 16031 E-mail: [email protected]

Acquisition Number: 2005-190

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