Mother burnt alive: Caste virus 004MH2007

10Apr07

A Dalit woman was allegedly set on fire by an upper caste man in a Maharashtra village, about 12 km from Khairlanji in Bhandara district, where a full-scale caste war nearly erupted six months ago when four Dalits from one family were killed over a dispute with upper caste villagers.

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Pic01 : Mother of 3 kids killed ; was single earner and parent to them

The latest incident happened in Pachgaon village of Mohadi tehsil, also in Bhadara district on Saturday. The main accused, Babulal Bhagat(45), who set fire to a woman identified as Indubhai Tandekar is absconding. The woman was still alive when she was taken to hospital, but died there on Sunday.

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Pic02 : Hut in which Mother and her sons staying

Bhagat had reportedly demanded a loan from Indubhai Tandekar. When she refused to lend him money, an argument ensued during which an enraged Bhagat allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. The deceased used to live alone as her husband had reportedly left her some time ago.

Police have registered a case and sent out cops to look for him. Bhandara DSP Suresh Sagar, however, downplayed the caste violence angle, saying the accused and the victim had an ‘illicit relationship’ and the man was a frequent visitor to her place. “I have instructed the investigating officer to register an offence under the Atrocity Act,” he said. (‘ Illicit relationship’ is the best and most suited reason in India while butchering helpless women  dalits.)

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Pic03: Place where the mother was burnt alive

Bhandara district has been in news since September 29 last year when four members of the Bhotmange family — Surekha, her daughter Priyanka and sons Sudhir and Roshan, who was blind — were murdered, allegedly by non-Dalits. Those killings sparked state-wide protests and subsequently, a CBI probe was ordered into the incident.

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Pico4  Parentless Kids

From left to right: 
1 Amol Nandkishor Tandekar Age-6
2 Shivachran Nandkishor Tandekar Age- 13
3 Nitesh Nandkishor Tandekar Age-4

Who is going to support them; nurture them? “Mother has gone away”, they say and look each other in flood of tears. “A very heart crushing scene”, reports  Atrocitynews correspondant who vsited the place. Readers, where can we find such system that  kills selfmade woman/mother/sister?

If the answer is ‘India’; then another question arises. Can we say entire Indian society is dumb or is it facing backwards? If the answer to the question is ‘no’ then the only test to this; quantum of responses from (upper caste) families coming from elite-civil India and would dare offering parenthood to these parentless children. Are there any?



One Response to “Mother burnt alive: Caste virus 004MH2007”

  1. Very Sad


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