Being woman is crime: Caste-virus 002MP2007

18Sep07

A 16-year-old Dalit girl committed suicide by setting herself on fire, after her family refused to file a police complaint against her alleged rapists, fearing social stigma. The victim, a class X student and a resident of Dubhai in Shivpuri district, was allegedly raped by her two classmates. The alleged culprits are two OBC boys: Ramkumar Lodhi and Ramprakash Lodhi.

The victim used to travel two km every morning to the Damrol government secondary school, where she studied. There is no secondary school in her village, Dubhai. Police said she was raped last Thursday. The boys allegedly took the girl to a secluded place and raped her. “She went back home crying, and informed her parents about the incident. However, her parents did not report the matter to the police, fearing social stigma. Instead, her parents asked her not to go to school,” police said.



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