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They Refused to Accept that a 60-year-old #Dalit Woman Could Have Been #Raped

September 30, 2015

After raping her in April 2014, the woman says, her 27-yr-old upper-caste ‘assaulter’ threw her on some bushes and asked, “Why aren’t you dead yet?”. (Source: Express photo by Arun Janardhanan)

Eighteen months after this 60-yr-old Dalit woman was raped, she is still waiting for the police to file a chargesheet against her assailant, 27-year-old Chinna Durai. While her medical examination confirmed rape and revealed serious injuries, she has not received any compensation.

She doesn’t remember the exact date of the rape, only that “it was the day after I had voted in the elections that brought (Narendra) Modi to power (April 25, 2014)”. The 27-year-old, said a local sand mafia leader, reportedly entered her house in the Dalit hamlet of Alangulam, about 20 km from Tirunelveli town, dragged her out, and raped and beat her up. Durai raped her over the next half an hour, before throwing her on some thorny bushes nearby and shouting, “Why are you not dead yet?” She somehow dragged herself to a house in the neighbourhood, she says, and lay there in a pool of blood till morning. The police and even the nurses ridiculed her and refused to believe she had been raped, even though she was bleeding.  – See more at:

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