An 18-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly dragged out of her home in Vadli village of Rajula taluka by one Hitesh Darbar on the night of December 26 last year and raped.
The state government Wednesday declared a Dalit man and his extended family in Vadli village of Amreli district migrant after his daughter was allegedly raped last year by an upper-caste man and they faced threats, forcing them to flee their homes early this year. Meanwhile, Dalits demanding quashing of FIR against their community members who have been booked for the murder of a police constable continued their relay fast opposite Amreli collector office Wednesday.
“Yes, we received the order from the state government declaring the Vadli family migrant. There are other 90 Dalit families living in Vadli and the sarpanch of that village is also a Dalit. But this family is reluctant to return to their home despite police protection. Therefore, now the government has ordered their rehabilitation at alternate location,” Amreli district collector Dilip Rana confirmed said. “We have informed the family about the government decision and we shall start the process of their rehabilitation now,” he added.
An 18-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly dragged out of her home in Vadli village of Rajula taluka by one Hitesh Darbar on the night of December 26 last year and raped.
Darbar, also a resident of Vadli, and one Umesh were arrested after the girl filed a complaint with Rajula police, alleging sexual assault by Darbar. However, on December 31, Raning Dhakhda, a relative of Darbar, allegedly threatened the woman’s father to withdraw the complaint. But the father refused to withdraw the complaint and filed a fresh complaint against Dhakhda. Based on his complaint, police arrested Dhakhda.
The woman’s family fled to Amreli in January this year and has been camping outside the collector’s office since.
They have joined the dharna started by Dalits against alleged atrocities.