Book ‘jaat panchayat’ for suppressing rape case: Bhumkal organisation

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Feb 2018 11:14:17

District Correspondent

Local Bhumkal organisation has demanded stern action against ‘jaat panchayat’ (caste committee) for failing to report a rape case to police and settling the issue at its level. Panchyat slapped a fine of Rs 12,000 on the accused and asked him to arrange mass meal of mutton for all villagers as punishment for committing the crime.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, the office-bearers of organisation alleged that Anil Madavi, a resident of Mohali, on January 17 informed the teacher of ZP School that mother of a standard V girl was ill and sought permission to take her along with him. However, he raped the girl near a lake. Later, a ‘jaat panchayat’ was called on January 18 in which Sarpanch Gawade, Deputy Sarpanch Bagu Pada, former chief of Dispute-free Village Committee Rohidas Pada and other members of Madiya Gond community were present.

The panchayat announced its decision in which it slapped a fine of Rs 12,000 on the accused and asked him to arrange
a mass meal of mutton for all villagers. The accused arranged the meal for villagers but didn't pay Rs 12,000 to the family of victim. The family members approached the ‘jaat panchayt’ once again as her condition deteriorated , but it didn't offer any help to them. Finally, with the help of Police Patil Nanda Nalchulwar, they lodged a complaint against Madavi with Dhanora Police on January 24. Cops registered the offence and arrested the accused, but there was no mention about jaat panchayat in the complaint.

When Bhumkal office-bearers came to know about the incident, they reached the village. The activists along with the members of Women Against Sexual Violence and other organisations raised the issue and demanded action against ‘jaat panchyat’ for suppressing the issue and make them co-accused in the case. The matter should also be probed by Women's Commission, they demanded.
Prof Dr Rashmi Paraskar, Prof Dipali Meshram, Jitendra Shsrirame and others were present on the occasion.