Dalit woman takes to gun to fight injustice in Allahabad

November 14th, 2007 - 8:27 am ICT by admin  
Allahabad, Nov.4 (ANI): A lower caste woman has taken to arms to protect her family and a piece of land from some members of the backward caste land grabbers in Soraav Division of Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad District.

Belonging to the Dalit community, Vidyawati’s two sons were allegedly poisoned and another was brutally killed. His body was found on the rail tracks. It happened after she claimed her stake on her father-owned land following his demise.

It anguished Vidyawati when some villagers’ pressurised her to leave the village even when she was trying to handle life with a physically-handicapped husband and the two surviving children. The authorities look to have bowed down to mighty goons.

“If our enemies can do it, so can I. Three of my children are dead and only two left alive. Moreover, my husband is handicapped. If I do not stand up for them, it would be impossible to survive and protect ourselves,” said Vidyawati, in her early fifties.

Unable to face the shocking attitude of fellow villagers, Vidyawati has taken to guns.

Many villagers, however, support Vidyawati’s decision to take up arms after being witness to her sufferings.

“If she and her family had been provided security and justice, she would not have taken up arms. It is also true that her three sons were killed– two of them were administered poison and another was killed and his corpse thrown on the railway tracks. She is a victim of grave injustice,” said Shiv Kumar, a local resident.

Vidyawati blames a family that actually belongs to the backward class Patel community for her trouble. The alleged family of Manik and his wife, who happened to be the then village head, has denied of having any involvement in the matter affecting Vidyawati’s life.

“Nearly 10 years ago, when my mother was the village head, she (Vidyawati) developed animosity. I did not favour her during that time and gave my statement in favour of the village head. Since then, Vidyawati has been making wrongful allegations and foisting cases,” said Sarvjeet, son of Manik.

According to the police, the case lacks any strong evidence.

“During the entire investigation, no such report about someone exploiting them due to enmity or her sons having consumed poison has surfaced. Whenever an incident is reported, necessary action has been taken,” said Purend Singh, Circle Officer, Soraav Division. (ANI)

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