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Dalit girl burn case: HC delivers justice
Dimapur, Apr 12(NPN):
Published on 13 Apr. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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Following the intervention of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes(NCSC)in response to an appeal by a delegation of civil society, the Allahabad High Court dismissed the judgment of a lower court which had acquitted an accused involved in throwing a six-year old Dalit girl into a burning pit in Uttar Pradesh in 2008.
The NCSC had ordered the UP government to appeal against an earlier judgment of a lower court in the high court.
According to the the All India Christian Council PRO, Madhu Chandra, the Dalit girl Kamlesh(now 9 years old)had gone to use a toilet in an open field on April 29,2008 along with her eight-month pregnant mother in Trauali Jhanauti village, Mathura district UP.
On crossing the road in front of an upper caste Thakur’s home, the son of the Thakur, Sunny(18 years)beat up Kamlesh then threw her into a burning pit. When her mother tried to save her, she was beaten up by several men and fell unconscious.After regaining her senses, the mother found that Kamlesh suffered 80% burns.
The case was taken up by the All India Christian Council(AICC) and FIR lodged.The accused was arrested and jailed for six months but later the lower court acquitted the perpetrators on the plea that the mother Manju who suffered from trauma was labeled as mentally unfit to testify but without any medical proof.
The Dalit family was helped by the Dalit Freedom Network USA, the AICC and All India Confederation of SC/ST in the form of cash and medical treatment.
In December 2010, a civil society fact finding team visited the victims and discovered that Kamlesh’s health had deteriorated with a crippled elbow and skin pulling apart.The victim was given immediate medical treatment through member National Integration Council and general secretary AICC John Dayal and AICC PRO Madhu Chandran, social activist Bushan Rawat and senior journalist Anil Chamadia.
After a civil society approached it, the NCSC took up the matter with the UP government which in turn filed an appeal in the high court after which the earlier judgment was quashed.

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