//Dalits won't join flesh trade, tortured

Dalits won't join flesh trade, tortured

IANS,  June 01, 2006

Bhopal: Two Dalit sisters in Madhya Pradesh lodged a complaint with the State Women's Commission on Thursday, saying upper caste villagers were torturing them for refusing to plunge into flesh trade.

"Villagers ransacked our house, tore our clothes and beat us because we refused to succumb to their pressure to enter the flesh trade. They have threatened to kill our brother," one of the sisters, Seema said in her complaint.

The incident took place May 12 at Pipariya town in Hoshangabad district.

The sisters, who earn their living by tailoring clothes, said they had lodged a police complaint, but no action had been taken against the culprits.

Incidents of crime against women has increased manifold in the last five years.

From 1,505 complaints received by the Women's Commission in 2001-02, the number has increased to 3,514 in 2005-06.

The Chairperson of the Women's Commission, Relam Chauhan, attributed the rise to increasing awareness among the people.

"The commission is organising awareness camps to make women aware of their rights. This is why more and more women approach us with their complaints," Chauhan said.

She added that the commission would hold an inquiry into the complain received on Thursday and ensure that the culprits are punished.