Dalit girl molested, she and kin booked

Updated: Oct 10, 2020

Ahmedabad/Palanpur: Independent MLA from Vadgam, Jignesh Mevani, tweeted on Friday that a Dalit girl from a village in Deodar taluka in Banaskantha district was molested by six persons of Patel community from the same village, and when her family members tried to resist, they were assaulted by around 25 persons.
On the other hand, Gujarat police charged the 23-year-old victim and five of her family members, for allegedly assaulting the accused after a verbal spat with them on September 28, Mevani alleged.

Mevani’s tweet which shared a video of the incident reads, “A victim was beaten in Gujarat. Like the cops have been trying to defame the victim in Hathras, a girl was molested in Raiya village of Deodar taluka of Banaskantha, her hands and legs were fractured and now the cops charged the victims based on a complaint by the accused persons.”
TOI contacted the victim’s 21-year-old brother, who was admitted to a private hospital in Palanpur town of Banaskantha soon after the incident.

He told TOI, “My sister (the victim) and our younger sister were going to our farm from home on September 28. Six men of the Patel community began teasing her and making fun of her. When she warned them not to tease her, they tore her T-shirt and molested her.”
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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