Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Dalit Stree Sakthi, a community-based women’s organisation working for the rights of Dalit women, on Tuesday alleged that sexual exploitation of girls and women from the Dalit community was on the rise.

State convener of the organisation Gaddam Jhansi said at a press conference that atrocities against fairer sex in the Dalit community were commonplace and seldom did the victims get justice. Citing two recent cases in the city – of the nursing student who was allegedly gang-raped and a 15-year-old physically challenged girl reportedly raped by her 45-year-old neighbour at Bhavanipuram, leading to her getting pregnant, she said though the higher-ups of various departments had reacted favourably, the lower rung officials had neglected implementation of the orders passed in the two cases.

In the nursing student’s case, Ms. Jhansi alleged that the ‘victim’ was deliberately being projected as ‘psychologically upset’ to ‘suppress facts’ that might unmask a few influential people behind the offence. Ms. Jhansi said only a fair would help the public know the chain of events.

DNA test

In the second case of the minor disabled girl, Ms. Jhansi said while the State Human Rights Commission had directed the authorities to get the DNA test conducted on the ‘victim’ and the ‘accused’, and if need be take steps to terminate the pregnancy, no progress had been achieved on this count so far. She said the authorities concerned must expedite the process to ensure justice to the hapless girl.

The SHRC had directed the district Collector to grant disabled pension to the physically challenged disabled girl, widow pension for her mother and consider a grant of house or a house site under a scheme, she said. Programme manager of the organisation Daniel Vijay Prakash was present.