Defe­ca­tion death: Girl was mo­lested too, say kin

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Bhopal: The fam­ily of the 12-year-old Dalit girl who was beaten to death in Shivpuri dis­trict on Septem­ber 25 for defe­cat­ing in the open has al­leged that she was mo­lested by the ac­cused. Her 11year-old cousin also died in the at­tack.

Bhim Sena has called a com­plete bandh in Shivpuri town on Mon­day to protest the killings. Ad­di­tional po­lice force has been de­ployed in the re­gion.

Mo­lesta­tion isn’t men­tioned in the FIR, nor does the au­topsy re­port men­tion sex­ual as­sault. But on Sun­day, the girl’s elder brother and the boy’s fa­ther told me­di­a­per­sons that her clothes were found to be torn when they reached the spot.

She was mo­lested, they al­leged. Her elder sis­ter al­leged that prime ac­cused Hakam Singh Yadav had tried to rape the 12-year-old a month ago. “She came home cry­ing, say­ing that when she re­sisted and pushed him aside, Hakam threat­ened her with dire con­se­quences,” she told re­porters.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers de­mand that po­lice add Pocso charges in the case against Hakam Singh Yadav and his brother Ramesh­war. Asked about this, dis­trict col­lec­tor Ahugrah P said: “As per the post-mortem re­port, no sex­ual as­sault is sus­pected.”

The two Dalit cousins were beaten to death by Hakam and Ramesh­war for defe­cat­ing in the open in front of the house and farm of the ac­cused, says the FIR. CM Kamal Nath had ex­pressed con­cern on the in­ci­dent and di­rected po­lice to take strict ac­tion against the ac­cused.

BSP supremo Mayawati had con­demned the dou­ble mur­der and de­manded death sen­tence for the killers.

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