Deputy jailer suspended for speaking up

first_imgA deputy jailer posted at the central jail in Raipur was suspended on Saturday for a social media post alleging torture of tribal women by security forces in the State’s Maoist insurgency-hit Bastar region.Varsha Dongre claimed in the post last week that she had seen tribal girls being stripped and tortured at police stations in Bastar. The post read: “I have seen the torture. The tribal girls were given electric shocks on their breasts and wrists. I have seen the marks and I was horrified. Why are such small tribal girls being subjected to third-degree torture? Our constitution and law system do not allow such inhuman torture. It’s time for us to introspect and the truth will come out. The people getting killed on both sides [during the conflict between Maoists and security forces in Bastar] are Indians. The capitalistic system is being forced into Bastar, villages are being burnt, tribal women are being raped. Is it really being done to end the Maoism?” Ms. Dongre put up the post following the Maoist attack in Sukma which led to the death of 25 CRPF men.Inquiry orderedThough Ms. Dongre deleted the post after it went viral on social media, the jail department of Chhattisgarh police ordered an inquiry against her. Giridhari Nayak, Director General of Police, Jail Administration, Chhattisgarh police, said, “Varsha Dongre has been suspended and charge-sheeted after it was found in a preliminary inquiry that her conduct was in violation of service rules and other rules.”An officer of the same department revealed on condition of anonymity said Ms. Dongre was suspended because the language used in her post was “extremely offensive”.Justice for tribalsKnown to be an upright officer, Ms. Dongre had also opined that the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution should be applied in tribal areas and “so-called development” should not be imposed on tribals. “The tribals do not want the Maoists. They want the Maoism to end but the way our country’s security forces are targeting the dignity of their women and daughters, burning their houses and slapping false cases against them, where will they go for justice?” Ms. Dongre said in her post.Despite repeated attempts, Ms. Dongre could not be reached for her reaction to the suspension.last_img

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