Laws are made to protect the population of a country. However, there are times that the law cannot protect everyone. Sometimes, victims cannot find the justice they are looking for. This is exactly how a “Dalit” family from India felt.
After their 10-year-old daughter was allegedly raped by their neighbor, whose family belonged to a higher caste, the victim was threatened to be stoned if the charges were not dropped.
The mother found the young girl unconscious in a field and immediately rushed to a police station in Bulandshahr. The girl was detained during the investigation.
During an interview, the mother said, “They have been threatening to kill us, burn down our ancestral home and stone my daughter to death if we do not withdraw the rape case. Even the village panchayat (council), including the sarpanch (leader), is in favor of the accused and is asking the family to settle the matter.”
Vaibhav Krishna, superintendent of police, already assigned two inspectors to guard the family after some relatives of the suspect confronted them. “I feel very sad for the victim. We feel sorry she had to undergo such trauma, but it was not intentional.”
He also added that a “misunderstanding” was the cause for why the poor girl was detained.
Ranjana Kumari, a women’s right activist, said that the girl’s detention showed how women are treated in rural areas: “In spite of laws being in place, there is no justice. It shows how atrocities against women are neglected and the victims are victimized.”