14-year-old Dalit Girl’s face was smashed beyond recognition. The scene that the Arakandanallur police witnessed on Thursday morning when they were alerted of a brutal crime in a Dalit settlement was brutal. The bloody scene was discovered by villagers after someone went to enquire the family’s whereabouts when they failed to come fetch water at 6.30 am.
The 14-year old girl lay unconscious in a state of partial undress, her pants missing, at her home. Though there were bloodstains around her fragile frame the girl survived. Her eight-year-old brother, who lay next to her, his eyes staring at the ceiling unseeingly, did not make it. But the horror didn’t end there.
Next to the brother’s corpse lay her mother, unmoving, her face similarly damaged. The 45-year-old widow was barely breathing.
“The teenage girl was found in a state of partial undress and has been raped. In fact, doctors at the JIPMER Hospital at Puducherry, where she was taken, had to put two stiches on her uterus to stop the bleeding. They have been attacked with a large chatti (stone vessel) mercilessly,” says Pandian, the Director of Social Awareness Society for Youth (SASY), who was part of the fact-finding team sent to the village.
“They had given 14 cents of land in return for 4 cents of land and cash, but they never received the full amount,” says Pandian.
The fact-finding team constituted by SASY, however, alleges that the family had an ongoing dispute over a property in the area with some members of the upper caste community.