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Dalit woman’s suicide rocks Maharashtra Assembly

Tuesday 25 May 2004

MUMBAI, MAY 25: The Maharashtra Home Department on Tuesday issued instructions to book an assistant police inspector on charges of murder after Opposition members cornered the government over the suicide of a Dalit woman outside a police station in Aurangabad.


??Investigating officers have been instructed to book the accused officer after considering the dying declaration of the victim,’’ Home Minister R.R. Patil said in reply to a two-hour debate over the incident in the Assembly today.

The announcement came after the Opposition as well as ruling party members demanded action against the officer. Mandabai Hivrale, a Dalit woman, immolated herself just outside the MIDC police station in Aurangabad on May 23 after police allegedly refused to hear her version in a case lodged by her neighbour in a petty dispute. BJP leader Gopinath Munde alleged that the victim, in her dying declaration before a magistrate, had blamed the officer.

The accused, assistant inspector Dayaram Bhoite was suspended on Monday and the case was handed over to the CID for investigation, informed MoS for Home Rajendra Darda, who hails from Aurangabad city. Opposition members in the lower house also moved a breach of privilege motion against Home Minister Patil accusing him of speaking to the media on the issue even before it was debated in the House.

See online : The Indian Express


in The Indian Express, Friday, May 25, 2004.

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