In a shameful incident right under the nose of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, few strongmen from the Dalit community passed a diktat of tonsuring the head of a Dalit woman and her brother -in-law suspecting an illicit relation between the two.
The Talibani diktat was passed and later executed on 22nd February in the Machriyawan village in Fatuha, about 30 kms from Patna. The two were later paraded in front of the entire village after their heads were tonsured.
The Dalit woman Soni Devi with her baby and her brother-in-law Shailendra Ram were abused and their faces blackened while they were paraded in the village. After facing massive humiliation from people of her own community, Soni Devi left the village after the incident.
Surprisingly, the local police remained unaware about the entire incident for 11 days. When, the matter came to light a couple of days ago, the police hunted for the Dalit woman and her brother-in-law and on their complaint filed an FIR against the 5 accused persons, of which three are women.
Police have arrested two persons Jageshwar and Rajdev in connection with this case. The three women accused however are still at large and the police are looking out for them.
"The incident took place on 22nd February. Villagers allege that the woman and her brother-in-law were having illicit relations and were caught red handed. The victims are from the Mahadalit community and therefore they could not muster the courgae to file a complaint against the accused the day the incident happened. Now a case has been registered and we are investigating the matter", said Sujeet Kumar, SHO, Fatuha police station.