Loopholes in Police investigation in a Dalit Woman’s Murder. Was it a foul play?

A Dalit woman Subita, from a poor household was found dead on the side of a well-traveled road in Maharashtra. While the police have lodged a mere accident report, the relatives including the deceased’s’ husband Satish and his parents are alleging foul play – saying that she was murdered in broad daylight. Her parents claim that the alleged party tried to bribe them with Rs 50,000 to drop the murder case against them.

As Video Volunteers Community Correspondent Krupakar Chahande investigates the matter, a different picture from the Police’s investigation emerges – why were fabricated details noted in the inquest, how come the inquest was registered at 3 pm when the incident was reported to the police at 3:15 pm, why wasn’t a medical report or a post-mortem report given to the family?

The police is supposed to protect the rights of the lesser-priveledged and marginalised by giving them justice.But instead, the police is delaying the investigation since a year now. If Subita was the wife of an well-to-do family, would her case be delayed so much? 

This video is a testimony of a family that shows how Dalit lives are quashed with complete impunity by the upper-caste.

Community correspondent Krupakar Chahande reports from Maharashtra for Video Volunteers.

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