“An Adivasi woman was fast asleep inside her home when between 11-12 in the night, the police personnel come and drag her out of her house to the forest where she is raped. Her body is mutilated with wounds on her thighs, hands, fingers, and forehead and one of her breasts cut off. The Adivasi woman is then shot dead. Later on, the police authorities proudly declare that a Maoist with a bounty of 2 lakh on her head was gunned down in an encounter.”
This atrocity, not an isolated case though, was carried out in the Neeram village of Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The state is not ruled by the BJP but Congress which was voted to power by a huge majority by the masses of the state to relieve themselves of the violent governance of BJP. Clearly, the political promises made by the ruling party Congress have been forgotten by its leaders.
On the night of May 30, Paike Vekko, a 24 years old Adivasi woman, and two other people including her mother Sukki Vekko were asleep in their courtyard when between 11-12 pm, when District Reserve Guards surrounded their house. The DRG personnel then entered the courtyard and attacked Paiko. The family members tried to recuse her but were beaten up badly by the men who went on to drag her outside from her courtyard to the forest.
Since the members of DRG work closely with the state security forces, assuming that Paike might have been arrested, her parents and neighbours started for Dantewada jail on May 31. But to their surprise, on reaching the Nelasnar police station they were informed by the authorities that Paiku had been killed in an ‘encounter’ on the account of being a Maoist. On seeing Paike’s dead body the parents and relatives realized that she was raped and her body was mutilated severely by the DRG personnel.
Paike’s parents and other local Adivasis in the area have said that Paike was not related to any Maoist faction and her murder is being represented falsely as an encounter. The group is demanding justice and has written to police authorities to register FIRs against the accused security personnel under sections 302 (murder), 316 (rape) amongst others of the IPC.
Who are District Reserve guards?
DRG is a militant group, a creation of the Congress regime to pit Adivasis against Adivasis. It constitutes of surrendered maoists and debauched anti maoists from the village. In fact, DRG can be thought of as the second edition of what was known as Salwa Judum during BJP’s reign. Almost all members of DRG are adivasis. The ones who raped and killed Paike Vekko were also adivasis.
Is there any real difference between BJP and Congress? If you still continue to support the tyranny on Adivasis by the Chattisgarh government then you are standing with he killers of Adivasis. Is there a tacit agreement between BJP and Congress to continue the killings and displacement of adivasis and taking over the land, forest and natural resources that have traditionally belonged to them?
The story was translated into English by Aparna Sanjay.