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Human rights report exposes 7,563 rapes in Jharkhand in 10 years

Tapan Chakravorti  |  Kolkata/ Ranchi 

A report titled – “Jharkhand Human Rights Report 2001-2010”, compiled by the Jharkhand Human Rights Movement, revealed 7,563 reported rapes, 3,398 dowry atrocities, 576 custody deaths and over 100 hunger deaths in Jharkhand in 10 years after constitution of the new Jharkhand state on November 15, 2000.

The report also cited 174 rapes on tribal women and 194 cases of atrocities on tribals Rights activist Gladson Dundung, also a member of the Jharkhand Human Rights Movement said that during compilation of the report we felt that human rights violations had been rampant in Jharkhand and it could be controlled if the state government was active.

The rights activist said of the 100 hunger deaths, 40 are from primitive tribe groups. Most of the deaths are reported from Palamau, Chatra, Ranchi, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Godda, Dumka and Giridih.

The report has also accumulated figures from the National Crime Records Bureau and annual reports of the National Human Rights Commission, besides fields verification.

The report also highlighted the plight of dalits where 60 murders, 106 rapes on dalit women and 1,437 cases of dalit atrocities and 19 cases of untouchability were mentioned.The report also mentioned 249 cases of child atrocities including six cases of sale and purchase of children for prostitution.

First Published: Thu, April 12 2012. 00:41 IST