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Sunita Kaur w/o Baldev Singh Village- Buh Tehsil- Patti District- Tarn Taran. She belonges to Majhabi Sikh” caste which is declared a scheduled caste by the Government of Punjab.
Sunita Kaur, aged about 25 years, was born in Chattisgarh. Her father Shri Sita Ram was a Patwari and her mother Smt. Ram Bhatti was a teacher. Her parents’ home where she was born is located in village Singhanpur of Chhattisgarh State and is presently in the possession of Sunita’s aunt and uncle. It is Sunita’s claim that her parents were murdered by her aunt and uncle by lacing their food with poison. Sunita was around 1 or 2 years old at the time of her parents’ demise. The reason for the murder, as narrated by her other relatives, was to take over the property of her parents. Smt Sunita Kaur states that her aunt and uncle ill treated her throughout her life. Despite both her parents being educated, her aunt and uncle never sent to school so that she may never stand on her own feet and remain submissive to them. At the tender age she says that she was thrown into the fire and her private parts were burnt by her aunt and uncle. She was left physically challenged and mentally traumatized at a young age. At the age of 6 years one doctor from the nearby village named as Sukhna brought her to his village. In his house Sunita started work as domestic worker, she worked here for ten years. Then her Uncle and Aunti brought her again to her house. When she was about 16 years old, she was ‘sold’ by her aunt and uncle to one person named Prem for 50,000 rupees. Prem brought her from Chhattisgarh to Punjab, first to Moga, where she was kept in an unknown location for 8 days where she was never given any food or clothing. First day she was raped by three persons and she became unconscious. Then after 8 days Prem Singh called his brother’s wife named Vidiya and she took her to her brother Pappu’s house at Makhu to work as domestic worker and managed to earn some money by doing some daily wage job and returned to Chattisgarh. But she was then forced to return to Punjab as her aunt and uncle turned her out. Then she come back to Makhu in Punjab and here she met with an her known lady and she bring her to village- Harike and in this village she started to work as domestic worker for the employer who was known as Dhillon Singh. Dhillon Singh’s friend was in village- Buh where Baldev Singh was working as bonded labourer.
Dhillon Singh asked Sunita that there is a person who is the “Siri” (bonded labourer) of his friend and if she agree then they can manage the marriage arrangements of their marriage. Then Sunita got married with Baldev Singh and she also started work with the same employer where her husband was working. She came to the office of VSJ with her husband as they were facing problems in the brick kiln and were assaulted by their employer.
A case of bonded labour has been sent to the District Magistrate, Tarn Taran.
Sunita says she wants justice for all the violence and abuse that she has been suffered through out her life.. Also explained that she is the legal heir to her parents’ home in Chhattisgarh which is presently in the possession of her aunt and uncle who have illegally possessed her property. She wants her property restored to her. Sunita Kaur is apparently physically challenged although the exact nature of her handicap needs to be determined though a medical examination. Her speech is slurred and memory faint. Currently Sunita and her husband are working in a school to clean the school and to prepare tea for the teachers. They are living in a school along with their two children. VSJ has sent the complaint to District Magistrate, Tarn Taran for the release and rehabilitation of Sunita and her family members which is still pending.
ON THE DATE OF 27TH MAY 2013, VICTIM AASHA DEVI W/O RAM SINGH , VILLAGE- KHEDKI, TAPPA, PS- HALDAUR, DISTRICT- BIJNAUR WAS WENT TO NATURAL WORK ON 6 PM. ACCUSED GHANSHYAM S/O NATHU SINGH CATCHED HER WRIST AND STATRTING MOLESTATION WITH VICTIM. VICTIM OPPOSED. AFTER THIS INCIDENT VICTIM SAID TO COMPLAINT TO SP. AFTER THIS ACCUSED BEATEN TO VICTIM AND THREATENED TO LIFE.
Mandar Singh S/o Mangal Singh, Age- 55,Village- Kotli Sangar, tehsil & District- Shri Muktsar Sahib He belong to caste “Majhabi Sikh” caste which has been declared as a Scheduled Caste by the State government of Punjab.
Mandar Singh has been working as a “Siri” for the different employers for the last 35 years. Now He has been working as a “Siri”(bonded labourer) for Harjinder Singh @ Gopi S/o Dal Singh, Village- Kotli Sangra, tehsil & District- Shri Muktsar Sahib, Caste- Jatt Sikh for the last 2 years Harjinder Singh @ Gopi had given him advance of Rs. 25000 (Twenty five thousand) at the time of joining the work and in the next year he had given him advance of Rs. 20,000 (Twenty thousand rupees). He has repaid the bonded debt (with the advance amount) of his previous employer Jagnandan Singh S/o Nar Singh from village- Kotli Sangar, tehsil & District- Shri Muktsar Sahib, Caste Jatt Sikh. Jagnandan Singh extracted work from him continuously for two years and after that he imposed the bonded debt of Rs. 45000(Forty five thousand rupees).
Harjinder Singh @ Gopi had fixed his annual wages Rs.45000 (Rupees Forty five thousand) for first year and for the second year Rs.50,000 (Rupees fifty thousand). Harjinder Singh @ Gopi was extracting work from 5:00a.m to 9:00p.m. During the wheat and paddy transplantation season he had to work for him in the day and night. Harjinder Singh had never allowed him for any weekly rest. When he could not work due to sickness or any urgent work then Harjinder Singh @ Gopi charged him an amount of fine as per his own wish and adds this amount in the advance amount and charged an interest on the whole amount according to his own wish. During his two years work period Harjinder Singh @ Gopi never paid his full wages. Whenever he requested him many time to pay his wages then he gave him only Rs.400 or Rs.500 and said that later he will be paid in his wages. Harjinder Singh @ Gopi has taken his thumb impressions on many types of blank papers. He is illiterate, could not be able to understand for what purpose he used these papers. During his work period he inhaled the toxic fumes which was released from the pesticides spray and he fall sick. The employer did not pay him his wages for treatment. He is old person and due to his age. He was not able to work for the employer but the employer is not giving him wages and abusing him on caste basis and imposing an debt of Rs. 44000 (Rupees Forty four thousand) on him.
Harjinder Singh @ Gopi often come to his house and demanded the bonded debt and threaten them that if they will not pay the amount , he will forcibly took work from him or any member of his family and also he handed over them to police or he will take take the possession of his residential house . Harjinder Singh @ Gopi was also threatening them that if he will not repay the bonded debt then he will implicate him in a false case. Harjinder Singh @ Gopi and Mandar Singh are from the same village and they are known to each other’s castes. Harjinder Singh @ Gopi is abusing him on caste basis and never paid his wages, extract force labour and now is imposing an bonded debt. His life and liberty was in danger. The complaint was sent to the DM and after a long enquiry he is physically free but the administration has not given him any release certificate.
The incident is of Jakheda village which is in Unna district. This village is situated 15km far from the district head quarter. In the village 200 Chamar family, 4 Julah families, 75 balmiki family, 700 brahmin family and 1 Rajput family are staying. Bariyum Singh, age-65, stays in the village and belongs to schedule caste (Chamar). On May 12, 2013, Nephew of Bariyum Singh was getting married. The procession of bridegroom had gone to Behdala village, Mangat Ram alias Sonu a Brahmin was also with the bridegroom, who was invited by the groom and is also from the same village Jakheda. During the ceremony Bariyum Singh’s Son in law Rajinder Kumar (35) was sleeping because of fever in the guest house given to the bridegroom. Mangat Singh and his two friends came and started abusing and beating Rajinder Kumar with a chair. When Bariyum Singh and his son Somnath(30) reached there, somnath asked why you are beating him; Mangat punched him on face and abused them in the name of caste. He also threatened to kill them and went from there. While the bridegroom was returning from Behdala around 8.15pm, Bariyum Singh and his family were coming in a Scorpio. In the vehicle, Bariyum Singh, his two daughters Kamla and Santosh Kumari, and his son in law Rajinder , his son Somnath and Somnath’s wife Amanpreet Kaur, was coming. Bariyum Singh was sitting beside the driver. On the way Mangat Ram and 7-8 of his friends tried to stop the vehicle, they were with Iron rod, and heavy stick. When the driver asked why you are trying to stop the vehicle, Mangat Ram tried to open the window of the vehicle forcibly. Mangat Ram was wearing Iron grip in his finger he punched with that on Bariyum Singh’s nose and it started bleeding seriously. Mangat Ram and his friends started breaking the vehicle with iron rod. When Somnath and Rajinder got out of the Vehicle, one of them hit Somnath on head with an iron rod, his head cracked and he started bleeding. When Amanpreet Kaur went to save her husband Somnath, Mangat Ram started hurting her too, he slapped her and took out her sari and she was only with blouse and petticoat. They also started beating the sick Rajinder. By the time there came the Bridegrooms bus so they ran away from the place they took Amanpreet’s purse where she had kept her mobile and some money. But when they were running away some people from the bridegroom side could catch hold one among the accused group, his name is Punit Kumar. They took punit and went to Mahatpur PS and filed the FIR. Then they were sent to district hospital Unna for treatment.