Dalit Lawyer Kills Self After Police Failed To Take Action Against Harassers; Three Arrested
A group of lawyers in Bengaluru have staged a silent protest march three days after a 25-year-old Bengaluru-based Dalit lawyer committed suicide after being constantly harassed by her local corporator and his associates, according to The News Minute
The Dalit lawyer Dharani was found dead by her mother on Monday at her residence in Vivekananda Street at Narayanpura ward. It has been reported that the Congress corporator, namely V Suresh and his allies had disconnected water and electricity supply of her house. They were trying to compel the lawyer and her mother to surrender the property.
As reported by The News Minute, Dharani and her mother lodged a complaint on harassment against the corporator and his associates to the Mahadevapura police but it all went in vain. After her demise, the police have registered an FIR under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and abetment of suicide.
S Balan, who is a senior advocate at the Karnataka High Court, led the protest march which was held on Thursday. According to him, the apathy and indifference of the police officials are the primary causes behind Dharani’s suicide. He has also informed that some of the lawyers have thought of filing a writ petition at the Karnataka High Court. He said to TNM, “She(Dharani) had a small property 10×20 feet, the local goon corporator tried to encroach it. She had been fighting against them for some time and had approached the jurisdictional ACP Krishnappa. Then when it did not help, she even met the commissioner. The commissioner in turn asked her to meet the DCP. But the DCP also stood in favour of the corporator.”
He also told TNM that she was being harassed continuously and was also beaten. According to him, the police and the real estate mafia had been favoured by the police. When she went to the ACP and the DCP along with some witnesses, they were threatened.
While speaking to TNM, Whitefield DCP Abdul Ahad denied the allegations against the police. He told TNM that as Dharani was not satisfied with the investigating officer, a different officer was assigned for investigation. He said that initially the case was handled by ACP Whitefield but after she met the commissioner, ACP Marathalli was assigned the case. He also said that as a part of the investigation, ACP Marathalli gave her a notice to appear against the police. But before that, she committed suicide.
According to The New Indian Express , the police of Mahadevapura have nabbed three suspects associated with the case after Dharani committed suicide and the suspects have been identified as Shashi, Anjanappa and Ravi.
It was also found that the mother-daughter duo had gone to the State Human Rights Commission. But the authorities have been alleged to turn a deaf ear to their plea.