A rape survivor faces banishment from her village in Maharashtra’s Beed district. The survivor is a 30-year-old woman who was gang-raped back in 2015. The woman had faced sexual assault when she went to pluck cotton in the village. She claims that the village panchayat decided to pass a resolution to evict her from the village. Moreover, two more villages from Maharashtra’s Gevrai tehsil have decided on the same.
The woman complained to the police about how the villagers were abusing her. She said that they taunted her and verbally abused her. The police are now investigating the allegations made by her.
The rape survivor spoke about her banishment in a news channel. She said that a notice demanding her to leave had been pasted on her door. She added that the villagers continued to threaten her and also passed the resolution. The woman also demanded justice from the government.
However, Aniruddha Sanap, the block development officer said that the village’s gram-sevak told him that the eviction notice was about encroachment. He added that the three villages had passed their resolutions separately. The woman’s village’s sarpanch said that they did nothing wrong and that the decision was backed by the people.
Such incidents of rape survivors facing banishment have been occuring around the world. A woman from a village in Narayanganj, Bangladesh was raped and later evicted from her village. She was raped by her next door neighbour for one and a half years and was also made pregnant. A case was filed under the Woman and Child Repression Prevention Act, and all the accused were arrested.
Anoushka Das is an intern at SheThePeople. TV.