A shocking video in which a woman police officer from Maharashtra’s Beed district is openly saying that she files fake cases against Dalits and Muslims has gone viral. Not just this, she also beats them up using the force of her uniform.
In the video, the woman, identified as Bhagyashree Navtake, Deputy Superintendent of Police in Majalgaon taluka, tells the accused in a Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act case: “I tie the hands and legs of Dalits and take out my anger about [the Atrocities Act] on them.”
Navtake is seen admitting that she filed cases against 21 Dalits who had gone to make complaints under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act at her police station. She also says in the video that she filed cases under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code or attempt to murder, against Muslims so that they do not get bail easily.
In the video, the woman is in a conversation with a few Marathas who claim that they have been arrested before under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. When they sought her advice about the situation, she said that if she released them now, there would be a violent reaction.
However, she told them that she handled a similar case when she was posted in Pimpri near Pune. Instead of arresting the accused in a similar case, she taught them how to file a fake case against the Dalits who reported against them. She said that she told them to file a case under Section 122 of the Indian Penal Code, which is an offence to bear arms without a licence against the Dalits.
“I tie the hands and legs of Dalits and take out my anger about [the Atrocities Act] on them”
In the past two years, a significant demand in the Maratha rallies for reservations across Maharashtra is to dilute the provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which the community feels targets them and results in low conviction rate. But the critics reportedly say that the conviction is low because the law-enforcing agencies of the state are prejudiced against Dalits.
Since the video has gone viral, it has outraged several in the country and has kicked off a discussion around the treatment of Dalits, especially by the state apparatus.
Picture credit- Maharashtra Indiatimes