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Rajasthan: Dacoits` terror forces widows to seek permission to end life

Last Updated: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 18:58

Jaipur: Terrorised by dacoits who had
gunned down their husbands last year, three widows of
labourers from Dholpur district in Rajasthan have sought
"permission" from authorities to end their lives.

Accompanied by Dausa MP Kirori Meena, the women Peetam
Bai, Guddi and Ramrishi today submitted a representation
to Rajsthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
"We would like to kill ourselves instead of being
killed by the dacoits who have murdered our husbands for not
giving then extortion money and becoming witnesses in the case
against them," the women said in the representation which
they handed over to an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at the
residence of the Chief Minister, who was away.

The women, who had come from Dholpur district, 208 kms
from here, also met the state Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal
and demanded justice.

The Bhanwar gang demanded Rs 15,000 as extortion money
from mine labourers, including their husbands Hansraj, Girraj
and Ramsahay, but they were unable to pay the amount as they
earn only Rs 100 per day, the women alleged.

"The dacoits brutally thrashed all the labourers,"
they said. Following the incident, an FIR was lodged against
them with Sarmathura police station but no action was taken
against them, the women claimed.
"When our husbands turned witnesses, the dacoits
abducted and killed dead in Karauli district on April 25,

"Since then, we are facing difficulties and we are
forced to live under fear as they are constantly threating
us," the women said. They claimed that they had approached
several top police officials but did not get any relief.

"We are poor people. The dacoits can kill us anytime
but we do not want to be killed by them," they said.


First Published: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 18:58

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