Rajasthan: Dacoits` terror forces widows to seek permission to end life
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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, 2010.

"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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