They were beaten up and abused for promoting education for women in Digwaar village in Uttar Pradesh.
On May 12, five women were brutally beaten and harassed by Sahib Singh Yadav. Two of them have sustained serious head and body injuries.
These 5 women work to provide education with the Sahjani Shiksha Kendra (SSK). They were inaugurating the literacy centre for Dalit women in Digwaar village in Uttar Pradesh.
Sahib Singh used caste-based abuses like 'chamarni', 'basorni' and sexually explicit language to the women. When the SSK team tried to persuade him to stop interrupting the ceremony, he attacked them with a thick wooden stick.
He also threatened to kill them if they ever came back to the area. The villagers were also threatened with dire consequences if they gave any statement against him.
SSK is the only women-headed organization in the district, run primarily by Dalit women in Lalitpur. An important focus of their work is Adult Literacy Centres in the villages of Lalitpur.
Sahib Singh Yadav was arrested 7 days later and charges of sexual assault and attempt to murder have been filed against him. He is in judicial custody for 14 days.
However, despite the arrest of Sahib Singh Yadav, the Dalit community in Digwar is still under the threat of such violence as a backlash to this arrest. The SSK field workers are prone to this backlash as well.
As their colleague and a women, I am outraged at this violence. It is important to raise the issue of safety of women activists who fight for education to become a reality to all.
That’s why I started this petition asking the CM of Uttar Pradesh and other concerned authorities to ensure that-
1) Security is provided for the staff of SSK who were attacked.
2) Security is provided to the Dalit basti of Digwaar village as they are under serious threat.