PATNA: The Opposition parties created a furore in the Bihar Assembly on Wednesday raising the issue of the manner in which a Dalit woman was tortured and subjected to disgrace in a village in Patna district on Thursday.
The Opposition accused the Nitish Kumar government of failing to protect even women in the State. They alleged that Dalits were being subjected to torture and disgrace by the feudal elements in the absence of fear of the law. The Chief Minister agreed to make a statement on the incident after having it investigated.
Ramayodhya Rai of Adalchak Dumaria village had tied 45-year-old Lalpari Devi, a Dalit, to a tree, beat her up mercilessly and sheared her hair. The arrival of the police saved her life.
Rai had called Lalpari Devi from a neighbouring village to treat his mentally ill wife.
When his wife’s condition deteriorated, Rai vented his anger against Lalpari Devi accusing her of misusing her witchcraft.
His neighbours turned the scene into a frenzy. The police rescued her, filed an FIR and arrested six persons including Rai.