Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wedding bar on Maoist girl

30 Apr 2009, 0045 hrs IST, TNN

PURULIA: She cannot marry, for, a tribal community does not allow the marriage of a girl who has been to jail. But what was the fault of the
19-year-old Rebecca Soren that forced police to put her behind bars? She was suspected of being a Maoist.

This girl from Duhutand in Kotshila at the Bengal-Jharkhand border used to regularly visit her sister's in-laws' place in Maoist-dominated Sundru village under Juridih police station of Bokaro district in Jharkhand. Branded as a Maoist action squad leader, Rebecca was tortured by police a number of times at Purulia Sadar PS in the name of being grilled.

Her father had to sell off cattle and ornaments to get her bail. Her mother Tulsi said the family has given up all hopes of Rebecca's marriage. And, the girl, out of sheer disgust, has decided not to enroll herself as a voter.

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