Casting Rape: 101 Cases of Sexual Violence Against Dalit Women After Damini that Failed to Generate Mainstream Outrage

Arun Khote

Why Do Some Rape Deserve Anger and Others Do Not?

In the recent months, incidents of rape and other forms of violence against women have created lots of furore and anguish, and rightly so amongst middle class throughout the country. However, what is interesting to note is that the response to such crimes was/is highly selective. The following table enlists 101 cases of brutal crimes against Dalit Women (reported between Damini/Nirbhaya Case, 16th Dec 2012 and Aasaram Arrest, 31st Aug 2013) which could hardly outrage the consciences of people. Hence, it’s important to ask that, Why Do Some Rape Deserve Anger and Others Do Not? Editor


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101.12.12ChandigarhDalit woman alleges gangrape, 2 accused found dead – Indian Express
201.12.12HariyanaDalit woman gang raped, 2 of five accused commit suicide – The Pioneer
304.12.12Tamil NaduTension in Naickenkottai after death of woman – DNA
406.12.12CHENNAIWoman who married dalit knocks on HC door for cover – The Times Of India
508.12.12BHOPALPregnant dalit woman gang-raped – The Times Of India
609.12.12Tamil NaduDalit girl buried in Dharmapuri – The Hindu
716.12.12Odisha Pipili gang rape: Panel quizzes forensic officer – The Times Of India
806.01.13ChandigarhDalit minor raped, force fed pesticide – The Times Of India
909.01.13GujratDalit woman raped in Bhavnagar village – The Times Of India
1012.01.13Haryana16-year-old rape victim sets herself afire Admitted to PGIMS in critical condition – The Tribune
1128.01.13punjabMinor raped, one arrested – The Tribune
1229.01.13HaryanaJind: Congress councillor allegedly kills Dalit woman over a shared plot of land – CNN IBN
1330.01.13HaryanaDalit woman cremated after SSP’s intervention – The Tribune
1404.02.13Maharastra Raped and beaten, Dalit girl is firm in resolve to make it big – The Hindu
1506.02.13HaryanaU-turn: Dalit girl denies in court she was raped Father too turns hostile – The Tribune
1609.02.13RajasthanMinor dalit girl raped by tailor in Bikaner – The Times Of India
1712.02.13chandigarhDalit’s gang rape: Police add stringent sections – The Times Of India
1816.02.13Madhya PradeshDalit woman attempts self-immolation in MP CM’s presence – Zee News
1919.02.13Tamil NaduThree arrested for raping 16-year-old girl – Zee News
2028.02.13MaharashtraDalit girls’ rape, murder rock Rajya Sabha – The Hindu
2105.03.13Tamil Nadu80% dalit women face violence in inter-caste marriage – Deccan Herald
2206.03.13Punjab‘Molested’ by neighbours, Dalit girl sets herself afire – The Tribune
2317.03.13HaryanaElderly Dalit woman killed in Haryana – Zee News
2430.03.13Andhra PradeshFour posing as cops gang-rape Dalit girl – The Hindu
2531.03.13BiharWomen activists protest ‘murder’ of Dalit woman – The Hindu
2604.04.13JharkhandWoman dubbed as witch in Jharkhand, tongue pierced with needle – Zee News
2706.04.13Uttar PradeshMinor dalit girl gang-raped – The Hindu
2808.04.13HaryanaDalit minor raped in Bhiwani – The Tribune
2912.04.13OdishaDalit girl raped in Odisha, four held – The Times Of India
3012.04.13Andhra PradeshDalit woman killed in AP, incident assumes political overtones – Zee News
3113.04.13BiharDalit girl allegedly raped by forest guard in Bihar – The Hindu
3213.04.13Haryana13-year-old Dalit girl gang-raped in Bhiwani – The Tribune
3313.04.13RajasthanAlleged gang-rape survivor’s family attacked in Rajasthan – NDTV
3414.04.13HaryanaClass X Dalit minor girl kidnapped, raped – The Tribune
3524.04.13HaryanaDistressed over girl’s kidnapping & rape, poor family consumes poison Mother, another girl dead, father, 2 boys in ICU – The Tribune
3624.04.13OdishaDalit woman raped in Odisha, one arrested – Zee News
3724.04.13Uttar PradeshTwo minor girls raped in Uttar Pradesh – The Hindu
3824.04.13Tamil NaduDalit woman abused, attacked in Virudhunagar village – The Times Of India
3925.04.13MaharashtraDalit woman gang raped, 3 arrested – The Times Of India
4026.04.13HaryanaHARYANA’S SHAME Minor Dalit girl of Meham gang-raped, 5 arrested – The Tribune
4129.04.13Uttar PradeshMinor Dalit girl raped in UP – Zee News
4229.04.13HaryanaPolice insensitivity again comes to fore  Gangraped migrant women approach Delhi Police for justice – The Tribune
4304.05.13HaryanaCourt holds four youths guilty of Dalit girl’s rape Quantum of punishment to be announced today – The Tribune
4406.05.13BiharAnother minor raped in Bihar – The Hindustan Times
4508.05.13Uttar PradeshDalit girl attempts suicide as parents fail to deposit fees – The Hindustan Times
4613.05.13PunjabDalit girl raped in Punjab – Zee News
4713.05.13PunjabMinor Dalit girl raped by two brothers in Punjab – Zee News
4813.05.13PunjabTarn Taran girl complains to SC/ST panel on security – The Hindustan Times
4914.06.13HaryanaDalit girl raped in Sirsa-The Tribune×60/0
5014.06.13Rajasthan2 men allegedly abducted, raped 13-yr-old Dalit girl -IBN Live
5115.06.13Haryana Youth held for raping a dalit minor-The Times Of India
5215.06.13Uttar PradeshDalit girl report missing from Noida- The Times Of India
5321.06.13HaryanaMinor Dalit’s rape: Haryana Police under NCPCR scanner  ‘Take action against delinquent police officials in 15 days’ – The Tribune
5423.06.13RajasthanMinor raped, murdered in Barmer-The Times Of India
5524.06.13HaryanaDalit woman raped in Haryana-The Times Of India
5629.06.13Andhra PradeshDalit woman fights house demolition-Deccan Chronicle
5730.06.13Tamil NaduDalit women seek special bill for protection and justice- The Times Of India
5801.07.13Haryana Dalit woman axed to death after rape-Hindustan Times
5902.07.13Tamil NaduDivya to stay with mother till family accepts Dalit husband – The Hindu
6003.07.13Tamil NaduDalit girl humiliated, ends life – The Hindu
6104.07.13Tamil NaduGirl married to Dalit refuses to go back to husband- The Indian Express
6204.07.13Andhra PradeshFair probe sought into Dalit woman’s rape, murder- The Hindu
6309.07.13Uttar PradeshTeen girl attempts suicide after rape- The Times Of India
6413.07.13PunjabDalit minor girl raped in Punjab- ZEE News
6515.07.13HaryanaDalit woman allegedly raped, neighbour held- ZEE News
6619.07.13Madhya PradsehMan gets 7-year RI for raping minor Dalit girl- Business Standard
6722.07.13Madhya PradeshYouth arrested for allegedly raping Dalit woman – Zee News
6824.07.13Tamil NaduChild, woman hurt as dalits attacked in Dindigul-The Times Of India
6925.07.13HaryanaMentally challenged girl raped by teachers in Haryana; one held- Hindustan Times
7026.07.13KarnatakaBangalore: Korean man accused of sexual exploitation at his orphanage- IBNLive
7126.07.13KarnatakaKarnataka shocker: Dalit woman raped and filmed at Buddhist ashram for six years; alleges other girls face ‘similar treatment’- Daily Bhaskar
7227.07.13Uttar PradeshGang-raped Dalit girl commits suicide in Ghaziabad- NYDaily News
7327.07.13PunjabDalit girl goes missing, family alleges kidnapping- Business Standard
7428.07.13PunjabAbducted girl rescued, one held- Business Standard
7531.07.13Gujrat ‘Harassed’ Dalit woman sarpanch to face no-confidence motion on Aug 1- The Indian Express–dalit-woman-sarpanch-to-face-noconfidence-motion-on-aug-1/1149060/
7631.07.13Tamil NaduFamily ostracized for inter-caste marriage in TN- The Times Of India
7731.07.13Tamil NaduProtect Dalit woman, Dharmapuri SP told- The New Indian Express
7801.08.13Uttar PradeshMinor girl killed, one injured in firing in UP- India Today
7901.08.13Tamil NaduAnother dalit-vanniyar couple run into community hurdle- The Times Of India
8003.08.13Tamil NaduGirl’s death sparks tension- The Hindu
8103.08.13Tamil NaduYouth kills self in dalit wife’s house- The New Indian Express
8204.08.13Tamil NaduFamily, relatives cry foul over Thoothukudi Dalit girl’s death- The New Indian Express
8305.08.13Tamil NaduAssault on Dalit girls over dress raises tension in SC/ST meet- The Times Of India
8408.08.13New DelhiRagging drives girl student to suicide- The Hindu
8509.08.13HaryanaHR-RAPE- The Hindu
8610.08.13OdishaDalit Girl’s Death: Villagers Demand Death Penalty- Out Look
8710.08.13Madhya PradeshRape victim lives in fear, doesn’t name panchayat- The Times Of India
8811.08.13OdishaNormal life hit in Odisha over death of Dalit girl- Business Standard
8913.08.13OdishaMinor dalit girl murder issue: Controversy sparks over the age of rape accused in Odisha – Odisha Today
9013.08.13Odisha2 accused of girl burn case are juveniles- The New Indian Express
9117.08.13Haryana15 Year Old Dalit Girl Gang-Raped in Haryana- Out Look
9217.08.13Uttar PradeshDalit girl beaten up and gang-raped in Noida- The Times Of India
9317.08.13Odisha‘Dalit Girl in Odisha Wasn’t Raped Before Being Burnt’- Out Look
9421.08.13Karnataka Dejected woman consumes poison, dies- The Hindu
9526.08.13HaryanaDalit girl ‘raped’, killed in Jind, mob goes on rampage- The Times Of India
9627.08.13Uttar PradeshMan gets life imprisonment for repeatedly raping minor Dalit girl in 1994- IBN Live
9728.08.13Tamil NaduPetty quarrel snowballs, 4 dalit women attacked- The Times Of India
9830.08.13New DelhiNew Delhi: Daughter gang-raped, wife killed; man moves SC seeking protection- Bellvision
9930.08.13Haryana Dalit girl rape & murder: Protest continues, committee formed- Business Standard
10031.08.13Uttar PradeshDalit girl gang-raped brutally in Pratapgarh- The Times Of India
10131.08.13BiharTwo women gangraped in Bihar- PTI

Arun Khote is a Lucknow based Civil Rights Activist and works with Dalits Media Watch Team, an initiative of “Peoples Media Advocacy & Resource Centre-PMARC. He can be contacted at


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