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


S.No News Covered on Dated State Heading Link
1 01.12.12 Chandigarh Dalit woman alleges gangrape, 2 accused found dead – Indian Express
2 01.12.12 Hariyana Dalit woman gang raped, 2 of five accused commit suicide – The Pioneer
3 04.12.12 Tamil Nadu Tension in Naickenkottai after death of woman – DNA
4 06.12.12 CHENNAI Woman who married dalit knocks on HC door for cover – The Times Of India
5 08.12.12 BHOPAL Pregnant dalit woman gang-raped – The Times Of India
6 09.12.12 Tamil Nadu Dalit girl buried in Dharmapuri – The Hindu
7 16.12.12 Odisha Pipili gang rape: Panel quizzes forensic officer – The Times Of India
8 06.01.13 Chandigarh Dalit minor raped, force fed pesticide – The Times Of India
9 09.01.13 Gujrat Dalit woman raped in Bhavnagar village – The Times Of India
10 12.01.13 Haryana 16-year-old rape victim sets herself afire Admitted to PGIMS in critical condition – The Tribune
11 28.01.13 punjab Minor raped, one arrested – The Tribune
12 29.01.13 Haryana Jind: Congress councillor allegedly kills Dalit woman over a shared plot of land – CNN IBN
13 30.01.13 Haryana Dalit woman cremated after SSP’s intervention – The Tribune
14 04.02.13 Maharastra Raped and beaten, Dalit girl is firm in resolve to make it big – The Hindu
15 06.02.13 Haryana U-turn: Dalit girl denies in court she was raped Father too turns hostile – The Tribune
16 09.02.13 Rajasthan Minor dalit girl raped by tailor in Bikaner – The Times Of India
17 12.02.13 chandigarh Dalit’s gang rape: Police add stringent sections – The Times Of India
18 16.02.13 Madhya Pradesh Dalit woman attempts self-immolation in MP CM’s presence – Zee News
19 19.02.13 Tamil Nadu Three arrested for raping 16-year-old girl – Zee News
20 28.02.13 Maharashtra Dalit girls’ rape, murder rock Rajya Sabha – The Hindu
21 05.03.13 Tamil Nadu 80% dalit women face violence in inter-caste marriage – Deccan Herald
22 06.03.13 Punjab ‘Molested’ by neighbours, Dalit girl sets herself afire – The Tribune
23 17.03.13 Haryana Elderly Dalit woman killed in Haryana – Zee News
24 30.03.13 Andhra Pradesh Four posing as cops gang-rape Dalit girl – The Hindu
25 31.03.13 Bihar Women activists protest ‘murder’ of Dalit woman – The Hindu
26 04.04.13 Jharkhand Woman dubbed as witch in Jharkhand, tongue pierced with needle – Zee News
27 06.04.13 Uttar Pradesh Minor dalit girl gang-raped – The Hindu
28 08.04.13 Haryana Dalit minor raped in Bhiwani – The Tribune
29 12.04.13 Odisha Dalit girl raped in Odisha, four held – The Times Of India
30 12.04.13 Andhra Pradesh Dalit woman killed in AP, incident assumes political overtones – Zee News
31 13.04.13 Bihar Dalit girl allegedly raped by forest guard in Bihar – The Hindu
32 13.04.13 Haryana 13-year-old Dalit girl gang-raped in Bhiwani – The Tribune
33 13.04.13 Rajasthan Alleged gang-rape survivor’s family attacked in Rajasthan – NDTV
34 14.04.13 Haryana Class X Dalit minor girl kidnapped, raped – The Tribune
35 24.04.13 Haryana Distressed over girl’s kidnapping & rape, poor family consumes poison Mother, another girl dead, father, 2 boys in ICU – The Tribune
36 24.04.13 Odisha Dalit woman raped in Odisha, one arrested – Zee News
37 24.04.13 Uttar Pradesh Two minor girls raped in Uttar Pradesh – The Hindu
38 24.04.13 Tamil Nadu Dalit woman abused, attacked in Virudhunagar village – The Times Of India
39 25.04.13 Maharashtra Dalit woman gang raped, 3 arrested – The Times Of India
40 26.04.13 Haryana HARYANA’S SHAME Minor Dalit girl of Meham gang-raped, 5 arrested – The Tribune
41 29.04.13 Uttar Pradesh Minor Dalit girl raped in UP – Zee News
42 29.04.13 Haryana Police insensitivity again comes to fore  Gangraped migrant women approach Delhi Police for justice – The Tribune
43 04.05.13 Haryana Court holds four youths guilty of Dalit girl’s rape Quantum of punishment to be announced today – The Tribune
44 06.05.13 Bihar Another minor raped in Bihar – The Hindustan Times
45 08.05.13 Uttar Pradesh Dalit girl attempts suicide as parents fail to deposit fees – The Hindustan Times
46 13.05.13 Punjab Dalit girl raped in Punjab – Zee News
47 13.05.13 Punjab Minor Dalit girl raped by two brothers in Punjab – Zee News
48 13.05.13 Punjab Tarn Taran girl complains to SC/ST panel on security – The Hindustan Times
49 14.06.13 Haryana Dalit girl raped in Sirsa-The Tribune×60/0
50 14.06.13 Rajasthan 2 men allegedly abducted, raped 13-yr-old Dalit girl -IBN Live
51 15.06.13 Haryana Youth held for raping a dalit minor-The Times Of India
52 15.06.13 Uttar Pradesh Dalit girl report missing from Noida- The Times Of India
53 21.06.13 Haryana Minor Dalit’s rape: Haryana Police under NCPCR scanner  ‘Take action against delinquent police officials in 15 days’ – The Tribune
54 23.06.13 Rajasthan Minor raped, murdered in Barmer-The Times Of India
55 24.06.13 Haryana Dalit woman raped in Haryana-The Times Of India
56 29.06.13 Andhra Pradesh Dalit woman fights house demolition-Deccan Chronicle
57 30.06.13 Tamil Nadu Dalit women seek special bill for protection and justice- The Times Of India
58 01.07.13 Haryana Dalit woman axed to death after rape-Hindustan Times
59 02.07.13 Tamil Nadu Divya to stay with mother till family accepts Dalit husband – The Hindu
60 03.07.13 Tamil Nadu Dalit girl humiliated, ends life – The Hindu
61 04.07.13 Tamil Nadu Girl married to Dalit refuses to go back to husband- The Indian Express
62 04.07.13 Andhra Pradesh Fair probe sought into Dalit woman’s rape, murder- The Hindu
63 09.07.13 Uttar Pradesh Teen girl attempts suicide after rape- The Times Of India
64 13.07.13 Punjab Dalit minor girl raped in Punjab- ZEE News
65 15.07.13 Haryana Dalit woman allegedly raped, neighbour held- ZEE News
66 19.07.13 Madhya Pradseh Man gets 7-year RI for raping minor Dalit girl- Business Standard
67 22.07.13 Madhya Pradesh Youth arrested for allegedly raping Dalit woman – Zee News
68 24.07.13 Tamil Nadu Child, woman hurt as dalits attacked in Dindigul-The Times Of India
69 25.07.13 Haryana Mentally challenged girl raped by teachers in Haryana; one held- Hindustan Times
70 26.07.13 Karnataka Bangalore: Korean man accused of sexual exploitation at his orphanage- IBNLive
71 26.07.13 Karnataka Karnataka shocker: Dalit woman raped and filmed at Buddhist ashram for six years; alleges other girls face ‘similar treatment’- Daily Bhaskar
72 27.07.13 Uttar Pradesh Gang-raped Dalit girl commits suicide in Ghaziabad- NYDaily News
73 27.07.13 Punjab Dalit girl goes missing, family alleges kidnapping- Business Standard
74 28.07.13 Punjab Abducted girl rescued, one held- Business Standard
75 31.07.13 Gujrat  ‘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/
76 31.07.13 Tamil Nadu Family ostracized for inter-caste marriage in TN- The Times Of India
77 31.07.13 Tamil Nadu Protect Dalit woman, Dharmapuri SP told- The New Indian Express
78 01.08.13 Uttar Pradesh Minor girl killed, one injured in firing in UP- India Today
79 01.08.13 Tamil Nadu Another dalit-vanniyar couple run into community hurdle- The Times Of India
80 03.08.13 Tamil Nadu Girl’s death sparks tension- The Hindu
81 03.08.13 Tamil Nadu Youth kills self in dalit wife’s house- The New Indian Express
82 04.08.13 Tamil Nadu Family, relatives cry foul over Thoothukudi Dalit girl’s death- The New Indian Express
83 05.08.13 Tamil Nadu Assault on Dalit girls over dress raises tension in SC/ST meet- The Times Of India
84 08.08.13 New Delhi Ragging drives girl student to suicide- The Hindu
85 09.08.13 Haryana HR-RAPE- The Hindu
86 10.08.13 Odisha Dalit Girl’s Death: Villagers Demand Death Penalty- Out Look
87 10.08.13 Madhya Pradesh Rape victim lives in fear, doesn’t name panchayat- The Times Of India
88 11.08.13 Odisha Normal life hit in Odisha over death of Dalit girl- Business Standard
89 13.08.13 Odisha Minor dalit girl murder issue: Controversy sparks over the age of rape accused in Odisha – Odisha Today
90 13.08.13 Odisha 2 accused of girl burn case are juveniles- The New Indian Express
91 17.08.13 Haryana 15 Year Old Dalit Girl Gang-Raped in Haryana- Out Look
92 17.08.13 Uttar Pradesh Dalit girl beaten up and gang-raped in Noida- The Times Of India
93 17.08.13 Odisha ‘Dalit Girl in Odisha Wasn’t Raped Before Being Burnt’- Out Look
94 21.08.13 Karnataka Dejected woman consumes poison, dies- The Hindu
95 26.08.13 Haryana Dalit girl ‘raped’, killed in Jind, mob goes on rampage- The Times Of India
96 27.08.13 Uttar Pradesh Man gets life imprisonment for repeatedly raping minor Dalit girl in 1994- IBN Live
97 28.08.13 Tamil Nadu Petty quarrel snowballs, 4 dalit women attacked- The Times Of India
98 30.08.13 New Delhi New Delhi: Daughter gang-raped, wife killed; man moves SC seeking protection- Bellvision
99 30.08.13 Haryana Dalit girl rape & murder: Protest continues, committee formed- Business Standard
100 31.08.13 Uttar Pradesh Dalit girl gang-raped brutally in Pratapgarh- The Times Of India
101 31.08.13 Bihar Two 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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