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Alwar: Upper cast men stalk, harass 19-year-old girl to stop her from going to college

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Jan 10, 2013 at 10:37am IST

Alwar: In a yet another story of crimes against women, a 19-year-old Dalit girl in Alwar, Rajasthan alleges that she was stalked and molested by upper caste men in her village because she wanted to study in college. "Boys harass me on my way to college just because I belong to a Dalit family. Everyday on my way to college, boys followed me, harassed me. It was a nightmare," says the girl.

The girl says that despite harassment by boys, she did not give up going to college. But she had to pay a price for that. She claims that even after "boys belonging to Jat and Gujjar castes snatched away all my documents", she continued going to college. The girl alleges that the boys then beat up her family members and threatened to kill her.

"They threatened my family members and even me saying they will kill me the way Bhanwari Devi was killed," she tells CNN-IBN. Her father also repeats the allegation saying the men openly threatened him and his family members.

The 19-year-old says that after her family was threatened, she left the college in the village and took admission in a private college, five kilometres away. But on December 12, 2011 when she was going to college, some men stopped their car next to her and pulled her inside the car.

"When they stopped the car at a petrol pump to refill the fuel tank, I screamed for help. Few people at the petrol pump, heard me screaming and rescued me," the girl narrates the incident to CNN-IBN. She further tells that when she tried to file an FIR, police did not cooperate. "Police didn't lodge my FIR, then some people helped me file the FIR."

The Dalit girl says that despite all this, she has decided that she will not give up and will continue to study. "I will not give up on studying. I will teach them a lesson, I deserve justice," she says.

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