Saturday, 24 March 2001

Trustees Deny Breakfast to Five Sisters

After Jayashree was assaulted on 09.01.2001, a group comprising of Nirmal Swain, Girish Panda, Santosh Nayak, Krishna Chandra, to name a few goondas of the trustees, had threatened the trustees that if any action was taken against Krishna Chandra, the whole oriya group would do a mass walk out of Dining Room. Since Ashram Dining Room functions mainly on the strength of the oriyas, the trustees were forced to shut up and tried to suppress the assault on Jayashree. In fact the trustees realizing the potential for future use of this group, readily rewarded Krishna Chandra by facilitating his stay in the Ashram.

But we persisted in my demand for justice to all the trustees, most especially Dilip Datta. In order to stop Hemlata and cover up their inaction the trustees began threatening and harassing me. I was punished and was forced to carry food in tiffin carrier if I wanted to eat. For three weeks I suffered in silence then decided to resume my food at Ashram Dining Room defying the unjust punishment imposed upon me. I first wrote letters to all the concerned trustees informing them of my intention. Then on 22.03.2001 I had my lunch and my dinner at the Ashram Dining Room. However when on 23.03.2001 I went with my four elder sisters to partake breakfast at the Ashram Dining Room at about 7.30 a.m.

All the sisters are denied breakfast. I was manhandled by inmates Manjunath and Satyanarayanamurthy. I gave a written complaint to the police for denial of food, for assault on Jayashree and my manhandling. On 24.03.2001 police called the above named inmates to police station and after questioning them, police issued a Report in Non-Cognizable Offence against my complaint and made wrong entries. Police also mentioned that it was a civil offence and matters should be sorted out with the trustees.

Which law-book states that cases of assault and manhandling and denial of food are civil offences? A new law-book probably as yet unheard of…

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