Flood victims conduct patrol to avert assault

- THAKUR SINGH THARU, BANKE
Flood victims conduct patrol to avert assault

Dec 8, 2014-

Women victims of the mid-August floods taking shelter at the makeshift camps in Udharapur not only live under tents and plastic tarps, but are also compelled to conduct night patrol to protect themselves from potential violence. As most of the male members of their family have migrated to India or other countries seeking employment, the women victims are forced to live under constant fear of being assaulted. The problem vexing them had increased after some nefarious individuals under the influence of alcohol started engaging in unruly activities in the camps.

“Individuals of all kinds roam around the camps especially at night in a drunken stupor,” said Khagisara Magar. Hailing from Udaypur-2, Magar said that instead of living in fear, they decided to conduct night patrols by taking turns.

“As we are unable to reconstruct our houses damaged by the floods, we live in perpetual fear every night. And as the plastic doors does not help prevent individuals with bad intentions from attacking us, we were compelled to conduct night patrols to avert any possible assaults,” said Magar, who used to live in a traditional thatched roof house with walls made out of mud. Likewise, Bishnu Sunari of Udaypur-2 said that their inability to reconstruct their flood ravaged houses has put them at risk of falling prey to sexual harassment or assault.

According to locals, women and children are especially vulnerable in the absence of their husbands as they have all migrated abroad in search of employment.

“While the initiative has given us a bit of relief, our problems are far from over,” Sunari said, adding that the flood victims have also requested the police to help them in their endeavour.

Published: 09-12-2014 09:27

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