Some of us were raped at gunpoint, utensils were thrown about in some houses, and they cut the power supply in one. They eventually left at around 8 am.”Seven of the 11 women were allegedly gang-raped.
Along with the village head and the men of the village, they approached the Nurmathi gram panchayat sarpanch who informed the local MLA.
It is little over 10 years to the day 11 women from the Kondh tribe in Vakapalli, an Adivasi hamlet in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, were allegedly raped by personnel of the state’s elite anti-Naxal force, the Greyhounds, on August 10, 2007.
So far, the women have faced an uphill battle to get justice.
It said that the personnel were in the village for a routine combing operation, looking for Maoists.
In turn, the police accused around 30 women in the hamlet of attacking them when they attempted to take one person into custody.
Even though the entire village supported them – helped them file a complaint immediately and backed them in following it up – the women say that they still had to face social stigma.The inquiry report pointed out the lack of medical evidence for rape.However, it said: “There are 2 diametrically different views held by complainant tribal women on one side and the police personnel on the other.“The Greyhounds arrived at around 6 am when only women and children were in the village.They laid siege to our village and started raping us.