Rapes and public punishments
The alleged raping of women and public punishment for those who protested or spoke against were held under the reign of former PS chairman, Anil Champika in Basnagala, the village which covered the Noori tea Estate.
In 2011, R. A. Kumari, (name changed to protect identity of the victim)
a married woman who was then 34-years of-age and was working for the tea factory was allegedly raped by the former PC chairman who later mercilessly assaulted her, stripped her when she visited his house to complain to his wife.
“As I was coming after work, Anil Champika who was at the junction with about 10 of his aides threaten me to come with him.
I refused and hurried home. But he along with another aide followed me in a cab and forced me to get in to the vehicle,” Kumari told us in tears.
“I was terrified and shouted but they took me to an isolated house in the area and raped me,” she said shivering with fear. “Thereafter he threatened me to not to tell anyone about what happened. But I was so angry and one day went to his house with my husband to complaint about this to his wife,” she cried as her 11-year-old daughter was standing nearby and looking at us confused.
“As we were there Anil Champika’s wife phoned him and I was told that we were asked to wait until he comes home,” she said with a voice trembling with terror.
“As Anil Champika was speeding there his wife pleaded with my husband to hide behind the house as the situation would worsen if he sees him (husband). As soon as Champika got out of the vehicle he shouted in filth and started to beat me mercilessly. He made me strip and kicked me and beat me with a pole,” Kumari wailed.
I never went to a police or made any complaint anywhere because I knew nothing would happen, she said.
" He made me stripped and kicked me and beat me with a pole,"