“आप बताना दीदी, मैं गलत बोल रही हूँ क्या…गरीब की बेटी की इज्ज़त नहीं होती क्या!”
“You tell me, sister, I am saying anything wrong … doesn’t the daughter of a poor person not have any not respect?”
We reached Gurmandi, about 10 km from the heart of New Delhi’s Connaught Place, at about 5.15 pm on 22 October, 2020. We were there to learn more about about the seventeen year old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped and murdered by her employer in Model Town on October 4. We turned into a narrow lane, and her house was upstairs, in a building at the end of the lane – just one room.
Her aunt, her mother’s younger sister, was settling the room after visitors had left, when we arrived. In the course of conversation, we discovered that she had not even had time to eat – she had returned from work and there were visitors, and we were there and she was trying to make us feel at home. This endless stream of visitors had become routine, since October 16. The girl’s older aunt lived not far away, and had also arrived to meet us.Continue reading