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WSS Film – Encountering Injustice : The Case of Meena Khalko

Encountering Injustice : The Case of Meena Khalko

Synopsis – The film looks into an alleged encounter of a 15 year old adivasi girl, Meena Khalkho who lived in Village Karcha of Balrampur district of North Chhattisharh. She was killed by the police who alleged that she was a naxalite. Moving between the electronic news coverage of the incident and testimonies of her parents and other people from her village, the film investigates the claims of the police. Sexual violence, the attempt to suppress the truth of meena’s murder and the impunity of the culprits gradually comes to light. We also get a glimpse into how difficult and long the struggle for justice is in the conflict zones of the country. This film is part of a series of films called Loktantra Hazir Ho produced by the Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS).

Meena Khalkho Case: Judicial Inquiry Report finds police guilty

Nearly four years after the brutal murder of Meena Khalkho in Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh, an inquiry commission has confirmed that Meena was in fact killed by a police bullet. The Anita Jha judicial inquiry commission, set up in July 2012, over a year after the alleged “encounter”, has only just placed its report before the State Cabinet. The report makes no definite comment on the fact that Meena was not a naxalite, and was killed in a fake encounter, despite the emphatic testimonies of her family and people from the village.

Chhattisgarh Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar said, “The commission has concluded that Meena Khalkho died of a bullet fired from a police weapon.” The government will now ask the State Crime Investigation Department to investigate the case further.

In 2013, WSS conducted a fact finding to look into the case. Below is a video documenting the evidence and testimonies that were collected.