What happened in Vachathi?
Malini VK - Infobite Apr 16, 2019
Vachathi incident is one of the shameful histories from Indian Police Department.
- Vachathi is a small village located in Dharmapuri district, Tamil Nadu, India.
- The villagers were accused of helping sandalwood mafia, Veerappan in smuggling sandalwood and poaching elephants.
- On June 20, 1992 about 269 officials, comprising 155 Forest personnel, 108 Policemen and 6 revenue officers entered the village in search of Veerapan.
- Villagers who are mostly Dalits were gathered under a tree and nearly 100 men were brutally assaulted, and 18 women were gang-raped by men in police uniform.
- The raid continued for 2 days destroying the villagers' properties and killing their cattle.
- The Tamil Nadu Police Department had denied the charges and K.A. Sengottaiyan ( Forest Minister during that time) supported in favor of officials and accused entire village for attacking policemen during investigation.
- However, in 1995 the case moved to CBI after a writ petition filed from Marxist Communist Party of India.
- All the 269 officials were sentenced on September 29, 2011 and compensation was paid to the victims.
- Among the 269 officials, 54 were not alive during the trial. Remaining 215 officials were sentenced according to their crime.
- The 18 rape victims were disguised as male and came to court to identify the police officers.
- The youngsters from Vachathi village married all the 18 women.