Female Naxalites being treated as 'sex tool' in organisation
Lucknow: The Naxalites had founded their organisation in different states of the country with the idea of transforming their fight into a 'public movement'. To achieve the same, they had decided that 40 per cent of their total strength would always be of women. It was strictly followed, but unfortunately after a few years, the male leaders started sexual exploitation of their female colleagues.
Over the years, the 'bloody revolution' has turned into 'sexual revolution', with female Maoists facing vigorous torture from their male companions. This has led to several women quitting the movement or surrendering before police. Now the dream of changing the society has disappeared from their eyes.
Rama (imaginary name), 32, had been a hard-core member of the Naxalite organisation for years, before finally starting to wash dishes at a hotel in the national capital to meet her daily expenses. She is a resident of Dumka district of Jharkhand and had joined Naxalite outfit hoping to change the society with her gun.
She, however, could not fulfil her dream but turned out to be a tool to satisfy the lust of her seniors in the organisation. She was consistently raped by many Maoists of her organisation. Currently, she is suffering from Syphilis disease.
Seventeen-year-old Sunita (imaginary name) from Rajnandgaon of Chhattisgarh is suffering from AIDS. She got infected with the deadly HIV virus because of being gangraped repeatedly by the Naxal organisation (Dewaki Dalam) members. Sunita and her family are unable to get her disease treated because of poverty. They are finding it difficult to fulfil their daily needs.
Sexual exploitation has also turned the life of former Naxal commander Budhu Betul's widow into hell. After the death of Dalam commander Budhu, his 24-year-old wife was raped by his own companions for months. She finally surrendered before police after getting fed up of the daily harassment.
After surrendering, she told police that in the Maoists organisations every woman was being gangraped by five-six men and on refusing to satisfy their lust, they were given animal-like treatment. To eliminate the possibility of women getting pregnant following the sexual harassment, the Naxal leaders forcibly sterilise them.
She also claimed that the agents of the Naxalites also inspire and at times force the village girls with good height and physique to join their organisation. This practise is being followed since years.
This is not only about Rama, Sunita or a few more girls in these organisations, but hundreds of girls who came in the organisation hoping to change the system and society are facing the same torture every day.
The HIV virus is spreading like jungle fire among the Maoists following unsafe and unnatural sex. Several Naxalites have also died following the same disease. As all their hideouts are in forests, they do not get proper treatment to get rid of the ailment.
Former Gadchiroli SP Rajesh Pradhan has also claimed that several female guerrillas have surrendered over the years following the sexual harassment by the male colleagues. He also claimed that many of them had claimed that they were gangraped in the organisation on gunpoint.
Champa, Babita, Aarti, Shanti and Sangeeta are few of the most aggressive PWG and MCC members. Police of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh had been having some tough times dealing with these girls, but they also have faced some severe sexual harassment in their organisations. Currently, UP and Bihar-Jharkhand Subzonal committee have around 1,500 female members, and almost everyone is facing the same plight.
Champa and Babita women commanders were beaten brutally by their male counterparts when they denied having sex with them. When babita surrendered, she was pregnant. She gave birth to her child inside the jail. She, however, killed her new-born baby as she did not want to raise the child of those Naxals.
Naxalites are doing all the illegitimate and illegal acts in the name of public movement. The founder of Naxalite movement, Kanu Sanyal had strongly opposed the moral decay and lust of the Maoists. He had claimed that the movement has lost its way.
The female Naxals are a big danger:
These female Naxals are bigger danger to the governments and the country than their male counterparts. They launch more scathing attacks on police force. They had played major role in the attack on Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh.
According to the sources, the Naxal organisations are giving hard-core training to the girl recruits to execute their upcoming missions. These girls are divided in two departments - one that collects secret information and the other launches the attacks.
They are considered more dangerous than the male Naxals as they quickly mix up with the crowd. They are also rated as more loyal to the organisation. They never shy away from commuting with illegal arms and objectionable things. The Naxal organisations also prefer female guerrillas over male Maoists. Female naxals are more active in Bastar, Dantewada and Raigarh districts.