Dressed in a black track suit with her hair tied in a bun, Neelu Nishad’s personality has the same bitter contradiction as that between her small hut in Khati Bundelkhand and her attire. The contradiction in her personality has resulted from the social and judicial struggle she had been putting up for a long time. We are in Shahbazpur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district. Neelu belongs to a backward caste in Bundelkhand, and has been single-handedly fighting a case against a strong, upper caste, local politician. According to Neelu, BSP’s local MLA Purshottam Naresh Dwivedi had raped her twice, gruesomely assaulted her and then with the help of his aides implicated her in a false theft case for which she was sent to jail. She was only 17. (image by Vikas Kumar)
Dressed in a black track suit with her hair tied in a bun, Neelu Nishad’s personality has the same bitter contradiction as that between her small hut in Khati Bundelkhand and her attire. The contradiction in her personality has resulted from the social and judicial struggle she had been putting up for a long time. We are in Shahbazpur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district. Neelu belongs to a backward caste in Bundelkhand, and has been single-handedly fighting a case against a strong, upper caste, local politician. According to Neelu, BSP’s local MLA Purshottam Naresh Dwivedi had raped her twice, gruesomely assaulted her and then with the help of his aides implicated her in a false theft case for which she was sent to jail. She was only 17.
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