Insurgency-hit Bastar is one place where even angels would
fear let alone men. The place is not only adversely affected by high
combat-tensions, but is also infested with wrong-doings of many officials. This
is particularly one reason why no woman would want to work in the area. And given
the rapist nation that India has become, it only makes sense. Yet, here is one
woman who has stepped into the fire voluntarily. Meet Usha Kiran of the CRPF, but
for the tribals.
27-year-old Kiran is the first woman officer of the CRPF
to be posted in Bastar. Moreover, she is also a very good PR-tool to the
security forces to know how bona fide are the rape accusations that the tribal
people make against the forces.
According to this allegation, the forces harassed tribal
people and sexually assaulted 16 women during their operation in October 2015.
“Her presence is good as the tribal women are always terrified and worried during the operations,” says Kunti (name changed), a resident of a village near Darbha valley.
Sanjay Yadav, the CRPF DIG for Bastar region agrees.
“She helps the security forces during search and raid in Maoist-affected villages and secondly, her presence helps to counter Maoist propaganda of rape and molestation by security forces,” he said.
“I talk to the women. They are scared of male cops and officers. But with me, they are more relaxed,” she says.