Meerut, July 24: A 22-year-old Dalit man was beaten up and forced to abuse his community and father of the Indian Constitution Dr BR Ambedkar by some men from the upper caste. The accused men, who are absconding, also recorded a video and later circulated later in the area. The police are looking for all the accused in the case.
In the video, the accused could be heard slapping and forcing the Dalit man to force the camera. They asked him to make derogatory marks against his own caste and the Dalit icon Dr Ambedkar. With his hands folded, the man could be heard asking the accused men for mercy. The accused men then circulated the video in the area.
The incident reportedly took place on July 18 when the man was returning back to his village. After the video reached the police, they approached him and he filed a complaint against the men. The police have been trying to find out if the men had any personal rivalry with the accused men. A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC.
Earlier in the day, a 22-year old Dalit man beaten to death by a group of men in Barmer, Rajasthan, allegedly over an affair with a Muslim woman. Surinder Kumar, DSP Barmer says, “The man succumbed to severe injuries. Two people have been arrested so far, further investigation is underway.”
The incident has come nearly a month after a Dalit youth was shot dead in a Bihar village during a clash over dancing at a wedding, following which half a dozen vehicles were damaged by protesting villagers. Naveen Manjhi, a member of the Musahar community that is one of the most marginalised among the Dalits, was fatally shot in Abhi Chapra village in Sariya police station area.
Before the Bihar incident, three minor Dalit boys were stripped, and beaten up in a Jalgaon village for allegedly swimming in a village well, officials said. The incident occurred on June 10, but came to the fore only after some videos of the boys’ parading in the Vakadi village went viral even as the authorities swung into action.