Monday, December 23, 2002

Dalit students of Hindu college assaulted

Ravish Kumar

Monday, December 23, 2002 (New Delhi):

In a shocking incident in Delhi's prestigious Hindu college, two students were brutally assaulted by their college mates simply because they were Dalits.

The students allege that following the incident; the warden of the hostel told them not to report the incident to the police. The two students now say they will approach the SC/ST commission.

Horror story

Like a fugitive, a battered Mritunjay Kumar, hostel president of Delhi's prestigious Hindu college has taken shelter in the neighbouring Gwyer Hall hostel.

On Friday night, Mritunjay and his friend Bharat Rohin, the mess secretary were allegedly beaten mercilessly by their hostel mates because they are Dalits.

'Dalit Hostel'

The most badly injured is Bharat's elder brother Vikrant who was also in the room at that time. His back has been tattooed by the hundreds of lathi blows that went on through the night.

"They thrashed me. They abused me and said that ever since I had become the president of the hostel, it had become a Dalit hostel," alleged Mritunjay.

The boys also allege that the hostel warden threatened them to not to tell the truth and instead make a statement that they had met with an accident.

Source: NDTV, December 23, 2002

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