Monday, June 21, 2004

Dalit youth tortured in Rajasthan

Harsha Kumari Singh

Monday, June 21, 2004 (Newai):

Members of a Dalit community in Rajasthan's Tonk district were hung from a tree and brutally beaten after they were arrested on charges of stealing.

The victims, Puran Bairwa and three others, were tortured by dominant Mali community of the village, to admit to a crime they say did not commit.

"They hung my son from a tree and beat him senseless. I immediately reported this to the police," said Chittarmal Bairwa, Puran's father.

After appeals to the district administration, a case of atrocities against the Dalits has been lodged, and five members of the Mali community have been arrested. The Dalit youths too continue to be in police custody.

Police sources say the incident has polarised the entire village along caste lines, and that is making investigations difficult.

Source: NDTV, June 21, 2004

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