Bulandshahr, Oct 26: An eight-month pregnant Dalit woman died after being brutally beaten up by an upper caste Thakur for allegedly touching a bucket in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh. Her foetus could also not survive. The incident dates back to October 15 when Savitri Devi lost her balance while collecting garbage from homes in Khetalpur Bhansoli village and ‘touched’ a bucket incidentally. (ALSO READ – Karnataka: Pregnant Muslim woman stabbed, burnt alive for marrying a Dalit)
The upper caste Thakur, Anju, stormed towards Savitri ‘defiling’ her bucket by touching it and repeatedly punched in her stomach. Anju was joined by her son Rohit. Savitri and her child succumbed to her injuries six days later after the incident. (ALSO READ – Dalit Youth Beaten Up Mercilessly For Sporting Moustache)
As per the post mortem report, her death has been caused due to “antemortem head injury”.
Recalling the incident, Savitri’s neighbour tells The Indian Express that they were informed that the basti came to know about what had happened when the deceased’s nine-year-old daughter Manisha came running seeking help.
A complaint against Anju was filed by Savitri’s husband, Dilip Kumar (30), on October 18 however, no arrests have been made yet.
Tapeshwar Sagar, SHO, Kotwali (rural) police station has been quoted as saying that the police filed an FIR against Anju and her son under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) on the basis of the statements recorded by the eyewitnesses on October 20. Notably, after the post-mortem report, IPC sections 304 A (death by negligence), 316 (causing the death of the unborn child by act amounting to culpable homicide) and provisions of SC/ST Act have been added in the complaint against the mother-son duo.
The family of the accused is denying the charges levelled against Anju and her son. Meanwhile, Anju and her son Rohit have been on the run since October 18.