2 Dalit teenagers tied to tree, brutally thrashed for stealing in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad: Two teenagers from the Dalit community were subjected to brutality in Andhra Pradesh over the accusation of stealing hens. The two Dalits were brutally thrashed by four men who belonged to an upper-caste. The accused were allegedly assaulted for over 12 hours.
Videos of the incident were also widely shared on social media. The incident took place on Tuesday in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
The two teenagers suffered injuries on their legs, shoulders and back. They are said to be in a stable condition. They hail from the Mala community, which is Scheduled Caste in the state.
Teens accused of stealing fuel, hens
On Monday, the two teenagers were going to a nearby village when they stopped at a shop in Gonthupadu. The two teens were having a discussion over fuel when one of them grabbed a bottle of petrol. During this time, the shop owner accused the duo of stealing petrol and raised an alarm, The News Minute reported. The shop owner also asked the duo if they had been stealing hens in the village.
The two teenagers were rescued from the area when their parents reached the spot. The next day, when the two teenagers went to the spot, they were tied to a tree and beaten up in front of the police. One of the teens said, “We have no role in the crime.” Dharmajigudem Sub Inspector U Lakshmi Narayana said, “We will file a case under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Prevention of Atrocities Act as soon we receive a complaint.”
Courtesy : India News