Karnataka: Dalits dragged out of their homes, thrashed with iron rods for refusing to dig grave
A few members of the Dalit community were dragged out of their homes and thrashed mercilessly by upper-caste men in Karnataka’s Nelamangala allegedly after they refused to dig a grave.
The incident took place in Nelamangala on September 8, said police As a result, nine people have been hospitalized for severe injuries Two accused have been arrested while a lookout has been issued for the others
Bengaluru: In an appealing incident that is coming to light from the state of Karnataka, some members of the Dalit community in Nelamangala town were mercilessly thrashed by upper-caste men allegedly following a minor scuffle earlier this month. Police officers investigating the matter said that the incident took place on September 8 in Nelamangala which lies on the outskirts of state capital Bengaluru.
Going by inputs, upper-caste men asked members of the Dalit community to dig up a grave for the burial of a family member. However, they resorted to mindless violence after the Dalits refused to indulge in the demeaning act. As a result, nine people have been hospitalized in one of the most shocking instances of caste-based violence to have come to the fore in recent times.
Eyewitness accounts suggest that as many as 30 upper-caste men descended on the victims’ homes and orchestrated a mindless orgy of caste-based violence. The accused barged into their homes and dragged them out by their hair, said a police officer probing the matter. The assailants did not even spare the women and threw them into the sewage drains while assaulting the males of their family on the streets with iron rods in full public view.
Taking cognizance of the matter, Nelamangala police have arrested two men and are on the lookout for others who participated in the brutal assault. While more details are awaited since the matter is under active investigation, the incident sheds a light on the mindless caste-based violence which continues to thrive in not just Karnataka, but across the length and breadth of India.
Courtesy: Times Now