Sunday, March 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mirchpur: Court puts 98 on trial

Mirchpur: Court puts 98 on trial
Express news service Posted online: Sat Mar 12 2011, 03:55 hrs
New Delhi : Terming the dominant Jat community as "aggressors" and
Dalits "sufferers" in the April 2010 Mirchpur attack, a Delhi court on
Friday put 98 upper caste men on trial for killing two Dalits in the

"I may observe that the context of the caste cannot be lost sight of
in the present case and it is writ large that the accused belonging to
dominant caste (Jat community) were the aggressors and the victims
belonging to the Dalit community were the sufferers," Additional
Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said while ordering the accused to stand

Besides slapping penal charges, the court ordered their trial also
under provisions of the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes (Prevention
of Atrocities) Act. "This is immaterial whether the case is based on
direct or circumstantial evidence. This court is only required to see
if there is sufficient prima facie ground for proceeding against the
accused," the judge said.

The provisions under which the accused have been charged relate to
murder, rioting, unlawful assembly and promoting enmity between
communities. The accused, however, did not plead guilty to the charges
and preferred trial.


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