Thursday, February 16, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalit youth attacked for drinking water from pitcher

Dalit youth attacked for drinking water from pitcher
PTI | Feb 16, 2012, 08.59PM IST

HISAR, HARYANA: In a shocking case of caste-related violence, a man
belonging to the upper caste almost chopped off an arm of a Dalit
youth as he drank water from his pitcher. Police said here today that
Rajendar alias Pappu almost chopped off an arm of Dalit labourer
Rajesh Ranga alias Raju for drinking water from his container

The culprit has been arrested under Section 326 of the IPC
(voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or other
means) and under various provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the
Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, they said. Ranga, a
daily wager of village Sanyana in Fatehabad district in the state, had
gone in search of work in village Daulatpur near here. As he became
thirsty, he stopped to drink water from the pitcher of Rajendar, a
farmer. But hardly had the Dalit touched the pitcher, the farmer got
enraged and attacked him with a sickle, badly injuring his arm.

A surgery was conducted on the victim at a local private hospital
where doctors said it might take three months for him to recover.
Meanwhile, the district authorities handed over Rs 50,000 to the Dalit
youth and a deputy superintendent of police has been deputed to
investigate the case. District Development and Panchayat Officer Sumit
Kumar said the victim will be provided free treatment by the
government. Hisar deputy commissioner Amit Kumar Aggarwal said senior
district officials visited the hospital to enquire about the well
being of the victim. The authorities are maintaining a close watch on
the development keeping in mind the 2010 Mirchpur riots in the state
in which a Dalit man and his physically-challenged daughter were
charred to death by some persons belonging to a higher caste over a
trivial matter.

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