Uttar Pradesh: Two Dalit youths tonsured, paraded for ‘stealing calves’

The duo were assaulted by the mob on Ghazipur road in Rasra town when a priest of a nearby temple spotted them with two calves and raised an alarm.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | Allahabad | Published: January 10, 2018 5:38 am
Dalits in UP, crime against Dalits,  Dalits tortured, UP police, Dalit youths beaten, cow thieves, beef ban UP, UP news, indian express The youths were tonsured, their heads and faces smeared with white paste and placards carrying the words “Gai Chor” (cow thieves) hung around their necks. (Photo for representation)

A mob led by a priest tonsured two Dalit youths, beat them up and paraded them with placards saying ‘cow thieves’ in Ballia early on Monday when they allegedly caught the duo “stealing stray calves” near a local temple.

Police said Uma (22) and Sonu (22), who are farmers from neighbouring villages, were arrested for cow theft, while another person was held on charges of assault.

The duo were assaulted by the mob on Ghazipur road in Rasra town when a priest of a nearby temple spotted them with two calves and raised an alarm. “At around 5 am, the two youths were walking the calves on the Ghazipur road. A priest from Nath Baba Mathiya temple spotted them, following which locals gathered and beat up the duo,” said Circle Officer (CO), Rasra, Avadhesh Kumar Chaudhary.

The youths were then tonsured, their heads and faces smeared with white paste and placards carrying the words “Gai Chor” (cow thieves) hung around their necks before being paraded in the area till police reached the spot. The mob then handed over the duo to the cops.

“The two youths admitted to stealing the calves and we have arrested them for cow theft. We have also registered a cross FIR against 15 persons on charges of assault and under sections of the SC/ST Act because the two youths are Dalits. We have arrested one Shambhu Malla. The rest are yet to be identified and footage and photos are being examined,” Chaudhary said.

The CO said, “The calves did not belong to anyone. They were stray. But it became a case of theft because the animals were picked up from near the temple premises. Why the youths stole the calves needs to be probed.”

SP (Ballia) Anil Kumar said, “Everything has been taken care of and a case under the SC/ST Act has been registered. We are probing the matter.”

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  1. Abbas KM
    Jan 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    Gandhiji Team liberated India from British Evils. God only liberate SC / SC/ MBC / Minorities from this so called upper caste but they don't have any ethics.
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    1. Vinod Jaiswal
      Jan 10, 2018 at 1:02 pm
      "The CO said, “The calves did not belong to anyone. They were stray. But it became a case of theft because the animals were picked up from near the temple premises. " Great logic or we can say police logic. Wonder any one arrested for taking law in their hands for tonsuring the heads, hanging boards in their neck and beating, parading those youths. What about the priest sahib who was leading the entire string of unlawful activities. Why not arrested? well well well
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      1. Anil Kumar
        Jan 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm
        We, citizens of this country do not understand, all INDIAN MEDIA, why incidents are reported and identified by caste( BC/SC/ST...etc ) , religion ( Hindu/ Muslim / Sikh /Christian/..etc ). An incident is an incident and he / she is a human being. How long our Country will be backward, with this self division created by MEDIA and MORE IMPORTANTLY POLITICIANS FOR THE SAKE OF VOTES. SEE HOW CONVENIENTLY, RAHUL - CONGRESS, MAMATA - TMC, has shifted their position from PRO MUSLIMS to PRO HINDUS due to VOTE BANK. THESE SO CALLED POLITICIANS DO NOT HAVE ANY STAND. TO AN EXTENT, BJP IS CLEAR AND CAN BE TRUSTED WHETHER THERE DECISION IS RIGHT OR WRONG. WHERE OTHERS ARE FAKE AND PRO IS DUE TO VOTE BANK POLITICS. WE CITIZENS NEEDS TO REALISE THE FOLLY OF CONGRESS, TMC LIKE POLITICAL PARTIES..
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        1. Abhivadan Vashisht
          Jan 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm
          So what's wrong and what's the point of this being a news in the IE and what was the point of mentioning that the thieves were dalits ??? This is the standard of Indian Express news. The two guys are thieves and hence got caught, why the fuss ?
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          1. Vinod Jaiswal
            Jan 10, 2018 at 1:10 pm
            VASHISHT ji sure nothing to fuss about for you as tonsuring heads, beating, hanging boards in necks, trying any body and pronouncing judgments is becoming every day affair. And specially when such incident happens in UP.
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            1. blackpower 666
              Jan 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm
              you are right. no harm has been done - it as per the rules of brahminical tryanny as laid out in the saffron bible manucode - no rules have been broken right?
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            2. Prasann Singh
              Jan 10, 2018 at 10:02 am
              Media is 4th pillar of democracy and this article is irresponsible to infuse hatred in society. From the name of articles writers, its clear they are no more interested in peace and harmony. Police, court, and government is there for it, to do justice. And also they were not doing any pious work. Specifically mentioning name of sect, itself show hatred in article writer. If they think doing this nuisance, they can manipulate people against modi and strengthen opposition of dalit combined muslim. They are living in "Alice in wonderland". Its polarizing more vote toward modi and strengthening his stature.
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              1. Prasann Singh
                Jan 10, 2018 at 10:05 am
                How much Uncle sayed Hafeez sent ? To write this article. The thing you through at other, it will rebound with equivalent force. So pls beware.
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                1. Prasann Singh
                  Jan 10, 2018 at 10:09 am
                  Pakistan is chappal chor and you people are chappal khor. Not all, but definitely few poisonous serpent are there.
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