Dalit woman lynched in Agra, becomes first victim of braid-chop fear and rumour

The police sent Mandevi to a district hospital around 30 km from the village. “After the medical examination was completed and the victim was being brought back in an ambulance, she died,” Singh said.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: August 3, 2017 9:00 am
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A Dalit woman was beaten to death by two neighbours in an Agra village on Wednesday and police suspect the attack was connected to cases in Delhi and Gurgaon where women had said their braids had mysteriously been chopped off. Mandevi (65) was allegedly beaten to death at Mutnai village in the Dauki police station area of Agra on Wednesday morning. No case of braid chopping was reported from Dauki, the police said.

Police said it was rumoured in the village that brothers Manish and Sonu attacked Mandevi suspecting her to be a ghost who chopped off women’s braids. Police are searching for the two. Fatehabad circle officer Tejveer Singh said: “The autopsy report of Mandevi stated there were abrasion marks on her head and hands. The cause of death stated in the post-mortem report is heart failure.”

According to Tejveer Singh, the victim’s son Manoj stated in his complaint that on Wednesday early morning Mandevi went out of the house to relieve herself. When she was close to the house of the accused, they attacked her with sticks. They later dumped Mandevi close to her house.

The police sent Mandevi to a district hospital around 30 km from the village. “After the medical examination was completed and the victim was being brought back in an ambulance, she died,” Singh said. Later, Manoj lodged an FIR against Manish and Sonu. “In the complaint, the complainant did not give motive behind the murder,” the circle officer said. The SSP of Agra, Dinesh Chandra Dubey, said: “Police will take action against people who are circulating a false story that the elderly woman was murdered because people suspected her to be ghost who chopped off women’s braids.”

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    Ivan
    Aug 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    It was stupid supers ions like this that brought the re tion of the Hindu religion low. Those who remind us about this are not anti-Hindu bigots. I have seen with my own eyes what supers ion can do to people. Those RSS bovines who think that India was a religious paradise with sages like Vivekananda running around are fools. This country was overrun with supers ions and idiocies. One of the good the Communist effected in China was to get rid of supers ious practices. No doubt this is another reason why the Chinese are ahead of us.
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      Ivan
      Aug 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm
      super sti tions not the female mammaries !
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      blackpower
      Aug 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm
      HINDOOTVA RISING! - lynching is now an everday word in the indian lexicon and usage. thanks to RSS and BJP for popluarising lynching. at this rate lynching will start from home the father lynches the child for failing in the exam he lynches his wife for any reason (manu code sanctifies it). here a lynch mob there a lynch mob everyhwere a lynch mob - all that is needed is a whiff of rumour to mobilise these saffron luddites - HINDUTVA TALIBANS IN HINDUTVA PAKISTAN
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        blackpower
        Aug 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm
        Police said it was rumoured in the village that brothers Manish and Sonu attacked Mandevi suspecting her to be a ghost who chopped off women’s braids. that's HINDUTVA rising for you!
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          Gyan
          Aug 3, 2017 at 10:33 am
          Those who should have been born 4000 years ago are now in power and with their evil brain Lynching Democracy and freedom by misusing religion, Agencies.
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            Kumar Gaurav
            Aug 3, 2017 at 10:04 am
            Dear indian express, What was the need to write "Dalit" Woman! You could simply report that a woman was beaten to death. A human is dead, that's it. Why to separate her with an iden y of caste, religion etc? It is you journalists who spread animosity in the society in the name of facts. Don't do this. PM recently talked about ending casteism, communalism till 2022 and you are fueling it with these kind of news? Don't you think it is your moral duty to stop such things even when that woman was not killed because of her caste. So shame on your journalism which is dividing this country more. Thank you ! An indian..
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              R S
              Aug 3, 2017 at 10:30 am
              Mob Lynchers have turned this country into Lynchistan. Hopefully soon their turn may come.
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                Soma mitra
                Aug 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm
                If she wS an upper caste woman she wudnt have killed .. if killed .He relatives will finish off those who killed her .. people must know the Filthy mentality of people and reporting such incidents only could put pressure on Pm to take action
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                  blackpower
                  Aug 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm
                  the vigiltantes from ABVP BD BJP etc would have torched the dalit village, raped their women and children, burnt them alive - that is their core competency
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                  Saurabh
                  Aug 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm
                  Why to hide truth, let the world know about cheap mentality of the so called upper caste.
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                  George Cruz
                  Aug 3, 2017 at 10:02 am
                  If a Dalit sneezes or a Muslim yawns it becomes a major headline news and the communal parties like the congress, the communists, the SP, the TMC, etc who haven't contributed anything to the betterment of the nation gives a reason to block any developmental proposals made by the BJP in the Rajya Sabha. The educated Dalits or Muslims don't support the left oriented parties anymore and they would rather support the development oriented parties like the BJP as the current president of India Ram Nath Kovind, a dalit leader did. The Dalits/Muslims have been taken for ride by the communal parties like congress/communists for too long a time without providing any real help. The disgruntled Dalits, the converted Dalits who want form Dalistan with Muslims have to realize that the Muslims will commit terror and convert Dalistan into an Islamic Caliphate.
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                    R S
                    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:29 am
                    Sangh parivar paid Troll defending Butchering of innocents and Butchering of Democracy at the hands of Heads of Lynchistan which they have turned a peaceful country into.
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                      Soma mitra
                      Aug 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                      World knows whos communal party .. the paid goon of RSs is not asked to answer for that....
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                        blackpower
                        Aug 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm
                        when george cruz farts he writes his silly risible articles. even a cow would not chew the paper on which george's article is printed. if this is the best that the BJP/rSS have to offer in terms of trolling, then us readers have no complaints. for we thank them and of course - the 13th george - for continuing to provide us with laughs - ROFL ROFL ROFL. when are you going to vegas, george, to perform your standup comedy? please note that george is the alumnus of that famous school from nagpore - Rashtriya school of standupcomedy
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                          blackpower
                          Aug 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                          george - what are you sage comments on the HINDOO neighbors that lynched a senior citizen to death? is it a day in the life of a saffronite from RSS BJP ABVP BD? (examples of famous saffronites are the mass murderers babu bajrangi and the sage asaram babu the child r pist
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                            blackpower
                            Aug 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm
                            the NCRB will add this to the atrocities committed against dalits. The NCRB data showed that in last 10 years the number of crimes against dalits has increased by 66 and in last five years the rise is of 33 . In 2006 the total number of crimes against dalits was 27,070 which became 33,719 in 2011. The data also showed that from 2008 to 2012 the number is mostly static whereas in last five years nearly 33,659 average number of cases of crime against dalits were registered. According to the official data, between 2012 and 2013, there was a rise of nearly 17 in the total number of crimes against dalits in India. This rise is nearly 40 between 2012 and 2014 Among last 10 years, this number is highest in 2014 which is nearly 47,064 followed by 2015 and 2013. According to the data, in every 15 miniutes one crime against dalit takes place in India.
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                            Tanbeer alam
                            Aug 3, 2017 at 9:57 am
                            This is just like child thief in jharkhand.this all are product of stinking chaddi gang.but after their people get damaged they stop spreading child thief rumour. Now this is another type of same propaganda from these so called deshbhakti.
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                              Keerthana
                              Aug 3, 2017 at 9:15 am
                              This is a henious crime committed on the suspicion that the victim was a serial braid chopper. She HAPPENS to be a Dalit. Why is the media highliting her caste? Is it necessary or simply to stoke a controversy?
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                                joe
                                Aug 3, 2017 at 9:47 am
                                Keerthana> Everything is a hypothesis at this point. Considering that women and dalits are often the victims of violence statically, I don't think it is necessarily irrelevant. India as a society is steeped in caste discrimination to this day, even in metros, but we like to pretend that it is not so.
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                                  blackpower
                                  Aug 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm
                                  criminal demographics. the NCRB will add this to the atrocities committed against dalits. The NCRB data showed that in last 10 years the number of crimes against dalits has increased by 66 and in last five years the rise is of 33 . In 2006 the total number of crimes against dalits was 27,070 which became 33,719 in 2011. The data also showed that from 2008 to 2012 the number is mostly static whereas in last five years nearly 33,659 average number of cases of crime against dalits were registered. According to the official data, between 2012 and 2013, there was a rise of nearly 17 in the total number of crimes against dalits in India. This rise is nearly 40 between 2012 and 2014 Among last 10 years, this number is highest in 2014 which is nearly 47,064 followed by 2015 and 2013. According to the data, in every 15 miniutes one crime against dalit takes place in India.
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