The incident took place on Monday, but the woman approached police only on Thursday to file the complaint following a failed attempt to arrive at a compromise in the case by both communities, the police said.
“The court has granted the five bail on the condition that they will not enter the revenue limits of Lhor village till the police file a chargesheet in the case,” Additional public prosecutor in the case Ashok Makwana said.
Crimes against women, including assault, rape and sexual harassment form a major chunk of the overall reported crimes against Dalits and tribals — such cases form 35 and 40 per cent of the total crimes against Dalits and tribals.
When Dr Ratre answered them that he belonged to a Scheduled Tribe community, the accused individuals demanded that only an 'upper caste' doctor should treat the two injured women, the police official said.
“Since the matter is very sensitive and has caused a lot of unrest and a sense of disharmony in the country, communication to states and UTs were sent to inform them regarding the amended Act,” an official said.
Noting that caste-related violence was continuing in the country, the Dalit leader from Maharashtra said irrespective of which party is in power, the government should take stringent action against the perpetrators.