A Dalit employee of a petrol pump in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad was allegedly tied to a pole and flogged with a whip because people running the pump wanted to instil fear in employees against being absent from work.
On September 29 in the same village, another 24-year-old Dalit man, Krunal Maheriya, was allegedly beaten up for sporting a moustache. In both cases the victims have alleged that the attackers were from the upper-caste Darbar community.
The four persons abducted the girl and took her to their rented accommodation, where they allegedly raped her, police said. The accused fled the spot. The girl was found lying unconscious by her family members, who informed police of the incident.