Karnataka police have arrested a 55-year-old man for allegedly purifying a drinking water tank after a scheduled caste woman consumed water from it in Heggotara village of Chamarajanagar district on November 18.
The arrested has been identified as Mahadevappa belongs to the Lingayat community. According to SP TP Shivakumar, Mahadevappa went missing after the incident. He has been remanded in judicial custody.
Police had registered an FIR under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act-2015 naming Mahadevappa.
One Shivamma, who hails from Saragur in HD Kote taluk of Mysuru district, had visited the village to attend a wedding and she drank water from the tank located near Krishnadevaraya temple. Mahadevappa allegedly abused her for her act, citing her “low” caste.
Villagers belonging to the upper caste then allegedly drained out the water from the tank and “purified” it using cow urine.
Shivamma told the media she was not aware of such practices in the village. “After having lunch at the wedding, I consumed water from the tank before boarding our vehicle. All of the sudden, Mahadevappa came to me and asked my caste. He said people from Scheduled Castes should not drink water from the tank,” she said.