Three days after three Dalit boys were stripped and beaten in broad daylight for allegedly stealing a motorbike in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district, six people have been arrested.
Aged between 16 and 17 years and belonging to the Kanjar caste, the boys were detained as they were riding a stolen bike, police said. They were presented in a special juvenile court on Tuesday and sent to a juvenile reform home in Chittorgarh.
The six arrested were charged under various sections of the IPC and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for the assault, the police said.
On April 2, the boys were going to the local market when they were reportedly stopped by one of the accused, who alleged that they were riding a stolen bike, the police said. As the confrontation escalated, a crowd gathered, forced the trio off the bike and started hitting them, according to reports.
“They tore off their clothes, stripped them naked and kicked them,” said a cousin of one of the boys. He claimed they weren’t riding a stolen bike. But the police said a verification showed that the bike belonged to one Nandlal Gurjar.
The police also said it was not a “caste crime”, since most of the 13 accused belong to either SC or ST categories. Meanwhile, Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has sought a report from the SP.