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.
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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.