Eight people were arrested on Sunday after a video showed that an 18-year-old Dalit student was tied to a tree, beaten up and his head partially shaved by a mob at a village in Sidharth Nagar district.
The incident is said to have occurred on Friday when the BSc student, a resident of Sagar Roja village, went to an Internet cafe in the neighbouring Bayarra village to check the status of a scholarship he had applied for, police said.
The teenager was caught by a man who owns a grocery shop. The 42-year-old shopkeeper alleged that the youth had been stalking his daughter for months, police said.
In the video, a mob can be seen slapping and beating up the teenager, questioning him about a letter allegedly written to the girl. He was repeatedly asked to reveal his mobile phone’s password. He refused to reveal the password, prompting the shopkeeper to shave his head in patches, shows the video.
The victim’s family did not file any complaint until the Sidharth Nagar Superintendent of Police (SP) and the District Magistrate (DM) visited the two villages after learning about the video on Sunday. The family on Sunday got an FIR registered against seven people, including the shopkeeper, under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 342 (wrongful confinement), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) along with relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. All seven have been arrested along with a youth whose name was later added to the FIR.
“It was alleged by the shopkeeper that the teenager used to stalk his daughter, and he visited the cafe on Friday with the same intention,” said SP Vijay Dhull.
“The shopkeeper told us that he tried to talk to the teenager but he fled. The teenager was caught by a few locals and was taken to the tree, around 50-60 metres from the shop. He was tied to it and beaten up. His clothes were torn and his head was shaved in patches by Shyamu. When the teenager fell unconscious, he was let go. Police were not alerted,” he added. The victim told police that the girl and he had known each other from school days.
The SP said that there was no law and order problem in the locality. The student has been asked to get a medical test done.
Bareilly: Police, edu dept order probe against teacher for ‘beating up’ Dalit girl
A government primary school teacher in Bareilly is facing two inquiries — by police and state education department — for allegedly beating up a Dalit student and using casteist remarks against her.
The Basic Education Adhikari (BSA) of Bareilly has handed over the inquiry to the assistant BSA, while police are verifying allegations made in a complaint filed by the father of the Class IV student. The father complained that his daughter was allegedly being targeted by Sandhya Sharma on account of her Dalit identity.
He also told The Indian Express that Sharma had been repeatedly subjecting his daughter to casteist remarks.
“My daughter had not attended school for two weeks as she was ill. On Saturday, when she went to school, Sharma hurled casteist abuses and also beat my daughter up without any reason. She then made my daughter stand under the sun for two hours,” alleged the father.
“The teacher also made other students beat up my daughter, following which she got scared. My daughter did not go to school today (Monday) due to the harassment on Saturday. The teacher has harassed my daughter to ensure she stops coming to school,” he alleged.
Station House Officer, Nawabganj police station, Gaurav Singh, said that the father had lodged a complaint on Sunday. “A police officer visited the school to verify the allegations. Action would be taken on the basis of the report,” said Singh.
Sharma, meanwhile refused to speak on the matter.