Friday, October 23, 2015

From Dadri Muslim killing to Dalit Killing in India

I have noted a few times in the last several months that India is heading in the wrong direction with the election win of BJP and its Hindutvadi leader Narendra Modi. Not only are the lives of the Muslim minority threatened but even the Dalits - the lowest caste in the caste-ridden Hindu society - are not immune from being murdered.
A Dalit family of three was savagely murdered and their mutilated body parts dispersed on a farm in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, around 180 km from Pune. According to sources, the gruesome murders of Sanjay Jadhav (42), his wife Jayashree (38) and their teenage son Sunil (19) took place after midnight on October 21 in the sparsely populated village of Javkhede Khalasa-Kasarwadi in Pathardi Taluk.
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Like the killings of Muslims, Dalit killings have become quite common these days in India. Two police officers were today booked on charges of of a 15-year-old Dalit youth, whose family had claimed that he died in police custody after being picked up for a theft last night.

The two Assistant Sub Inspector of Police were also booked under sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on the direction of National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Commission, said Superintendent of Police Sonipat Abhishek Garg.

As to the Dadri lynching incident, here is more info on how the event unfolded:
  • » In Dadri's Bishara village on September 28, a 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched and his son Danish (22) was brutally beaten up as punishment for allegedly eating beef on Eid and 'storing it' for later consumption.
  • » A riot-like situation gripped the sleepy village, a little over 40 km from the bustling sub-city of Noida, near Delhi, on September 29, when their relatives were barred from participating in the funeral procession.
  • » It was mutton, said the slain man's mother Asgari Begum.
  • » The Uttar Pradesh government on September 30 ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and also announced a compensation of Rs.10 lakh for the family of the victim.
  •  Some more info on the Dadri killing can be found here.

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