New Delhi: An 18-year-old Dalit teenager was beaten to death while his mother was disrobed by a mob in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district on Sunday (August 27). His sister was also attacked.
According to NDTV’s report, the mob stormed the victim’s house over a sexual harassment case filed by his sister in 2019. The victim’s sister alleged that some people were pressuring her to withdraw her case which led to this attack.
Eight people have been arrested, nine have been charged with murder and three will face charges under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Uikey was quoted by NDTV as saying.
“They thrashed him a lot. He couldn’t survive. Hume beparda kar diya (I was stripped). Then the cops arrived and I was handed a towel. I stood there in a towel until they got me a saree,” the young man’s mother told NDTV.
She also recounted how their house was ransacked and vandalised by the mob. “None of the household items have been left intact. Even the pucca roofs were broken,” she said.
After the violence at their house, the mob went looking for the woman’s two other sons. The victim’s aunt said a mob barged into her house too and threatened her family. “They would have killed my children and husband too. They even checked our fridge,” she told NDTV.
While the situation remains tense in the village with heavy police force deployed after the incident, the victim’s family performed his final rites after the district collector assured them of help under government schemes and informed them of the arrests, the police said.
In 2019, the victim’s sister had filed a case against four men, accusing them of threatening and beating her. All four were arrested in the case that is now in the courts, the police said.
The incident has triggered a political row in election-bound Madhya Pradesh with the opposition parties, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party, slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge said Dalit and tribal oppression has continued unabated in the state. Only last month, in a video that went viral on social media, a BJP worker was seen urinating on a tribal man.
Madhya Pradesh minister Bhupendra Singh denied the allegations, claiming the mob violence was a fallout of a dispute and accused the Congress of politicising the incident, NDTV reported.