At least 12 Dalits were seriously injured and up to 55 houses were burnt after clashes with the Thakur community – but the authorities are deflecting attention by comparing the Bhim Army to Naxals.
For victims of caste atrocities, long-drawn legal processes made it impossible to sustain the fight for justice.
There are numerous cases that highlight the extent to which implicit caste biases creep into Indian courts.
This has been one of the primary demands of the Maratha protests across the state.
An FIR has been lodged against Manish Kunjam for circulating an adivasi account of the Durga-Mahisasur conflict that upper caste migrants say hurts their religious sentiments.
Across India, Dalit students undergo similar experiences to Rohit. Faculty members, university administrators as well as fellow students contribute to isolation, depression and frustration among them.