News by YKA Staff:
A Dalit man was beaten to death in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh on March 7, due to “old enmity”, said Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Jha. The 55-year-old man was killed in Chachya village, in Nagra area. Maliram was attacked with sticks by the assailants and he died on the spot, they said.
An FIR has been registered in this regard and police are trying to catch the culprits.
Reports suggest that incidents of atrocities against Dalits have registered a spike since the current government under PM Narendra Modi came to power.
Last month, a Dalit man was singed to death in UP.
In October last year, an elderly Dalit man was beaten to death for trying to enter a temple in Hamirpur, Uttar Pradesh.
In November 2015, a Dalit man was beaten to death for “gate-crashing” a marriage party.
With the government already under fire since Rohith Vemula, a Dalit student from Hyderabad Central University, committed suicide, such incidents mar its reputation even more as being insensitive to the plight of the marginalised sections of the country. Union minister V.K. Singh also faced a lot of flak after he compared a similar incident in Haryana last year to pelting stones at dogs.
A stricter vigil on such issues is expected as one of the remedial measures from both, the state and the central governments.
With inputs from PTI.
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