The curse of untouchability still has deep roots in the country, a truth which can be gauged from the fact that an entire Dalit family was beaten with sticks and kicked, just because one of the family members accidentally touched the hands of a Brahmin man.
The incident was reported in the remote village of Kyuri of Pinhat area on Friday afternoon, when a Valmiki family was engaged in a marriage ceremony.
According to Vineeta, a victim of the incident said, “My younger son Sonu had gone to a sweet shop owned by a Brahmin man named Anil Sharma. While giving the payment for the sweets, Sonu accidentally touched the hand of Sharma, on which he got infuriated and thrashed my son. When Sonu returned home with bruises, he narrated the entire event after which I along with group of women went to sweet shop to protest against the cruelty on mere touching the hand. Later, Anil along with some few more men came to our house and attacked us with wooden sticks. They didn’t spare even a pregnant women, who had come to attend marriage ceremony,” she claimed. “They kicked her womb after which our family members took her to hospital,” she alleged.
As per sources, in the incident, Rekha, the pregnant woman, and Sonu and his father Hotilal were injured.
As per block in-charge of the area, Sugreev Singh Chauhan said, “I was attending a meeting with Bah MLA Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh, when I got a distress call of Brahmin men attacking a family of Valmikis. I immediately rushed to the spot and brought them to MLA. “When TOI contacted Samajwadi Party MLA Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh, he claimed, “I don’t know exactly what happened among the two communities, but a family of Valmiki said that they were attacked by upper caste people, after which I called local police station in-charge to arrest the culprits and take stringent action against them.”
“I was later informed by police, that accused were arrested,” he added. Talking to TOI, station officer of Pinhat, Satyendar Singh said, “No one has been arrested in the matter. It was simple brawl between drunk Valmikis who were attending a marriage party. One of the drunk allegedly misbehaved with a Brahmin man after which a scuffle took place.”
Originally published in the Times Of India