Three Dalit boys stripped, thrashed and paraded naked in Rajasthan

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In a shocking incident, three Dalit boys, aged around 15, were stripped and thrashed mercilessly by a mob in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district.

The video of three young Dalit boys shaking with fear as a mob slaps them over and over has gone viral.

In a shocking incident, three Dalit boys, aged around 15, were stripped and thrashed mercilessly by a mob in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district.The video of three young Dalit boys shaking with fear as a mob slaps them over and over has gone viral.What’s even more gruesome is that while mute spectators were busy filming the incidents, nobody intervened (Video courtesy- NDTV)

Posted by Janta Ka Reporter on Tuesday, 5 April 2016

What’s even more gruesome is that while mute spectators were busy filming the incidents, nobody intervened

According to NDTV, the boys were accused of stealing a motorcycle belonging to a man from an upper caste. The teens, all Dalits, were tied to a tree, thrashed, stripped and then paraded naked in the Chittorgarh area of Rajasthan, 350 kilometres from the capital of Jaipur.

“They started beating us, then the police came and took us away,” said one of the teens, whose identity has to be protected for legal reasons.

The police was quick to file a case of robbery against them – and place them in a juvenile home, since they can’t be arrested because they are under age. But the six men were arrested today for the attack on the teens only after the media reports caused huge outrage. Senior police officer PK Khamesara said the children are taking time to identify those who lynched them.

Manan Chaturvedi, the head of Rajasthan’s child rights commission, promised to investigate. “We are forming a committee that will investigate this matter and then appropriate action will be taken after proper evidence is found,” she said. “Not only the police, but those bystanders watching and taking videos should have been active. Had they stepped in, I don’t think any of this would have happened.”

Prasan Kumar Khamsera, a senior police official in Chittorgarh, told the Press Trust of India that the attack on Saturday was not caste-related.

The children belong to the Kanjar tribe, whose members usually live outside villages and towns as they are not socially accepted by other communities.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot slammed the state’s Vasundhra Raje Scindia government for its inability to check atrocities against the Dalits under its rule.

He was quoted by PTI, “There is no rule of law in the state to protect people, especially a Dalit. This is not an isolated incident. These are happening with the Dalits everyday.

“This is unacceptable if a society has this kind of a mindset. The government’s attitude towards Dalits is absolutely condemnable. It is unfortunate that Rajasthan ranks second in terms of Dalit atrocities.”

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