Hate Watch: Dalit child beaten mercilessly for touching a tap in Barmer

The child was on his way back from school, reached out to drink water from a tap, drawing the wrath of the man who ‘owned’ the tap

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A thirsty child on his way back from school reached out to drink water from a tap in Tirsingda village of Barmer Rajasthan. However, this reportedly enraged the man who ‘owned’ the tap, as the child was a Dalit. According to a report in The Mooknayak, the so-called “high caste” man allegedly beat the Dalit child up for touching his tap. According to the report, the child was so badly beaten that he may have sustained a spinal injury.

The Mooknayak reported that the Dalit student was attacked on November 12. In a testament to mainstream media’s disinterest in such matters, the news did not make it to national debates, and came to licht only when it was amplified on social media. According to the news report, the child was thirsty and drank water from the nearby tap and was attacked by the ‘owner’. The accused, who has not been identified so far, also allegedly abused the child with casteist slurs and attacked him. The child’s family alleged they found the injured child in a nearby field, after they were alerted by their neighbors. The family found the injured child crying and took him/her to the hospital.

SabrangIndia called up Barmer DM, Lok Bandhu and was told he was on leave till November 26. However the Zila Parishad CEO Mohan Dan Ratnoo said the matter had been sent to the SC/ST cell and a report was expected soon. This report will be updated when the official response is received. 

The victim’s family told the media that they were threatened with dire consequences if they passed through that area again. According to the news report, the local police have filed a complaint against the accused under several sections along with the SC-ST Act. However, the Dalit family alleges that no one has been arrested so far.



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