UP records two more hate crimes against Dalits

One incident is from Amethi and another from Badaun
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A disturbing news has emerged from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh where three minor Dalit boys have been tied to an electric pole and thrashed for allegedly stealing scrap from a cement factory.

A video of the incident has also been circulating on Twitter and the account @HateDetectors has flagged it as a hate crime on May 29. In the video the face of the minor boys has been blurred and some men are surrounding them, nobody tries to help them out which indicates that the men were in on this alleged crime.

On May 31 The Telegraph reported that a policeman thrashed a Dalit man who had come to the police station to lodge a complaint as the man woke him from his sleep. The policeman, sub-inspector Sushil Kumar Bishnoi, was sleeping during his duty hours and was woken up by Pintu Jatav as he wanted to file a complaint against his brother. The incident took place in Bagrain outpost of Wazirganj police station, Badaun district.

Pintu, a resident of Sisaiya village of Bagrain police post area, had approached a sleeping Bishnoi to file a complaint, however, Bishnoi pulled out his belt and started beating Pintu.

The video was posted by Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav. The policeman wearing a vest and shorts can be seen beating Pintu and is abusing him as well. In protest Pintu takes off his pants and says, “Hit me. At the most you will kill me. What more can you do?”

Meanwhile Badaun police has taken cognizance of the incident and has instituted departmental inquiry against Bishnoi and head constable Sanjeev Kumar, reported The Print. Kumar is believed to be the one shooting a video of the incident and then posting it on social media.


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