Four of Dalit family physically assaulted by Hindu men for bathing at tubewell in UP

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Outlet to a temporary reservoir. [Photo: Wikimedia]

Bulandshahr: Four members of a Dalit family, including two minors and a former village head, were physically assaulted by upper caste Hindu men for bathing in a tubewell reservoir in Khurja city of Bulandshahr district, the police said on Friday.

The former village head, Malkhan Singh, 58, said his family was taking a bath in the reservoir of a tubewell on Thursday when a group of 8-10 upper caste men, aged 20-25 years, of the same village arrived and attacked them with sticks, IANS reported.

The report quoting Singh, said, “We were bathing when some youths arrived near the reservoir. When the children playfully reached their side of the reservoir, they threatened us not to take a bath near them. An argument broke out when we protested, and they called more men, who then thrashed us mercilessly with sticks.”

He added, “Around five to seven members of my family, including women and children, were injured in the attack.”

An FIR has been registered at the Khurja police station under IPC sections 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148, 323 (criminal assault), 504, 506 (criminal intimidation), and relevant sections of the SC/ST Act against 10 accused persons on Thursday.

The SSP added, “No arrest has been made so far. The injured are being provided treatment at the district hospital and their condition is stable. An investigation is underway and appropriate action will be taken.”

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