Violence against Dalits in Rajasthan, UP on Holi

While two #Dalits were beaten to death in Alwar and Bharatpur, an attempt was made to immolate a Dalit family of four in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district on Holi, March 2

Photo courtesy: PTI
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At least three separate incidents of violence against Dalits were reported from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Holi on Friday.

Two Dalits, including a teenage boy, were beaten to death in separate incidents in Rajasthan's Bharatpur and Alwar district, officials said. Jaswant Jatav (26), a Dalit labourer, was last night beaten to death and his thatched house set ablaze by three-four persons in Bharatpur, a police officer said. The incident took place in Kumher area where the accused beat Jatav over an old dispute. His house was also burnt, Kumher police station SHO Seetaram Meena said. Jatav died of internal injuries and the post-mortem was conducted today, he said.

In Alwar district, a clash broke out between two groups of youths during Holi celebrations. According to police, the victim Neeraj Jatav (16) was playing Holi with persons from other community when clashes broke out between the two sides at Bhiwadi town. Additional Superintendent of Police Pushpendra Solanki had said Jatav sustained grievous injuries in the attack. Jatav was rushed to a hospital where he died, Bhiwadi Circle Officer Siddhant Sharma said. He said the accused, who belong to another community, are being searched.

Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh, a business belonging to a Dalit man was set ablaze by three locals. When the family was fleeing the spot, they were reportedly stopped by the immolators who tried shoving all four family members, including two children, into the fire. The owner Mahesh Kori, reportedly, managed to flee the spot along with others. Kori later complained that despite repeated pleas for police help after rushing away to safety, the police only showed up the next morning.

Local police said that the incident was being investigated.

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