He was “punished” for being in love with an “upper” caste girl in his village
A Dalit boy, Sathish Kumar (name changed to protect identity), 18, was beaten and made to drink urine on May 17. Sathish, according to villagers, and a young girl belonging to a Backward Caste were in love and intended to get married.
The girl’s family allegedly perpetrated the vicious assault on the young Dalit boy.
The incident took place in a village in Mancherial district in Telangana.
Sathish lodged a complaint with the police on May 18 against four persons, saying they attacked him and made him drink urine when he asked for water. In his complaint, he stated that he was beaten severely after being forced to lie on a hot rock.
Speaking to The Lede Sathish’s father, who is an agricultural labourer said: “My son and the girl both were in love for two years and wanted to marry. They met on May 16 in the evening and stayed in a temple all night. When we were searching for them, the girl's family and supporters traced them on the afternoon of May 17 and beat my son severely. They forced him to remove his shirt and lie on a hot rock before beating him. They have used casteist slurs against him. We filed a case under Prevention of Atrocities against SC and ST Act for beating my son. The next day, a complaint was lodged in the girl’s name on our son saying he tried to rape her after taking her to that place. ACP Gopati Narendar is handling this case and has arrested the people who attacked my son,” he said.
The girl too is 18 years of age and is a student in intermediate (12th standard equivalent). Her father told The Lede: “Sathish blackmailed my daughter and said he will show all the photos and messages if she doesn’t come with him. So on May 16 evening he, along with his friends, picked her from our house and stayed in a temple where he tried to rape her. When our family members traced their location on May 17 morning they went there and in anger they beat both of them. We didn’t make him drink urine. They have put false allegations on us,” he said.
A Sub Inspector of the police station where the complaints were filed told The Lede that FIRs had been registered based on both the complaints. “A case under SC and ST Atrocities Act has been filed against the accused while a case of attempted rape was booked against Sathish. We have arrested those four people (who attacked Sathish) and the investigation is going on,” he said.
“No one can take law into their hands,” said social activist Lubna Sarwath. “They have to inform this to the police who will then take the action. Every day we see many such cases but hardly a few will be on the records. In these situations, no politician will come forward to control this. If they punish people who take law into their hands, then why will we see situations like these? We see many honour killings happening in Telangana but nothing will be on record. We have seen a case in Telangana where a corporator, Maruthi Rao, killed the husband of his daughter since he was a Dalit. All these atrocities will stop only if the government interferes in such things and media educates people. Quick action must be taken by the law with these things. We don’t see any politician talking about this. Until then such attacks will continue,” she said.
The Lede attempted to get in touch with the girl but her parents did not allow us to speak to her for her version.