Vijayapura: A 32-year-old Dalit man was allegedly stripped and assaulted by a bunch of 13 youth in Karnataka’s Vijayapura for reportedly touching a bike of an higher caste proprietor, police stated on Monday.
“On a complaint by the Dalit victim (Kashinath Talwar), we have booked the 13 accused and investigating the incident, which occurred at Minajgi village near Talikoti on July 18,” Vijayapura district Superintendent of Police Anupam Agarwal advised reporters right here.
“Though Talwar claimed that he touched the bike by mistake and pleaded for mercy, he said the accused severely thrashed him with sticks and footwear and took off his pants while he lay on the road haplessly,” Agarwal stated, citing from the sufferer’s 2-page grievance in Kannada.
A video clip of the assault went viral on the social media and triggered outrage within the district in opposition to the higher caste accused, because the intervention by the sufferer’s dad and mom didn’t cease them from carrying the assault. Vijayapura is 524km northwest of Bengaluru.
“A case has been registered against the accused under the SC/ST Act and the relevant sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) on the assault complaint,” stated Agarwal.
Talwar’s father Yankappa additionally alleged that he, his spouse and their daughter had been additionally attacked by the accused after they tried to rescue him from being brutally assaulted.
In a associated growth, two-three ladies within the village additionally filed a grievance with the police in opposition to Talwar for allegedly eve-teasing and ‘flashing’ earlier than them.
“We have summoned Talwar to inquire about his conduct as the women alleged that he teased them, touched them inappropriately and exposed his private parts while they were washing clothes outside their houses,” Agarwal stated.
Talwar is a every day wage employee within the village.
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