Dalit man in Karnataka beaten up allegedly over caste, counter case filed
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jul 20, 2020, 02:16 pm
A video of a dalit man in Karnataka's Vijayapura district getting beaten up brutally by people with sticks and shoes has caused massive outrage in the state as well as across the nation. The shocking incident, which happened on Saturday in a village, about 530 km from state capital Bengaluru, showed the man pinned to the ground and with his clothes stripped for allegedly touching the bike of a man belonging to an upper caste, after which the physically-assaulted man filed a complaint at a nearby police station. However, a counter case has been filed on Monday stating the dalit man had taken off his clothes and made obscene gestures to two girls in the locality while they were washing clothes.
Hailing from the Minaji village, the dalit man filed an case on Saturday in Taikote against the upper caste man including twelve others for mercilessly beating him up after he touched a bike accidentally. The case has been registered under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and sections 143,147, 324, 354, 504, 506, 149 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to reports, a counter case under section 354 of the IPC has also been filed on the dalit man. It is said an investigation team had been sent to the site of the incident and had gotten to know today that the man was beaten up when he removed his clothes and showed his private parts to two girls who were washing clothes.
The video clip, which has gone viral on social media, has drawn angry reactions for the levels of physical violence that have been exhibited. Furthermore, men are seen standing close to each other and delivering extreme physical blows to the man.
In the video, men are also seen not wearing masks and violating social distancing norms, which have been enforced to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The fourth worst-affected state in the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Karnataka's total number of cases currently stands at 63,772, with more than 1,300 deaths linked to the disease.
Below is the video of the mob lynching the man brutally:
Here is the FIR and complaint copy pic.twitter.com/WaPHALMhXw— The Dalit Voice (@ambedkariteIND) July 19, 2020