Recently, a flogging incident occurred in UP’s Lucknow. Three men (dalit) of oppressed caste were tied, and beaten up, forcefully tonsured and paraded around with shoes hung around their necks in Lucknow’s Barauli Khalilabad village.
As reported by The Quint, the incident happened on 4 June. The police told The Quint, as reported, that this incident happened when 3 lower caste men were caught stealing a fan from a house of ‘Brahmin man.’
“After the family caught the three men, other villagers also gathered and soon the mob started thrashing them. To humiliate them further, they shaved their heads abruptly and paraded them around the village with shoes hung around their neck,” reported The Quint, a PGI police station in-charge KK Mishra.
As per the reports 3 cases have been registered against both the parties. “The three men have been arrested on charges of theft and the two of the accused who publicly humiliated them have also been arrested under various sections of the IPC and SC/ST Act. We are looking at videos and photographs to identify the others,” media reported.
On the other hand, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhim Army chief shared the video of the incident. He tweeted saying “it was a reminder of the Una flogging incident.” The Una flogging incident happened in 2016. A group of people had beaten up seven members of a Dalit family over cow protection in Gujarat’s Una. When the video of the incident had gone viral, it led to massive protests across the country against caste discrimination.
This is the second major incident of atrocities against Dalits being reported from Uttar Pradesh in a week. On 6 June, a 17-year-old Dalit boy was shot dead in UP’s Amroha district allegedly after he had a dispute over entry into a temple in his village.
India has crossed 3 lakh mark for COVID-19 cases. It recorded the highest single-day cases, crossing 11K numbers. Uttar Pradesh so far has 12,616 confirmed cases. Out of 12,616 numbers, 7,609 have recovered. Till now, Uttar Pradesh has 365 deaths due to COVID-19 pandemic.