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Maharashtra shocker: Four Dalit kids tied upside down, thrashed on suspicion of theft

State revenue minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who hails from Ahmednagar, visited the hospital and spoke to the boys and their parents.
Last Updated : 27 August 2023, 14:23 IST
Last Updated : 27 August 2023, 14:23 IST

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In a shocking incident, four Dalit children were hung from a tree upside down and allegedly thrashed for stealing goats and pigeons in Srirampur in Ahmednagar district.

The videos of the incident have gone viral on social media platforms. The incident has been reported from Haregaon in Srirampur tehsil.

Prakash Ambedkar, president of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, demanded a probe into the incident.

“I just spoke to one of the victims and his grandmother over a call. He was thrashed, urinated upon, spitted on, forced to lick his own spit, stripped and hung upside down. This is what my people face everyday,” Ambedkar, a former MP posted on X (earlier known as Twitter).

In the post, Ambedkar tagged Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio. 

State revenue minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who hails from Ahmednagar, visited the hospital and spoke to the boys and their parents. “A probe is underway,” he said.

"Neither this caste discrimination, relegation, abuse, humiliation, violence and brutality is new nor is the government indifference. We will challenge and change this indifference. I promise you. It is very important  to recognize that such acts have occurred in the past in Maharashtra, exposing the troubling psyche behind caste discrimination and the lack of convictions in offences on SCs and STs,” said Ambedkar, adding that he and his wife can only imagine what trauma the boys would have went through and what their parents must be going through.

“Do what is necessary in Shrirampur in Ahmednagar or else the whole of VBA will come out on the streets,” he said.

NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said that the government has failed to protect the rights and security of Dalits.

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Published 27 August 2023, 14:23 IST

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