Dalit woman attacked for sitting on chair

Dalit woman attacked for sitting on chair

A Dalit woman was reportedly attacked by a mob for sitting on a chair at a school in a Ahmedabad village, police said on Friday.

The incident took place at Valthera village two days ago.

Pallaviben Jadav (45), who works at an Anganwadi (government-run nursery school), had been entrusted the task of distributing Aadhaar cards, police said.

According to the FIR registered at Kath police station, Jayraj Vegad, a local resident, was infuriated to see that Pallaviben was sitting on a chair while doing her work.

Outraged that a Dalit was sitting on a chair, he kicked her chair, causing her to fall, as per the complaint lodged by Pallaviben's husband Ganpat Jadav.

Later, Vegad and about 25 others went to the woman's house in the evening and attacked her, her husband and some other family members with sticks and sharp weapons.

The Koth police registered a case under IPC sections related to attempt to murder and dacoity, as well as sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The accused belong to the Karadia Rajput community, which falls in the OBC category, police said.

"It was also alleged that the accused snatched Pallaviben's mangalsutra away. The accused also allegedly tried to set one of Jadav's relatives on fire," said P D Manvar, deputy superintendent of police, SC/ST Cell, Ahmedabad.

Manvar, who is investigating the case, said three persons were arrested on Friday.

Bharat Vegad, one of the accused named in the FIR, later filed a complaint against Pallaviben and her husband, claiming that it was the couple and their relatives who attacked him and others, the DSP said.