Dalit teenager assaulted, forced to lick feet in UP

Lucknow, April 19 (KMS): In a shocking incident of caste-based violence in Raebareli city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a minor Dalit boy was assaulted and made to lick the feet by upper-caste Hindus.

A 2 min 30-second video viral on social media shows the boy sitting on the ground with his hands on his ears – a sign of punishment. A few men from the upper-caste can be seen sitting on motorcycles, some of them laughing as the victim shakes in fear on the ground. One of the upper-caste Hindus asks the victim the spell the name ‘Thakur’ – an upper caste – and also abuses him.

“Will you make such a mistake again?” another man asks the victim.

Another video appears to show the men accusing the victim of selling Marijuana, a charge the victim appears to accept under duress.

Meanwhile, the police claimed to have arrested eight people after a video of the assault went viral. The police say the incident took place on April 10 and the arrests were made after a written complaint by the victim.

“The aggrieved student had given a complaint at the police station after which those who assaulted him have been booked by the UP police under relevant sections of the law. The same video is now viral on social media,” Ashok Singh, a senior police official said in a statement.

The victim is a class 10 student and lives with his widowed mother.

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