Wedding Reception: Youth mercilessly beaten to death for eating food

Dehradun: Unmasking evil society standards in India, a Dalit youth from Uttarakhand was mercilessly beaten to death by upper caste people only for eating food in front of them

The shameful incident reportedly took place in Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal district on April 26 at a wedding reception.

The youth identified as Jithendra Das aged 23 was mercilessly beaten to death by upper caste assaulters because he sat in front of them on a chair and ate his food.

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The victim succumbed to his injuries later while undergoing treatment at Coronation hospital in Dehradun on Sunday.

The incident came to light two days later when the victim’s sister, Pooja Das, filed a police case against six men under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. She also claimed the accused are threatening her to withdraw the complaint.

The accused have been identified as Harbir Singh, Hukum Singh, Soban Singh, Gabbar Singh, Gambhir Singh, Gajendra Singh and Kushal Singh.

According to the reports, the victim was a carpenter and a resident of Baasan village.

He was the only bread earner in his family comprising of his mother, elder sister and a younger brother.

The family only came to know of the assault when the victim’s mother found him lying unconscious the next day.

Victim’s cousin Pritam who was also present at the wedding said that he was brutally assaulted at the function as well as on his way to his home. He suffered severe injuries on his head and private parts.

“He was so badly beaten that he barely managed to reach his house but couldn’t enter it. He slept on the veranda without telling his family members about the incident,” his cousin said.

So far no eyewitnesses have turned up said the Circle inspector Uttam Singh officer investigating the case.

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