Baghpat Dalit youth beating: NHRC says incident shows lawlessness in the region, issues notice to UP Govt

The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued notices to the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh and Director General of Police over the beating of two Dalit youth, resulting in death of one of them, and fleeing of Dalits from Kamala village in Baghpat district.

The Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report about the incident. As per the media report, a 19 year old Dalit man and his 16-year-old nephew were allegedly assaulted by some upper caste people at the behest of the Pradhan of the village on 27 April. The elder of the two victims succumbed to his injuries after due to multiple organ failure triggered by renal trauma and septicaemia during medical treatment on Monday.

Following the incident, most of the Dalits fled their homes in fear.

“The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, raise serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim as well as the other families belonging to the Dalit community, residing in the area. The incident indicates towards lawlessness in the region and plight of the people belonging to the Dalit community suffering due to highhandedness by the people belonging to upper caste,” the Commission said in a statement.

The Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police have been directed to submit a detailed report in the matter including to inform about the steps taken for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected families and to maintain law and order in the area.

The replies are returnable within four weeks.

The police said that all the seven accused involved in the attack have been arrested and police personnel have been deployed near the house of the victim in a bid to prevent further flare-ups.

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