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Madhya Pradesh: Dalit Couple Tied to Pole, Beaten, Garlanded with Shoes

Madhya Pradesh

In the Ashok Nagar district of Madhya Pradesh, an elderly Dalit couple is reported to have been beaten up and forced to wear shoe garlands, according to police on Sunday.
They claimed that their son had been involved in an incident of eve-teasing.

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According to an official, a case has been filed against ten people who were at large in relation to the Friday incident of the couple being thrashed in Kilora village, which is under the jurisdiction of Mungaoli police station.

The couple’s son had been allegedly involved in eve-teasing the wife of one of the accused following which the Dalit family left the village, Mungaoli police station in-charge Gabbar Singh Gurjar said.

The couple came to the village recently, he said.

According to the official, the accused allegedly beat the 65-year-old Dalit man and his 60-year-old wife on Friday, tied them to a pole, and forced them to wear shoe garlands.

In response to the victim woman’s complaint, the police on Saturday filed a case against ten individuals under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rioting, unlawful assembly with a common purpose, voluntarily causing hurt, obscene act, 294, 506, and criminal intimidation. They also filed the case under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The police said that all of the accused had fled and that searches were being conducted to find them.

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