Three minor Dalit boys were allegedly stripped, beaten and paraded nude in a village in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district for allegedly swimming in a village well.
The incident occurred on June 10, but came to light only after some videos of the boys’ being paraded in Vakadi village went viral.
Maharashtra social justice minister Dilip Kamble told media persons that two persons have been arrested and further investigations are underway.
Union social welfare minister Ramdas Athawale condemned the incident and demanded “stringent action against the perpetrators”.
The three boys, aged around 12-14, reportedly jumped into the village well to beat the scorching heat. However, as some locals learnt of it, a large number of people, including many allegedly from upper castes, gathered near the well and pulled them out. They were shouted at and subjected to abuses before some persons allegedly forced the boys to strip and paraded them nude around the village.
Now, Una happens in Maharashtra. Dalit boys are humiliated and beaten up only for jumping into the well of non dalit caste people. Had the justice be ensured to the victims of Una, this wouldn't have happened. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/rYL9vR2Olw
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) June 14, 2018
The boys can be seen wearing only sandals and tree leaves, and the video showed at least one person whipping them on the legs and back with sticks and what appeared to be a leather belt.