Dalit man beaten to death by upper-caste men for touching their food at a feast in MP

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Two upper caste men in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur beat a 25-year-old dalit man to death allegedly because he touched the food that was served at a feast in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur.

According to a report in Times of India, the accused Bhoora Soni and Santosh Pal had called the victim, Devraj Anuragi, to clean up after a party in Kishanpur village. The two got angry when they noticed Anuragi serving food to himself and started beating him up with sticks due to which Anuragi died later.

Both the accused are absconding and have been booked for murder. “They will be caught soon,” the report quoted Chhatarpur SP Sachin Sharma as saying.

In 2018, a Dalit man in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh was beaten up and casteist slurs were hurled at him for merely touching the palanquin of a deity belonging to the upper caste. Last year, another 21-year-old dalit man was thrashed for having dinner seated in front of the ‘upper-caste men’ at a wedding in Dehradun.

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