Kashinath Talwar, a daily wager was going for agriculture with his father in Minajgi village in Vijayapura when allegedly a mob thrashed him, accusing him of merely touching a two-wheeler vehicle owned by an upper-caste person, parked near Chennamma Circle.
The incident came to light after the assault video went viral on social media triggering outrage in the district.
The victim has been admitted to Muddevihal Government Hospital with several internal injuries and his family members were treated for minor injuries.
A complaint filed by Talwar’s father Yankappa Husanappa at Talikoti police station stated that the crowd also smacked him, his daughter, and his daughter-in-law when they tried to save Kashinath. Talwar claimed that the group of men used offensive words against his caste and threatened him to set their community houses on fire.
The 13 individuals were called in for interrogation and a case under the SC/ST Act was registered. Sections 143, 147, 149, 324, 354, 504, 506 of the Indian Penal Code have been applied in this regard.
While registering a countering case, Karnataka police officer, Anupam Aggarwal said, “When an investigation team reached the site of the incident today, they were told that he was beaten up when he took out his clothes and started showing his private parts to two girls who were washing clothes. We have under section 354 of the IPC.” Usually, counter-FIRs are filed by the police to force victims of caste atrocities to either backdown or come to a compromise.
Many such incidents against Dalits have been reported in the media recently. On 16th July, Pintu Galchar(27), resident of Banaskantha district, Gujarat was abducted outside his house by a group of six upper-caste men. Pintu was found dead, with his body showing frightful injuries.
Sources say that since the imposition of the pandemic lockdown, caste crudity has increased nearly fivefold in the country. Local government officials from the Dalit community are facing verbal and discriminatory assaults every day.