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Viral video shows dalit teen forced to lick feet in UP’s Rae Bareli

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Raebareli: A juvenile Dalit child was attacked and forced to lick the feet of one of the offenders in a terrible case of caste-based violence in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.

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The youngster is seen sitting on the ground with his hands on his ears, as if he is being punished, in a two-minute, 30-second video that has gone popular on social media. The accused may be sitting on motorbikes, some of them smiling, while the victim on the ground trembles in horror. One of the defendants insults the victim by asking him to spell the name ‘Thakur,’ which is a higher caste name. Another accused asks the victim, “Will you make such a mistake again?”

The guys appear to accuse the victim of selling marijuana in another video, which the victim appears to accept under pressure.

After a video of the assault went viral, police detained eight people. According to the police, the event occurred on April 10 and the arrests were made when the victim filed a written report. Some of the defendants in the case belong to the so-called upper castes.

“The aggrieved student had given a complaint at the police station after which those who assaulted him have been booked by the UP police under relevant sections of the law. The same video is now viral on social media,” Ashok Singh, a senior police official said in a statement.

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According to authorities, the child, a native of Jagatpur town, was driven to Ramlila Maidan by a buddy on a motorbike on April 10. He was subsequently driven to Salon Road, where he was taken to a garden by other youngsters, according to police.

They said he was beaten up in the garden by the accused males.

The victim is a tenth-grader who lives with his widowed mother. According to initial accounts, the victim’s mother worked in the fields of several of the defendants, and the youngster had been begging them for money for that job. However, the victim’s sisters refuted this at his house. “It’s not true. In fact, it is still not clear why my brother was assaulted. He told us that he asked the attackers why they were beating him and got no convincing answer,” one of the sisters, a 19-year-old, said.

“What happened to my brother, should not happen to anyone else. The accused should get the strictest possible punishment,” the other sister, 24, told press journalists.

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