Dalit youth attacked with sickle for sitting cross-legged
Sundar needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his head. He also had cuts on his thighs and hip
Madurai: An educated but unemployed dalit youth was assaulted with a sickle by a neighbour and his son after being allegedly subjected to a volley of casteist slurs for sitting cross-legged in front of his house in a Tamil Nadu village this week.
According to a police complaint filed by the injured youth’s father, his 23year-old son Sundar was fiddling with his cell phone at Kodangipatti village of Theni district on Monday when the accused came at him.
M Kannan, a resident of the locality, allegedly took offence to Sundar sitting cross-legged and abused him repeatedly before going back into his house to fetch a sickle. Police quoted the youth’s father, dailywage earner Selvaraj, as saying that Kannan slashed at Sundar with the sickle. His son allegedly joined in the assault. The injured youth, a graduate in botany, was rushed to Theni Medical College and Hospital, where his condition is now stated to be stable.
Based on the complaint by Selvaraj, Palanichettypatti police have registered a case against Kannan and his son under sections of the IPC and the Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015. Father and son are absconding, an officer said.
A relative of Sundar said he needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his head. He also had cuts on his thighs and hip.