Dalit youth at­tacked with sickle for sit­ting cross-legged

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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.

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