Madhya Pradesh: Two Dalit kids beaten to death over defecating in the open

Updated: Sep 26, 2019, 09:49 IST | Agencies | Shivpuri

The incident took place around 6.30 am at Bhavkedhi, 25 km from the district headquarters. The village, according to locals, had been declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) on April 4, 2018

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Shivpuri: Two Dalit children, who did not have a toilet at home, were allegedly beaten to death by two upper-caste men for defecating near a village panchayat building in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri district on Wednesday, police said.

The incident took place around 6.30 am at Bhavkedhi, 25 km from the district headquarters. The village, according to locals, had been declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) on April 4, 2018.

The two alleged assailants, Hakam Yadav and his brother Rameshwar Yadav, were arrested soon after the incident, police said. Manoj Balmiki, a labourer whose youngest sister Roshani, 12, and his only son Avinash, 10, became victims of the horrific crime, alleged that the family faced discrimination in the village due to their caste.

"We don't have a toilet at home. The children went out to defecate in the morning. Rameshwar and Hakam, who were standing near their handpump, shouted at them for defecating on the road and rained blows of lathis (sticks) on their heads while the children were relieving themselves, killing them in seconds," a tearful Balmiki told reporters. "I saw the accused fleeing. The duo were caught by people some distance away," he said.

A police source said that after he was arrested, Hakam Yadav said he killed the kids as God had commanded him in his dream to kill "demons". Hakam and Rameshwar were arrested for murder under the IPC and the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, said inspector R S Dhakad of Sirsod police station.

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