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Upper-caste men burn house, beat Dalit brothers for refusing to withdraw case

Around 15 men beat up two Dalit brothers and burnt their house down as they refused to withdraw a police case regarding wage differences.
Smoke rising out of the burning house of the Dalit brothers
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Around 15 men beat up two Dalit brothers and burnt their house down because they refused to withdraw a police case regarding wage differences. The brothers are presently in a hospital as they suffered from serious injuries. This happened in the Datia district of Madhya Pradesh.


In 2018, Sandeep Dohare and Santram Dohare filed a case against Pavan Yadav after observing differences in their wages. Following that, the police charged Yadav under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. However, the Yadav family did not wish to cooperate. Instead, they wanted the Dohare brothers to withdraw the case and even tried to pressure Santram into it. However, he continually refused.

Dalit brothers refuse to withdraw case, face abuse from upper-caste men

Now, after two years, Pavan Yadav, along with Kallu Yadav, four other relatives, and a  neighbour gathered 10-12 men to go to the Dohare brothers’ home on five motorcycles. This happened at around 2 PM on November 21. The upper-caste men then beat up the Dalit brother using rifles and axes. After this, they set fire to the house, as well as three of the bikes. Villagers say that came out of their houses after hearing gunshots.

The men left on the remaining motorcycles. In the meantime, villagers called the police. Officers took the severely-injured brothers to the nearest hospital. The seriousness of their injuries led to the hospital referring them to a district hospital instead.

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