Karnataka - Mangalore

Police assault Dalits in Kulai

Staff Correspondent

A relative of the victims eloped with a ‘caste' Hindu girl from Bangalore

MANGALORE: A joint investigation team comprising officers from
Bangalore's Peenya police station and Mangalore City Commissionerate's
Surathkal police station allegedly assaulted two teenaged Dalits at
Kulai village, 20 km from here, on Friday.

The police team was in search of a youth named Subhash from Mangalore
who is charged with kidnapping a “caste” Hindu girl from Bangalore.
However, the boy's relatives maintain that the couple was in love and
eloped fearing retribution.

Nevertheless, the team arrived at Subhash's relatives' house in Kulai
and demanded to know his whereabouts. “They were abusive from the
moment they entered the house,” said Subhash's elder sister Sajani.

Ms. Sajani told The Hindu that the police particularly targeted
Subhash's 16-year-old nephew Soma. “He pleaded with them that he did
not know Subhash's whereabouts. But they would not listen and beat him
with lathis,” she alleged. The young boy, whose most visible injury
was a bleeding nose, was later treated at a private hospital.

The policemen also allegedly assaulted Subhash's sister, Shaina (19),
who tried to come to Soma's rescue. However, she did not sustain any
serious injuries.

“They then dragged her to the Surathkal police station,” Ms. Sajani
said. The police finally let her go when sections of the media reached
the police station.

Alleging that the entire incident had casteist overtones, Ms. Sajani
said, “Even as they were beating the young boy, they kept telling him
that he should advise Subhash to stick to women of his caste.”

Responding to the allegations, Assistant Commissioner of Police S.
Girish said that the Surathkal police had nothing to do with the

“They were only helping the team from Bangalore with directions to the
house,” he said. He also said that Ms. Shaina was not dragged to the
police station as alleged. “We only took the boy along for
questioning. She insisted on tagging along,” he said even as he
assured a through investigation into the case. The victims have
registered a complaint against the alleged police atrocity at the
Surathkal station.


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