AGRA: A minor Dalit boy was brutally assaulted by a shopkeeper in Karhal area of on Saturday over suspicion of a petty theft.

Two men including the shopkeeper, identified as Mohammad Aslam and his neighbour Rajesh, have been arrested by the police for assaulting the 10-year-old boy Jatin for allegedly stealing a box of ‘Heeng‘ (Asafoetida) worth Rs 600.

SSP, Mainpuri, Ajay Shankar Rai said, a case has been registered under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC and SC/ST Act against two on the basis of a complaint filed by the victim’s family.

The boy told media persons, “Aslam hanged me upside down and beat me with a wire and also administered electric shock to me”.

According to the boy’s mother Neetu Devi, Jatin, who worked as a labourer at Aslam‘s general merchant shop, had not been going for work for the past three days. On Saturday morning, Aslam visited the his’s home and asked him to come to the shop, located at Subhash gate.

Though Jatin did not want to go, Aslam requested him to work till the Raksha Bandhan festival due to huge rush. The boy told media persons that when he went to the shop, Aslam took him inside and allegedly started thrashing him.

This is the latest in a string of attacks on Dalits in the state in recent months. On July 18, a 22-year-old youth was allegedly assaulted by three men in Meerut district and was forced to abuse Dalit icon and right activist Dr BR Ambedkar on camera.

In April this year, a man from Badaun was allegedly assaulted and forced to drink urine by a group of men after he refused to harvest their crops. Another incident was reported from Fatehpur district, where a Dalit man was allegedly abducted, held in captivity for 24 hours and brutally murdered by his employer on suspicion of stealing a gold chain.
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