SC man beaten for ‘unbuttoned shirt, upper caste surname’ in Gujarat

SC man beaten for ‘unbuttoned shirt, upper caste surname’ in Gujarat

Ashish Chauhan | TNN | Updated: Dec 4, 2020, 10:18 IST

AHMEDABAD: A man belonging to a scheduled caste (SC) was on Tuesday beaten just outside the automobile parts manufacturing unit where he works by an upper caste man and his aides, for keeping his shirt unbuttoned and using a surname of the Kshatriya or Darbar community. In the FIR filed at Sanand GIDC police station on Wednesday, Bharat Jadhav, 21, a resident of Sanand who is from Gir-Somnath district, stated that the accused, Narendra Rajput, who also works at Magneti Marelli Motherson Auto System Private Limited in Sanand with Jadhav, had assaulted him. Jadhav stated that when he had gone to the factory on Tuesday, Rajput stopped him and asked him why he had not buttoned up his shirt properly. To this Jadhav buttoned up his shirt. Rajput then asked him his surname and village name.

Jadhav told him his surname and said he belongs to a village in Gir Somnath district. To this, Rajput asked him that if he belongs to the Kshatriya or Darbar community, Jadhav told him that he is a Dalit.

At this, Rajput got angry and asked him why he used such a surname which sounds like a Darbar surname. Jadhav told him that he is like Rajput’s brother only. After this, Rajput went away and told Jadhav to meet him outside the company after working hours.

After his work ended, Jadhav went outside the factory where Rajput and his four aides were waiting for him. They began beating him and asking him how he dared to say that he is like Rajput’s brother when he belongs to an SC community.

After he was badly beaten, Jadhav boarded his bus and got off at Sanand police station.

At Sanand police station, his complaint was not filed and he was sent to Sanand GIDC police station. According to the law, police can file a ‘zero’ complaint and forward it to the police station concerned without so as not to make the complainant got from pillar to post.

Jadhav was finally able to get his complaint registered at Sanand GIDC police station, under charges of causing hurt and criminal intimidation along with charges under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.


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