Dalit woman made to drink urine in MP

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Hoshangabad, MP, Nov 6 (UNI) A dalit woman, who refused to harvest crop at this district's Tili Aanwli village, was severely beaten up by influential people and allegedly made to drink urine when she asked for water.

Suman is admitted to the district hospital. Media got wind of the matter after Scheduled Castes and Tribes Employees Association district unit President A N Hariyale received the victim's complaint letter accompanied by an affidavit today.

''On October 10, the village's Radheshyam Gaur, Sarwan Gaur and their kin told me to harvest an entire farm, which was not possible.

When I began leaving for home, the accused tied me to a tree and beat me up. I sustained fractures in the limbs,'' Suman told mediapersons in Hindi.

After regaining consciousness, she asked for water and Radheshyam gave her urine instead. The following day, the village kotwar (official) took her in a bullock cart to Seoni-Malwa Police Station where she narrated her woes.

''I do not know what was written (by police). Later, I was brought to hospital where one arm was operated upon and a rod inserted in the other. The accused snatched my mangalsutra and money,'' Suman added.

Kotwar Sundarlal alleged that the accused gave him Rs 200 and asked him to convey the victim to the police station.

''On October 11, a complaint was received about Suman being assaulted and threatened with murder. A chargesheet has been submitted. However, the urine-linked allegation is not true,'' said Station House Officer V K Jain.

The hospital's Dr Jitendra Khare said that Suman was undergoing treatment since October 12.

''In view of the incident's gravity, the additional superintendent of police has been directed to inquire,'' said Superintendent of Police S K Saxena.

UNI

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