On Monday, police in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, said that a 46-year-old man had been beaten to death as he was drawing water from a well. The PTI news agency reported the incident.
According to his brother, Ashok, the accused allegedly impeded Kishanlal Bheel’s family from taking him to a hospital, while shouting supposedly insulting remarks.
Police said the seriously injured person was only taken to the hospital when they arrived. In the hospital, he died of his injuries.
In relation to the matter, three persons have been taken into custody. One is under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act and two are under Section 302 (Murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
Police are still investigating the detail of this incident, reported PTI.
When he was murdered, Bheel’s family and community members staged a protest demanding swift justice. They refused to perform the rites for his death until all involved were caught, as well as receiving compensation for damages done.
“We have been in talks with the protesters to have the autopsy done and the body handed over to the family for burial,” the official was quoted in PTI.
Ashok says that this tube well is the responsibility of a number of people, including the three people who are in jail. They also installed a pump and don’t allow anyone else to use it.
On Sunday night, Kishanlal went to the well to fetch water. When he was getting water, these people shoved him and hurled casteist insults at him.
Just after we got home, other people invaded our house and beat Bheel and her son with rods and sticks. Ashok said they pulled them out of the house by their hair.
In 1989, the Parliament of India passed a law to prohibit atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Tribes called The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. It is often called the SC/ST Act, the PoA, or just the ‘Atrocity Act’.