In yet another instance of growing atrocities against marginalised sections in the country, A Dalit family in Kozhikode district of Kerala was brutally assaulted by a group of people, accusing them of a theft. The victims were abused and mercilessly thrashed using wooden rods at their small one-room house. The entire family has been hospitalised, with a seven-year-old school going boy in it is still under serious observation of doctors, after he was severely injured by getting beaten on his secret parts. The family alleges that the police have suggested them to make compromise with the perpetrators and refused to take case.
“They thrashed him on his secret parts. We can hear them screaming ‘let the children of ‘Cherumans’ ( a derogatory term used while name calling Dalits in Kerala) not grow up.’ Now doctors say that there is blood in the urine of my son,” Mridul, the day-labourer who victimised for an unknown case to him told SouthLive
The shocking incident happened in Chelannoor, Kozhikode, last Thursday. While Mridul was coming back to his house after job in the evening, the accused group, who were identified as the Congress party workers in the area started a brawl with him for not giving way for their vehicles.
They were accusing me in a theft case with out any base Earlier, they had also spreading canards in the area saying that “cherumans” were behind the theftMridul
“They suddenly embarked on beating me after the skirmish claiming that I refused to give their vehicle a side to go. They heavily thrashed me and crushed my bike. They also threatened me with further attack,” he said.
On Friday, the accused who were identified as Sudheesh, Pradeepan and Shivdas residing in the same area,. The perpetrators barged into the victim's house and started beating and abusing them.
They were telling that we are becoming irritant for them for reasons unknown. They beat me and my wife who was standing beside me with our one and half-year-old boy Adithyan in her hands. They not even spared my seven-year-old boy Abhin Krishna.Mridul
Notably, the family did not dare to complain to the police about the incident fearing black lash . They have not filed the complaint in the case. The family informed me about the incident after their child had some urinary problems due to the attack.
He told SouthLive the assailants, after the attack, had registered a false case against Mridul and his wife, using their political influence in the police department. The family now alleges that the, police refused to file FIR and instead, suggested them to make a compromise with the attackers