Dalit man killed for riding and owning horse in India
A young farmer in India belonging to country’s lowest community of Dalit was beaten to death for riding and possessing his own horse. The body of Pradeep, a 21-year-old school, drop out was found in a pool of blood in village named Timbi, in Gujarat state, on late Thursday night.
According to the reports, three men from the “upper-caste” hindu community brutality killed the dalit boy after they came to know about his ownership of a horse.
In India, Dalits are considered as ‘untouchables”, for being the lowest caste creed, and are not even allowed to sit with members of other caste of hindus. They cannot enter a ration shop, for they are severely punished if they dare to.
Dalits are not even allowed to own any good or any wealth. Since horse is a symbol of wealth and power, the three men of the upper caste decided to punish him and so beaten him to death.
“My son’s love for horses led to his murder,” father of Pradeep said.
“About a week ago, when I was riding the horse with my son, one of the persons from the upper caste Kshatriya (warrior) community warned us not to ride the horse in the village.”
This is not anything new in India, Dalits have since long faced attacks in this hierarchical system, where they have to make desperate attempts for their daily survival.
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