The household of an Indian teenager from India’s lowest Hindu social caste mentioned he died on Monday after being overwhelmed with a stick by a faculty instructor for making a spelling error throughout class, and police mentioned they have been investigating.
Relatives of Nikhit Kumar, 15, mentioned he was declared lifeless by medical doctors within the Auriya district of northern Uttar Pradesh state 19 days after the corporal punishment was meted out by his instructor on a non-public college campus.
“At first my nephew was beaten brutally by the teacher and then abused as we are Dalits,” mentioned Rishi Kumar, an uncle of the boy. The Dalit group is on the bottom rung of the Indian Hindu caste system and have been handled as “untouchables”.
Untouchability is banned in India however Dalits proceed to face widespread abuse throughout the nation and their makes an attempt at upward social mobility have been violently put down.
“The teacher hails from the upper caste, he killed Nikhit and later hurled casteist slurs when we demanded monetary compensation,” Rishi Kumar informed Reuters by phone.
The police chief of Auriya district mentioned the household had registered a felony grievance and medical doctors have been conducting a postmortem to verify the reason for the youth’s loss of life.
“Police are trying to trace the teacher as he has gone missing,” mentioned Charu Nigam, the district police chief.
Police mentioned Dalit supporters of the household threw stones at a close-by officers and a police van in protest on the boy’s loss of life.
India’s caste system is among the many world’s oldest types of inflexible social stratification. The system permits many privileges to higher castes however represses decrease castes.
Crime towards Dalits throughout India rose by 9.4% from 45,961 circumstances in 2019 to 50,291 in 2020, in response to information from the National Crime Records Bureau.