Lucknow: After a Dalit couple was hacked to death over a mere amount Rs 15 in Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Mainpuri town, the Uttar Pradesh government went ahead and compensated the family in manner that could be termed insensitive.
Instead of giving a proper compensation to the grieving family the UP government decided that it was ‘okay’ to provided 100 kilograms of atta (wheat flour).
Reacting on the issue, Minister of State (MoS) Social Justice Ramdas Athawale said, “It’s a very wrong thing that for 15 rupees, some high caste people attacked Dalit family. The state government should take action.”
Criticising the State government, activist Abha Singh said, “It clearly shows that law and order has gone for a sixer in UP. Crimes against Dalit and women are on the rise.”
On 28 July the couple was murdered by a shopkeeper in Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh over a spat of just 15 rupees.
The shopkeeper attacked the Dalit husband and wife with a ‘hatchet’ after the victims, who had borrowed Rs. 15 from the shopkeeper, failed to pay him back.
The male victim was identified as Bharat Singh, while the accused goes by the name of Ashok.
The incident happened when Bharat with his wife was on his way to his field. On the way they were stopped by Ashok (shopkeeper) and asked for his money. However, Bharat said that he was leaving for work and would return the money in the evening, but Ashok was not satisfied with the answer and soon the heated conversation turned into a fight.
During the argument that ensued, Ashok attacked both Bharat and his wife with a hatchet after which the couple succumbed to their injuries.