New Delhi, May 9: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and state police in connection with over a media report on the recent assault on a 19-year-old Dalit student and his 16-year-old nephew, which cops believe to be an attack by Gujjars in retaliation to an affair between a Dalit man and Gujjar woman of Baghpat’s Kamala village.
According to the Indian Express report, the commission called the incident, if true, a “human rights violation”.
The 19-year-old died after multiple organ failure triggered by renal trauma and septicemia on Monday.
As per the report, following the incident, most Dalits living in the village had deserted their homes.
“The incident indicates lawlessness in the region and plight of the people belonging to the Dalit community suffering due to highhandedness by the people belonging to upper caste,” the report stated.
The Yogi Adityanath led-Uttar Pradesh government and director general of police are anticipated to submit a detailed report on measures taken for the relief and rehabilitation of affected families within four weeks’ time.