In India, protests after a teacher allegedly beat a youngster from a lowly caste to death

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beat to death a youngster from a lowly caste: After a 15-year-old Dalit child from India’s Uttar Pradesh died after allegedly being thrashed by his instructor in a school, violent riots erupted in the area. Nikhit Kumar, a pupil at a private school in the northern Uttar Pradesh district of Auriya, passed away 19 days after he allegedly received physical abuse from his instructor for providing false information in class.

The youngster was verbally attacked with casteist slurs for being a Dalit, a member of the lowest caste in the Hindu caste system in India, once known as “untouchables,” according to a police report submitted by Nikhit’s family. Due to a mistake on a social science test on September 7, his family claims that the teacher physically abused the youngster with sticks and kicked him until he fainted.

According to authorities, the adolescent remained in and out of the hospital for two weeks following the event before being taken to the emergency room on Sunday as his condition worsened. In the ensuing altercations, enraged protestors turned to stone pelting and torching at least two private vehicles and two police vehicles during overnight protests on Monday night.

Outside the school where the youngster was abused, the boy’s body was laid out on the pavement while protesters chanted for justice.

Nikhit’s Family said when we requested financial recompense, the teacher—who comes from a higher caste—killed Nikhit and then insulted us in a casteist manner. In India now, there are 200 million members of the Dalit community. Despite the fact that the idea of “untouchability” was abolished in 1955 and that succeeding administrations have implemented affirmative discrimination policies in employment and education, members of the community continue to be the focus of abuse and discrimination across the nation.

In addition to being accused of culpable homicide, intentionally causing harm, and intentionally insulting someone with the goal to cause a disturbance, the teacher suspected of carrying out the attack is still at large, according to the police. According to Indian Express, Mahendra Pratap Singh, a police official in Auraiya, claimed that early evidence indicated the boy was receiving treatment at a hospital for a kidney condition before to the incident.

To determine the precise cause of the boy’s passing, officials are awaiting the post-mortem report and the hospital’s medical records. The beavered family, who sought the teacher’s arrest, took the teen’s remains for cremation on Tuesday.

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