Priest bars minor Dalit girl from drinking water in UP temple; father protests, attacked with trident

In yet another incident of atrocities against Dalits, a man and his daughter from the backward community, were thrashed for drawing water from a handpump in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal district.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2016, 11:36 AM IST
Priest bars minor Dalit girl from drinking water in UP temple; father protests, attacked with trident
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Lucknow: A Dalit man and his daughter were attacked by a temple priest in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal district.

The shameful incident happened, after the 13-year-old girl was stopped from drinking water from a handpump in the temple premises by the priest, on account of her being a Dalit.

When the minor girl's father confronted the priest, he was attacked by the latter with a trident.

Meanwhile, police have registered a case against the priest under SC/ST Act after the Dalit family protested. The temple priest has been arrested.

Though inhumane attitude towards Dalits have been common in India, however, of late spate of recent attacks on Dalits in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh have been hogging the deadlines, all thanks to the political parties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally in Hyderabad on Sunday and expressed concern over the recent attacks on people from Dalit community and urged the opponents to stop politicising in the name of Dalit.

RSS said the right-wing Hindu nationalist group have being doing its best services to integrate Dalit societies into the main stream adding those attacking Dalits are anti-national.