Dalit woman case: 5 arrested; sent to custody

Mumbai: Five persons, including three women, arrested in connection with the attack on a Dalit woman by members belonging to upper caste in Satara district and have been remanded to police custody till Saturday.

"The attack was a result of a domestic quarrel, as the woman's son had eloped with a girl belonging the family of the upper caste. The woman was not stripped and paraded naked. Her son and the girl are still at large," Additional Chief Secretary (Home) UC Sarangi said.

Investigation into the incident was going on at the level of Deputy Superintendent of police, Sarangi said adding that there was no social tension in the village of Mulgaon, where the incident took place on Monday.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who hails from Satara district, yesterday said that a case had been filed under the Atrocities Act and he was monitoring the investigations.

Minister of State for Social Justice Sachin Ahir said the government has given compensation of Rs 75,000 to the victim and the department has sought a report on the incident.