The Indian police has launched a manhunt for a school teacher accused of beating a low-caste student Nikhil Dohre, which led to death of the student over a spelling mistake.
The victim, Nikhil Dohre, was beaten up with a rod by his social science teacher on September 7 after he made a mistake in an exam. After that, Nikhil Dohre fell unconscious and he was taken to the hospital.
The Class 10 Dalit student who was severely assaulted by his school teacher in Auraiya, died during treatment in the hospital. After the student died, it was learned that the accused left the area.
On September 24, Nikhil’s father, Raju Dohre, lodged a report in the Achhalda police station against the teacher for not cooperating in the treatment and for using caste-indicative abusive words.
The FIR was registered against the accused, Ashwini Singh, at Acchalda police station and teams have been formed to arrest the accused.
Auraiya’s Superintendent of Police Charu Nigam said; “We have talked to Etawah chief medical officer to set up a panel for autopsy to find out the cause of death and get the autopsy and videographed. Further action will be taken. Three teams have been formed to arrest the accused.”
“He is on the run, but we will arrest him soon,” police officer Mahendra Pratap Singh told AFP.
Dohre belonged to the Dalit community, which is at the bottom of India’s cast system and has been subject to prejudice and discrimination for centuries.
On Monday September 24, hundreds of people took to the streets after the news of Dohre’s death spread in Auraiya district, specifically the location of the attack.
Before the boy’s body was cremated, the crowd set fire to a police car and demanded that the teacher be taken into custody.
Around a dozen protesters had been arrested, Singh said. “We used force to quell the mob and the situation soon came under control,” Superintendent of Police Charu Nigam told reporters.