Brother, uncle ‘beaten to death’, now Dalit victim of sexual harassment dies after ‘falling from ambulance’ (Indian Express)

Congress has torn into Madhya Pradesh govt over the incident, demanding removal of Collector and SP. BJP spokesperson Narendra Saluja, however, said the state government had ordered an impartial investigation into the matter.

The family members of the woman have alleged that she died as the door of the ambulance was left open. (Representational)

By  Anand Mohan J

Months after an 18-year-old Dalit youth was allegedly beaten to death by upper caste men in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district for protesting against his sister’s sexual harassment, the woman died on Sunday after reportedly falling from an ambulance carrying her uncle’s body. Her death triggered protests by the Opposition Congress, which called the BJP government in the state “anti-Dalit” and demanded the removal of the Collector and Superintendent of Police of Sagar district.

In August last year, the woman’s brother was killed and portions of her house damaged allegedly by upper caste men. According to the police, the accused were mounting pressure on the brother to convince the woman to withdraw the molestation case filed against them in 2019.

On Saturday, the woman’s uncle was beaten to death by some persons over an old enmity, the police said.

“He (uncle) died of injuries sustained in a clash between two groups under Khurai police station limits,” Additional Superintendent of Police Lokesh Sinha said.

When asked if the uncle was killed due to pressure for compromise in the old case, Sinha said, “all facts would come out during the investigation”.

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