Mysuru: In a horrific incident of caste-baste discrimination surfacing yet again, a Dalit man was thrashed, paraded naked and tied to a pole allegedly by upper caste villagers for entering a temple in Gundlupet near Veeranapura Gate on Mysuru-Ooty gate. However, Police said that the villagers filed a complaint saying he 'urinated' on the idol and later was 'detained' by them.
The family members of the victim has said that the video has gone viral now, but the incident took place on June 3. They said they will file a complaint with Gundlupet police.
According to a report in The New Indian Express, the victim is currently undergoing treatmen at St Mary's Psychiatric, De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centre in Mysuru.
A police officer said that he appeared jittery and was mentally unstable.
According to a relative of the victim, he is a resident of Shyanadrahalli village, Gundlupet, and was preparing for civil services exam after quitting his job few years ago. On June 2, he had gone to write the civil services preliminary exam in Mysuru on June 2, and he could not reach the venue on time and was turned away.
He suffered from autism, TNIE reported.
Dejected during his way back home, he halted at Raghavapura village on Ooty Road and then spent the night there.
The relative said that the next day he had gone to Kebbekatte Shani temple where the villagers questioned him. He was allegedly humiliated by the villagers when he said the name of the villagers and they identified him as a Dalit.
The victim's father who is a retired block development officer, went to rescue him later, saw him tied to a pole. He was visibly upset and was later taken to a hospital in Mysuru, a friend of the victim told the daily.
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