A Dalit woman was thrashed and her three-month-old daughter beaten to death in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh,
allegedly by a group of people led by a senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, for wearing slippers while fetching water from a community hand-pump.
The incident took place in Badhroni village under the Pohari police station. Police have booked seven people belonging to the Dhakad community, including the BSP leader, on charges of murder and under various sections of the Atrocities against SC/ST Act.
According to a complaint lodged with the police, when Saroj Jatav (25), an anganwadi worker, with her daughter Anchal, went to fetch water, she was stopped by Makhan Dhakad, who objected her on using the pump with her slippers on. Soon, he was joined by BSP leader Dwarka Prasad.
Dwarka Prasad has reportedly contested assembly polls twice on BSP ticket.
Upset with the insult, Saroj, along with her husband and brother, headed for the police station to lodge a complaint. But before they could reach there, they were attacked with canes and axe, police said.
“Stopping someone from fetching water is an offence... A case of murder has been registered and we are investigating into the matter” Shivpuri SP D.C. Sharma told HT.