Two children from a Dalit family were burnt alive and their parents injured in Ballabgarh, in Faridabad on Tuesday, after their house was set on fire, allegedly by upper-caste Rajput men over a caste feud.
Jitender Kumar, the victims’ father, said over half a dozen Rajput men poured petrol through a window of their house at 3am in the night and set it on fire, injuring the mother who sustained 25% burns.
Nine-month old Divya and her two-and-a-half-year-old brother, Vaibhav, were charred to death in the latest incident of caste-related atrocities in the country.
Three people were arrested by Tuesday evening and the police have booked 11 people in the case under various sections of the IPC and SC/ST Act.
Several police contingents were deployed in Ballabgarh to calm tensions as scores of people and political workers crowded the town, the second time this year after hundreds of Muslims were driven away from their homes in riots in Atali village in May.
Last year, 11 Dalit men from Faridabad were arrested for the murder of three Rajputs in a long-standing caste dispute between the two communities.
India banned caste-based discrimination in its Constitution but such atrocities continue unabated against the 20-crore-strong Dalit community in several parts of the country.