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Six arrested for assaulting dalit woman

Six persons have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a dalit woman and forcing her to eat human excreta at Polenbasa village, about 120 km from Nuapada.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2008 10:14 IST

Six persons were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting a dalit woman and forcing her to eat human excreta at Polenbasa village, about 120 km from Nuapada, police said.

The woman, identified as Uma Bhagat who cooked mid-day meal at an Anganwadi centre in the village under Larka gram panchayat in Boden police station area, was allegedly made to eat human excreta over the week-end due to rivalry between two groups, they said.

Rivalry between the two groups had been brewing after Uma Bhagat was appointed as cook in the anganwadi about a year ago, police sources said adding that her appointment saw some students boycotting the mid-day meals.

Efforts by officials for hammering out an amicable settlement had failed and things took an ugly turn as a verbal dwell took place between Uma and some others on August one when she was gheraoed and made to eat excreta, they said.

A case was subsequently registered and six persons were arrested in connection with the incident, officer in-charge of Boden police station said adding that investigation was in progress.