Dalit girl pushed into burning garbage heap

April 30th, 2008 - 5:26 pm ICT by admin  

Lucknow, April 30 (IANS) A six-year-old Dalit girl was in a serious condition in Uttar Pradesh after an eight-year-old boy pushed her into a burning heap of garbage in Mathura district. With over 50 percent burn injuries, the girl, daughter of Saudan Jatav in Chhata village of the district, was battling for life in a hospital. The boy belongs to the high-caste Thakur community.

“It appears to be a case of a prank that may have turned serious,” a police officer told IANS, adding it might be incidental that the girl belonged to a lower caste.

The incident occurred when Kamlesh was playing outside her house and ran towards Sunny Thakur. His father had set the garbage on fire.

With her mother chasing her, Sunny caught her and flung the girl into the fire, a police spokesperson told IANS Wednesday.

The father and son have been arrested and booked for attempt to murder under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code.

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