Dalit youth flogged to death in Gujarat
Jayaben v Tejas Kanubhai Zala | Supreme Court of India | Status: Notice issued | Case filed on 22, Oct 2019 | Dalit Rights |
Supreme Court has issued notice in a Special Leave Petition challenging the bail granted to the Respondents who are accused of murder of a Dalit youth.
The deceased earns a living by collecting scrap from factories. One the day of the incident, he along with his wife and aunt had gone to collect scrap near a factory owned by the Respondents. The Respondents on the pretext that the deceased was stealing scrap from the factory, tied him up to the gate of the factory and started beating him with a belt and a pipe. Despite the deceased's constant cry, they beat him up and also abused him with caste slurs. The injuries caused were severe and due to multiple injuries on his head and body, the deceased succumbed. Moreover, the entire incident was captured on the mobile phone of one of the accused persons and was widely circulated among friends. Despite various evidences including the video, statements of the eye witnesses to the incident produced by the police officers, the High Court of Gujarat granted bail to the accused person on the ground of 'weak evidence'.
This order of the High Court of Gujarat was challenged before the Supreme Court of India where the Supreme Court had issued notice.