Class 3 Dalit boy beaten to death by teacher for touching water pot in Rajasthan

A nine-year-old Dalit boy Indra Meghwal died on Saturday after he was brutally beaten up by a upper-caste Hindu teacher for touching a drinking water pot in a private school in the Jalore district of Rajasthan.

The victim, a student of a private school in Surana village in Jalore district, was beaten up on 20 July and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on Saturday.

The teacher, Chail Singh, 40, was arrested and was charged under sections of murder and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The boy’s father said to PTI news agency that he suffered injuries in his face and ear and almost became unconscious. The boy was taken to the district hospital, from where he was referred to a hospital in Udaipur.

“He remained admitted at the hospital in Udaipur for about a week, but seeing no improvement, we took him to Ahmedabad. But his condition did not improve even there and he finally succumbed on Saturday,” the boy’s father Devaram Meghwal said.

“The death of a student due to assault by a teacher in a private school in the Sayla police station area of Jalore is tragic. A case was registered under the section of murder and SC/ST Act against the accused and he has been arrested,” tweeted Ashok Geholt, Rajasthan CM.

The state education department has set up an inquiry committee for the matter and Rajasthan SC Commission chairman Khiladi Lal Bairwa ordered that it be taken up under the case officer’s scheme for fast investigation.

Bairwa will visit Surana village on August 15 and meet the family of the Dalit boy.