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Dalit youth row: SC Commission vice-chairman Murugan visits hospital

Mysuru, June 18:- National Commission for Scheduled Castes vice-chairman L Murugan visited St Mary’s Hospital in the city on Monday for first-hand information on the Dalit youth who was allegedly paraded naked in Gundlupet last week. The youth, Pratap, is from Veerapura village in Chamarajanagar district. Murugan had a long chat with the officials.

Along with Murugan, Additional Superintendent Police of Chamarajanagar, Anita Haddannanavar, ADC Anand also visited the spot. He discussed with the family members.

“A complaint has been filed under atrocities Act. Villagers have been summoned already. The police officials, who agreed to register the case only after the video went viral,  will be brought under the Act. The family of Pratap has already been given a compensation of Rs 25,000 from the district administration. I have collected all the information regarding the issue,” he said while speaking to media.

Pratap, a native of Shyanadrahalli in the taluk, but presently residing in Mysuru with his parents, was assaulted and paraded naked after he allegedly defiled the idols of a temple in Kabbekatte village in the taluk on June 3. The video of the torture went viral on social media.

An FIR was lodged after Kantharaju, the youth’s relative, filed a complaint with the Gundlupet Police on June 11 seeking action against the perpetrators. The police said they were not informed of the fact that the youth was paraded naked before he was brought to the Gundlupet station on June 3. Those who brought him in had accused him of desecrating the temple.  (MR/KS)

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