Monday, July 14, 2008

Indian boy dies for writing a poem

As Paul Harvey would say, it is not one world:

A 16-year-old Dalit boy died after he was thrashed in front of other students by an upper caste teacher in a rural higher secondary school of this Himachal district for writing a verse in appreciation of an upper caste girl.

Surjit Singh was beaten up on Tuesday by a teacher in the Nangal Kalan Government High school in public, said the Dalit sarpanch of the village Gyan Kaur. His two classmates said, "When the teacher came to know about the Surjit's love poem, he caned him till he almost dropped dead."
The boy died of his injuries later. The teacher is, presumably, still breathing...and receiving accolades from somebody or another. One thing's for sure:
Local leaders have sought an inquiry into the incident as the police appear to be siding with the upper caste girl's family and the teacher.
Via Sullivan.

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