We all know about the recent public protests which are happening in the united states due to the death of a 46-year-old black man named George Floyd by a police officer because of his color. The incident has sparked violent protests in the united states and now we even see protests in other nations DALIT like in the United Kingdom. The incident has also become viral on social media with the #blacklivesmatter movement where people all over the world are taking a stand against racism. With all of this going on, we see a similar event that happened in India.
Recently on June 6th a 17-year-old Dalit boy, Vikas Jadav was killed in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh because of a fight with some of the upper caste youths in the village for praying at a temple. The name of the village where this incident happened is called Domkheda where when Vikas was sleeping at night, DALIT four upper-caste boys came and shot him dead. They even threatened his family afterward and ran away from the scene. The boy was being prevented to go inside the Shiva temple in their village which caused some arguments between Vikas and the upper caste youth. He was beaten up later and was abused because of his caste.
When Vikas went to the police station to file a complaint against the boys, the police officer denied to file an FIR and refused to take any action against them. A week after the fight those men came again and shot him dead DALIT when he was sleeping on the front porch of his house. The family rushed him to a hospital as he was bleeding excessively but he died due to blood loss.
Indians influenced by western culture and being highly involved with no clue as to what is happening in their country. We will talk about police brutality in the united states not realizing or speaking about the same police brutality in our nation itself. this case is no different than the George Floyd incident in the united states but no one will launch a new hashtag for this event. Many cases emerge every day similar to Vikas’s case but are not reported. Caste inequality is a very big problem in India and needs to be tackled to bring about equality in society for its development.