The National Scheduled Castes Commission (NCSC) on Friday took a strong exception to an incident in which a 12-year-old Dalit teenager was stripped and then crushed in Malut district of Sri Muksar Sahib district, and issued a notice to the Punjab government requesting it. Report actions taken by May 26.
The NCSC Chief, Vijay Sampla, requested the Commissioner of Section (Ferozepur), Deputy Commissioner (Sri Muktsar Sahib), Inspector General of Police (Faridkot Range), and Senior Director of Police (Sri Muktsar Sahib District), to investigate the matter and to submit the report within seven days , by post or email, based on the facts and information regarding the action taken on the claim/issue.
A video of the incident went viral on May 19, in which a man was seen hitting a boy. Later, a Dalit woman from Harginder Nagar in Malut town called Sri Mukhtasar Sahib to complain that her son had been beaten and uploaded his video on social media.
My husband left me and my son seven years ago. After that, I was in a relationship with Archdeep Singh, a resident of Sarawan Budla village. However, Arshdeep later married someone else. However, keep visiting our house. When I tried to end the relationship, he started to bother me and my son. One day, he visited my house and stripped my 12-year-old son naked and brutally beat him. In her complaint, the woman said he had also filmed a video of the incident which was later uploaded to the internet.
She also said that the officers of the Malut police station did not help her even when the accused threatened her with dire consequences inside the police station itself.
Sampla, in his notice, warned the officers that if the report of the action taken was not received within the prescribed time, the THW Commission might exercise the powers of the Civil Court conferred upon it by Article 338 of the Constitution of India and issue a summons to appear.