A video has been shared with the claim that a Dalit man was fed water from a shoe by upper-caste men. Twitter user @anita_goutam1 tweeted the clip and subsequently took it down. Her tweet was quote-tweeted by @bkarwadiya who also deleted it later.
The video has been shared with similar claims by several Twitter users.
देखें जातिवाद का एक और घिनौना चेहरा। कहते है जातिवाद नहीं है इससे शर्मनाक कुछ हो नहीं सकता।😡😡 pic.twitter.com/TCb9bSFfl5
— Amit Kumar (Sound of Democracy)🇮🇳 (@AmitKum57479658) October 14, 2020
“This video puts an end to the class difference between upper and lower castes. An upper-caste Hindu feeding his Dalit brother water from a shoe with love. He is setting an example of brotherhood by breaking barriers of casteism and untoucability. This is today’s new India, my country is indeed changing. (उच्च और नीच की भेदभाव को दूर करती यह वीडियो एक उच्च जाति का हिन्दू भाई अपने एक दलित भाई को प्यार से जूते में पानी पिलाते हुवे। जातपात छुआछूत के बंधन तोड़ आपसी भाईचारे की मिसाल देते हुए। ये है आज का नया भारत वाकई मेरा देश बदल रहा है।)” – reads the sarcastic message shared with the clip on Facebook.
People can be heard speaking in a Rajasthani dialect in the video. A search based on this led us to a report by Dainik Bhaskar published on June 16, 2020. According to the report, this incident is from Sumerpur in Pali district of Rajasthan. The youth was kidnapped and brought to Suparna (Sardarpura) village, Sirohi on June 11 on the accusation of getting involved with a married woman in the village. He was beaten, forced to drink urine from a liquor bottle and fed water from shoes. The accused also called the youth’s brother and uncle and kept them tied to a tree overnight. They took Rs 5000 from them.
According to the report, the police filed a complaint on June 15 after a video of the incident went viral on social media. Five people were subsequently arrested – Laxmanram Dewasi, Jawanaram, Bhimaram, Navaram and Dargaram Dewasi. A minor was also taken into police custody. The report stated that the accused threatened the victim’s family.
News18 had also reported on the incident.
A June 17 report by Patrika identifies the victim as Kaluram Dewasi. It is noteworthy that some of the accused hailed from the same caste. Free Press Journal also reported that the victim was Kaluram Dewasi.
Dainik Jagran uploaded a video report on the arrests made by the police which carries the statement of Kota SP Rahul. He informed that the victim was in love with a woman which enraged the accused who took him to Sirohi. He was beaten and fed water with shoes in the village. A total of six people were arrested by the cops.
Rajasthan के सिरोही में युवक को जूते में भरकर पिलाया पानी, आरोपियों को पुलिस ने किया गिरफ्तार
Posted by Dainik Jagran on Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Alt News contacted Pali police to know if there were any updates on the case. A senior police inspector of Pali informed, “This case is 3-4 months old. The youth was beaten after accusations that he was in a relationship with a woman. The incident has nothing to do with casteism. These people belong to the Dewasi community who usually work in animal husbandry.” The officer further told us that 11 accused have so far been arrested in the case.
A video of a youth beaten and fed water from a shoe for being in love with a woman is therefore circulating on social media as caste-based violence.