ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Caste Ideology as the Basis of Humiliation

The atrocity in Madhya Pradesh against a tribal man shows the utter depravity of caste humiliation.

Recently, a video of a man performing the obscene act of urinating on another person in public sparked tremendous political outrage. The video, which was widely circulated online, was reported from Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh (MP). As a consequence, the police showed some promptness in arresting the accused and have charged the latter under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) (POA) Act, 1989 for this alleged atrocity. Consequently, the chief minister of MP has also assured that the accused will be booked under the National Security Act, 1980. Moreover, a part of the house belonging to the accused has been demolished by a bulldozer on the grounds that it was constructed illegally.

This case has justifiably caused massive public outrage, and the state government in MP also took prompt action in arresting the accused under the relevant legal provisions. As disturbing and obscene as this act was, it needs to be mentioned that the means of using bodily waste such as urine and excreta and material waste such as sewage, carcasses, and garlanding with shoes to humiliate individuals or groups belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) are not entirely new in Indian society. In fact, the POA Act itself takes cognisance of the historical occurrence of such acts and specifically mentions various types of offences that make use of bodily and material waste to humiliate a person belonging to SCs and STs.

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Updated On : 22nd Jul, 2023
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