Lynched for shielding women
A group of officials would have beaten the death of a 52-year-old man in Rajasthan Pratapgarh Friday when he tried to stop them from scaring and taking pictures of some women who déféchaient outdoors.
City Hall employees were at dawn in a poor neighborhood of the city to stop the open defecation.
Zafar Khan, a social worker associated with the National Congress of Trade Unions of India (INTUC), was assaulted by municipal employees when he intervened and begged them.
The incident took place in the marginal area of Bagwasa in the city dominated by tribes located in southern Rajasthan.
Civilian officials beat, beat and hit M. Khan with a stick that led to his death, according to the complaint filed by his brother Noor Mohammed with the police.
Officers were accompanied by the City Council Commissioner, Ashok Jain.
Police registered a case under section 302 (manslaughter) of the Indian Penal Code against four defendants called the plaintiff and launched an investigation.
The murder led to a mass demonstration by people outside of the cod. The family of M. Khan agreed to send the body to the post-mortem after the district administration has announced compensation of Rs. 2 lakh. They also demanded the immediate detention of the municipal commissioner.
Pratapgarh police superintendent Shivraj Meena said further steps in the matter would be taken after receiving the autopsy report. No arrests were made until Friday night.
The head of the district department of the minority district Nadeem Ansari told the Hindu that there was a “political point of view” to the murder.
“In search of an excuse”
M. Khan had filed a formal complaint a few days ago about the non-availability of funds under the SWACHH Bharat Abhiyan for the construction of bathrooms in houses and poor neighborhoods required repair of non-functional public latrines.
“The municipal employees sought a pretext to attack M. Khan.The women were to respond to the call of nature outdoors as they did not have toilets in their homes.Employees, who openly support the BJP in power, first women Shame and then assaulted M. Khan when he opposed the law, “said M. Ansari.
M. Khan survives with his wife and two daughters. Neighborhood residents, who alleged that the administration was trying to calm the question, gave the names of five other suspects to the police.