Andhra: Dalit woman stripped and paraded in public by couple; Prakasam police make arrests

On 14 August, the woman and her mother were attending to their chores, when her brother's disgruntled in-laws dragged her out and stripped her.

BySNV Sudhir

Published Aug 17, 2023 | 1:40 PMUpdatedAug 17, 2023 | 1:40 PM

Andhra: Dalit woman stripped and paraded in public by couple; Prakasam police make arrests

Just a day shy of India’s 77th Independence Day, an instance of the continuing atrocities against Dalits was witnessed in Andhra Pradesh.

Prakasam Police have arrested a couple for stripping a Dalit woman and trying to set her ablaze in Darsi. While the incident took place on Monday, it came to light late only on Wednesday.

According to reports, the 28-year-old Dalit woman works as a nurse at a private hospital and lives with her mother in SC Colony of Darsi mandal in Prakasam district.

The outrageous incident is being seen as a consequence of the woman’s brother eloping with a girl from a higher caste in March, much to the disapproval of the girl’s parents.

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The appalling incident

On Monday morning, while the Dalit woman and her mother were busy attending to their domestic chores, the brother’s disgruntled in-laws — Gangireddy Brahmananda Reddy (52) and Pullamma (48) — barged into the house and dragged  the young woman out.

While the woman’s mother managed to escape, the couple stripped the woman and paraded her naked in public. They also threw chili powder in her eyes and beat her heavily.

Just as the couple doused the Dalit woman in kerosene and was about to set her ablaze, the police reached the spot. They took the couple into custody and booked them under relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

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Seeking revenge

The Dalit woman was shifted to the government hospital in Ongole where she is undergoing treatment, said Prakasam district Superintendent of Police Malika Garg.

It is learnt that Brahmananda and his wife, who live in Botlapalem in the same mandal, had borne a grudge against the Dalit boy (the victim’s brother) for eloping with their daughter. Since

they could not find the brother, they attacked his sister instead.

(South First has reached out to the police for more information. The copy will be updated thereafter.)