No, it’s not a new film about frats-gone-wild; it’s real life.
At the risk of being called culturally insensitive, I’m going to say that I am sickened by caste bigotry in India. In a nation as populous as it is, it’s mind-boggling to even consider the number of crimes visited upon people who are guilty of nothing more than being born in the wrong class.
Oh, that and maybe having the unmitigated gall to write a poem to a upper-caste girl:
A 16-year-old Dalit boy died after he was thrashed in front of other students by an upper caste teacher in a rural higher secondary school of this Himachal district for writing a verse in appreciation of an upper caste girl.
Surjit Singh was beaten up on Tuesday by a teacher in the Nangal Kalan Government High school in public, said the Dalit sarpanch of the village Gyan Kaur. His two classmates said, “When the teacher came to know about the Surjit’s love poem, he caned him till he almost dropped dead.”
But he made it through the night. Happy ending, huh?
That was not the end of his ordeal; he was again beaten up by the family members of the girl the next day, Wednesday. Surjit was later found semi-conscious and taken to the hospital but succumbed to injuries.
The hatred and violence inflicted on this child is bad enough. The fact that it was carried out in retaliation for composing the most profound expression of love is despicable.
Oh. One closing note:
Local leaders have sought an inquiry into the incident as the police appear to be siding with the upper caste girl’s family and the teacher.