The Indian caste system has produced another atrocity and another victim. Manish Kumar, 15, was like any other teenage boy with his first crush. He wrote a love letter to a girl in his village. However, Kumar was from a dairyman community, which is a higher caste than the girl’s washerman community. Accordingly, the dairymen shaved his head, beat him savagely, and (as his mother begged for his life) they threw him under a moving train.
One man has been arrested and a policeman suspended in the murder.
India’s continuing struggle with its brutal caste system has made headlines recently, including allegations that the government rescued “untouchables” last from flooding, leaving thousands to die while higher castes were taken to higher ground, here. In another case, a man threw a lower caste girl into a fire.
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