Dalit man bashed for not voting ruling BJP

A MAN from the Dalit community in India was allegedly beaten up for not voting for the ruling BJP, which is the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Virendra Dhanuk, 45, was said to have been assaulted at a government office by two home guards (auxiliary policemen) of the Uttar Pradesh state.

A video of the incident showed him on the ground with one of the attackers stepping on his face with his boot and the other hitting him with a rifle.

The assailants, who also shouted slurs against the man’s caste, were later arrested and charged in court before being released on bail.

Rahul Gandhi, who is the opposition Congress Party leader, claimed that the two attackers were BJP’s “goons”.

He accused the BJP of seeking to remove the protections given to India’s marginalised communities.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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