In Bihar’s Kaimur district, a 14-year-old Dalit girl, Sundari Kumari was beaten to death for plucking gram leaves in a farmland.
The victim, Sundari Kumari, daughter of Jitendra Ram from Hata village under Chainpur police station, had gone to the farmland with her cousin when the incident occurred.
Jitendra Ram, Sundari’s father said that he owns land in the area where the incident occurred. According to Ram, Sundari and her younger sister were attacked by the field’s owner, Ram Avtar Yadav, and his son Gaurav Yadav, who verbally abused and beat the teenager with bamboo sticks. The situation escalated as the assailants pulled Sundari’s dupatta around her neck, leading to a severe deterioration in her health. Sundari, somehow, ran home but collapsed and died on the way.
The assault proved fatal, and Sundari succumbed to her injuries upon returning home, according to Shambhu Kumar, the Station House Officer (SHO) of Chainpur police station.
“The owner of the farmland, Ramadhar Yadav, and his son, Gaurav Yadav, caught the girl and assaulted her with bamboo sticks. The girl died after reaching home,” he said.
“We are currently conducting raids to apprehend the accused individuals,” Kumar said.
The motive behind the assault is reported to be Sundari’s act of plucking gram leaves from the field of Ramadhar Yadav. The police are actively pursuing the case and have taken swift action against the accused parties, who are residents of Nandana village, located approximately 1 km from the victim’s village.
The family members and villagers staged a six-hour roadblock in protest against the tragic incident involving the death of 15-year-old Sundari Kumari. Police and administrative officials successfully persuaded them to lift the blockade.
Inspector Ramanand Mandal, present at the scene, reported ongoing raids to arrest the accused, saying that the suspects are currently absconding.