In a shocking incident, two minor children including a Dalit, a socially discriminated caste in India, were tied to a pole and allegedly brutally assaulted by a vegetable vendor who suspected them of stealing vegetables, outside a shop in Sadar Kotwali area, in the district of Pilbhit in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.
The children, in the age group of 10 to 12 years, were tied to a pole and thrashed by vendor Nihal on the suspicion of stealing vegetables from his shop, inspector Hargovind Singh said on Monday.
The matter came to the fore when a passerby witnessed the incident and informed the police who then rescued the two children.
The vendor was booked on the charge of breach of peace, they said, adding the boys were handed over to their family.
While one of the children belongs to a Dalit family, the other belongs to a minority commnutiy.