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Khairlanji: Insensitivity of Mahar Officers
S M DAHIWALE
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 44, No. 31 (AUGUST 1-7, 2009), pp. 29-33
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25663388
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The Khairlanji incident of 29 September 2006 in which a mob of caste Hindus lynched the entire family of Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange shamed humanity, but justice has remained elusive. A majority of the police and medical officers, across ranks, handling the case, were dalits. But they showed a negligent attitude towards their official duties and social indifference to the plight of the Bhotmange family. The Nodal Officers, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, recorded the attitude, particularly of the civil surgeon and the district superintendent of police to be "aloof and indifferent to allowing the crime and subsequent manipulation of evidence".
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