After a 9-year-old Dalit student died in the Surana hamlet in Jalore’s Sayla police station, Panachand Meghwal, a Congress MLA from Atru in the Baran district, resigned from the assembly.
The MLA has sent his resignation to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot saying that he has no right to hold the position.
The family members allege that the child got sick after he was assaulted by his teacher, who got infuriated upon seeing him drinking water from a pot meant for upper-caste people.
Police said the accused teacher has been arrested and booked for murder and under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. “We have registered an FIR under relevant sections, including murder (IPC) and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The boy’s postmortem will be conducted and a police team has been sent to Ahmedabad. Further investigation is being conducted,” said Jalore SP Harsh Vardhan Agarwalla.
“On July 20, my son Indra Kumar, a student of Class 3 at Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Jalore, was beaten up by teacher Chail Singh because he drank water from an earthen pot meant for Singh. My son did not know that the pot was meant for Singh, who belongs to an upper caste,” said Dewaram Meghwal, father of Indra and a resident of Surana village in Jalore district.
According to a complaint letter the family sent to the Saila police station on Saturday, Singh beat up Indra and hurled casteist insults at him for consuming water from an earthen pot used for upper caste individuals. The letter also mentions that Indra’s right ear and eye were hurt as a result of Singh’s thrashing.
Panachand Meghwal had already sent a letter to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot requesting a 50-lakh compensation and jobs for the victim’s family, but the CM had not responded.
“It seems like that we are unable to protect the right of Equality which is given by the constitution and When we cannot protect the rights of our society while in power, and get the victims a proper justice, I have no moral right to stay in the government as an MLA,” he said in his resignation.
In the meantime, the State government offered Rs 5 lakh in ex-gratia payments for the deceased’s family.
” The accused teacher has been arrested and a case has been registered against him for murder and under sections of the SC/ST Act,” Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted in response to the event.