Three young dalit boys were beaten up and paraded naked by upper caste men after they were accused of stealing a motorcycle.
A video showing the entire incident has emerged on news channels. It shows the boys being tied to a tree and being slapped and thrashed by men standing around them. They were then paraded naked in the Chittorgarh area of Rajasthan. The police intervened after being alerted by witnesses to the assault. The boys were taken to the hospital as they were injured.
A police case has been filed against the children and they have been sent to the juvenile home. The boys are minors and have reportedly confessed to the theft.
The police have arrested six people for assaulting the children.
The boys belong to the Kanjar tribe. Traditionally, the Kanjar tribe are treated as social outcasts, forced to live outside towns and villages and they engage in menial jobs like selling broomsticks or work as daily wage laborers.