Temple priest smashes 8-year-old Dalit boy’s head for prasadam

Temple priest smashes 8-year-old Dalit boy’s head for prasadam

DC | Bellie Thomas | October 21, 2014, 02.10 am IST
Dalit boy Santosh in hospital after a temple priest smashed his head against a pillar

Dalit boy Santosh in hospital after a temple priest smashed his head against a pillar

Bengaluru: If you’re hungry and a Dalit, don’t go to a temple to eat free prasadam, or you might get beaten to within an inch of your life! At least that’s what eight year old Santosh discovered when he went to Rudreshwara Swami Temple on Bazaar road in the city, where prasadam was being distributed.

At the sight of the boy, the angry priest bashed the little boy’s head repeatedly against a pillar in the temple, causing him to bleed. The priest suspected that the boy was a thief.

Bhaskar Prasad, a Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (DSS) leader however says that the boy was targeted because his parents were cobblers by profession and belonged to the scheduled caste. “Why would an 8-year-old boy go to a temple on a Sunday morning if it was not for prasadam.

He was a poor boy and hungry,” Bhaskar told Deccan Chronicle. Not surprisingly, police at Nelamangala town police station on Monday morning refused to register a complaint. Santosh’s father Sakabettaiah’s thumb impression was taken on a blank piece of paper! Police denied they had even entertained such a complaint.
Justice? Not by a long chalk.


4 thoughts on “Temple priest smashes 8-year-old Dalit boy’s head for prasadam

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  1. I am glad some one is finally noticing things like this. Things like these have become a big problem in the society, and we have to start doing something about it. Please keep posting.


  2. Yes yes these are very VERRY big.. No HUGE problems in the society. We must do every thing in our power to stop this evil at its roots before it consumes us

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