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UP: Dalit Man, Daughter Beaten For Drawing Water from Handpump at Ashram

The incident comes just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned the so-called cow protectors for attacks on Dalits.

Pranshu Mishra | CNN-News18

Updated:August 10, 2016, 12:13 PM IST

Lucknow: A Dalit man and his daughter have been beaten up for drawing water from a handpump at an ashram in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal district, two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a fervent appeal to stop attacks against the community.

The 13-year-old girl who was working in the fields had gone to drink water from a handpump installed outside the Dunda Ashram in Gunnor area when she was beaten up.

Later, when her father raised the issue, he too was mercilessly thrashed allegedly by the priest and his aides.

Both sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment at a district hospital. Two men have been arrested in this incident.

The attack comes two days after PM Modi, at a function in Telangana, spoke out against increasing incidents of attacks against Dalits.

Making an emotional appeal, he had asked people to protect and respect Dalits who have for long been neglected by the society.

"I would like to tell these people that if you have any problem, if you have attack, attack me. Stop attacking my Dalit brethren. If you have to shoot, shoot me, but not my Dalit brothers. This game should stop," he had said.

The Modi government has been facing flak over incidents of violence against Dalits and Muslims by cow vigilantes in various states including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

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