While the Kerala police is basking in the glory of arresting a well-known actor in connection with the conspiracy and sexual assault case, the same Kerala police is at the receiving end of scathing criticism for the alleged custodial torture of a Dalit youth last week which resulted in the young man killing himself the next day. Vinayakan, 19, was taken into custody by the Pavaratty police on Monday and was released on the same day. He was found hanging at his house at Engandiyoor on Tuesday.
Though in India there are stringent laws like the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, atrocities against Dalits including those by the police itself is taking place at an alarming rate. In a similar incident that took place in December 2016, a Dalit woman was found dead in Kozhikode after she was taken into custody late night by the police at Kuttiyadi, Kozhikode. Athira, 19, an X-ray technician at a private hospital in Kozhikode was taken into custody late night and it was informed that she was brutally harassed by the police though there was no criminal charges registered against her.
The girl was taken into custody while she was learning to ride scooter along with a friend. The scooter was borrowed from one of her colleagues whose husband was charged in a political case. It was informed at that time that the police also tried to implicate Athira and her friend in that case. Athira was released later and she allegedly killed herself by consuming poison soon after she reached back to the hospital.