×

Police brutality in Andhra Pradesh

Police violence - particularly against Dalits - is on the increase

Police brutality in Andhra Pradesh

Police violence - particularly against Dalits - is on the increase

Police brutality in Andhra Pradesh

Police violence - particularly against Dalits - is on the increase

Police brutality in Andhra Pradesh

Police violence - particularly against Dalits - is on the increase

2020 saw a rise in police violence, particularly against members of the Dalit community

Vara Prasad, a Dalit youth, was tortured in police custody. Yaricharla Kiran Kumar, a Dalit youth, died in police custody, allegedly after a severe beating. Om Pratap, a Dalit youth, took his own life after being harassed and threatened by police over a video he had shared on social media.

These three cases from Andhra Pradesh all took place in July and August 2020. And they are not isolated events. Incidents of police brutality are increasing across the country. In Andhra Pradesh, for example, there has been a significant rise in police violence – particularly towards members of the Dalit community.

Nara Lokesh, general secretary of the opposition Telugu Desam Party, has blamed Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, leader of the YSR Congress:

“Ever since Mr. Jagan assumed power in Andhra Pradesh, there has been a series of atrocities against the Dalit community. Do the Dalits have no right to question the misdeeds of this government?” he asked.

These cases must not be forgotten.

Disagree with this article?
Create an Opposing View
Add Related Article