Scheduled Caste boy thrashed for entering Tamil Nadu temple

 COIMBATORE: A teenage Dalit boy, who entered the sanctum sanctorum of a temple, was allegedly thrashed and abused by a Brahmin priest and his son in Mettupalayam, Coimbatore district, on Friday.

 K Vinith had gone to the temple with his younger sister K Sruthi for special prayers, an hour before her Class X results were declared on Friday. He entered the main temple, took `vibhuti’ (holy ash) kept on a plate and smeared it on his sister’s forehead. The priest and his son, who were not present in the sanctum sanctorum, returned then and allegedly slapped him repeatedly.

 The two have been arrested on charges of abuse and causing voluntary hurt under sections of the Indian Penal Code. However, the police are yet to invoke the sections under the anti-untouchability law (The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act) against them.

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