A 54-year-old man in Nalanda district, Bihar was allegedly forced to spit and then lick his saliva off the ground as punishment for entering the the village sarpanch's (head) house without knocking.
— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2017
Mahesh Thakur, the victim, was also beaten with slippers by women. A video also surfaced which showed the man being beaten by at least two women. Incidentally, it took place in Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's home district.
Thakur had reportedly gone to sarpanch Surendra Yadav's house on Wednesday night for tobacco, according to The Times of India. However, according to another report in India Today, he had gone to his house to avail a government scheme.
The victim belongs to the barber community and runs a shop in the Ajaipur village of Noorsarai block in Nalanda.
"On the act of Thakur, a panchayat was called today (Thursday) afternoon by Dharmendra Yadav where the victim was beaten with slippers by several women," the Nalanda district magistrate (DM) Thiyagarajan said, as per The Times of India report, adding that a police officer was sent to the spot gather an account of the incident.
The administration has ordered a police investigation with a report out in two days.
Reacting to the incident, Bihar cabinet minister Nand Kishore condemned it and promised the culprits will be brought to the hook. Speaking to ANI, Yadav said, "I totally condemn this act and such incidents will not be tolerated in the state. We will take strict action against the culprits. The people of the state should trust BJP and its members. We will see to it that incidents like these never happen again".
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Updated Date: Oct 20, 2017 08:36:19 IST