Bhubaneswar/Kendrapara: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Odisha Government seeking report on the incident where a 32-year-old dalit man was allegedly forced to rub his nose on his own spit in Kendrapara district recently.

Taking suo-motu cognizance of media reports of the incident, the NHRC on Friday issued notice to the State’s Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on the incident and asked him to submit a report within six weeks. The Commission has also sought the details on the status of investigation in connection with the case registered by the police and the status of statutory relief paid to the victims, the NHRC said in its official statement.

“Examining the contents of the news report, the Commission has observed that the issues raised are of a very serious nature and right to dignity of the victims have been grossly violated,” the national human rights body said in the statement.

It may be noted here that a Dalit family was allegedly tortured and humiliated in presence of sarpanch of the Tikhiri gram panchayat Chameli Ojha and others for not paying donation of Rs 500 as donation for the renovation of the village temple, a TOI report said.

Not only this, one of the family members was even forced to rub his nose in own spit, as punishment, in full public view at a kangaroo court in Tikhiri village under Marshaghai police station limits of Kendrapara district.

As per the complaint lodged at the police station, two villagers had visited the house of the dalit, Gurucharan Mallick at around 10 pm on April 16 to collect contribution towards the renovation of the village temple. However, an altercation broke out after Mallick claimed that they had already paid the donation amount which made the sarpanch and others angry. They further allegedly abused Mallick and his wife in front of the villagers and also hurled caste abuses at the family, as reported by the Odisha Television (OTV).

An FIR has been registered under various sections, including Sec 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 342 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant sections of Schedule Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 for allegedly humiliating the Dalit man in his caste lines and forcing him to rub his nose in his own spit in the village meeting.

P.K. Kanungo, the inspector in-charge (IIC) of Marsaghai police station informed that police are investigating the case and no arrest/s has/have been done so far in connection with the case, added the TOI report.

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