Goddess Saraswati Idol at KV Surat No:1


ALLAHABAD: A Dalit woman in her thirties was allegedly thrashed by three persons for touching an idol of a goddess in a temple in Rajapur area of Chitrakoot district on Thursday evening.

Police have lodged an FIR against three persons, including prime accused Rohit, under Sections 323, 504, 506, 356 of IPC and 3(14) of the SC ST Act. All the accused are absconding. SP Chitrakoot, Keshav Kumar Choudhary, said the victim had come with her family from neighbouring Kaushambi district to offer prayers at the Jalpa Devi temple.

While carrying out puja and other rituals, the family had an argument with the temple’s caretaker Mansha Devi.It was then that Rohit and two other persons, who were present at the spot, thrashed the woman for touching the statue of the deity.

The family of the victim told police that they had been visiting the Jalpa Devi temple for years but never faced any opposition before.The victim alleged that the accused also snatched her gold chain.