A shocking incident of brutality unfolded near Kozhinjampara in the district of Kerala when a 17-year-old boy was mercilessly tied to a tree and brutally beaten by three members of a family. The horrifying attack was reportedly in response to an alleged theft of a small amount of money and a mango from their shop. The incident occurred on May 21, but the victim, belonging to the scheduled caste, lodged a complaint with the police on Thursday after being hospitalized due to the severe beating.
An officer from the Kozhinjampara police station revealed that a case would be registered against the three accused individuals – a couple and their minor son – under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. While the couple is currently in police custody, their son, being a juvenile, was sent home. The officer stated that the couple would be formally arrested on Friday and presented before a court.
Although the accused claimed that the boy had stolen a substantial amount of cash and other items from their shop, they did not file a complaint regarding those allegations. Shockingly, during the assault, which was captured in video footage shown on television channels, no one present at the scene intervened to stop the brutal beating or contact the police. Fear of the influential accused prevented any interference. The officer confirmed that some individuals recorded videos of the incident.
The victim suffered severe injuries all over his body, as he was beaten relentlessly from head to toe. He was subsequently admitted to the hospital and is fortunate to have survived the vicious attack, according to the police officer.
This incident is not an isolated case, as Kerala has witnessed similar acts of violence in recent years. In 2018, a tribal man named Madhu was tied up and beaten to death by a mob in the Attappady area of Palakkad, allegedly for stealing food. More recently, on May 13, a 36-year-old man from Bihar was beaten to death by a group in Malappuram on suspicion of being involved in theft. Rajesh Manji fell from the sunshade of a house near Kondotty, and local residents lynched him in response.
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