HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
ITAHARI: Chairperson of Dalit Janajati Party, Itahari, Mayawati Sardar and her son Dipak have been charged with beating Puriya Chaudhary (60) of Itahari Municipality on Saturday.
According to Jhukki Kumari, victim's daughter, the mother and son, who are their neighbours had brutally kicked and punched her mother over the dispute to connect water pipeline to her house. "They even attacked my mother with a knife and stick," she added.
Following the incident, locals rescued Puriya and taken her to Itahari-based Community Treatment Centre. She was referred to Biratnagar-based Nobel Hospital after she could not be treated at the centre. Puriya received a deep cut on her eye, hands and forehead.
After the treatment, a case was filed at the police station today demanding action against the guilty. Women’s rights activists have said that the police were dillydallying with the case.
Meanwhile, the Dalit leader also registered a case against Puriya saying that she was beaten black and blue by the victim. However, women’s rights activist Laxmi Gautam asked the police not to trust her words and warned of stern protest if the guilty was not punished.
According to locals, the Dalit leader used to beat Puriya and other elderly people in the village. Mayawati refuted the allegation and sought police support for justice.
Inspector Sagar Thapa, however, said that both sides were involved in beating each other.