For anyone who doesn’t believe that religion leads to violence, a boy at the bottom of India’s caste system (considered a Dalit, or “untouchable”) was killed by those higher up on the social status ladder.
What was his crime?
He wrote a love poem to a girl in a higher caste.
Surjit Singh was beaten up on Tuesday by a teacher in the Nangal Kalan Government High school in public, said the Dalit sarpanch of the village Gyan Kaur. His two classmates said, “When the teacher came to know about the Surjit’s love poem, he caned him till he almost dropped dead.”
That was not the end of his ordeal; he was again beaten up by the family members of the girl the next day, Wednesday. Surjit was later found semi-conscious and taken to the hospital but succumbed to injuries.
It’s doubtful there will be any serious repercussions:
… Surjit’s father, Telu Ram, a labourer, said, “How can I think of filing a case? I have no money.”
How’s that to brighten your day…
(via The Daily Dish)