Policeman drowns two girls in India for stealing firewood

An inebriated policeman in India's eastern state of Bihar killed two low-caste girls by throwing them in a river for stealing firewood from his orchard, a news report said Thursday.

Policeman drowns two girls in India for stealing firewood

An inebriated policeman in India's eastern state of Bihar killed two low-caste girls by throwing them in a river for stealing firewood from his orchard, a news report said Thursday.

On Wednesday, Kamli Kumari, 10, and Chandni Kumari, 8, sneaked into the orchard in a village in central Samastipur district to collect some firewood as monsoon flooding in the region has caused a shortage of food and fuel, the IANS news agency reported.

Senior administration official N Sharwan Kumar told IANS that the policeman identified as Lalal Singh threw the girls into the river.

He was reportedly drunk and fled the village soon after the incident. "Stringent action will be taken against the policemen," Kumar said.

Low-castes, also known as Dalits, comprise about 160 million of India's 1.2-billion population.

Though caste-based discrimination is banned, upper-caste Hindus still practice all forms of discrimination, including not allowing the low-caste to worship at temples and insisting that they drink from separate village wells.

The most menial jobs, including cleaning of sewers and night soil, often manually, are also largely done by Dalit community members.

DPA

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