A 14-year-old Muslim boy has been beaten in India for entering a Hindu temple and drinking water from there, as reported by multiple Indian media agencies. The incident occurred on Thursday in the city of Dasna, which is located in the Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India.
According to the boy’s family, their boy entered the temple to drink water when he was spotted by Shringi Nandan Yadav, 23, the temple caretaker, who started beating the boy. He bemoaned the fact that the temple used to be publicly accessible, but that had changed; and expressed the desire that his son would be granted justice.
“My son stopped to drink water from a tap within the temple. After they inquired about his identity, he got beaten up. He was hit on the head and sustained a concussion “He had been severely beaten and ridiculed. Is there a religion for water? I don’t believe any religion would deny a thirsty person from drinking water”.
The incident was reported to Ghaziabad police, who arrested the key suspect, Yadav, as well as Shivanand Saraswati, another caretaker who accused the boy of spitting inside the temple. On Friday evening, the captured video was posted on social media sites and got attention. Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani said the key suspect was apprehended immediately after the incident was first reported.
Priyank Kanoongo, the chairperson of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), took to Twitter to post a photo of the main suspect. He claimed that the NCPCR was dedicated to defending children’s rights.