Indian student loses life over spelling mistake

The 15-year-old dies from his injuries at a hospital in northern Uttar Pradesh state, and the accused has fled the area.

In the midst of violent protests brought on by the incident, police in India are looking for a teacher suspected of killing a Dalit pupil over a spelling error.

According to a police report from his father, Nikhil Dohre’s high school instructor kicked and hit him with a rod till he passed out earlier this month after he spelled “social” incorrectly in an exam.

The culprit has left the region, and the 15-year-old died from his injuries on Monday at a hospital in northern Uttar Pradesh.


According to police officer Mahendra Pratap Singh, “He is on the run, but we will apprehend him shortly.”

The Dalit population, historically referred to as the “untouchables,” occupies the lowest caste in India and has long been the target of bigotry and discrimination.

According to Pavni Mittal of Al Jazeera, who was reporting from New Delhi, violent protests erupted in the Auraiya district, the scene of the attack, calling for the teacher’s arrest before the boy’s body was cremated.

The boy’s instructor allegedly hit him a few weeks ago for a spelling mistake, according to the boy’s relatives. This has now been branded a caste-based hate crime by the family,” she claimed.

On Monday, hundreds of people marched to the streets and set a police car on fire. Policeman Singh reported that about a dozen demonstrators had been taken into custody.

Police Superintendent Charu Nigam told reporters that “we utilized force to disperse the throng and the situation quickly came under control.”

In India, where untouchability is “illegal but still pervasive,” there is growing resentment against casteism and caste-based violence, according to Mittal.

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“According to government data, five-caste-based hate crimes take place every hour on average in the country,” she said.

The incident, according to Riya Singh, co-founder of the Dalit Women Fight organization, is “a reflection of the rooted caste animosity that upper or dominant caste people have against Dalits,” she told Al Jazeera.

“The hatred is still so strong that it even extends to young children and ends up killing them,” she said.

According to Singh, the nation should acknowledge that there is caste bias and that some people use crime and violence to support their bias. We can only proceed with this acknowledgement, she continued.


By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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