Young Indian Boy Strangled for Having Same Name as Another Man
Posted on December 19, 2011
In a story that is more sad than it is weird, a young Indian boy in Utter Pradesh has been killed, allegedly due to sharing his name with a man who belongs to a higher caste.
Neeraj Kumar, the 14-year-old son of Ram Sumer and member of the Dalit caste, was found murdered in a field on November 23 after leaving the evening prior to watch TV at a friend’s house. He was apparently strangled.
Jawahar Chaudhary, who belongs to a higher caste, has reportedly been attempting to get Neeraj’s father, Ram Sumer, to change his sons’ names, as they were the same as Chaudhary’s sons.
Two friends of Chaudhary have been arrested, while his two sons, Neeraj and Dheeraj, are now missing.
Chaudhary claims that the police are framing his family for the murder.
Apparently, the name struggle has been an issue for quite some time, despite the fact that caste discrimination is illegal.
Dalit’s are also known as “untouchables,” the lowest caste in the Hindu caste system.