Tuesday, December 26, 2006


Girl, 10, has fingers cut off for taking spinach

`A hungry 10-year-old girl from India’s lowest Hindu caste had all the fingers of her right hand chopped off by an upper-caste landowner for taking a few spinach leaves from his field, the Hindustan Times reported today.

The attack took place in a village in Bhagalpur district last week in impoverished Bihar state in the east where caste prejudice against Dalits formerly called “untouchables” is widespread and sometimes results in violence against them.

Police in Bhagalpur, in eastern Bihar, said they would soon arrest the upper-caste landowner who used a sickle to wound the girl whose name was given as Khushboo.

“We will get results. This is terrible,” said police superintendent J. S. Gangwar, quoted by the newspaper.’

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