On March 21, Delhi Police arrested four men identified as Farman, Shahrukh, Hasan Ali and Raza Ahmed for allegedly attacking the Dalit colony in Sarai Kale Khan and causing a rampage in the aftermath of an interfaith marriage. As per the reports, on March 20, a large group of people from a particular community entered the Dalit locality and went on a rampage with sticks and swords. The incident took place after a Muslim girl decided to marry a Dalit man.
CCTV footage of the Muslim mob attacking the Dalit family had gone viral on social media. TOI journalist Raj Shekhar Jha has informed that Farman’s sister had married a Dalit man named Sumit recently and as a result, Farman had got his friends to attack Sumit’s family.
Four men – Farman, Shahrukh, Hasan Ali and Raza Ahmed — have been arrested in case of attack on a family in the aftermath of an interfaith marriage. Sumit married Khushi Ahmed on March 14. Khushi’s brother, Farman & others raided Sumit’s house and went on a rampage last night. pic.twitter.com/03pchuOOBr— Raj Shekhar Jha (@rajshekharTOI) March 21, 2021
The couple had married in secret, but the women’s family had fixed her marriage with someone else. The woman then went to the Police station for help and registered her statement. The family of the Hindu man reportedly left the area to live with relatives. When the Muslim girl’s family came to know about the marriage, they attacked the Dalit community.
‘We will play Holi with the blood of Hindus’: Mob threatens residents of Dalit colony
As per Falana Dikhana’s ground report, the mob allegedly threatened the residents of the Dalit community that they will play Holi with their blood. FD posted several videos on social media in which the locals expressed their anger over the Police’s inaction. One of the residents said that the mob allegedly threatened them that as a retaliation of the Muslim-Dalit wedding, they would abduct girls from the Dalit community.
#BREAKING दिल्ली के सराय काले खां की हरिजन बस्ती में मुसलामानों द्वारा चाकू, तलवार व तेज धार हथियारों से हमला किया गया. महिलाओं के कपड़े भी फाड़े गए. मुस्लिम लड़की से शादी करने पर किया हंगामा. हमलावरो ने कहा हिन्दुओं के साथ खून की होली खेलेंगे. pic.twitter.com/u45RuQClLG— Falana Dikhana (@FDikhana) March 21, 2021
‘They attacked with swords and batons’: Victim family
In her statement, the sister of the Dalit man who married the Muslim girl said that the Police had asked them to leave as they were expecting communal tension. While they were away, the Muslim mob attacked the residents with batons and swords. “They damaged everything, including vehicles,” she said.
‘They molested women’: Alleged residents
The residents of the Dalit colony alleged that the mob entered houses and molested women while attacking the colony. “The Police is not arresting anyone. They are just standing and watching them roam around freely,” one of the angry residents claimed. “They pulled our hair and tore away our clothes. They did not even spare young girls,” alleged residents.
“हिंदुओं की छोटी लडकियों को भी छोड़ा, लडकियों के टॉप फाड़ दिए”. अभी तक कोई गिरफ्तारी नहीं हुई है. pic.twitter.com/OEO7EU5PNe— Falana Dikhana (@FDikhana) March 21, 2021
Muslim mob allegedly used casteist slurs
The sister of the Dalit man said that the members of the girl’s family allegedly used casteist slurs.
She said that while threatening them of consequences, the attackers said, “You clean lavatories. We will not let our sister to stay with bhan*is. Under no circumstances a girl from the Muslim community will be allowed to live with sewage cleaners.”