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Uttar Pradesh: SP leader Shaheen Begum humiliates a Dalit man in her office, made him apologise at her feet; video viral

The Dalit man who is a sweeper by profession claimed that the entire episode is manipulated and he only touched her feet to seek her blessings. He also referred to Shaheen Begum as a mother figure.

Samajwadi Party leader and president of Pihani Municipality in Hardoi Shaheen Begum insulted a Dalit man named Rajaram, son of Rampal. The video has gone viral since the evening of 14 July on social media and earned furious reactions from the netizens who called out the politician for her despicable behaviour.

The man laid his head near the feet of the politician and asked her for forgiveness with folded hands while some people commented about apologising loudly in the background. Meanwhile, Shaheen Begum kept smiling throughout the instance.

After the footage surfaced on social media platforms, the individual who is a resident of Mohalla Mir Sarai and a sweeper by profession claimed that the entire episode is manipulated and he only touched her feet to seek her blessings. He also referred to Shaheen Begum as a mother figure.

On the other hand, she labelled it as a political conspiracy against her. Despite all the justifications, Rajaram can be clearly heard pleading, “Forgive me for my big mistake.” Furthermore, someone from behind directed him to speak in a higher voice. “Forgive me once, and there will be no mistake again,” the victim reiterated. Afterwards, the woman commanded him to get back to his feet.

Now, he has registered a complaint at the police station and alleged that the 16-second video is presenting facts wrongly.

The infuriated reaction of the netizens

Social media users, however, have not hesitated to vent their indignation about the occurrence. Randomsena urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to use bulldozers at the house of the Samajwadi leader.

Drawing a comparison with the Sidhi urination case, he asked, “If the house of Pravesh Shukla who urinated on a poor man can be bulldozed, then why can’t her house be bulldozed?” He further questioned the silence of Dalit activists over the shameful event.

Another netizen charged, “Since she’s a Muslim and belongs to the Samajwadi Party, no Dalit activists will open their mouths. Had she been an upper-caste Hindu, Brahmanical Patriarchy would’ve been trending for weeks.”

“This is SP’s municipality president Shaheen Begum. There is a Dalit sweeper begging at her feet. Her smile reflects SP’s socialist thinking,” Sudhir Mishra inquired. He added, “Think about what individuals like Azam, Atiq and she would do to Dalits and the poor if SP had been in power?”

Aquib Mir tagged the Samajwadi Party supremo and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav and wrote, “Municipal President Shahin Begum forced a Dalit man to beg when he came here seeking a small help. Since she’s a Muslim and belongs to the Samajwadi Party, no Dalit activists will open their mouths.” He urged people to retweet the clip.

Another user slammed the politician and repeated, “Municipal President Shahin Begum forced a Dalit man to beg when he came here seeking a small help. Since she’s a Muslim and belongs to the Samajwadi Party, no Dalit activists will open their mouths.”

Comparison with the Sidhi urination incident

The occurrence has sparked widespread resentment online, and it is being contrasted to the Sidhi urination case where Pravesh Shukla (30) was accused of urinating upon a tribal man, named Dashmat Rawat and the video of the incident went viral on social media.

He was thereafter arrested and booked under various sections of the Indian penal Code, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and in addition to the National Security Act. A portion of his residence which was constructed illegally was also demolished by the administration.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan apologised to Dashmat Rawat and washed his feet at his official residence in Bhopal. He also received financial support from the state government in the amount of Rs 5 lakh and another Rs 1.5 lakh for the construction of his home.

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