New Delhi: A six-year old Dalit girl was set on fire by a man in Mathura because the girl and her mother chose to walk through a path reserved only for upper caste villagers.
Even the police refused to take any action. The girl is now admitted in a hospital in Mathura and is critical.
The accused, Sunil has denied having thrown her in the fire and says it was an accident.
In the last few weeks, there has been a rise in violence against Dalits in a state ruled by the pro-Dalit Bahujan Samaj Party.
SSP Mathura, R K Chaturvedi told CNN-IBN, "The accused, Sunil was arrested on Tuesday night. He has been booked under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code. He has no criminal record in the past. It is an individual act and has nothing to do with any particular community. We will take strict action against the accused."