In Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh, a Dalit teacher was forced to touch the feet of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader after the former wrote an anti-upper caste post on social media. The incident took place inside a police station, where the two parties were seemingly reconciling after the teacher’s online post irked the party leader.
Satyavan Singh, who teaches English at the Shivdan Singh Inter College at Iglas area in Aligarh, was asked to apologise for expressing an opinion, and later, was forced to touch the feet of the BJP leader. In a Facebook post from June 26, Satyavan had reportedly written about discrimination against the lower castes at the hands of the upper caste.
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The post drew the attention of local political leaders of the BJP and a complaint was filed against Satyavan by one Deepesh Dixit, ABP News reported. After facing flak over his online post, Satyavan also took to Facebook to seek forgiveness, a Patrika report stated.
Satyavan was summoned to the police station for resolution on Tuesday, where several BJP leaders were already present. Satyavan was reportedly threatened to apologise in a specified manner, wherein he was made to stand up with folded hands. He was further humiliated when he was asked to touch the feet of BJP Aligarh division president Kalicharan Gour.
The shocking incident came to light when a video of the “apology” surfaced online. According to a Deccan Herald report, the police in Aligarh has now launched an investigation into the incident.