Ground Report | New Delhi: Dalit The Kashmir Files; A young Dalit was allegedly forced to rub his nose at a temple in Rajasthan’s Alwar district for the film ‘The Kashmir Files’. Rajesh Kumar Meghwal, the victim of the film ‘The Kashmir Files’, is alleged to have posted a post on Facebook, after which he was apologized to. According to the police, a total of 11 people have been registered in this case and seven have been arrested.
In a conversation with The Indian Express, Rajesh Kumar Meghwal says that this whole affair started with a Facebook post on March 18. Meghwal says, “I saw the trailer for the film and put up a post saying that the film depicts atrocities in Kashmiri. Pandits and is tax free. This is fine, but there have also been atrocities against Dalits and other communities. Why are movies like ‘Jai Bhim’ not tax free?
Meghwal says that after this post, some people started making community posts and started receiving threats. At the same time, they began to pressure him to apologize. Meghwal says they asked him to go to the temple to apologize and told him not to misbehave, but they took him to the temple and forced him to rub his nose. Meghwal now fears for his safety.
After the incident, based on Meghwal’s complaint, an FIR was filed at the Behror Police Station under sections 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 342 (punishment for undue restraint), 323 (punishment for willful harm), 504 (intentional insult with intent to cause breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation punishment) of the IPC and relevant sections of the SC/ST (Atrocity Prevention Law) and 11 people were booked.