A 27-year-old tribal youth was beaten to death after he allegedly stole rice from a shop in Kerala. A group of men tied the victim (identified as Madhu) and later some locals took 'selfies' with the helpless man.
The same men handed the victim to the police where he collapsed in the jeep while on his way to the hospital.
Resident of the Kadukumanna tribal hamlet, the victim was reportedly suffering from a mental illness and used to stay in a forest.
Many people expressed their utter disbelief and disappointment at the incident.
According to a report by Scroll:
Usha Punathil, a former employee at the Attapady Hills Area Development Society, expressed her shock and anger at the incident. “After stealing the land and everything the Adivasis owned, and made legislation for all that, now an Adivasi is beaten to death,” she wrote on Facebook. “He had nowhere to go when he was attacked. An adivasi is killed accused of stealing food, then how should we, who have stolen everything from them, be killed?”
Evidently, the story has sent shock waves across the country, with many on Twitter expressing their disbelief and anguish.
Feeling ashamed to be a Malayali today. Tragic news from Kerala. A tribal man accused theft and mob lynched by a group of goons and they took a selfie before this heinous act.@CMOKerala Sir please take urgent action on this matter and bring the culprits infront of Justice pic.twitter.com/o3dozIWXD0— The Great Dictator.! (@tittoantony) February 23, 2018
Tribal man accused of stealing rice BRUTALLY assaulted and LYNCHED to death by a mob in Kerala. Assaulter Ubaid who took the selfie arrested along with shopkeeper Hussain and seven others. NO primetime coverage. NO outrage. Activists SILENT. https://t.co/od8WQGTQz9 pic.twitter.com/oeMx4lzd9N— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) February 23, 2018
The tribal man's face from Kerala such a sad, heart breaking story.— Vasudha Venugopal (@vasudha_ET) February 23, 2018
Sheer loss of humanity...this mentally retarded tribal youth was an orphan kind. Accused of stealing food articles from a shop in Attapadi tribal area in Palakkad Dt in Kerala. Obviously due to hunger..beaten mercilessly by locals...died during Police taking him to hospital 😢😢 https://t.co/nhm7UDA5hs— J Gopikrishnan (@jgopikrishnan70) February 22, 2018
Shame and horrror in left ruled Kerala: culprits must be given exemplary punishment: https://t.co/iKVFmwOR02— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) February 23, 2018
A case has been filed in the matter, but the sheer brutality of the incident is utterly disgusting. Who have we become?