26 Dec 2006

Girl's fingers cut off for plucking spinach

New Delhi: A hungry 10-year-old girl from India's lowest Hindu caste had all the fingers of her right hand chopped off by an upper-caste landowner for taking a few spinach leaves from his field, the Hindustan Times reported yesterday.

The attack took place in a village in Bhagalpur district last week in impoverished Bihar state in the east where caste prejudice against Dalits - formerly called "untouchables" - is widespread and sometimes results in violence against them. Police in Bhagalpur said they would soon arrest the upper-caste landowner who used a sickle to wound the girl whose name was given as "Khushboo". More here

More about Dalits (or untouchables) here or at Wikipedia.