Dalit man hacked to death by upper caste in-laws. A 25-year-old Dalit man was allegedly killed by relatives of his wife who belonged to an upper caste community at her village in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat. The incident occurred Monday night when the victim, Haresh Solanki, had gone to Varmor village in Mandal taluka to persuade his in-laws to send back his wife, Urmilaben, who is two months pregnant, to him. Urmilaben belonged to the upper-caste Darbar community.
Solanki had married Urmilaben a few months ago against the wishes of her parents and had taken her to Gandhidham in Kutch district, where he lived with his parents. However, relatives of Urmilaben brought her back, saying she will be sent back to Solanki after a few weeks. But when they refused to send her back for around two months, Solanki decided to visit her parents and convince them to send her back to him. On Monday, Solanki sought the help of 'Abhayam 181', a women helpline service, and boarded the helpline vehicle for Varmor village. When Urmilaben's relatives came to know that Solanki was accompanying the officials, they rushed out of their house and attacked him with sharp and blunt objects. Solanki sustained injuries to his head and other parts of the body in the attack and died. An FIR has been registered against eight persons, including Solanki's in-laws, under sections 302 (Punishment for murder), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 147 (Punishment for rioting) and under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.