sentencing life imprisonment to the six accused from upper caste Thakurs in Uttar Pradesh involved in killing of eight Dalits thirty
years ago, the Supreme Court (SC) December 5, 2009 said caste system
should be abolished soon for ensuring rule of law and smooth
functioning of democracy.
Reversing the acquittal of the six accused, the apex court said
"unfortunately, the centuries-old Indian caste system still takes
its toll from time to time. This case unfolds the worst kind of
atrocities committed by the so- called upper caste (Kshatriya or
Thakur) against the so-called lower caste caste in a civilized
is absolutely imperative to abolish the caste system as
expeditiously as possible for smooth functioning of rule of law and
democracy in our country," a bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and
A K Patnaik said in a judgment.
apex court said minor discrepancies in statements of witnesses
should be ignored by courts in such carnages as they are bound to be
under tremendous fear.
accused belonging to Thakur caste butchered eight totally innocent
persons belonging to Harijan caste and to wipe out the evidence of
their atrocities, threw their bodies in the strong currents of the
Ganges, the apex court said adding the massacre was carried out to
teach a lesson to so-called lower caste and commit dacoity at the
was at the intervention of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram that the police had arrested 18 people in
connection with the massacre on September 9, 1979, at village Lohari,
under Hussainganj police station in Uttar Pradesh.