14-yr-old boy beaten to death on suspicion of theft

A 14-year-old Dalit boy was allegedly beaten to death by upper-caste Hindu men in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. “My son…had gone to a shop…where the owner…along with his friends…accused [him] of stealing mangoes and rice. They…beat my son mercilessly until he fell unconscious,” the boy’s father said in his complaint. He was taken to a hospital, where he died during treatment.