October 22: In the wake of the spit-and-lick atrocity which recently came to light here in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's constituency, the victim's family revealed that they are now "scared for their lives", and are "living on empty stomach".
The victim was beaten in Nalanda, Bihar.
A village panchayat in Nalanda district of Bihar ordered an elderly man, Mahesh Thakur, to lick his own spit as a punishment for entering the house of sarpanch without knocking the door. In a video that went viral, the man could also be seen being beaten up with slippers by at least two women.
Summary: Mahesh Thakur's fault was that he had entered the house of the sarpanch of Ajaypur panchayat Surendra Yadav Wednesday evening when no male members were at home.
Thakur is a barber and runs a saloon in Ajaipur village of Noorsarai block in Nalanda.
"On the act of Thakur, a panchayat was called today afternoon (Thursday) by Dharmendra Yadav where the victim was beaten with slippers by several women", said Thiyagarajan. He said he had gone to Yadav's house to ask for some khaini (tobacco leaves rubbed and chewed with lime) and also to inquire about his eligibility for a government welfare scheme.
The police also suspect that the victim went to Surendra's house with wrong intentions, the report added. We have no food to eat, and sometimes our neighbours are feeding us, as some goons took away the keys of my shop.
Reacting to the incident, Bihar Minister Nand Kishore assured strict action against the culprits. "The victim has confirmed the incident, action will be taken against those who have been involved", Nalanda district magistrate S.M. Thyagrajan said on Friday. The people of the state should trust BJP and its members.