New Delhi: An FIR has been lodged by a student from Arunachal Pradesh, against his landlord Hemnath Kumar, a lawyer based in Bangaluru, on Monday for allegedly assaulting the tenant in his apartment in the city.
Higio Gunter, a student of Christ College in Bangaluru from Arunachal Pradesh, was severely beaten by Kumar, who was reportedly in a state of intoxication. After hitting him for almost an hour, Jumar forced Guntey to lick his shoes, then threw the young man's belongings from the third floor to the street. Guntey has been staying with friends since then.
"After beating me black and blue, he still was not satisfied. He beat me again and forced me to out on his shoes and made me lick and kiss them. I had to oblige because I was bruised and was not in a position t take any more beating. As if this was not enough, he kicked me out of the house. He even threw my trolley from the third floor. This is very humiliating."
The incident came into existence after another resident of the apartment complained to Kumar against Guntey, alleging excessive useof water by the latter and his flatmates. In a fury , Kumar called up the young man, then stormed into his flat and started thrashing him.
Guntey filed a complaint toady but the event took place on March 6. As of now, no specific provisions in the Indian Penal Code to prosecute offenders for racially-motivated attacks. Cases may have been booked under section 295(A) and 153 (A) for promoting enmity among communities and insulting religious feelings, but the need for particular laws to prevent racial crimes still remains unaddressed.
Two sections, 153C and 509A, have been imposed to the Center following a shocking attack on Nido Tania, another student form Arunachal Pradesh, in Delhi in 2014. But these provisions are yet to be executed , in spite of Nido Tania's death in the indecent.
In Gruntey case, Kumar hasd already managed to secure anticipatory bail in spite of the charges leveled against him.
"Why can't the domestic violence act be implemented upon him for using derogative words on me and my parents?" Guntey said on Monday. "We three boys who were staying together were tortured on March 6 and I'm going ti file a second FIR copy against the landlord today."
Gruntey's father identified as the Executive Assistant Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh, is hoping that justice will be done to his son.
"What happened to him was inhuman, I have trust in the police and hope the culprit won't be spared. He is a very soft spoken person and complaints about him are so not obvious. The landlord also abused us badly and we are going to take legal action on him. I have sent my son to study here, not to get beaten y people," he said.
Bangulury has a unstable history of communities from the Northeast coming to the city to work or study. In January this year, a horrific video emerged of two men in the city slapping and beating a young man from Mizoram with an iron rod.
In 2012, romours were spread of a mass attack on Northeasters via text messages and social media, leading to a panic-stricken exodus, with hundreds of people boarding trains bound to Guwahiti from Bangaluru.