Two upper-caste men arrested for beating two Dalit children to death

Two Indian men have been arrested for allegedly killing two Dalit children who were defecating in the open.

Police revealed that 12-year-old Roshni and 10-year-old Avinash were beaten with sticks on Wednesday while defecating near a village road.

Their family explained that they couldn’t afford a toilet at home.

The two boys, who were of the lowest level of the Indian caste system – Dalits, also known as untouchables – were beaten by two upper-caste men.

Prime Minster Narendra Modi introduced a scheme in 2014 designed to wipe out open defacation by October this year.

However, as a result of a lack of water, poor maintenance and slow change in behaviour have hindered India’s goals of ending open defecation.

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