Print edition : June 26, 2015

Parents of Nitin Aghe, a Dalit teenager who was strangled in April 2014 for talking to a Maratha girl, outside their house at Kharda village in Ahmednagar. Violence against Dalits has been increasing in Maharashtra. Photo: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP

Sagar Shejwal, the Dalit youth who was killed for his ringtone extolling Ambedkar. Photo: By Special Arrangement.

The spot near the beer shop in Shirdi where Sagar Shejwal was killed. Photo: By Special Arrangement.

Republican Party of India supporters protesting in Mumbai against the killing of three Dalits in Javheda in Ahmednagar district in November 2014. Photo: Vivek Bendre

Crimes against Dalits are on the rise in Maharashtra. Among the root causes are land-grabbing and sheer rage of dominant castes against the “defiance” of the lower castes.
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