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In a brutal incident from Madhya Pradesh, a Dalit woman in Raza village of Sagar city had her nose chopped off for allegedly refusing to carry out work for an upper caste family. The victim and her husband were further beaten up when they attempted to involve the police.
According to reports, Janaki Bai had been asked to spray pesticides on Narendra Singh's fields, to which she refused. As a result, Narendra Singh and his father Saheb Singh beat her up.
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"They deliberately hit my wife with an axe on the nose," said Raghvendra, Janaki Bai's husband.
As Janaki and her husband decided to complain to the police, they were stopped near their home on their way to the police station by the accused and were beaten up again.
"The men came and hit my husband with a stick," Janaki Bai said.
Both Narendra Singh and his father have been arrested and the police are investigating the issue, while Janaki has been hospitalised for treatment.
However, the state government has dismissed the case as being a dispute between two families.
"There was a conflict between two groups. The fight became violent and they cut off the nose of the woman with an axe. This was not intentional and investigation is going on," said state home minister Bhupendra Singh.