Zafar Hussain, 44, was allegedly beaten to death by government officials after he objected to them taking photographs of women defecating in the open. The police say they have lodged an FIR under IPC section 302 (murder) against Nagar Parishad Commissioner Ashok Jain and municipal employees Kamal Harijan, Ritesh Harijan and Manish Harijan for murder. The accused were involved in the Swachh Bharat campaign. The FIR was registered by Hussain’s brother Nur Mohammad.
Mohammad said that these officals were taking pictures of women defecating near Bagwasa Kachi Basti area on Friday around 6.30 am. Hussain asked them not to click photographs. He was kicked, assaulted and beaten by lathis for standing up to them. He died later at a hospital. The autopsy report says he died of heart failure.
Ashok Jain has denied these allegations to The Indian Express. Pratapgarh SP Shivraj Meena told The Indian Express that it is unclear what happened and they are waiting for the medical board submits its report.
About 67 percent of households in rural India practice open defecation. Women usually pick out isolated spots late night or early morning to relieve themselves. This leads to a higher chance of them being sexually assaulted by miscreants.
In 2014, Prime Minister Modi flagged off the ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission to make India clean by 2019.