Brick oven owner forces worker to eat human excrement in Pune

PUNE: The Hinjewadi police on Thursday night arrested a brick kiln owner for allegedly abusing and forcing his worker to eat human excreta after the latter sought some time to resume work after lunch.
The incident occurred on Wednesday morning at Jambe village near Hinjewadi, around 25km from here.

The 22-year-old labourer, Sunil Pawale, stated in his complaint that the owner, Sandip Pawar (40), from Jambe was angry with him for not resuming work. Pawar abused him and his father and asked him to eat human faeces. When Pawar started hitting him, a terrified Pawale consumed the human faeces.

Pawale went to the Hinjewadi police station on Thursday with a social activist and lodged a complaint.

Late on Thursday night, police arrested Pawar under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. Police have also invoked provisions under the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against Pawar.

Pawar’s relatives claimed that all the allegations made by Pawale were false.

“Pawale had not turned up for work for three days. On Thursday morning, he came to the kiln in an inebriated state. When Pawale was asked to resume work, he abused my mother and ate the faeces on his own,” Pawar’s sister Savita Bodke told TOI.

Pawale, his parents and grandparents had been working at the brick kiln for the past three years. He said around 2pm on Wednesday he and his family members were taking rest after lunch when Pawar asked them to start work immediately.

When they sought time to begin work as they just had food, Pawar abused them and asked his wife to bring human faeces. “When Pawar started hitting me, I ate the excreta out of fear,” Pawale said.

Social activist Swapnil Jadhav, who helped Pawale in filing the FIR, said, “It was a very shameful act. We immediately went to the Hinjewadi police and lodged an FIR.”

When TOI visited Pawar’s bungalow in Jambe village, his mother said, “Pawale reported for work in an inebriated condition. When my son asked him to start work, the latter stared abusing me.”

Pawar’s sister, Savita, said, “Pawale picked up the excreta on his own and put it in his mouth.”

Assistant commissioner of police Ashwini Rakh told TOI that Pawar had been remanded in police custody till March 18.

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