The Kherlanji massacre (or Khairlanji massacre) refers to the 2006 lynching-style murders of a Dalit family by members of the Kunbi "Maratha sub caste". The killings took place in a small village in India named Khairlanji, located in the Bhandara district of the state of Maharashtra. On September 29, 2006, four members of the Bhotmange family belonging to the Dalit underclass were slaughtered in Khairlanji, a small village in Bhandara district of Maharashtra. The women of the family, Surekha and Priyanka, were paraded naked in public, before being murdered.]. The Indian media promptly and uniformly ascribed the killings to "upper castes", a claim picked up by Human Rights organisations and the international media, reinforcing a stereotype. Later it was discovered that the criminal act was carried out by assailants from the Kunbi caste (classified as Other Backward Castes by
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